Census 2021 – Ensuring everyone is included – focus on migration

Kirklees Council and Census are lunching a series of workshops.

Outcome

You will have a sound understanding of:

  • What a Census is and its purpose
  • To ensure awareness is raised of all the support available to our communities and promote the multi lingual, multi platform accessibility of the census, especially for those who may miss out
  • Identify what more we can do, working together, to increase Migrants involvement

Places are limited, please book your place ASAP.

Workshops will take a place via Google Meet. When you register via Eventbrite, click on “add to calendar”.

On the workshop day, you just need to click on the Google Meet link provided.

24.02.21 (11-12noon)

Eventbrite: Online Event Page | Eventbrite

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/xgz-uoub-rxn?hs=224

27.02.21(11-12noon)

Eventbrite: Online Event Page | Eventbrite

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/ddw-aksy-oxo?hs=224

02.03.21 (2-3pm)

Eventbrite: Census 2021 Ensuring everyone is included Tickets, Tue 2 Mar 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/ezy-mjuv-kmd?hs=224

02.03.21 (7-8pm)

Eventbrite: Online Event Page | Eventbrite

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/kwc-npou-mmk?hs=224

Getting settled before the storm!

For anyone yet to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), a storm is coming. The next six months will be critical in ensuring that anyone eligible to apply has done so. If you need to know more, you can sign up for a free training session provided by Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre (KCALC), in partnership with the Council. One short training session will give you the information you need to shield Kirklees residents from the devastating consequences of failing to apply to the EUSS in time.

 
We are working with communities across Kirklees to ensure as many of those affected as possible can access the scheme, which has to be done online, and obtain the status they are fully entitled to. However, due to the pandemic we are finding it difficult to reach people who are perhaps the most in need – the retired, or the elderly, those who lack capacity or the ability to go online. In many cases, these are the ones who need the scheme the most and it is vital that they can continue to access the services and support they need, without interruption.
 
Not settled yet? All of us who have work colleagues, service users, family, friends or neighbours who came to live in the UK from the EU have a part to play. The scheme also includes people outside the EU who have a partner or spouse that is an EU citizen and their children – they too need to know about the scheme so they can apply in their own right for settled status to stay in the UK.
 
When is the deadline?

The deadline for applications to the EUSS is 30 June 2021, now less than six months away – it’s imperative we act now!

Who should apply?

EU citizens, along with those from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland should apply, along with their family members. 


Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme on the Government website.
 
For advice locally and for assistance in obtaining necessary documents and IT support, visit Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre (KCALC).

If you want to attend a training session  please see dates EU Settlement Scheme Training – kirkleeswelcomes (welcometokirklees.blog), please contact David Bundy or Veronica Matheson on 01484 221000 for further information.

The Children’s Society #Look Closer digital pack

The second #LookCloser awareness week begins on Monday 8th February 2021.

In advance of this, we are pleased to share our latest version of the #LookCloser digital pack for you to share both internally with colleagues and with your external networks ready for the 8th February. We’re aware that forces continuing with County Lines Intensification Week from 1st February may want to begin using these resources prior to the 8th February and we can confirm we are happy with this as the #LookCloser key messages assist with the Pursue week.

#LookCloser is a partnership campaign with the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre and the British Transport Police, aiming to raise awareness of child exploitation and abuse, with a particular focus on public spaces.  The campaign also seeks to highlight that child exploitation can happen anywhere, and any young person can be a victim.

Despite the government lockdown and social distancing measures being in place, young people are still being groomed, exploited and abused. We’re encouraging everyone to consider focusing on the public spaces which are still open and where exploitation may be most visible to the public. This could include parks, supermarkets, transport, banks and online environments like gaming and social media platforms.

The attached digital pack includes both public awareness material as well as resources for professionals which focus on the NRM and best practice in engaging young people.

The professionals briefing within the pack, asks colleagues to do the following:  

  1. Share the poster and leaflet digitally. Only circulate physically where safe to do so.
  2. Use our social media assets to share our campaign online from the 8th February.
  3. Download our free professional materials. You may add these to your internal intranet sites or screensavers for colleagues to see.
  4. Copy and paste our email signature to help spread the message to your network.
  5. Visit our #LookCloser webpage to learn more and share our key messages. We have included some specific information for the banking sector, delivery drivers and taxis, ride shares and private hire vehicles

Thanks for your support in taking this campaign forward with us.

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  3. Look closer leaflet
  4. Look closer slides
  5. Look closer social media
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  10. Look closer social asset
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Communities in Kirklees will get extra support as the 2021 Census approaches

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that provides a snapshot of households in England and
Wales, helping to plan and fund public services.


Everyone across England and Wales will be asked to take part and the information people give will
decide how services are planned and funded. Ultimately, it ensures funds are invested in emergency
services, health care, school places and other vital services.

For the first time, the census will be run primarily online, making it easy for most people to complete
the questionnaire on any device – whether that be a computer, a mobile phone or a tablet. Local
Census support centres will be offering help, while paper questionnaires will be available for those
who need them. All census staff will operate in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance.
The 2021 Census will include a new question on veterans of the UK Armed Forces, as well as
voluntary questions, for those aged 16 and over, on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The census will be held on 21 March 2021. While results will be available the following year, all
personal records will be locked away for 100 years and kept safe for future generations.


For more information, visit census.gov.uk
To reach your local census engagement manager, contact:
Liz Fox, tel: +44 (0)7452 948401 l Elizabeth.fox66@field.census.gov.uk
Jeff Mitchell, tel: +44 (0)7452 931266 | jeffrey.mitchell45@field.census.gov.uk

Click here for Q&A leaflet

Click here for Arabic engagement leaflet

click here for Kirklees Census intor release

Online event for Holocaust Memorial Day

We are pleased to invite you to an online event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, beginning at  11am on Wednesday 27th January:

The theme of Be the light in the darkness is particularly apt for many people who have been facing difficult circumstances during the last 10 months.

Remember from home :   http://tiny.cc/6MillionPlus

The event will include puppetry and performances from refugees and friends involved in the Collect Your Belongings project as well as candle lighting and reflections from Iby Knill, local authority and faith leaders. Many of the contributions were photographed and filmed in  homes in Kirklees, Bradford and Leeds during lockdown.  We thank everyone for helping to make the event possible. 

The event will be available to watch on youtube after 27th January . 


“I was there in the darkness of the Holocaust. Walk towards the light and take people with you.” 

Iby Knill, Auchswitz survivor

For further details please contact:

Kim Strickson
Project Coordinator
07812 782082

Solace information package – Arabic version available

To download the leaflets click on the below

Solace Children and Families Wellbeing Project – Parents leaflet

Solace Children and Families Wellbeing Project – Arabic

Solace Children and Families Wellbeing Project – Partner leaflet

Solace Children and Families Wellbeing Project – School leaflet

Solace Children and families wellbeing project – school brochure

The STAGE Project

The STAGE project offers women (16 and over) support to address and overcome experiences associated with sexual exploitation and grooming.

If you have or still are experiencing sexual exploitation our case worker can support with:

  • Emotional support (Outreach, phone, face to face)
  • Recognising exploitation, managing risk and safety planning
  • Self care, psycho education, building resilience
  • Accessing housing support
  • Support with your physical and mental health needs
  • Support with Criminal Justice System (reporting to the police, going to court)
  • Moving on (accessing training, education or employment)
  • Advocacy and supporting you in meetings

We accept both self-referrals and referrals from professionals.

To find our more about this service or to make a referral for yourself or someone you are working with, please call 01484 450866 or email wmh@womencentre.org.uk.

Asylum Guide Referral – DASH

We are pleased to inform you DASH has launched a new project, Asylum Guides. The aim of this project is to increase the legal literacy of people seeking asylum in the UK. 

Asylum Guides sees trained volunteers matched with one or a small group of people seeking asylum, to provide information about the asylum process – from initial screening through to substantive interview and onto appeals, fresh claims and post decision. Interpreters will be provided. The project is a partnership with Refugee Action. Above all, our Asylum Guides will help those seeking asylum to better navigate their asylum journey.

If you meet people through your service whom this project could help, please refer directly them to me, the Project Coordinator on 07742 282676 or email abdul.h@huddsdash.org

For more information please click here

Mental health support: Solace provides a range of therapeutic services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

In Kirklees we (Solace) welcome referrals from health professionals, refugee support organisations and other services such as schools or housing teams.  We also welcome enquiries about the service, or any potential referrals if that would be helpful. 

Currently appointments are being delivered on the phone or via zoom.  We are able to provide data top ups if necessary to enable people to participate, and we also provide interpreters when required.  When we can resume face to face work again, our appointments are held at the Whitehouse Centre GP practice.

It is important that prior to making a referral all referrers discuss the potential of working with Solace with the person concerned.  For many people the idea of getting help with their psychological distress is a new concept. 

You may find it helpful to share the attached leaflet with anyone who would like to know more about the service. 

People in Kirklees can also access our two regional projects.  Connecting opportunities is a partnership project to help refugees overcome barriers to employment, and our Child and Family Wellbeing Project is for any family who is part of the resettlement scheme and for the schools who have students on the resettlement scheme. 

Further information can be found on our website www.solace-uk.org.uk including referral forms and more details about the projects. 

For more information click below to download the leaflet  

NEW EUSS workshops

Migration Yorkshire and Seraphus law firm are offering more free online workshops covering various aspects of EU Settlement Scheme.

Please see below a list of available workshops:

New EUSS Workshops – Feb-March 2021

I am pleased to confirm that free EUSS workshops are continuing throughout February and March, starting from 24th Feb. There is a new workshop on EU joining family members, as this is a new group of EU nationals arriving to the UK from 1 January 2021. Please see below a list of all workshops with dates and times, and links to the Eventbrite registration.

If there are any other topics you would like workshops to cover please let me know and I’ll explore the possibility of having them added from April.

  • EU nationals with pre-settled status

Wed, 24th February 10:00-11:30am

Thurs, 11th March 10:00-11:30am

  • EU Settlement Scheme in the ‘Grace period’

Wed, 3rd March 10:00-11:30am

Thurs, 18th March 10:00-11:30am

  • EU Settlement Scheme and EU joining family members

Wed, 24th March 10:00-11:30am

  • Progress of the EU Settlement Scheme

Wed, 31st March 10:00-11:30am

www.migrantinfohub.org.uk  Covid 19 information for migrants and services in Yorkshire and Humber. Resources to share.

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk  |  @migrationyorks

Migration Yorkshire is the Yorkshire and Humber regional migration partnership and is hosted by Leeds City Council. Migration Yorkshire works with national, regional and local partners to ensure that the region can deal with, and benefit from, migration.

  • EU nationals with pre-settled status – Wed, 18th November 10:00-11:30am and Thurs, 3rd December 1:00-2:30pm
  • EU Settlement Scheme in the ‘Grace period’ – Mon, 23rd November 10:00-11:30am and Thurs, 10th December 1:00-2:30pm
  • Progress of the EU Settlement Scheme – Thurs, 26th November 1:00-2:30pm

For more details and how to register for each workshop please read the file below

new guide to help refugees open a bank account

The Refugee Council has created a banking guide to help make this process easier for refugees. The guide explains how bank accounts work in the UK, the documents that banks require applicants to provide, how to make an application for a new account and tips for avoiding financial scams.

The guide is available in English, ArabicFarsiKurdishPashto and Tigrinya.

For more information please click here

Winter Clothing Scheme – Thrice As Nice

This is a message from DASH

Dear Friends and Supporters

I hope you’re keeping well and warm. I’m writing to let you know about DASH’s winter appeal. Our clients need winter clothes. It’s been much harder to distribute donated goods since our drop-ins had to be suspended. Whilst most of our service has continued remotely, the clothing donations stopped. But we’ve found a solution…

This innovative new scheme will benefit our clients by enabling them (from 2nd December or when rules permit) to shop for their own clothes – giving them choice, dignity and the opportunity to integrate.

An added bonus to this appeal is that a single donation will end up benefitting two local charities – DASH and Kirkwood Hospice. The latter does excellent work caring for those with life-limiting illnesses. 

The triple bonus is that the wonderful folk at One Community Kirklees have pledged to match all money raised by this appeal, pound for pound, making each donation Thrice As Nice!

Our target is £1500, which One Community would take to £3000. This would buy a substantial amount of vouchers for individuals and families living in financial hardship.

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/DASHclothing

Huddersfield Job Centre Closed for 7 days

Posted on 3 November 2020: Huddersfield Jobcentre will be closed due to unforeseen circumstances for the next 7 days.

Some staff will be working from home and for any urgent enquiries regarding vulnerable claimants please phone DWP Social Justice Team: 01484 228127.

For all other Universal Credit queries, please contact Universal Credit Service Centre: 0800 328 5644 and Legacy Benefits contact: 0800 1690310

Refugees and Asylum Seekers Mental Health Training

Solace and the Migration and Resettlement Team at Kirklees Council are delivering training to raise awareness about asylum seekers and refugees mental health and support available locally, the training is for council staff and partners.

Date and Time

Thu, 29 October 2020

10:30 – 12:30 GMT

outcome of the session

  • Helping you to understand the mental health of asylum seekers and refugees
  • Explaining Solace’s therapeutic services and how to refer asylum seekers and refugees to Solace
  • Raising awareness of signposting asylum seekers and refugees to other organisations
  • Giving strategies for communicating with asylum seekers and refugees
  • Expanding awareness of issues of work with asylum seekers and refugees and self-care

to book your place:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/refugees-and-asylum-seekers-mental-health-training-tickets-123471188649

Your Health and Wellbeing

Kirklees Council produced a leaflet of useful health and wellbeing related support services for you and people you know. All these services are free to access providing you meet the criteria.

We believe that it’s really important to take care of your health and wellbeing, please read the document carefully and share it widely.

EU Settlement Scheme Training

Would you benefit from knowing more about the EU Settlement scheme (EUSS)? If you have service users, volunteers, friends, family or colleagues who need to apply for EUSS we can help you to help them with some free online training.

This is a joint work between Kirklees Council and Citizen Advice and Law Centre to deliver six sessions about EU Settlement Scheme.

The training will be delivered by Jamie McLean, and Teams platform will be used for the training.

Session outcomes

1)      How to recognise potential EUSS cases

2)      What to do when you have identified an EUSS case

3)      The requirements for an EUSS application / what needs to be in place at the outset

4)      The deadline – and what happens afterwards

5)      Status documents and the potential issues


Various dates available from:

Thursday 21 January 2021, 4pm ,

Thursday 11 February 2021, 4pm

Thursday 4 March 2021 4pm,

Thursday 25 March 2021, 4pm

Thursday 15 April 2021 4pm,

Thursday 6 May 2021, 4pm

click on the link below to book a place

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/european-union-settlement-scheme-training-by-citizen-advice-law-centre-tickets-134519000953



New 2 English

NEW ESOL programme coming to Kirklees this September.

The programme is for Pre-Entry and Entry 1 Learners and will be delivered on behalf of #KirkleesWelcomes and Kirklees Council by Paddock Community Trust and Ravensthorpe Community Centre.

The classes will be taught by qualified teachers and will last 12 weeks, with two sessions a week.

Lesson format will reflect current local COVID measures. There is support for those digitally isolated to engage on the programme through a digital equipment loan scheme. (Subject to approval)

If you would like to refer someone or want help yourself in knowing if this is the right course for you help is available from the #KirkleesWelcomes This Way 4 English Team, email Thisway4English@tslkirklees.org.uk or ring and speak to Anita on 0725444080, Whats app or send a text.

The programme also offers so group work, targeting parents and is a short programme of 12 guided learning hours which looks to engage people on an ESOL journey, but reflects the current need to educate people on keeping themselves and their family safe in the COVID pandemic. For more information of working together with groups please contact Christina, Christina@tslkirklees.org.uk

Coronavirus: advice for UK visa

1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.

The document is produced by the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration, and you will find the following information:

  1. If you’re in the UK and your leave expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020
  2. If you’re working for the NHS
  3. If you’re outside the UK
  4. If you’re applying to enter the UK or remain on the basis of family or private life
  5. If you want to cancel your visa
  6. Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre

To access the full document please click on the link below:

2. Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors

This is advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors in the UK who are sponsoring those affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

The document is produced by the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration, and you will find the following information:

  1. If your student or employee is absent
  2. If you’re sponsoring a student who is distance learning
  3. If you have issued a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) or a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) and the sponsored employee or student has not yet applied for a visa
  4. If you’re sponsoring a student who’s waiting for their Tier 4 visa application to be decided
  5. If you’re sponsoring employees who are working from home
  6. If you’re sponsoring an employee who’s waiting for their Tier 2 or 5 visa application to be decided
  7. If you cannot pay the salaries of sponsored employees because you’ve temporarily reduced or ceased trading
  8. Scanned documents
  9. If you need more information about the measures in place for students and their sponsors
  10. Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre

To access the full document please click on the link below:

3. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students

Guidance for Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students on temporary concessions in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.

To access the full document please click on the link below:

New Accredited ONLINE Training Programmes

DIP has launch a new, FREE, Government Funded, Accredited ONLINE Training Programmes, which is now available across West Yorkshire to all Adult (19+) Learners, with a particular focus on the unemployed.

Click here for the training leaflet for the new Accredited Online Training Programme, which learners can benefit from the comfort of their homes,at times to suit their convenience, all the way from initial contact/referral right through to achieving their qualification/s. Learners will also benefit from dip’s excellent One-to-One Tutor Support over the phone and/or via web-conferencing, whichever is suitable/convenient for learners.

The new qualifications covered 14 subject areas :

• Digital Skills / IT                                 • Health & Social Care

• Employability                                      • Counselling

• Customer Service                                 • Information, Advice & Guidance

• Retail                                                 • Managing Your Money

• Warehousing & Storage                        • Safeguarding & Prevent

• Business                                              • Equality & Diversity

• Digital Marketing & Social Media            • Data Protection

Referrals for the new Accredited Online Training Programmes can now be made via:

• Phone: 0800-279 786 1 or 01924 474849 (Mon to Fri: 9.30am to 5pm)

• E-Mail: mailbox@dipgroup.net (24hrs)

• Web: www.dip.training (24hrs)

How can we reduce loneliness amongst migrants and ethnic minority groups and individuals ?

While loneliness is increasingly recognised as a social problem with significant implications for mental and physical health, research addressing these issues within migrant and ethnic minority groups is limited and there is reason to believe that these populations may face increased risks. The project examined the various approaches to tackling loneliness that have been developed and tested with migrants and ethnic minority people. The findings of the research have been brought together in diagrams, pictures and words “

To download the document please click here. This document is best viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Available Funding… Don’t Miss the Deadline

1. Aviva Community Fund

Aviva have broadened the criteria of the Aviva Community Fund to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.

Applications are now open for the next round of the Aviva Community Fund until 5th May. Just click the link above to find out more, and to apply.

https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/start-crowdfunding

2. One Community Foundation funding announcement

One Community Foundation for Kirklees has announced changes to their Coronavirus Fund. The grant making charity who is working with the National Emergency Trust to administer the fund, will now accept applications for up to £2,000 from Kirklees based charities and community groups who are responding to the Coronavirus crisis in Kirklees.

There is a new short form to complete, and applicants will need to supply a bank statement in the name of the group, and a copy of their constitution.

Previous applicants are welcome to apply again once they have completed a short evaluation form.

For example:

  • Organisations that support the on-going needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained
  • Organisations in support of activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provisions, or compliment their repose
  • Groups and activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions, etc.)
  • Support for food banks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic, including child hunger
  • Community response co-ordination
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effects of the crisis
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support

The fund is currently not accepting applications to counter the loss of income and fundraising.

To make an application please visit http://www.one-community.org.uk/looking-for-funding/coronavirus-emergency-fund.php If you would like to discuss your application please email Emma@one-community.org.uk