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Support changes in Kirklees for asylum seekers and refugees – COVID19

Dear partners/colleagues,

We hope everyone is doing ok under the circumstances

In the light of the current situation of Coronavirus (COVID-19), certain events, and group sessions have been cancelled, postponed or are changing how they deliver provison.

Kirklees Council events postponed:
1. Kirklees Welcomes Briefing sessions:
20 March 2020 – Dewsbury library – Dewsbury
23 April 2020 – The Mission – Huddersfield
2. Introduction to Migration:
26 March 2020 – Howlands Centre – Dewsbury
30 April 2020 – The Mission – Huddersfield

Kirklees College has been closed.

In addition, some of the drop-in session of the voluntary sector organisation have been cancelled as well for now such as: 611, Reach and Connecting Opportunities.

However, there is a level of support available support locally specifically for asylum seekers and as this change we will keep you updated as this will change over time:

DASH
Service: Case work only and essential referrals to the Welcome Centre.
(Unfortunately, no food parcel, no donations and no volunteers.)

Where: Paddock Village Hall, HD1 4TX
When: Thursday 10:00 – 13:30

Where: 30 New North Road, HD1 5JY
When: Tuesday 09:30 – 12:30

Jobcentre:
Service: Customers advised not to attend face to face appointments for 3 months on the DWP twitter account.

Volunteers Together
Where: St Thomas’s Church, Manchester Road, Huddersfield, HD1 3HU
When: Wednesday 11:00 – 17:00

Womens Centre:
Service: Over the phone only 0148 450866
When: Calls from 9 until 3 or 4 depending on staff capacity.
Emotional support and not crisis support for existing clients. Unfortunately they will not be accepting any new clients.

KCALC:
Cases by phone only: 03448487970

Welcome Mentors
Welcome Mentor referrals will continue to be accepted and Mentors will be assigned/matched. However, in the current position the vast majority of support will be provided via the telephone.

Meet try and learn
Final session will be delivered on Thursday 19th March.
The project will return when social distancing measures are removed.

This Way 4 English 
The sessions will continue to be provided, however the support will be more generic to advise migrants who seek support during the COVID outbreak.
The sessions maybe effected by library closure.

International New Arrival Team:
Service: Business as usual
Contact details: Referrals – education.safeguardingservice@kirklees.gov.uk
Tel: If you do not have access to secure email, please call us on 01484 221919

Post Decision Team:
Service: Business as usual.
You can contact the team on 01484 221000 asking for any of the officers below or call in to Customer Service Centres in Huddersfield of Dewsbury

Please don’t panic and stay safe.

Updates will be shared as soon as we have them

If you have any enquiries, please contact us on: MigrationAndResettlement@kirklees.gov.uk