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Support changes in Kirklees for asylum seekers and refugees – COVID19

In this post, we will keep you updated regarding the following services:

Health team, Education/children and young people team, voluntary sector, post decision, immigration advice, Mears, Migrant Help and Home Office.

Health

Whitehouse centre, NHS, TB and Health visiting team

Registered patients
The practice is open but we are asking patients not to come to the practice. We are managing patients by phone. Anyone needing advice or assessment can call 03330436243 (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday). We are using telephone interpreters.

Asylum Seekers needing to register

Asylum seekers should continue to register. We have reduced the amount of paperwork required.

The form we need is here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gms1

Ideally these could be completed by accommodation providers. In the email they could also alert us to any concerns and indicate if the client needs an urgent telephone call from us. Medication requests can be made by email (photograph boxes if not obvious what tablets are).

The crucial information we need is:

Name, DOB, Gender, Place of birth, Telephone number, Any previous address in the UK, Enough details of previous GP if there is one (so we do not create another record), Date of arrival in UK, Signature ideally (but not essentially given the situation if creates workload).

This form can be emailed to us at LCP.locala-WhitehouseCentre@nhs.net. If possible a scanned copy of any Home Office or Mears documentation is highly recommended. It will help us make sure we get the names and details correct.

Alternatively you can register on-line but we may also require supplementary information about medications etc

https://www.mysurgerywebsite.co.uk/secure/pre_reg1.aspx?p=B85659

We will send the patient a text message when they have been registered to explain how to contact us.

Other queries
Please feel free to email us if you have a question about a Kirklees asylum seeker and their health. Emergency matters can be assessed under ‘urgent and necessary care’ if the patient is not registered with us. This will be by phone initially.

NHS-CCG

“Appointments at your local doctors are now being held on the phone or online. If you have an appointment with a nurse or doctor they will contact you. Please do not walk into your doctors or health centre for any reason without being told to attend. If you have any health concerns you can use the NHS online tool which will help give advice https://111.nhs.uk/ before you call your doctors.”

There is also a press release from the CCG which is available on our website for anyone to use and share https://www.greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk/gp-practices-in-kirklees-respond-to-coronavirus-covid-19/

Health Visiting:
Business as usual.
We continue to offer movement in visits, birth visits and Antenatal contacts face to face as long as the families are not self-isolating or showing any symptoms.
We can skype the contact though.
www.thrivingkirklees.org.uk/0-19-team
T:  03033 309440

TB Screening:
Business as usual
http://www.locala.org.uk/your-healthcare/tb-nursing-service
T:  0303 330 9869

Education /Children and young people

International New Arrivals Team
School and home visits are postpone for now but you could do referral on:
Education.SafeguardingService@kirklees.gov.uk

Free School Meals
For pupils who are registered for free school meals their allocated school will have made their own arrangements which may include supermarket vouchers, food parcels or pre-prepared sandwiches.

Schools are now registering eligible pupils for the national supermarket voucher scheme and will be contacted by their schools and informed of their arrangements. Those families will be asked to register their children and they will receive £15 voucher per child  per week to be used at their chosen supermarket from the  list provided.  

If there are any families who feel they are eligible for free school meals and are not registered or are having difficulties receiving the FSM vouchers please contact  the International New Arrival team by email: Education.SafeguardingService@kirklees.gov.uk or telephoning 01484221919 requesting support. One of the team will contact with an interpreter if required therefore please give name of child, address and telephone number.  

Kirklees College has been closed.

Kirklees College is planning to re=open in September, however, there’s no specific dates yet especially for the ESOL courses.

In normal years, the ESOL team has an assessment day where all ESOL students, new and old, are invited in to enrol and assessments. This part will be updated as soon as we receive any new information. Date: 07/07/2020

Voluntary Sector

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 via our fantastic Voluntary Sector:

DASH
All drop-in session are now closed.
Telephone service only. 07702 382 647 and 07926 457 599
Phone line open Mon – Fri, 9-5. 
Telephone appointments take place during usual drop-in hours: Tuesday mornings and Thursdays

Please note, the phone line is to triage and arrange appointments. 
Services: asylum casework, destitution support, welfare referrals. 
(Migrant Help, Mears, Post Decision, Welcome Centre, Whitehouse Centre)

For updates:
Twitter @DASH_ASYLUM_UK 
Facebook @DestituteAsylumSeekersHuddersfield

Dated: 26/06/2020

Volunteers Together
Service: By telephone only 07804867564.
When: 5 days a week Mon to Fri 10:00 till 16:00
Dated: 08/04/2020

Womens Centre:

Service: Over the phone only 01484 450866
When: Calls from 9 until 4 (answer machine available outside this time
Offering emotional support over the phone and some online groups.  New referrals accepted by email.

Service: Over the phone only 01484 450866
When: Calls from 9 until 4 (answer machine available outside this time
Offering emotional support over the phone and some online groups.  New referrals accepted by email. Dated: 30/06/2020

Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre can help anyone resident in South Kirklees who is struggling to afford to buy food. (If the client is from North Kirklees we can give details of organisations who can assist.)  

As a food bank we obviously offer food but we can supply more than just food!

Our referral line 01484 340034 is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, any professional working with an individual or family can make the referral. At present we are delivering directly to the client address, the next working day after the referral is made. All drivers are DBS checked and will deliver adhering to Government guidelines.The Welcome Centre stock Items:
We can supply the following via telephone referral

·        Food parcels (to suit available cooking facilities and dietary requirements)
·        Toiletry packs (soap, toilet rolls, toothbrush & toothpaste, razors, deodorant & shaving foam and sanitary items)
·        Cleaning Pack (Washing up liquid, dish cloth, sponge and J-Cloths)
·        Towels Pack (bath, hand and flannel)
·        Pair of Curtains (limited sizes available)
·        Duvet Quilt (new or clean and washed)
·        Bedding Pack (Duvet cover and sheet + pillowcases)
·        Pillow (1 for single, 2 for double bed)
·        PAT tested kettle and Toaster (if available)
·        Home Starter Pack (Crockery, cutlery and pans, can opener, sharp knife, tea towels, laundry powder) 

Updated: 25/06/2020

We are open for new CO referrals now. Anyone who is aged 22 and over and has a right to live and work in UK and has arrived in UK as a refugee or migrant can apply by going onto Migration Yorkshire website through online application for Connecting Opportunities or they can call Bary Malik on 07879 636427 .

Apart from weekly WhatsApp English classes we are also offering wellbeing workshops. for more details regarding those classes please contact Bary on the same number above. Date: 03/07/2020

Welcome Mentors

Are now providing a “Telephone Welcome Mentors” service.
– Translating important information to people whose first language is not English.
– Support – Befriending referrals assisting them by completing regular telephone communications to support the individuals wellbeing. This may also include text and Whats App. We have the new link on line at Volunteering Kirklees.  https://volunteeringkirklees.org.uk/job/telephone-welcome-mentor/
Dated: 07/07/2020

Meet try and learn

The project will return when social distancing measures are removed.
Dated: 07/07/2020

This Way 4 English 

We are now offering over the phone Assessments – please contact Anita on 07425444080 via phone , text or WhatsApp.

Free Zoom ESOL Classrooms

WhatsApp your Zoom teacher Saira on 07776 588698 for more information
Dated: 07/07/2020

Legal Advice

Citizen Advice – KCALC:
Cases by phone only: 03448487970
Dated: 08/04/2020

Job Centre
Service: Customers advised not to attend face to face appointments for 3 months.
You could find their updates on https://twitter.com/@dwp
Dated: 08/04/2020

Post Decision Team:
Please do not come to the Customer Service centre’s instead please call the team on 01484 221000 and ask for “Housing Solutions”.

The Post Decision cases need to make a claim for mainstream benefits.  They will continue to receive financial support until their benefits have come through.  However, once they have received their first payment they must inform the Home Office, to avoid any overpayments being made.
Dated: 20/04/2020

Refugee Council has been calling on the government to protect people seeking asylum and refugees at risk due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  We are particularly concerned for people who are unable to access accommodation or support, those on limited support and those in shared accommodation who may be unable to self-isolate.

This page provides a summary of the government’s response to date,  noting key temporary changes to asylum and resettlement policy and practice.  Information will be updated on a daily basis.  Last updated at 10:00am, on 3rd July 2020

To read all changes please click here

Home Office

a. Pause in face to face substantive asylum interviews:

In an update circulated on 18 March 2020, the Home Office have confirmed that they are temporarily suspending face to face substantive asylum interviews.

In the meantime, we are exploring other ways to find the information we need to make our decisions; digitally, by telephone and by post/ email, for example.  We can already interview people digitally from our offices or onsite in other location in some circumstances and are looking for support from digital colleagues to do that in a different way that doesn’t involve us being in one of our offices.  On that basis, we hope – availability of staff and applicants allowing – to be conducting those substantive asylum interviews again soon

b. Further Submissions to Liverpool Temporarily Suspended

It has now been confirmed that applicants wanting to make further submissions in support of a fresh claim for asylum no longer have to travel to Liverpool to hand them in. Instead, application can be sent in via post, or via e-mail (details below). This new process will be a temporary measure due to the Coronavirus. A message will be sent to all applicants who have already booked an appointment.

Postal address: FSU, The Capital Building, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9PP

Email : CSUCE@homeoffice.gov.uk

c. Sector Coordination on COVID-19

UKLGIG and the Red Cross have set up two Google groups to facilitate communications in the refugee and migration sector on coronavirus. The COVID-19 operations group will focus on service delivery, support and sustaining organisations. The COVID-19 policy group will discuss policy and advocacy efforts around migrants and refugees and COVID-19

If you would like to join either or both groups, please email Catherine at UKLGIG (catherine.kelly@uklgig.org.uk) or Leila (leila.zadeh@uklgig.org.uk)

Mears updates
Business as usual
Food Packs are available to vulnerable Asylum Seekers. Asylum Seekers need to contact Mears directly.
Dated: 08/04/2020

Migrant Help
A lot of staff members are working from home, however, We ask for support from our sector and the community to help direct our clients appropriately, particularly in encouraging clients to use our free national telephone line (0808 8010 503) for asylum queries.
Dated: 08/04/2020

Kirklees Council events postponed

Kirklees Welcomes Briefing sessions:
20 March 2020 – Dewsbury library – Dewsbury
23 April 2020 – The Mission – Huddersfield

Introduction to Migration:
26 March 2020 – Howlands Centre – Dewsbury
30 April 2020 – The Mission – Huddersfield

DASH is recruiting an Asylum Guides Coordinator

Hours: 18.75 hours a week
Salary: £12 an hour
Contract: 3 years

Deadline: 9 July 

Interviews: 14/15 July tbc

Start date: 1 August 2020

DASH is one of 7 frontline organisations covering 7 UK regions undertaking the Asylum Guides project, in partnership with Refugee Action and funded by Comic Relief. 

Rooted in the principles of Early Action, the Asylum Guides project takes a preventative approach that aims to empower those seeking asylum to better navigate the UK asylum system by increasing knowledge and understanding of their rights and options within it. The project will be delivered to DASH clients, by trained volunteers, through one-to-one and group-based sessions. The coordinator will recruit, train and manage the DASH team of Asylum Guides.

As those who have gone through the UK asylum system will be central to this project’s delivery, we are particularly keen to hear from refugees.

To apply, please email maeve.l@huddsdash.org for a full job description and application form.

huddsdash.org/

#KirkleesWelcomes – Its up to you

What is ‘It’s up to You’?
‘It’s up to You’ is the Kirklees Council’s Cohesion teams funding programme and one of the key ways in which  communities think how they can work together to improve the lives of everyone in their communities and get to know others in the local community.

What’s it all about?
The process is simple, local people submit ideas for small scale projects that will help bring people together in their areas, both people who are already living there and new migrants to the area. Individuals can apply for up to £100 and groups (who don’t have to be formal groups) can apply for up to £500.

These ideas are then put on display at a public event where everyone from the local area can read them and decide which ones they like best. Every voter has three votes to distribute as they see fit amongst the candidates. At the end of the event the votes are counted up and the projects with the most votes all get a share of the pot allocated to that are

What is funded?
The ideas are tremendously varied and reflect the different needs of the diverse areas of Kirklees. Past applications have included language classes for non-native speakers, fitness classes for older people, projection equipment for a community cinema, International Women’s Day projects, crèche facilities for working parents, funding for a Wellbeing Café and many more.

One World Group
Please take the time to watch the short film, One World Group is a fantastic International arts group in Huddersfield. A very talented group from all over the world who now live in and around Huddersfield. They came together because of their love of art and creativity but also bringing with that many different cultures and of course their amazing skills. The group before COVID19 met every Friday at S2R which is the perfect space for such a creative group

Being awarded £500 from Its Up To You has allowed the group to move from meeting in Jean York’s front room to rent a space in the Town Centre to develop their ideas and creativity

There are many people in this short film but a huge thank you to Jean York who established and developed the One World Craft group, Jean is joined in the film by Cllr Pattison Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities , Mashuda Shaikh Kirklees Faith and Integration Manager and also Yinka who you will see in one of the #CarryMyStory good news stories this week.

Brilliant work, a huge thank you to all involved.  

EU Citizens and Brexit: An Introduction to the EU Settlement Scheme

EU Citizens and Brexit: An Introduction to the EU Settlement Scheme

Online workshop via WebEx

Tue, 14 July 2020

1pm – 3pm

This online workshop is aimed at LAs, charities, third sector organisations and faith and community groups who are already working with EU nationals and their families, or who are likely to come into contact with this group in the future. The purpose of the online workshop is to give frontline staff and volunteers a clear understanding of the process for EU citizens and their family members to apply to legalise their stay in the UK in preparation for Brexit. The workshop will include presentations and delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Following the workshop, delegates will have a greater understanding of:

  • What the EU Settlement Scheme is and what steps EU nationals must take to secure their status after Brexit.
  • The rights that this new immigration status will give to EU citizens and their family members.
  • What constitutes immigration advice and what support needs to be regulated.
  • Where to signpost EU nationals to enable them to obtain other sources of support and further information.

This workshop is organised by Migration Yorkshire and Seraphus.

To secure a place, please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eu-citizens-and-brexit-an-introduction-to-the-eu-settlement-scheme-registration-112448466390

Welcome Mentor

The Welcome Mentors “WM” is a service commissioned by Kirklees Councils Communities Service, Third Sector Leaders “TSL” in Kirklees manage the programme working closely with the Councils Migration and Refugee Resettlement Team.

The WM is a befriending service and the team is playing such a vital role especially now during CO19 to reduce isolation and loneliness.

When an individual or a family have been referred, the WM team match them with the right mentor to provide a suitable support.

Currently, there are 70 active welcome mentor across Kirklees. They look after refugees, asylum seekers and migrants individuals and families on daily basis.

In the below video an explanation about the role of WM, what do they on daily basis and what is the criteria of a good welcome mentor. You don’t need to invest a lot of time to join the team and become a mentor. This is an open invitation for everyone to join the Welcome Mentor Team.