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.
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.
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 ofasylum 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 refugeesand self-care
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.
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
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
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.
DIP has launch a new, FREE, Government Funded, Accredited ONLINE Training Programmes, which is now available acrossWest 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please be aware that if any service users are self-isolating during the grace period when their support is due to end, whether following positive or negative decision, please raise with Migrant Help to request an extension and email us all details too and we will escalate on.
Abed.Moubayed@kirklees.gov.uk or MigrationAndResettlement@kirklees.gov.uk
There can be no charge made to an overseas visitor for the diagnosis or treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).
All overseas visitors, including anyone living in the UK without permission, should be aware that:
1. No charges apply to testing for COVID-19, even if the result is negative, or to any treatment provided for COVID-19 if the result is positive or up to the point that it is negatively diagnosed. The same is true of most other infectious diseases. 2. NHS trusts have been advised that no immigration checks are required for overseas visitors that are known to be only undergoing testing or treatment for COVID-19.