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Migrant Info Hub update #55: 19 – 25 February 2022

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: PCR home testing for people eligible for new Covid-19 treatments

The UK Health and Security Agency have published guidance on new antibody and antiviral treatments to people with Covid-19 who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill.

These include easy read guidance in English and guidance in Welsh.

Information Resources

  1. Leeds Long Covid Community Rehabilitation Service

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have developed the Leeds Long Covid Community Rehabilitation Service to help people in Leeds who are experiencing new, long lasting problems 12 weeks or more after a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.

  1. Covid-19 testing before you travel to England

Gov.UK have updated their guidance on who should take a Covid-19 test before travelling to England.

Anyone travelling from Ukraine is exempt from taking a test, due to the current political situation there.

Migrant Info Hub update #54: 12 – 18 February 2022

Due to ongoing changes, we are currently reviewing our Hub content, structure, and updates. If you have any feedback on what is or is not useful, or what could be, please let us know.

Best wishes,

MIH team

 

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Survey on EU Citizens Healthcare Entitlement

Doctors Of The World have launched a survey in 7 languages aimed at gaining a better understanding of EU citizens’ experiences when accessing primary and secondary care in the UK.

A social media pack is available in the 7 languagesBulgarian, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.

  1. Translated: Antibody test kits

Updated guidance explaining what antibody test kits are and how they work available in: Bangla, Chinese (Simplified), Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.

  1. Translated: COVID-19 saliva test kit instructions

The UK Health Security Agency have published guidance on how to take a saliva sample for COVID-19 testing.

This information is also available in Large Print, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Simplified, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Punjabi Shahmukhi, Romanian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Welsh and Urdu.

  1. Translated: Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

UK.Gov have updated their guidance for households with a possible Covid-19 infection.

This is also available in: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Punjabi Shahmukhi, Slovak, Somali, Tamil and Urdu.

  1. Translated: Guidance for funerals and commemorative events

UK.Gov guidance for funerals and commemorative events during the coronavirus pandemic has been updated to reflect changes in the law on face coverings.

This guidance is also available in: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Punjabi Shahmukhi, Slovak, Somali, Tamil and Urdu.

  1. Translated: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus

UK.Gov has updated their guidance for contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19 infection who do not live with the person.

This is also available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Punjabi Shahmukhi, Slovak, Somali, Tamil and Urdu.

  1. Translated: COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people

Various vaccine resources for young people aged 12 – 17 and their parents, including accessible versions.

Main version available in: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

Information Resources

  1. Covid-19: advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

The Home Office have updated their Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.

The government has removed concessions for people working in healthcare whose visa expires between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021 and for pre-registration nurses and midwifes on the Temporary Register in the UK.

  1. Covid-19: advice for pregnant employees

The Department of Health and Social Care has updated their guidance for pregnant employees in the workplace.

Employers must now undertake a workplace risk assessment for their pregnant employees.

  1. UKHSA Review: Vaccine helps reduce risk of Long Covid

A new review by UK Health Security Agency shows that people who have had one or more doses of a Covid-19 vaccine are less likely to develop Long Covid than those who remain unvaccinated.

  1. Covid-19 rapid testing made easier for partially sighted people

The UK Health Security Agency has launched a new service making it easier for partially sighted people to use lateral flow tests in their home.

  1. Covid-19 vaccination: resources for parents and children aged 5 to 11 years

New UK.Gov resources added including easy read leaflet for at risk and young children aged 5 – 11, a guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years of age at high risk and an easy read guide for parents.

Introduction to Migration training – March 2022

The Migration and Resettlement Team at Kirklees Council in collaboration with Migration Yorkshire are inviting you for Introduction to Migration training on Mon, 21 March 2022 13:30 – 16:00 GMT.

Aim

  • Officers, managers, frontline staff and partners responsible for both strategic and operational management and frontline service delivery
  • Officers, managers, frontline staff and partners representing diverse communities who may have no or little knowledge and want to increase their understanding on migration issues

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand different types of migrant groups and different routes of entry to the UK
  • Understand the patterns of migration in the local area and the region and the impact this has on service delivery
  • Understand some of the key current issues relating to migration
  • Understand some of the challenges that can affect migrants and communities with migrants and how Councils and other services may respond to some of these challenges.

If you have any questions please contact:  migrationandresettlement@kirklees.gov.uk

Training Zoom link will be send prior to the meeting

To book your free ticket please click on the link

Password: AM22

Migrant Info Hub update #53: 5 – 11 February 2022

Due to ongoing changes, we are currently reviewing our Hub content, structure, and updates. If you have any feedback on what is or is not useful, or what could be, please let us know.

Best wishes,

MIH team

 

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Immunisation information for migrants

The UK Health Security Agency have updated their immunisation guidance for migrants ensuring that people entering the UK can access routine vaccinations.

This information is also available in: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional) Farsi, Kurdish Sorani, Panjabi, Pashto, Portuguese, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish, Ukrainian and Urdu.

  1. Translated: Every Vaccination Matters leaflet

Kirklees Council have shared translated versions of a leaflet encouraging the uptake of Covid-19 vaccinations on their Kirklees Welcomes blog.

This guidance is also available in Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish Sorani and Tigrinya.

Information Resources

  1. COVID-19 vaccination: British Sign Language resources

BSL video guide to Covid-19 second dose vaccination for 16 and 17 year olds and BSL video guide on waiting after your Covid-19 vaccination have been added to this resource.

  1. Social isolation and social connection across Yorkshire and Humber: the experiences of migrant communities

Migration Yorkshire is working in partnership with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) on a joint research project that aims to understand how migrants and longstanding communities experience social connections and/or social isolation in their communities.

We are seeking participation from people working with communities in Scarborough, Kirklees, York and Barnsley but encourage involvement from stakeholders across Yorkshire and Humber.

  1. How asylum seekers can get jobs in social care

The organisation Free Movement have published an article detailing how the addition of social care workers to the Health and Care visa and Shortage Occupation List will mean that people who have been waiting over a year for a decision on an asylum claim can apply for permission to work in these roles.

  1. Bridges and deserts: creating a solid foundation for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller civil society

Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) have published a report on the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller civil society micro-sector of the voluntary sector.

  1. Official survey: Revoking vaccination as a condition of deployment across health and social care

The Department of Health and Social Care are seeking views on their intention to revoke provisions which require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of deployment in health and social care settings.

This consultation is open to the public and closes at: 11:45pm on 16 February 2022.

  1. Improving GP registration and access for migrant health

The British Journal of General Practice has published an editorial calling for more inclusive migrant health care and considering the impacts of COVID-19 on access to primary care for undocumented migrants in particular.

Migrant Info Hub Update Information

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Refugee Week 20-26 June 2022 Healing

Dear partners

The Migration and Refugee Resettlement Team at Kirklees Council wants to thank you for all the work that have you been doing supporting refugees living in Kirklees.

Special thanks for those who ran and supported activities during Refugee Week 2021.

The following information can be seen on the official Refugee Week Website.

This year Refugee Week 2022 theme is Healing. Through creativity and conversations, Refugee Week 2022 will be a celebration of community, mutual care, and the human ability to start again.

Healing means recovering from a painful experience or situation, so that we can continue to live. No-one understands this better than those who have lost their homes and had to build new lives from scratch. We have much to learn from refugees about holding onto hope when going on seems impossible – as well as about how art, creativity and community can help us to heal.  Those going through the asylum system also know that healing is an ongoing process, made harder by poverty, housing difficulties and the threat of being detained or deported. Asking for change, so that refugees can truly feel safe, is an act of care.

Whether it’s about looking after ourselves and each other at difficult times, overcoming political divisions or coming together to fight for the survival of our shared planet, healing matters to all of us. Whoever and wherever you are, we hope you’ll join us for Refugee Week 2022 to imagine a world where healing replaces harm, and care becomes our shared currency.

Refugee Week 2022 is 20–26 June, and we are inviting you to think about any activities that can be linked to the theme Healing for the asylum and refugee community.

If you have any activities idea please contact:

MigrationAndResettlement@Kirklees.gov.uk

the above picture was taken from the Refugee Week Website during last year’s event. Please have a look at the full article .

Migrant Info Hub update #52: 29 January – 4 February 2022

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus

The UK government has updated their guidance for contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19 infection who do not live with the person.

This information is also available in: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Punjabi Shamakhi, Slovak, Somali, Tamil and Urdu.

  1. Translated: A guide to Covid-19 booster vaccinations

UK.Gov have updated their guide to booster vaccinations for people aged 18 years and over, as well as people aged 16 years and over who are at more risk from Covid-19.

This guide is also available in: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

A guide to booster vaccination for young people aged 16 years and over and those aged 12 years and over who are at risk is available in:

Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

  1. Translated: Vaccination leaflets and posters for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding (updated)

UK.Gov have updated their information leaflet: COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding.

Also available in: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

A British Sign Language video, a Braille version, English large print version and an audio version are available.

  1. Translated: Access to Work: factsheet for customers

The Department for Work and Pensions have created a factsheet explaining how Access to Work can provide practical and financial support to help you overcome barriers to starting or keeping a job if you have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition.

This information and factsheet is also available in Welsh and there are videos in BSL.

Information Resources

  1. Covid-19: advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

The Home Office have updated their Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.

The ‘If you’re in the UK’ section has been amended, updating the exceptional assurance visa or leave expiry date to 31 March 2022.

The section ‘If you are in the UK but your Entry Clearance was not activated due to COVID-19 restrictions’ has been removed as the concession is no longer available.

  1. Official travel guidance – for people arriving in, and travelling from England

The UK Government has updated their guidance for people travelling to England.

The rules around international travel to England will change from 11th February.

  1. Coronavirus and the social impacts on disabled people in Great Britain report

The Office of National Statistics have published a report, based on data from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey: Coronavirus and the social impacts on disabled people in Great Britain: March 2020 to December 2021

Migrant Info Hub Update Information

  • This roundup will be sent weekly on Fridays
  • On the Updated Hub you can now search for resources by language, by topic or by date
  • If you have any feedback on the format or content of this weekly roundup, or the Migrant Info Hub, it is warmly welcome
  • Please feel free to share this information with your networks – new subscribers can sign up here
  • If you wish to unsubscribe, please let us know at admin@migrationyorkshire.org.uk

Introduction to Migration training

The Migration and Resettlement team at Kirklees Council in collaboration with Migration Yorkshire are inviting you for Introduction to Migration training on Mon, 14 February 2022 13:30 – 16:00 GMT

Aim

  • Officers, managers, frontline staff and partners responsible for both strategic and operational management and frontline service delivery
  • Officers, managers, frontline staff and partners representing diverse communities who may have no or little knowledge and want to increase their understanding on migration issues

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand different types of migrant groups and different routes of entry to the UK
  • Understand the patterns of migration in the local area and the region and the impact this has on service delivery
  • Understand some of the key current issues relating to migration
  • Understand some of the challenges that can affect migrants and communities with migrants and how Councils and other services may respond to some of these challenges.

If you have any questions please contact:  migrationandresettlement@kirklees.gov.uk

Training Zoom link will be send prior to the meeting

To book your free ticket please click on the link

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Migrant Info Hub update #49: 18 December 2021-14 January 2022

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Official – How to take a home PCR test

The UK government have updated their Covid-19 PCR home test kit instructions.

An easy-read version is available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi (India), Punjabi (Pakistan), Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, Somali, Urdu, and Welsh.

The updated guidance is also available in Video – English, Digital Braille – English , Digital Braille – Welsh, Audio – English (available to download), Audio – Welsh, Large Print – English, Large Print – Welsh and Giant print – English.

  1. Translated: What your NHS Covid Pass letter tells you

The UK Health Security Agency has issued guidance on the types of NHS Covid Pass letters available.

This information is available in Easy Read, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Lithuanian, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Spanish and Urdu.

  1. Translated: Covid-19 rapid lateral flow test instructions: SureScreen

The UK Health Security Agency has produced guidance on how to do a SureScreen rapid nose-only test for COVID-19 and report the results. This test is only for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

This guidance is available in Easy Read, Large Print, Video, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Simplified, Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Punjabi Shahmukhi, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Somali, Turkish, Welsh and Urdu.

Information Resources

  1. Booster jab and Covid Pass briefing for people not registered with a GP / lacking an NHS number

Doctors of the World have collated resources to help organisations supporting migrants navigate the latest announcement with regards to the Covid Pass and the booster jab.

  1. Learning English survey for HongKongers settling in Yorkshire and Humber

Migration Yorkshire has launched an anonymous survey on Learning English on our Hong Kong hub in order to support local provision planning for new arrivals, and ensure that English learning needs are met.

  1. Find help and support if you have Long Covid

The Department of Health and Social Care have collated resources to assist people affected by Long Covid, including medical and financial support.

  1. Guidance for international students on travel, vaccines and visa concessions

The Department for Education have issued a letter giving guidance to international students about travel, vaccines and visa concessions.

Universities UK has also provided a check list for higher education providers to ensure students can be supported in isolation.

  1. Guidance for providers of accommodation for asylum seekers during Covid-19

Public Health England have provided guidance for all staff involved in the support of asylum seekers in all accommodation settings, which has been updated:

  • to reflect changes to testing requirements for incoming travellers to England.
  • to reflect changes to the self-isolation advice for people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result.
  1. Covid-19: advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

The Home Office have updated the advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.

  • The deadline to provide specified documents has been extended to 31 March 2022.
  • The temporary concession for coronavirus (COVID-19) related research has ended.
  • People in receipt of an endorsement from a Global Talent endorsing body who have not been able to apply for a visa within the 3-month deadline due to Covid-19 related reasons, may still be eligible.
  1. Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

UK.Gov have updated their guidance for households with a possible Covid-19 infection, including a summary of changes and an infographic on how to prevent the spread of Covid in the home.

Training and Events

  1. JCWI report launch – Undocumented migrants facing Covid in a hostile environment

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants are launching a report based on interviews with undocumented migrants, exploring some of the systemic issues they have faced as a result of the UK’s Hostile Environment policies.

Sign up to join the free Zoom launch event on Tuesday 18 January 2022 from 6.00 – 7.30 pm         for a panel discussion chaired by Clive Lewis MP.

  1. Migrant Aspiration Programme from Migrants’ Rights Network

The Migrant Aspiration Programme (MAP) is a free 4 month online training course created for anyone who has lived experience of migration and the hostile environment. MAP is for people who are looking to lead and make a difference in their community. Training will run from April – July and the application deadline is the beginning of February.

  1. Online launch of maternity resource pack from City of Sanctuary

City of Sanctuary UK are holding an online launch of their first ever Maternity Resource pack on Thursday 27th January at 11:00.

Holocaust Memorial Day event 2022

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters

Please see the attached publicity for the Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 event taking place on  Wednesday 26th January 2022 at St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield. The event will begin with a Procession of the Weeping Sisters through town beginning at 6.15pm and leading to St pauls’ for the commemoration event starting at 7pm which we are preparing in partnership with Kirklees Council, the Holocaust Exhibition & Learning Centre, the University of Huddersfield and Creative Scene.  Survivor Liesel Carter will be talking to children from Flockton First School and CarltonJ&I School. he children will also be singing a song they have written with musician Andy Burton called One Day.

Following the commemoration event, there will be a special performance of Portrait of a Composer, the story of composer and musician Gideon Klein who died in Thieresenstadt and featuring the Gideon Klein Trio.

Please note that further government restrictions relating to Covid may lead us to change or adapt these plans. We will keep everyone informed via email and social media. 

We are also preparing an online film/event involving all 5 local authorities in West Yorkshire to be launched on youtube on Wednesday 27th January. Details of this will be available very soon.  

With very best wishes

Kim

for more information kim.strickson@6millionplus.org

to download please click here and here

Migrant Info Hub update #48: 11 – 17 December 2021

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Omicron statement from the WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released an update on the coronavirus variant Omicron, which has been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Spanish and Russian.

The statement covers the following topics:

  • Current knowledge about Omicron, including its transmissibility and severity of disease
  • Effectiveness of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • Effectiveness of vaccines
  • Effectiveness of current tests
  • Effectiveness of current treatments
  • Studies underway
  • Recommendations for countries (and their populations)
  1. Translated: Personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance for unpaid carers

The UK Health Security Agency have published guidance outlining personal protective equipment (PPE) advice for unpaid carers who do not live with the person they care for.

This leaflet is available to download or order in the following languages:       AlbanianArabicBengaliBrazilianPortugueseBulgarianChineseEstonianFarsiGreekGujaratiHindiLatvianLithuanianPanjabiPashtoPolishRomanianRomanyRussianSomaliSpanishTagalogTurkishTwiUkrainianUrdu and Yiddish.

  1. Translated: Guidance for funerals and commemorative events

UK Gov guidance for funerals and commemorative events during the coronavirus pandemic has been updated to reflect changes in guidance on face coverings and the introduction of the NHS COVID Pass.

Available in: English, Easy Read, Arabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

Information Resources

  1. Guidance for providers of accommodation for asylum seekers during Covid-19

Public Health England have provided guidance for all staff involved in the support of asylum seekers in all accommodation settings.

This guidance has been updated:

  • to reflect changes to self-isolation requirements for contacts of people who have been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • in line with Plan B rule changes on the use of face coverings in indoor settings and changes to advice on self-isolation for contacts, encouraging daily LFD tests.
  1. Prove your COVID-19 status to work at venues or events operating status checks

Following the UK government’s change in rules for anyone attending certain venues on 15th December, the guidance has altered for customer-facing employees whose workplaces operate Covid-19 status checks.

Employees in venues or events where certification applies are strongly advised to be vaccinated or regularly testing.

  1. Face coverings poster for businesses and organisations

The UK government have issued a poster reminding people to wear a face covering when in certain areas, which can be used by organisations to remind the public that they must adhere to this unless they are exempt.

Check the list of settings where face coverings are required.

Migrant Info Hub Update Information

  • This roundup will be sent weekly on Fridays
  • On the Updated Hub you can now search for resources by language, by topic or by date
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Migrant Info Hub update 13th – 19th November 2021

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: How to do a coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow test at home

The UK government have compiled translated versions of guidance on how to take a rapid lateral flow test at home.

Also available embedded in the blogpost in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Polish, Punjabi Gurmukhi, Punjabi Shamakhi, Romanian, Slovak, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh.

  1. Translated: How to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19)

There is now an Easy Read version of the guidance in English.

  1. Translated: COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people

A leaflet on the second Covid vaccine for 16 – 17 year olds is available to download.

  1. Translated: Vaccination leaflets and posters for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding (updated)

Versions of the easy read leaflet are available in Audio, Braille, English Large print and British Sign Language (video).

  1. COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021

The UK government are updating their Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 resources to make them more accessible including an Easy Read version in English.

Information Resources

  1. Tesco and Crisis mobile phone initiative for vulnerable people

Tesco and the homelessness charity Crisis are running an initiative called Reconnect, offering free mobile phones, credit and connectivity to disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

  1. MORRA study request for participation from healthcare services

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust are looking for help in identifying great approaches or services that are supporting good health or good health care for refugees or people seeking asylum around the world. 

They are running the MORRA Study (Moments of Opportunity for Responsive health care for Refugees and people seeking Asylum) and their published protocol provides more detailed information about the research.

  1. Technical article: Analysis of characteristics associated with vaccination uptake

The Office for National Statistics has published a technical article titled ‘Analysis of populations in the UK by likelihood of having received a vaccination against Covid-19 using the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey’‘.

Training and Events

  1. Yorkshire, Humber and the North East Health Stream of Sanctuary Online Event on 24th November 2021

The Yorkshire, Humber and the North East Health Stream of Sanctuary invites you to participate in an online day of events on Wednesday 24th November 2021.

 11am – 12.30pm Improving sanctuary seeker access to NHS services

Specialised services have developed to meet the needs of sanctuary seekers, for example, Primary Care Practices specifically set up for asylum seekers. This stream aims to support City of Sanctuary Groups and Health Practitioners to develop and share good practice in inclusive health care for sanctuary seekers. Round table event chaired by City of Sanctuary UK Trustee Jeff Morgan.

1.30pm – 3.00pm Mental health – issues and experiences of people seeking sanctuary – things that work (and things that don’t work) 

Mental health and well-being are big issues for many people seeking sanctuary, made worse by the many impacts of the hostile environment. In this session we will look at some of the problems people face in getting help for mental distress and trauma and explore ideas for making things better.

Migrant Info Hub update 6th- 12th November 2021

 Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Official COVID-19 lateral flow home test kit instructions for throat and nose test

Now available in English, Easy Read, Large Print, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Polish, Punjabi (Indian), Punjabi Shamakhi, Romanian, Slovak, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh.

  1. Translated: A guide to Covid-19 booster vaccinations

This guide is available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

It can be accessed via English large print, a Braille version to order, an Audio version to download and British Sign Language video.

  1. Translated: What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination

Available in leaflet form in EnglishBraille and Large Print (available to order) Easy Read, AlbanianAmharicArabicBengaliBulgarianChineseEstonianGreekGujaratiHindiKurdishLatvianLithuanianPanjabiPolishPortuguese BrazilianRussianTwiUkrainian and Urdu.

Available as a video in British Sign Language and as an Audio download.

  1. Translated: COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people

Covid-19 vaccination guide for children and young people aged 12 – 17 available as an audio version to download, a Braille version to be ordered and a British Sign Language video .

Vaccination consent form for children available as a British Sign Language (BSL) video, an audio version  to download and a Braille version to order.

Information Resources

  1. Guidance for people vaccinated under WHO Emergency Use Listing and under 18s

Gov.UK have issued a travel update explaining changes to legislation coming into force at 4am on Monday 22 November 2021, including simplified travel rules for all under-18s coming to England and anyone vaccinated with vaccines on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing.

Important information for referral agencies

As of Monday 1st November, The Welcome Centre will be reopening to the public for the first time since March 2020. 

Since the pandemic began, The Welcome Centre has been closed to the public and we have been operating a home delivery service for our foodbank clients. Clients and referral agencies have been unable to visit our centre due to restrictions and for the safety of all those involved, however, as of 1st November that will change. 

From 1st November, clients and/or referring agencies will need to collect their food packs from The Welcome Centre.

  • Referrers can collect packs on behalf of clients from our Lord Street centre between 10 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday. Packs will be ready 1 hour after the referral has been made
  • Clients can collect their own packs from our Lord Street centre between 10 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday. Packs will be ready 1 hour after the referral has been made

In exceptional circumstances, some clients may be offered a delivery service.

When making a referral for a food pack please consider your clients’ needs and only request a delivery if your client meets one or more of the requirements below

  • Does your client or their child have either physical or mental health issues that prevents them collecting their packs?
  • Have you requested a large pack for your client with multiple items or for a large family?
  • We are not assuming that all clients with mental/physical health issues or requesting large packs are unable to collect their packs. They may be able or have transport available to collect their packs and should do where possible. Please check with your client whether they would prefer collection or delivery.
  • Alternatively if you as their referrer can collect on their behalf it should be arranged.
  • If your client does not meet one of these requirements but you feel they need a delivery then please call the AGS team on 01484 515086 ext 5 to discuss further

If you do not request a delivery it will be assumed that your client can collect.

Lone working or high risk clients

All packs for clients viewed as aggressive/high risk or pose a lone working risk will need to be collected by their referral agency.

We need your help So that those clients who are most in need receive our deliveries, it is vital that you support us with this process. We no longer have capacity to deliver 100% of our packs to clients and want to ensure that clients who meet the above requirements are prioritised based on their need.

Thank you

Sarah Mclellan

The Welcome Centre Virtual Assistant Support

07743 447966

Sarah@EurekaVA.co.uk

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 30th October- 5th November 2021

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: antibody test kit – guides in different languages

UK.Gov Step-by-step guide available in different languages on how to take your coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody test. Available in: Bangla, Chinese, simplified, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu, Welsh

  1. Translated: Guidance for funerals and commemorative events

Information for people who are involved in arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event Available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu

  1. Translated: Guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Available in: English, large print, easy read, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Urdu

  1. Translated: letter to patients on end of shielding programme

Available in English, large print, easy read,  audio, BSL, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu

  1. Translated: safer travel guidance for passengers

Available in: English, English Easy Read, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi (Pakistan), Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Somali, Urdu, Welsh

  1. Translated -lateral flow test kit instructions: ACON Flowflex nose only test

Translated guidance for people testing without symptoms. Available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Mandarin, Punjabi (Pakistan), Punjabi (India), Polish, Pashto, Romanian, Slovenian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh

  1. Translated – Therapeutic Health (IAHC) Communication Card

Translated tool to support access to healthcare Albanian, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Tigrinya.

  1. Translated – rapid lateral flow test kit instructions: “Orient Gene” nose only tests

Translated instructions on testing for asymptomatic people available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified), Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi (India), Punjabi (Pakistan), Polish, Pashto, Romanian, Slovenian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh

  1. Translated: Official COVID-19 lateral flow nose-only test kit instructions

Step-by-step guide on how to do a COVID-19 rapid nose-only test at home for yourself (or a child) and report the results.

Information Resources

  1. Communicating with speakers of Farsi

A useful guide designed for volunteers, but useful to anyone connecting with people from Afghanistan

  1. 5 Films: Healthcare for refugees: Where are the gaps and how do we help?

Refugee Council have produced 5 video films to share learning and good practice based on their experience of delivering the HARP project

  • Film 1 – It is different over here: access to healthcare in the UK.
  • Film 2 – Experiencing the asylum process in the UK and impact on health.
  • Film 3 – Access to health for people seeking protection in the UK.
  • Film 4 – The right to be understood: the importance of interpreting.
  • Film 5 – Experts by Experience.
  1. Maternity guides for women on asylum support

Refugee Council have produced maternity guides for women on asylum support It explains the healthcare services and financial support available during pregnancy and after birth.5 November 2021

  1. Refugee Council’s policy note on health barriers

Refugee Council’s policy note on health barriers outlines the main issues their clients are experiencing when they access health services, including issues arising in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. 5 November 2021

  1. The impact of the pandemic on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

The Annual report from Friends, Families and Travellers covers the impact of the pandemic on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

  1. Information about ordering technology for remote education

UK Gov added information about ordering tech to their get help with technology for remote education page

  1. Report: No viable alternatives: Social (in)security and the risk of labour exploitation during Covid 19

FLEX have published No viable alternatives: Social (in)security and the risk of labour exploitation during Covid-19. This report is the result of a partnership between FLEX, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) and United Voices of the World (UVW).

  1. Supporting the Roma community through Covid-19 report

The Roma Support Group has produced this report on lessons learned from the pandemic for engaging effectively with the Roma community.

  1. Webinar for midwives and health staff working with Afghan women

A webinar covering access to housing, support and primary care for Afghan women who are pregnant or new mothers will be held on 16th November 10:30-12:00.

Weekly Migrant Info Hub update 23 -29 October 2021

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Videos and leaflets in Tigrinya on NHS health checks and vaccines

TS4SE have shared animated videos in Tigrinya and English covering NHS annual health checks, Covid-19 vaccines and flu vaccines. There are also accompanying Tigrinya leaflets on health checks and vaccines.

2. Translated: Vaccination leaflets and posters for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding (updated)

The easy read leaflet is now available in Braille, English Large print and British Sign Language (video).

3. Translated: Official COVID-19 lateral flow nose-only test kit instructions

These lateral flow test instructions are now available in Dari and Pashto.

Information Resources

  1. Supporting the Roma community through Covid-19 report

Roma Support Group conducted a questionnaire between February and April 2021 to assess how the Covid-19 pandemic had affected the daily lives of their clients, and whether they were able to access support when needed.

Their report includes good practice recommendations on public health engagement and adapting existing support to changing community needs.

2. Official travel guidance – for people arriving in, and travelling from England

The government is continuously updating their guidance for people travelling to England.

People who qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England can book a lateral flow test for use from 24 October instead of a PCR test.

#KirkleesWelcomes International New Arrivals Team Bi Lingual Support Worker Vacancy

We are looking for 3 x applicants who can speak English and Arabic or English and Pashto/Dari

You will work as part of a team to support children, young people and their families who are International New Arrivals [INA) which include asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants, and children missing in education who have arrived in-to Kirklees and require educational provision.

You will work in partnership with other services e.g., Schools, Early support, C & K Careers, housing, health, and the voluntary sector to develop and extend effective home school liaison and positively impact on family integration, well-being, school attendance and pupil attainment.

You will need:

  • NVQ 3 or equivalent in a relevant subject e.g., health, social care or education
  • Proficient in IT.
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service
  • Driving licence or able to travel independently across Kirklees
  • Experience of working positively with children and families
  • Experience of working in partnership with other agencies e.g. Early Support, Social Care, schools, health, housing
  • Knowledge and understanding of the process of language acquisition

In order to be shortlisted for this job please provide examples of how you meet the skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications as detailed on the attached Job Profile.  CVs will  not be accepted.Closing date

11 November 2021, 11:55 PM

For more information and job description please visit Kirklees Council jobs page

https://kirklees.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-4/xf-a2d4b5bb0dc4/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/4/opp/4245-Bi-Lingual-Support-Worker/en-GB

Solace- Therapist Vacancies

Solace is recruiting therapists for two of our projects.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic regional therapeutic organisation supporting refugees and asylum seekers.  You would be joining an experienced team of 26 therapists working across the region to support people who have experienced war, persecution and exile.  Solace has worked in this area for 15 years and has developed considerable expertise in providing therapeutic support to people who arrive in the UK from all over the world.

There are two roles available, one based in Sheffield delivering part of the therapeutic element of the SPRING project, ( http://www.vas.org.uk/what-we-do/spring-project/) and the second delivering the Child and Family Wellbeing Project to refugees who arrive as part of the UK resettlement scheme.  (primarily Syria and Afghanistan)

Please see the job description – delivering the SPRING in Sheffield, click here.

Please see the job description – delivering the Children and families Wellbeing Project, click here.

If you would like an informal conversation about the roles please contact:

Please click here for an application form.  The closing date is midday on the 17th of November.  Please send your completed applications to kathryn@solace-uk.org.uk