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:

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

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.

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 –
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:

DASH is moving

DASH is moving to Paddock Village Hall on February 7th. The new correspondence address is

Paddock Village Hall,
West View,

Opening hours
DASH welcomes asylum seekers to TWO weekly drop ins:

Tuesdays 9.30-12.30 for Casework, Housing, Education, Health and Referrals 30 New North Road, Huddersfield HD1 5JU

Thursdays 9.30am-1.30pm for Casework, Housing, Education, Health, Referrals, Food and Friendship
Paddock Village Hall, West View,Paddock, Huddersfield, HD1 4TX.

Please note DASH does not provide legal advice, but we can help you find a solicitor.

English Classes (ESOL):
 and Thursdays
10.00am – 12.00pm
Gledholt Methodist Church, Trinity Street, Huddersfield HD1 5QX
(Preschool children welcome)
Levels: Pre-entry, 1 and 2
30 New North Road, Huddersfield HD1 5JY
(Sorry, no children)
Levels: Pre-entry, 1 and 2

Save Food Save Money

A Save Food Save Money session was held at Paddock Village Hall on November 12th, giving attendees ideas on how to produce cheap, healthy family meals. The group also found out about basic food safety and went away with fridge thermometers to ensure their food was being stored correctly. The group made a 2-course meal, which fed the whole group, for less than £3!  The workshop was a joint venture between Kirklees Council, Sainsburys supermarket, Community Learning Works and Paddock Community Trust.IMG-20181115-WA0004

Paddock Social Club

Want to know what to do with the vegetables that are hiding at the back of your fridge? Your fruit are not looking at their best and wondering what you are going to do with them? Well don’t throw them away. Come along to Paddock and join in a workshop to make your leftovers in to tasty meals, meet new friends and enjoy a free lunch.

Monday, November 12th 11am – 1.00pm

Paddock Village Hall, West View, Paddock, Huddersfield HD1 4TX
Telephone 01484 431400

Democracy and You

london-parliament-and-big-benHow did the UK develop as a democracy?
How were voting rights given to most UK adults?

Learn how the Suffragette Movement struggled for the right to vote and improve the standing of women and workers.

Our free workshop explores the importance of taking part in a democratic society and how the freedoms we enjoy today were fought for.

October 1st 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Paddock Village Hall, West View, Huddersfield HD1 4TX

For more information or to book a place please contact: or telephone 01484 431400

Welcome Mentor Training

Would you like to make a real difference to the lives of newly arrived migrants and their families in Kirklees?

Provide the support to help them feel welcome and get the help they need?

#kirkleeswelcomes is a new programme aimed at helping migrants settle in the local area. Paddock Trust is now recruiting volunteers to help new arrivals as Welcome Mentors.

If you would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity Paddock Trust is holding one-day training events for interested volunteers taking place on:

Wednesday September 26th
9.30 – 3.30pm

Venue: Jo Cox House, Batley WF17 5DS

Wednesday October 10th
9.30 – 3.30pm
Venue: Paddock Village Hall
West View, Paddock, Huddersfield HD1 4TX

(lunch is provided and travel expenses are available)

Our induction, training and ongoing support and development will equip you to have a fulfilling experience as a Welcome Mentor with the Welcome to Kirklees Community Mentor Programme.

If you would like more information or book a place on the course please contact Paddock Community Trust on 01484 431400 or email