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.
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.
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:
mental health and debt
informal lending networks
Poverty trap/debt trap
“Friend in the Community”
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.
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.
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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:
Constituent part of the UK
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*.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 *The deadline for applications from those EEA citizens and their family members resident in the UK by 31 December 2020
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 opportunities. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can find the translated Asylum Advice guidehere
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
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.
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
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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.
6Million+ invites you to listen to a very special series of Podcasts prepared and recorded by a group of 16 young people and their families from across Kirklees. These are imagined conversations with each of the Weeping Sister puppets created over the last 5 years to Mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
many thanks to freelance audio producer Beth Parsons.
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.
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.
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
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:
We are pleased to announce that registration for the Yorkshire Integration Festival 2021 is now open!
Join us on Friday 19th November 2021, for a fantastic virtual event. You will hear from a range of local and national speakers and stakeholders, and find out about the excellent integration work that communities up and down Yorkshire and Humber are doing. With the theme of ‘Rebuilding together in a changing world’, the Festival will showcase and celebrate our region’s success in integrating refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants.
We are excited to see you all there and to come together to enjoy an engaging day filled with inspiring content.