Applications are now open for ‘Responding to Covid-19 Online Summer Leadership Programme: UK Migration & Refugee Sector’. The programme provides the tools, skills and development to overcome challenges, and to foster relationships that benefit organisations and the sector as a whole. It enables people to reach their leadership potential, build resilience and grow peer support networks during these challenging and uncertain times, through online learning and/or coaching and/or Action Learning Sets.
Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, so please don’t delay sharing this email / sending your application. More details here bit.ly/3dterqq where you can also sign up for the Info and Q&A Webinar link on Eventbrite on Thurs 21 May, 2-3pm. The programme is co-designed and co-delivered by Clore Social Leadership and LEx Movement (Lived Experience Leaders Movement hosted by the Centre for Knowledge Equity).
The International Organization for Migration – UN Migration would like to invite you to attend our webinar “Engaging Migrant Communities in the Context of Covid-19: Lessons from the Field”. In this 90-minute webinar we will explore the importance of migrant community engagement, as learned in previous pandemic responses. This will include information on successful methodologies for engaging migrant communities during a pandemic, case studies detailing how culture informs pandemic responses, and further resources to help support the success of local COVID-19 response measures. To better facilitate a more interactive webinar, participation will be limited to 50 attendees per session. We will therefore be offering this webinar on a weekly basis to ensure all who are interested have an opportunity to attend. We have identified the first three dates available below, with additional dates subject to demand.
Dates and time and more information could be found here
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These posts include important information about how parents could receive the e-voucher for free school meals if their children are entitled to this. You will find the information in a PDF document, as well as, video or audio file. Information is translated into Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi, Hungarian, Polish, Amharic, Mandarin, Albanian, Romanian, Spanish and Urdu.
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.
The Migrant Information Hub aims to offer useful information and resources to help migrants, and those supporting them, to stay safe, connected and informed, and to reduce the harmful impacts of coronavirus (Covid-19) on our region and on people’s lives. It includes new multi-lingual resources, national guidance, local services and support, plus news and updates on specific migrant issues.
We would be grateful if you would circulate details of this resource as widely as possible.
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.
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.
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
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.
“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.”
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
We are based within the Kirklees Education Safeguarding Service and support the children of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Economic Migrants to access education.
Due to the Covid19 restrictions all school and home visits have been cancelled however we are still here to support parents/carers to access educational provision for their children via telephone and email.
The International New Arrival team are available to ensure that families are given support to manager the school admissions processes, register at a school or nursery, access free school meals for eligible families and apply for free school uniforms. We will also continue to support the communication between home and school and signpost to other services should this be required.
Updates on Free School Meals
Kirklees LA have agreed to pay every family £15 per child who is eligible for free school meals for the October break. The school your child attends will provide you with this voucher. If you require any advice or support please contact us by telephone 01484 221919 or via email Ess.email@example.com. One of the team will contact you 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.
They have now started to accept ESOL referrals since Oct.
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:
Services: asylum casework, destitution support, welfare referrals. (Home Office, Migrant Help, Mears, Post Decision, Welcome Centre, Whitehouse Centre)
For updates: Twitter @DASH_ASYLUM_UK Facebook @DestituteAsylumSeekersHuddersfield
Volunteers Together Service: By telephone only 07804867564. When: 5 days a week Mon to Fri 10:00 till 16:00 Dated: 08/04/2020
Service: Over the phone only 01484 450866 for women aged 18+ When: Calls from 9 until 4 (answer machine available outside this time) Please leave a message if the phone is busy and your call be returned as soon as is convenient. Offering emotional support over the phone and online groups such as relaxation, confidence groups, relationship groups, dance movement and music therapy, alongside drop-ins where you can come to an online group and chat about your day over a cuppa. Specialist support for mothers living apart from their children, women in exile drop-in for new migrant women, specialist support for young women aged 11-25, the STAGE project specialist support for women over 16 years of age who have experienced sexual abuse and grooming. Low cost Counselling available and private paid counselling available on request.
New referrals can made by ringing the main number above- Self referrals and referrals by professionals are welcome.
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)
To see the referral information poster please click here
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: 26/11/2020
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
KirkleesCitizens Advice and Law Centre – KCALC: Cases by phone only: 03448487970 or via the Contact Form on the website www.kcalc.org.uk Dated: 10/11/2020
JCP has been open to the public since the past 3 months now.
However, we are only open for;
Necessary and urgent pre-booked appointments only.
All other appointments are being completed via phone.
Claimants are able to enter JCP offices to use our computers to look and apply for jobs or to make their UC claim online There may be time restrictions applicable during busy periods so people may have to wait outside or comeback at a given time to use these services.
Post Decision Team: Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the Customer Service Centres are only dealing with those who are homeless on the day. Please do not present at Customer Service Centres, instead call the team on 01484 221350 and ask for “Housing Solutions”. A member of the team will then make contact with you. 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: 09/07/2020
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
The Home Office are still registering asylum claims (though some people have reported difficulties getting their claims registered). If people do not claim asylum at the port of entry, screening interviews usually take place at the Asylum Intake Unit in Croydon (south London).
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Home Office are now also doing some asylum screening interviews in Glasgow, Belfast (which was already a screening interview location if you arrived to the UK in Northern Ireland), Liverpool, Leeds, Solihull and Cardiff.
Substantive (big) asylum interview
The Home Office have now (since July) begun doing some asylum interviews by video call. The Home Office were already using video link for some asylum interviews prior to the Coronavirus crisis. The Home Office are prioritising people who live closest to the video interview facilities (to reduce the need for travel). They intend to begin face-to-face interviews again at a later date.
Further submissions (fresh claims)
Previously, most people who wanted to submit further evidence to be considered as a fresh claim (read more in the Right to Remain Toolkit here) had to go and do this in person in Liverpool.
This requirement has been stopped for now – there are no face-to-face appointments in Liverpool taking place
You can submit further evidence by post or email.
The Home Office prefer evidence to be sent by email but this will not be possible for everyone.
Remember if you are sending it yourself (without the help of a lawyer), you will need to explain who you are, and what the evidence is, and how it amounts to a fresh claim – do not just send the evidence without explanation.
The details for sending the evidence are:
Further Submissions Unit The Capital Building Old Hall Street Liverpool L3 9PP
The maximum size of attachment (the documents you are sending) to the email is 20MB, you can send multiple emails if you will go over this amount. It would be useful to connect the multiple emails by saying in the email, for example “this is email 1 of 5”; “this is email 2 of 5.”
If you want to know about the progress of a fresh claim/further submissions you have already submitted, you can email the Home Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
A new guidance has been published on the resumption of substantive interviews. to read the full document please click here
If you click here you can read the answers to questions submitted at a recent Home Office event that Migration Yorkshire attended regarding interviews
Mears updates Business as usual When seeking asylum, you may be living in a shared house or flat, or you may be living in a bigger building with other residents.
Mears Housing Management has the government contract to provide accommodation and support for asylum seekers in Kirklees. When you arrive in your Mears accommodation, you will get details of your Housing Manager or Resident Welfare Manager who will make regular visits to your accommodation. Dated: 24/11/2020
“Migrant Help has one main national Freephone helpline number, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for all our clients.
We provide interpreters in any language. The number is : 0808 8010 503
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.
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: 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.
Alongside ongoing work exploring the integration of refugees in Yorkshire and the Humber the School of Human and Health Sciences (University of Huddersfield) and Migration Yorkshire invite you to a very different way of understanding and thinking about refugee integration in the UK through Legislative Theatre.
We are assembling an audience that will represent a variety of sectors, experiences and characteristics to be part of a special performance of Legislative Theatre which will address refugee integration strategies. Legislative Theatre brings community members, advocates, and policymakers together into creative dialogue about the rules and laws that affect communities facing oppression. Katy Rubin, the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed in New York, has been working in the region with a number of refugee actors to help connect real-world experiences to policy making.
It is well known that the social, economic and cultural integration of refugees is a multidimensional process in which individuals, statutory institutions, voluntary and community groups and all of social all have a role. However, it is also known that achieving and enacting integration can be complex, challenging and, in some cases, misunderstood. All too often to focus is on the newcomer to change without adequate understanding of the daily lives people lead in the UK.
At the region’s inaugural Legislative Theatre event, you will watch original plays based on the actors’ lived experiences of challenges as refugees in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Members of the audience can then volunteer to act onstage alongside the actors to offer alternative responses to these systemic problems on an individual, institutional, or policy level. The audience will then submit ideas to specially selected key representatives across the policy sphere within Yorkshire and Humber, and then vote on which ideas should be taken forward and acted on.
The event will be engaging, powerful and fun. It will make all who attend question what they think they know, what they do and how we can all contribute to change in some way. The event is free to attend, refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to share amongst your networks.
If you have any questions about the event please contact ; Professor Philip Brown, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS Professor of Housing and Communities
Kirklees continues to be a welcoming community, understanding and building on the benefits migration brings. Working together we want ensure that those who are vulnerable/seeking sanctuary can access the support that is available to them and importantly from our partners in the voluntary and faith sector.
We are inviting staff and volunteers from across Kirklees to attend two learning sessions: Kirklees Welcomes briefing session and an Introduction to Migration.
Kirklees Welcomes – briefing sessions
The aim of this sessions is to inform attendees about what support is available for new arrivals in Kirklees.
Outcomes: • Learn more about the #KW programme • Learn something new about the work going on across Kirklees • Get chance to meet the fantastic Kirklees Welcomes team!
North Kirklees Friday 20 March, 1pm – 4:30pm, Dewsbury Library. Full address – Dewsbury library, Railway Street, Dewsbury, WF12 8EQ Book your place via Eventbrite. Password = kw2020
South Kirklees Thursday 23 April, 10am – 1:30pm, The Mission, Huddersfield. Full address – The Mission, Huddersfield, 3-13 Lord Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1QA. Book your place via Eventbrite. Password = #KW3
Introduction to Migration (in collaboration with Migration Yorkshire)
The aim of this session is to provide attendees with in-depth information and awareness about the journey and experiences of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
Outcomes: • Understand the patterns of migration in Kirklees and Yorkshire • Understand some of the issues and challenges that can affect migrants • Learn about successful migrants and the benefit the brought to the country
North Kirklees Thursday 26 March, 09:30am – 1pm, Howlands Centre. Full address – Howlands Centre, School Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1LD. Book your place via Eventbrite. Password = #KW2
South Kirklees Thursday 30 April, 10am – 1:30pm, The Mission, Huddersfield. Full address – The Mission, Huddersfield, 3-13 Lord Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1QA. Book your place via Eventbrite. Password = #KW3
Kirklees Council & Victim Support run 4 drop in sessions for all people affected/harmed by crime and/or anti-social behaviour. We have 2 in North Kirklees and 2 in South Kirklees. No appointment is necessary, just drop in and bespoke support and advice can be accessed.
Looking for the right career can often be time-consuming and frustrating. The Huddersfield Careers Fair will offer candidates from all backgrounds, experience and education level the opportunity to speak to an abundance of local employers, all in one place.