18/01/2023 – Small Grants to Support Refugees in England

Funding to aid refugees by supporting their basic needs, integration and safety.

In partnership with Benefact Trust, the Church Urban Fund has opened a second round of Refugee Support funding.

Grants of £500 to £5,000 are available to Christian churches or registered Christian charities working across England.

In order to be considered eligible, charities must be recognised members of Churches Together in England. Churches must be in good harmony with other Christian churches in their locality.

Grants must be used for specific projects and activities, including:

  • Personal items such as clothing, mobile phones, bicycles, baby items.
  • Expenses for volunteers or facilities.
  • Integration and settling activities.
  • Language support.
  • Home items.

Funding is primarily intended to support Ukrainian refugees, but work with Afghan refugees will also be considered.

Applications are open on a rolling basis until 31 March 2023.



Extraordinary Stories

Dear colleagues, friends and supporters

If you haven’t done so already, please book a place to attend this first event for Holocaust Memorial Day at Batley Library this coming Thursday and support the 6 refugee contributors and local writer Yvonne Battle-Felton as they share their experiences of leaving hope during difficult circumstances and their messages of hope.  

Holocaust survivor Liesel Carter, survivor of the Bosnian conflict Jasmina Foric and four others from Burundi, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria will be there with their story boxes and books on display. Yvonne will facilitate a Q+A session with all of them. 

It’s free of charge but please book if possible. You can risk just turning up and you’ll be admitted as long as there is room!

Extraordinary Stories at Batley Library (events room) event tickets from TicketSource

Health and Wellbeing Day of Events February 16th

You are invited to join an online Day of Events, organised as part of City of Sanctuary’s Health and Wellbeing Stream to be held on February 16th. To register click here.

Please attend any or all of the sessions of interest:

9.45-10.45am – Regional planning session setting targets for 2023, open to anyone from Yorkshire, Humber and North East and colleagues interested in how a regional network can operate

11.00am – 1.00pm – Focus on sanctuary seekers access to dentists . Speakers include:

– Natalie Bradley is the Clinical Director for Dentaid and will talk about their mobile van offering dentistry to sanctuary seekers.

– Dr Martha Paisi (University of Plymouth) on research and clinical work being conducted at PDSE aiming to improve oral healthcare for asylum seekers and refugees.

– Simaa Jebabli, Chair of the YHNE regional health network discussing the frustrations of not being allowed to work, her work in Doncaster as a health volunteer and practical support she can offer. Also, the need for specialist support for refugee dentists to convert their training to UK context and qualifications.

- Simon Hearnshaw, practising dentist speaking about “Oral health patient pathways for Refugee/Asylum groups – can Core20PLUS5 bridge the gap”.

- Professor Bola Owolabi, Director of National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement for NHS England will also send a message for the event.

1.30 – 3.30pm – Mental health focus. Speakers include:

– Zaina Aljumma talking about the work she is doing for City of Sanctuary’s Health and Wellbeing Stream nationally.

– Anne Burghgraef from Solace sharing plans to create health champions nationally where passionate, interested people already working in the NHS and/or mental health sector will be provided with training and support.

- Dr Paula Foscarini-Craggs (Cardiff University) on mental health and physical activity

- Introducing the Afghan mental health guide and Red Cross Voices Network

– Exploring further the development of a mental health sub-group of the national health and wellbeing stream 

We look forward to seeing many of you online for what is promising to be a stimulating and informative day. If you are part of the Yorkshire, Humber and North East Health Stream network, you are welcome to join us to attend the event in person at York St John University. You should receive details in a separate email. Please contact me if you would like to join in person and do not receive another email from me.

Best wishes,

Dr Jeni Vine, Convenor, Yorkshire, Humber and North East Health Stream

WYCA Mayors fund and Household Support Funds

‘The WYCA Mayors fund and Household Support Funds have reopened via One Community.

Closing Date 13.1.2023

Local Charity Grants Available | One Community Kirklees (one-community.org.uk)

These funds are open to charitable organisations in Kirklees.

Applications made by Jan 13th will be taken to the panel.

These funds will support local community groups and charities that are supporting vulnerable people with essential items such as food, gas, electricity warm banks, and advice.

This funding is intended to be passed on to people in the community who need support due to the cost-of-living crisis.

Please note all monies awarded will need to be spent, utilised, and the monitoring form returned by March 24th 2023.’

WY Core20Plus5 Pregnant Asylum Seekers & Refugees VCSE Project – Open to applications (until 5pm, Weds 25 Jan)

The West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership’s Improving Population Health and Harnessing the Power of Communities Programmes have been connecting with a range of partners across West Yorkshire to develop the WY Core20PLUS5 Community Connectors VCSE project aimed at supporting pregnant asylum seekers and refugees.

The project is now open to applications from VCSE organisations until 5pm, Weds 25 Jan with the process managed by Nova Wakefield through its Third Sector Framework to enable a transparent and robust process. While focused on Wakefield, we encourage VCSE organisations from outside Wakefield to apply especially where they can demonstrate either their experience / connection of working with Wakefield / Urban House, that they can bring their experience to build capacity in this area within Wakefield and / or partnering with a Wakefield VCSE organisation.

Please find a brief overview below with a link to more info and how to apply. Please share far and wide to any VCSE organisations who might want to apply.

West Yorkshire Core20PLUS5 Community Connectors VCSE Project: Supporting Pregnant Asylum Seekers & Refugees

Funding available:                £58,500

Application deadline:           5pm, Weds 25 Jan

Area of focus:                        Wakefield (incl. learning for West Yorkshire and connections to Bradford & Districts, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds as appropriate)

More info & how to apply:   Via Nova Wakefield (https://www.nova-wd.org.uk/funding/core20plus5-community-connectors-programme)

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership are looking to fund voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to work with people with lived experience to:

  • Connect with pregnant asylum seekers & refugees and their own support networks
  • Improve access to maternity services & wider offers (particularly perinatal mental health) to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Develop as a health and care system that understands the needs of and responds effectively to pregnant asylum seekers & refugees
  • Co-produce resources for asylum seekers & refugees and the health and care system around maternity support and training for health and care staff to understand the specific needs related to continuity of maternity care

This project is focused on Urban House in Wakefield, an Initial Accommodation Centre where some people are housed via the Home Office dispersal system. In wanting to become an Integrated Care System of Sanctuary, it is essential we work with people seeking sanctuary as they enter West Yorkshire. Moreover, there have been increasing complex challenges facing such as increasing waiting times and delays in progression through the asylum system (including delays to access to financial support) prior to being moved from Urban House which has resulted in increasing numbers requiring maternity support.

Key to this project is working to create the conditions for people seeking sanctuary to feel supported by the health and care system and enabling a continuity of care from arriving in West Yorkshire at Urban House and to wherever they are then dispersed to within West Yorkshire (or the process when leaving the region). Recognising the challenges facing this community, it is essential that the project has trauma informed approach fully embedded.

If you would like to apply or have any questions, please click here for more information. The application deadline is 5pm, Weds 25 Jan.  

Growing Works – December Activity Overview

The end of the year is quickly approaching, Growing Work still has lots planned for Nurturing Healthy Lives Outdoors.

Our adult volunteering sessions are continuing throughout winter every Tuesday and Thursday 10.30am– 12.30pm with our end of season celebration planned for Tuesday 13th December which is our final bud session of the year. Bud sessions will return on Tuesday 3rd January 2023. We have introduced Mindful Making sessions on the first Thursday of each month. We are making sweet vegetarian mincemeat on 1st December and will be making bird feeders on 5th January .

We have seasonal adult activities with Mindful Crafts on Sunday 4th December and Bushcraft on Sunday 11th December.

For families with SEND/SEMH Sprout at Crow Nest Park continues each Saturday. The final Sprout session for 2022 is on Saturday 17th December, we are hosting a Parent Wellbeing Session during the regular session time for parents to make their own needle felted decoration.

For teenagers we have Young Shoots, the latest course is fully booked so look out for our next course in the new year.

For copies of all our flyers see our website Session Times and Information – Growing Works.

Please help us to spread the word about our session and pass this on to anyone who might be interested.

Many thanks,

Jess on behalf of the Growing Works team,

Jess Crawford – Project Coordinator- 07883905899

My regular working hours are Tuesday – Friday 9 – 5pm 

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Training – An overview of Refugee and Migrant Finance: Contextualizing debt, credit, financial exclusion and its impact.

This event has been organized by Voluntary Action Sheffield and Migration Yorkshire, and will be delivered by Josh Aspden. Josh is currently a Resettlement Policy Officer at East Midlands Council and ad-hoc Refugee and Migrant Financial Inclusion consultant.

An overview of Refugee and Migrant Finance: Contextualizing debt, credit, financial exclusion and its impact.

Wednesday 7th December 11:00 – 12:30 (Zoom)

Register via Eventbrite:

A free online training for staff and volunteers who are interested in learning about refugee and migrant finance.

The session will primarily focus on those with refugee status and asylum seeker status. It will give practitioners an insight into the formal/informal ongoing interactions that individuals have with the financial systems in settlement, home, transit, and 3rd Countries. Intersectional themes covered include:

  • indebtedness
  • debt
  • mental health and debt
  • informal lending networks
  • Financial Capability
  • Poverty trap/debt trap
  • “Friend in the Community”
  • marginalized groups.

The training will briefly cover the behavioural economics and psychology of those making financial decisions. It will also present several strategic recommendations to mitigate financial exclusion.

Holocaust Memorial Day – save the date

Dear colleagues, friends and supporters

We are pleased to send you this save the date notice for the Kirklees Holocaust Memorial Day event taking place on 26th January 2023 in Dewsbury. We are also organising a smaller event at Batley Library on 19th January called Extraordinary Stories and we will have a presence at the event on 24th at Holocaust Centre North. Please circulate widely. Further details to come after Christmas.

For those of you interested in participating and volunteering, we are holding a winter celebration at Creative Scene, 15 Union Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1BG on SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER at 1pm with refugees and friends together. Refreshments available plus bring and share festive food. We will also share plans for activities and workshops leading up to Holocaust Memorial Day.  All welcome, but please let us know if you are attending. 

for more information, please contact kim.strickson@6millionplus.org

Latest EU Settlement Scheme Quarterly Statistics & Grant Funding Extended

The latest EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) quarterly statistics report is now available to view on GOV.UK.

The latest quarterly statistics take an in-depth look at the total number of EUSS applications and their outcomes up to 30 September 2022. Application details published in this report include: 

  • Nationality 
  • Age
  • Constituent part of the UK 
  • Local Authority 

The dashboard overview below shows some key data from the latest quarterly statistics publication. Please feel free to share this through your networks. This can be downloaded from our Brandworkz platform.

The latest monthly figures show that:

  • 6.9 million applications were received by 30 September 2022, of which 822,630 were received after 30 June 2021*[1].
  • 6.7 million applications were concluded by 30 September 2022, of which 1.2 million were concluded after 30 June 2021.
  • By 30 September 2022, a total of 6.0 million (90% of concluded applications) were granted EUSS status, of which 3.4 million (50%) were granted settled status and 2.7 million (40%) were granted pre-settled status.
  • Of the remaining applications concluded, 143,550 (2%) were withdrawn or void, 131,150 (2%) were invalid and 375,400 (6%) were refused.

EUSS grant funding to support vulnerable applicants extended

The Home Office has confirmed that it is providing an additional £1.5 million in grant funding to a network of 60 organisations across the UK to support vulnerable citizens applying to the EUSS, including to switch from pre-settled to settled status. This brings the total Home Office grant funding since 2019 to £29 million, with the latest grant of funding extending to Spring 2023.

This funding has already supported more than 460,000 vulnerable citizens in applying to the EUSS. The network of grant funded organisations and their delivery partners are part of the wider support available to applicants through charities, community groups and local authorities across the UK. The list of current grant funded organisations is available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-community-support-for-vulnerable-citizens/list-of-organisations

How to apply or switch from pre-settled to settled status – help and support

The deadline for most people to apply to the EUSS was 30 June 2021, but eligible applicants may still be able to apply if they have a later deadline to do so or they have ‘reasonable grounds’ for missing the deadline at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme. We have published guidance on reasonable grounds for missing the deadline which is available at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/eligibility.

Support is also available to vulnerable individuals with pre-settled status who are eligible to apply for settled status. This is usually after they have been continuously resident in the UK for five years. Further information on switching from pre-settled to settled status is available at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/switch-from-presettled-status-to-settled-status.

There is currently a wide range of support available to those applying to the EUSS. This includes help for people who may not have the appropriate skills or access to apply online, and support for children in care and young people who have left care. Further Home Office telephone and Assisted Digital support can be found at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme.

Key points to remember about the EUSS

  • Child citizenship: Children born in the UK to at least one parent with settled status will be British automatically. Children born in the UK on or after 1 July 2021 to a parent with EUSS status may still be British automatically even if their parent did not have settled status at the time of the child’s birth. This may be the case where:
    • The parent had applied for settled status by 30 June 2021 but was granted this after the birth; or
    • The parent applied for settled status after 30 June 2021, had reasonable grounds for submitting a late application, and would have been granted settled status had they applied by 30 June 2021.
  • More information about this and other circumstances in which a child is a British citizen automatically can be found at www.gov.uk/check-british-citizenship
  • Any child who is not a British citizen and is born to parents with EUSS status in the UK will need their parents to obtain status for them under the EUSS, within three months of their birth, or later, where there are reasonable grounds for the delay in making the application. Applications should be made here: www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status.    
  • Applying on behalf of children: An application must be made for every eligible child within a family. Parents should check if they need to make a late application on behalf of their children, even if they have already applied to the EUSS and been granted a status themselves. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/apply-settled-status-for-child.
  • International travel and EUSS status: Non-EEA citizens who hold EUSS status and would ordinarily need a visa to travel to the UK should carry their valid biometric residence card (BRC) when travelling internationally and present it to the carrier, and at the UK border, to prevent delays. A list of nationalities requiring a visa to travel to the UK as a visitor, or for any other purpose for less than six months, is available at www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-visitor-visa-national-list.  
  • Joining family members: There is no cut-off date for eligible family members to join EU, EEA and Swiss citizens with EUSS status based on residence in the UK by 31 December 2020, provided they apply to the EUSS within three months of their arrival in the UK. Further information for joining family members is available at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/join-EU-EEA-Swiss-family-member.
  • Temporary rights: Eligible EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who make a valid late EUSS application will have their rights in the UK temporarily protected until they receive the outcome of their EUSS application, including any administrative review or appeal. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/government/news/temporary-protection-for-more-applicants-to-the-settlement-scheme
  • Evidencing status in the UK: EUSS status holders will have created a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account when they applied to the EUSS. They need to use their UKVI account credentials to sign into the online ‘view and prove’ service available at www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status where they can access their immigration status (eVisa) and use it to evidence their rights in the UK. Further information about how individuals evidence their immigration status in the UK is available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/view-and-prove-your-immigration-status-evisa.
  • Support available: Support is still available to those who are eligible and need help to make a late application to the scheme, or to switch from pre-settled to settled status. Please help us reach these people by sharing the link to services across your channels www.gov.uk/help-eu-settlement-scheme. Details of further Home Office telephone and Assisted Digital support can be found at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme.

We are very grateful for your continued support in raising awareness of the EUSS among key audiences.

[1] *The deadline for applications from those EEA citizens and their family members resident in the UK by 31 December 2020

Refugee casework and family reunion travel assistance for Ukranian refugees in Yorkshirt & Humber region

The British Red Cross (BRC) has a newly established Refugee Support Ukraine Project to
provide casework support to refugees from Ukraine who are saying in the Yorkshire and
Humber area to help them to access essential services and integrate in their local communities.
We also provide the refugees with family reunion travel assistance to help them bring their
family member(s) who hold relevant UK visa to join them in the UK.
We support the refugees by:

  • providing general information and casework support to help address their practical and
    integration needs.
  • providing family reunion travel assistance related casework including by buying flight
    ticket for the family member(s), assist with their departure from the countries
    neighbouring Ukraine through our partners such as the International Organisation for
    Migration (IOM), and providing the family with post-arrival casework and support their
    integration needs in the UK.
  • provide short-term emergency provisions to destitute refugees who are waiting for their
    financial payments from the DWP and whenever possible mobile SIM cards.
  • providing emotional support and one-to-one information session on the refugee journey
    to help them understand their rights and entitlements; and referrals for specialist
    support as needed.
  • Referring and signpost them to integration and orientation activities and volunteering
    We receive referrals from across the board of anyone from Ukraine who seeks advice and
    casework including from those not under visa scheme. Our project will complement the support
    provided locally by other charities, community organisations, and the statutory organisations.
    For referrals to and further information about our project please contact our main office in
    Leeds on 0113 2015267, or email us at refugeesupportwy@redcross.org.uk

Social connections toolkit – a new resource grounded in experience from Yorkshire and Humber

Migration Yorkshire is delighted to share the toolkit Building the foundations for social connections in Yorkshire and Humber published this week by our research partners at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

This toolkit is designed to support people working with refugee, migrant and receiving communities in the Yorkshire and Humber region to build the foundations for meaningful social connections and promote social cohesion.

The toolkit focuses on the experiences of refugees and other new arrivals in Yorkshire and Humber, and how new migrant communities can be supported to make connections in their new homes. It encourages the reader to think about how they can contribute to creating villages, towns and cities that are welcoming and which invite everyone – no matter their immigration status – into the fold. It is designed to:

  • provide an evidence base and share the research findings
  • inspire action through the words of Yorkshire and the Humber residents 
  • showcase best practices through local and national case studies – including from Hull, Todmorden and Bradford
  • offer practical guidance and tools
  • be a repository of key resources.

You can also check out the coverage from Monday’s Yorkshire Post (p.6) and one of the authors in local authority magazine the MJ.

We hope you find the toolkit valuable reading and share it with people and networks in your area of work. You’re welcome to promote it on social media (see our tweet for example) if you’re happy to do so. If you would like to discuss the toolkit or the research findings, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to our partner organisations in the region who helped this project along the way with ideas, contacts and more, who have been part of realising this final output.

The toolkit was produced as part of Migration Yorkshire’s Refugee Integration Yorkshire and Humber (RIYH) project.

Click here to download the toolkit (PDF)

Click here to download the manifesto for action

Translated information about COVID-19 & flu vaccination for refugee & asylum seeker

Please see below links to the translated versions for the winter flu and the COVID-19 resources in all the usual languages. Please note that leaflets are available to some community pharmacies to order.

COVID-19 autumn booster resources https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-autumn-booster-resources

Paper copies of the English version of this leaflet are available free to order or download.

This leaflet has been translated into the languages below and are available to download. For paper copies of translations and alternative formats please order quantities required and these will be dispatched as soon as they are available.

AlbanianArabicBengaliBulgarianChinese (simplified)Chinese (traditional, Cantonese)EstonianFarsiFrenchGreekGujaratiHindiItalianLatvianLithuanianPanjabiPashtoPolishPortugueseRomanianRomanyRussianSomaliSpanishTagalogTigrinyaTurkishTwiUkrainianUrduYiddish and Yoruba.

An English large print version is available to order.

Braille version of this leaflet is available to order.

British Sign Language (BSL) videos on COVID-19 vaccination are available to view or download.

An audio version is available to download.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-women-of-childbearing-age-currently-pregnant-planning-a-pregnancy-or-breastfeeding

Paper copies of the previous version are available free to order or download in the following languages and formats:

EnglishEnglish large printAlbanianArabicBengaliBulgarianChinese (simplified)Chinese (traditional, Cantonese)EstonianFarsiFrenchGreekGujaratiHindiItalianLatvianLithuanianPanjabiPashtoPolishPortugueseRomanianRomanyRussianSomaliSpanishTagalogTigrinyaTurkishTwiUkrainianUrduYiddish and Yoruba.

An easy-read version of this leaflet is available for people with a learning disability and their carers.

British Sign Language videos are available to view and download.

Braille version of this leaflet is available to order.

An audio version is available to download.

quick links poster with QR codes to the COVID-19 vaccination: a guide on pregnancy and breastfeeding and the Pregnancy: how to help protect you and your baby leaflets is available to download.

Winter flu – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-who-should-have-it-this-winter-and-why

Paper copies of this leaflet are available free to order or download in the following languages:

EnglishAlbanianArabicBengaliBulgarianChinese (simplified)Chinese (traditional, Cantonese)EstonianFarsiFrenchGreekGujaratiHindiItalianLatvianLithuanianPanjabiPashtoPolishPortugueseRomanianRomanyRussianSomaliSpanishTagalogTigrinyaTurkishTwiUkrainianUrduYiddish and Yoruba.

An English large print version is available to order.

Braille version of this leaflet is available to order.

All of the above available to order from https://www.healthpublications.gov.uk/Home.html or call 0300 123 1002

Migrant Info Hub update #72: 4 November 2022

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Covid-19 vaccination resources for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding

A leaflet on Covid-19 vaccinations during pregnancy or breastfeeding is available in English, English large print, English Easy Read, Audio, Braille, British Sign Language, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional, Cantonese), Estonian, Farsi, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu, Yiddish and Yoruba.

  1. Translated: resources on flu vaccination for parents and carers

Protect your child against flu – information for parents and carers leaflet is available in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional, Cantonese), Estonian, Farsi, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

An English large print, Braille version, audio version available to download and a British Sign Language video are also available.

  1. Translated: Modern Slavery awareness video

Leeds City Council’s Migration Team worked in partnership with the Safeguarding and Domestic Violence team, Hope for Justice (a charity working with victims of modern slavery) and West Yorkshire Police to create a 7 minute film that raises awareness of modern slavery.

Modern slavery video – with English subtitles

Modern slavery video – with Vietnamese subtitles

Modern slavery video – with Albanian subtitles


Information Resources

  1. Factors affecting vaccine delivery and uptake in adult migrants in UK primary care

BMJ Open have published a study in the National Library of Medicine, “We don’t routinely check vaccination background in adults”: a national qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to vaccine delivery and uptake in adult migrants through UK primary care.

Events and Training

  1. On Your Side info sessions

On Your Side is a new nationwide service offering dedicated support for East and Southeast Asian victims of racism and/or other forms of hate.

The service includes a 24/7 freephone helpline available in East and Southeast Asian languages; a website with reporting forms and resources; and ongoing community-based support delivered by trained casework advocates.

These online information sessions are designed for East and Southeast Asian community members as well as staff, volunteers and/or organisers at community groups, businesses, university groups, trade unions, and faith groups.

  • Wednesday 9th November 5.30pm-6.30pm
  • Tuesday 22nd November 10am – 11am

Register on Eventbrite to attend either session – if you have any questions, please contact info@onyoursideuk.org

Migrant Info Hub update #71: 14 October 2022

Translated Resources

  1. Translated – All lateral flow test instructions

British Sign Language resources have been added for the Surescreen lateral flow, Orient Gene antigen self-test and ACON Flowflex nose only test as well as the rapid throat and nose lateral flow test.

  1. Translated leaflets encouraging flu vaccination uptake

Public Health Agency have created a leaflet encouraging people to take the flu vaccine also available in British Sign Language, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Slovak.

Information Resources

  1. Mental health and homelessness guide

Groundswell and MIND have created a mental health guide for people experiencing homelessness to help them understand their rights to mental health support if they’re having thoughts, feelings or experiences that are upsetting or overwhelming.

  1. Regional participation networks fighting against homeless health inequalities

Groundswell’s participation networks in London and the North East & Yorkshire, are searching for organisations working with people from inclusion health groups including people experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol dependence, vulnerable migrants, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, sex workers, people in contact with the justice system and victims of modern slavery.

  1. The Commission on the Integration of Refugees

A new independent commission convened and funded by the Woolf Institute will be launched later in 2022, aiming to improve the refugee and asylum system through consultation and research.

Asylum advice and guidance

Migrant Help produced an asylum advice and guidance document translated to Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Farsi, Kurdish Sorani, Pashto, Punjabi (Indian), Spanish, Tigrinya and Urdu (Pakistan). 

The Asylum Advice guide consists of the following sections.

Section 1: Migrant Help services

Section 2: Claiming asylum

Section 3: Main asylum interview

Section 4: Post decision – positive

Section 5: Post decision – negative

Section 6: Specialist support

Section 7: Useful contact

You can read the full Asylum Advice guide here.

You can find the translated Asylum Advice guide here

If you don’t find the information you need, you can call us on 0808 8010 503 for advice and guidance. We will provide an interpreter if you need one. You can also use webchat and online enquiry form on our Service User Portal (click on Contact us). You can al

Migrant Info Hub update #68: 26 August 2022

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Covid-19 vaccination autumn booster resources

The UK Health Security Agency has published guidance on Covid-19 booster vaccinations for autumn 2022.

A leaflet is also available and has been translated into these languages:

Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional, Cantonese), Estonian, Farsi, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu, Yiddish and Yoruba.

An English large print version and Braille version are available to order.

British Sign Language (BSL) videos on Covid-19 vaccination are available to view or download.

  1. Translated: NHS Covid Pass

Translated information about the content of the NHS COVID Pass letter has been updated:

Guidance 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.


Information Resources

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

Update: As of 4th October 2022, the government is ending the concession for people applying for a Health and Care Worker visa or who are waiting for a decision on their application.

Applicants with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) assigned after this date cannot begin work until they have received their visa.

More information is available in the If you’re working for the NHS section.

  1. Covid-19 testing in homelessness, domestic abuse refuge and respite room settings

As of 31st August 2022, the UK Health and Security Agency are pausing Covid-19 testing for homelessness, domestic abuse refuge and respite services.

Events and Training

  1. Vulnerability, migration and well-being report launch

‘Vulnerability, Migration, and Wellbeing: investigating experiences, perceptions, and barriers’

Topic: A report on the experiences and wellbeing of asylum seekers and undocumented migrants

Date: Monday 12 September 2022 from 13.30-15.30

Location: Nuffield Foundation, 100 St John Street, London, EC1M 4EH & online via Zoom.

Find out more about the project on the Nuffield Foundation website.Register online for the launch via Eventbrite.

Migrant Info Hub update #67: 12 August 2022

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: Monkeypox vaccination resources

Gov.UK have created translated resources on the smallpox vaccination used to protect people against the monkeypox virus.

                Protecting you from monkeypox – information on the smallpox vaccination – leaflet

Also available in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Estonian, French, German, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Urdu, Xhosa and Yoruba.

An English large print and braille version of this leaflet are available to order, an audio version is available to download and a BSL video version can be viewed.

  1. Translated: Covid-19 advice for the public from WHO

The World Health Organisation have collated comprehensive Covid-19 guidance and infographics in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

  1. Translated: information leaflet given to all patients before they leave hospital

Available in English, Easy read – English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu.

An editable PDF version has been added, allowing specific contact details to be added in case patients need to speak to someone after leaving hospital.

  1. Translated: Looking after someone when they leave hospital leaflet

Available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Gujarati, French, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu and now in Easy Read (English).

  1. Translated: Official reminder of the importance of ventilation

Updated guidance is available in Easy Read – English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi (Gurmukhi), Punjabi (Shahmukhi), Russian, Slovak, Somali, Tamil, Ukrainian and Urdu.


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.

  • UKVI continues to prioritise Ukraine Visa Scheme applications in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the invasion of Ukraine. Applications for some visas are taking longer to process. Find out more on the visa decision waiting times page.

Migrant Info Hub update #66: 29 July 2022

Translated Resources

  1. Translated: NHS Covid Pass
  • Update: From 21 July 2022, children aged 5 to 11 in England and the Isle of Man can get a digital NHS Covid Pass for international travel. Parents and guardians can request one from the NHS.UK website for young people from 5 – 15.
  1. Translated: Leaving hospital to go to another place of care

The Department of Health and Social Care have produced a leaflet for patients prior to their discharge from hospital to go to further non-acute bedded care, such as a care home.

This leaflet has been translated into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese – Simplified, Chinese – Traditional, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu.

The leaflet is also available in Easy Read, in English.

  1. Translated: WHO global report on the health of refugees and migrants

WHO have published their first World report outlining current and future opportunities and challenges and providing several strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of refugees and migrants.

The summary of the report has been translated into Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish.


Information Resources

  1. Covid-19 testing in homelessness, domestic abuse refuge and respite room settings

The UK Health and Security Agency have released Covid-19 testing guidance for homelessness, domestic abuse refuge and respite services.

There is separate guidance available for prisons and other places of detention, care homes and accommodation for asylum seekers.

  1. Podcast: Supporting refugee and migrant health care in England

The King’s Fund have set up a podcast featuring interviews with experts on the NHS, social care, health policy and leadership.

The latest episode discusses: ‘How does the health and care system respond when an asylum seeker, refugee or migrant arrives in England?’

  1. Ukraine crisis: How the ONS has responded to the need for better information

The ONS has published their latest dataset ‘Visa holders entering the UK under the Ukraine Humanitarian Schemes’, recording the experiences and intentions of those arriving in the UK under both the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme.

The bulletin can be downloaded in Ukrainian to make the data accessible to all those who took part.

Migrant Info Hub update #65: 15 July 2022

Translated Resources

  1. Translated immunisation resources

UK Health Security Agency have published translated guidance on immunisations available through the NHS.

Measles: don’t let your child catch it flyer is available in Afrikaans, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese – Traditional, Chinese – Simplified, French, Hindi, Hebrew, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romani, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian and Urdu.

MMR for all leaflet is available to order in English, Bengali, Polish, Romanian, Somali, Ukrainian and Yoruba.

  1. Covid-19 vaccine resources for the Polish community

NHS England North West have created Covid-19 vaccine resources for the Polish community, including videos from the Covid-19 vaccination Polish language Youtube channel.

  1. Early detection of cancers – video in Arabic

Rethink Rebuild Society have released a video in Arabic addressing three important types of cancer that can be diagnosed early by the NHS free screenings: breast cancer, cervical cancer, and bowel cancer.

  1. Translated: information leaflet given to all patients before they leave hospital

Now available in English, Easy read, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu.


Information Resources

  1. Ukraine: migrant health guide

UK.Gov have added advice and guidance on the health needs of migrant patients from Ukraine for healthcare practitioners, particularly the exemption of charges for the use of most NHS services.

Remembering Srebrenica event

You are invited to a Remembering Srebrenica event taking place in the Reception Room at Dewsbury Town Hall on Thursday 14th July. The event is being organised in partnership with Kirklees Council, the Kirklees Bosnian community, faith groups, young people and refugees. 

Please let us know if you will be attending as numbers will be limited.


Flee – the movie

This is a closed event only for Kirklees Council Staff and Partner agencies

Amin looks back over his past as a child refugee from Afghanistan as he grapples with a secret he’s kept hidden for 20 years.

A thrilling documentary made with a blend of animation and archive footage tells an immensely powerful tale of a gay Afghan survivor and his need to confront his past in order to truly have a future.

FLEE weaves together a stunning tapestry of images and memories to tell the deeply affecting and original story of a young man grappling with his traumatic past in order to find his true self and the meaning of home.

Date and time

Thu, 23 June 2022

17:15 – 19:00 BST

Huddersfield Library


to book please please click here or contact abed.moubayed@kirklees.gov.uk to share the link

Password: Flee22