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 to share the link

Password: Flee22

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.


  • 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:

Training Zoom link will be send prior to the meeting

To book your free ticket please click on the link

Password: AM22

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:

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

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


for more information

to download please click here and here

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

#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

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, ( 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

Yorkshire Integration Festival 2021 – Registration is now open!

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.

Please use this link to register your place:

Feel free to share this invitation amongst your networks.

We look forward to welcoming you to our event.

Wellbeing & Mental Health Event Series Online this November from Time Peace

Session one:

Yoga and Meditation with Sally Talal

Monday 8th November


Session two:

Exploring Emotional Anatomy Theory with Jean Bosco Niyonzima

Monday 15th November


Session three:

Connecting with your Innate Wellbeing
with Shazia Govindji

Monday 22nd November


Session four:

Reflecting and sharing as a group, facilitated by Sally, Jean Bosco and Shazia

Monday 29th November


For full details on PDF, click here

PHE resources – Migrant Health Team

Animations aimed at healthcare professionals in England

The Public Health England National Migrant Health Team have produced two animations:

Clarifying NHS entitlements for migrants , which consists of six short sections:

  • Section 1- Introduction to Entitlements for Migrants
  • Section 2- Karman’s Story (case study provided by Doctors of the World)
  • Section 3- NHS Entitlements to Primary Care in England
  • Section 4- NHS Entitlements to Secondary Care in England
  • Section 5- Dental Treatment for Migrants in England
  • Section 6- Assessing New Patients from Overseas

Keeping up to date with vaccinations for migrants.

These animated resources address recommendations arising from a stakeholder engagement exercise to improve the Migrant Health Guide NHS entitlements page, done in 2019, which asked for more clarity about NHS entitlements and to adopt a more culturally sensitive approach. These outputs will also complement a suite of PHE and NHSE/I COVID-19 vaccination resources (for the general public) being made available to mitigate vaccination inequalities.

The animations aim to dispel fears of being charged for free NHS services, supports PHE’s role in reducing health inequalities by clarifying entitlements to healthcare and upholds the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Doctors of the World social prescribing resources to support migrants

New DOTW guidance on how social prescribing workers can support migrants.

COVID-19 translated advice and guidance is available on the PHE Migrant Health Guide here

PHE COVID-19 guidance collection page for the general public includes translated versions here

The updated guidance for accommodation providers of asylum seeker accommodation was published on Fri 23rd July here. The guidance is aimed at all staff involved in providing support to asylum seekers in all accommodation settings.

Solace is recruiting: Children and Family Therapists

For an informal conversation about the post, please contact:

Anne Burghgraef anne(at) (Clinical Director) or Kathryn Ashworth Kathryn(at) (CEO)

The closing date is 9am on Monday 23rd August with interviews being held on Thursday 26th August (afternoon), or Friday 27th August, (morning) on Zoom.job-description-for-therapist-updated-July-2021DownloadApplication_formDownload

To go to Solace website click for vacancies, click here

WomenCentre- Digital Ways of Women Centred Working – Report (Launched July 2021)

From the WomenCentre……..We would like to share with you our newly launched report Digital Ways of Women Centred Working that brings together good practice principles for work with women migrants. The report shares practical, tangible examples of the adaption of services and support for digital, remote and blended ways of working.

The learning brought together in the report is summarised in six principles that offer guidance, with practical steps that showcase practice examples. The principles have emerged from work with women migrants and partners on Connecting Opportunities.

Get inspired by learning from women migrants about the transition and adaptation of support services; explore the resources that are available on the website and consider the steps you can take to make your work more women centred. To download the report please click: here

EU Citizens after 30 June 2021

Which EU citizens can live in the UK ?

After 30 June 2021 all EU citizens (adults and children) living in UK lost their right to
be in the country lawfully with the exception of :

  • Those who have settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Those who made an application to EUSS on or before 30 June 2021 (they should have a Certificate of Application to show this)
  • Those who have some other sort of status, e.g. Indefinite Leave to Remain, Discretionary Leave to Remain
  • Those who are British citizens (even if they hold dual citizenship)

Other EU citizens may be visiting the UK as a tourist or with visas allowing them to stay for a set period or to join family members. These people do not have the same rights as those with settled status living in the UK.

People who do not have the right to live in the UK but who are living in this country do not have rights to most benefits, NHS treatment other than for emergencies (and some other exemptions), to be employed, to enter into a rental lease for property, to access further or higher education, or to have a UK bank account. They may be removed from the country by the British authorities.

How does an EU citizen get the right to live in the UK?

The government maintains that the deadline to apply under the EUSS was 30 June 2021, which has now passed. Almost everyone who has did not apply before this deadline is now unlawfully resident in the UK as explained above.

However, the Home Office have effectively extended the time limit for applications, allowing late applications until at least 28 July 2021. During this period from 30 June – 28 July 2021 applicants can apply as before, but must explain why their application is late. During this initial 28-day period following the 30 June 2021 any explanation for lateness can be minimal and requires little or no supporting evidence, and can still be expected to be processed as normal.

Beyond 28 July 2021 applicants will likely need to provide stronger explanations for their late application. The Home Office guidance provides a helpful non-exhaustive list of accepted reasons for lateness. Some of the common reasons will involve age, medical condition, capacity, vulnerability (e.g. victims of trafficking or domestic violence), and a useful catch-all of any other compelling reason e.g. waiting for anew ID/passport to be provided.

This allowance for late applications does not change the legal position and lack of rights now that the 30 June 2021 deadline has passed. At present no indication has been given about the government’s policy after 28 July 2021 and whether they will seek to remove EU citizens with no right to remain. Late applications to the scheme can be made after 28 July and there is, at present, no end date for these, but the government could begin enforcing much harsher measures against those who have yet to apply by 28 July 2021.

The process for applying under the EUSS remains much the same. Applicants can apply online using a valid national ID, passport, or BRP/BRC. Now, applicants with an expired passport or national ID can use the online application process. Those without a valid or expired ID document will need to use some alternative ID, such as a Birth Certificate, and apply via a paper application form.

Most applicants will still need to prove their residence in the UK before 1 January 2021, as a minimum. Applicants will also still need to prove “suitability”, which is effectively proving they should not be excluded from the EUSS based on serious criminal history.

There remain other, more complex, routes by which applicants can apply including non-EU national family members, victims of domestic violence, carers of British citizen children. Do check with a legal professional if you feel someone might be eligible under these routes.

How does someone prove their right to live in the UK?

People with settled or pre-settled status can prove this by obtaining a “share code” online and logging into the UK Immigration – ID check website (link below). They will need details from the same ID document they used when applying to EUSS and have access to same mobile number or email address used to make the initial application. Some EU citizens may have a Biometric Residence Permit or an entry in their passport to prove their status but the majority will need to access the online site. If people are looking to rent or to prove their right to work there are other online sites that can be used by a prospective landlord or employer.

This document is for guidance purposes only and reflects the situation at the date of writing. Readers should take specific advice or research their position before taking any action. Useful websites include :

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Right to Remain-New look Toolkit

Right to Remain homepage

New look Toolkit – guide to the asylum and immigration system

Click below for full details:

New look Toolkit-our guide to the asylum and immigration system

Find the information you need for your situation using the contents bar on the left (within the link below).

There’s information about asylum cases, human rights cases, and immigration cases.

Your situation might fall into more than one of these categories.

The Right to Remain Toolkit-A guide to the UK immigration and asylum system

We learned a lot! We wrote quite a bit about in this blog post here.

Over 80% of Toolkit website users came via a google search. (You can see what else we learned from looking at our website stats here:

What we’ve learned about how the Right to Remain Toolkit is being used (part one).

We had a lot of thinking and processing to do from all of the learning described above. We started to make some draft changes to the Toolkit (see below), but before making anything public, we tested these ideas out with our primary users/target users: people currently navigating the asylum and immigration system.

We tested out different versions of titles for sections of the guide. We asked people if they preferred pages with or without “accordion boxes” (dropdown panels that expand to reveal more text when you click on them). We asked people about how they would navigate different topics to find the information they need. This is called “usability testing”, or “user testing”.

In a usability-testing session <Toolkit guide usability testing> , a researcher “asks a participant to perform tasks, usually using one or more specific user interfaces. While the participant completes each task, the researcher observes the participant’s behavior and listens for feedback.” We carried out these sessions using zoom, with some of the asylum support groups we work with sourcing participants. It was fortunate that this element of our project was very easy to conduct online, which wasn’t what we had planned pre-pandemic.

Appeals rights exhausted and Upper Tribunal possibility

What’s changed:

  • The different pages of the Toolkit website have been renamed so that they are clearer to people looking at google search results.
  • Some of the language has changed because we are no longer assuming that people see the guide as an overarching resource – each page and its information should stand alone.
  • Clearer language, clearer audience. We hope it’s speaking more directly to people who are navigating the process – and uses more of the words that people use themselves to describe this process – while still of course being of use to those supporting other people to go through the process.

For more detailed information about guide click below:

About this guide

  • We’ve separated out some pages that had previously been collected together because we thought that people would use the Toolkit website following a vaguely chronological pattern. We know now that that generally isn’t the case.
  • We’ve also made some pages more specific to asylum, or immigration. We now have separate pages for entering the UK, depending on whether you are looking for information about immigration, or asylum (a page called “Visas
  • Right to Remain Visas: apply for permission to enter or stay in the UK and a new page called “Entering the UK to claim asylum.

Entering the UK to claim Asylum

Find out about different aspects of the asylum and immigration process by watching our legal information videos below.

Legal information videos

The Google Toolbar means that people can get all of the Toolkit content auto-translated.

We wrote about this process for Refugee Action here:

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You can have the COVID-19 vaccination without an NHS number.

The below information has been produced by COVID-19: migrant health guide – GOV.UK (

Individuals do not require an NHS number or GP registration to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and should not be denied vaccination on this basis. Individuals who do not have an NHS number or are not registered with a GP are still entitled to free COVID-19 vaccinations.

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

Local outreach services are available in some areas to provide COVID-19 vaccination to those who are eligible but have difficulties accessing vaccination.

If an individual has an NHS number, they can find it through this online tool.

If someone is denied care because they do not have an NHS number, they can contact NHS England’s customer contact centre.

COVID-19 translated advice and guidance

The above guidance on COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination free of charge (MS Word Document, 92.1KB) has been translated into 40 different languages by the Department of Health and Social Care.

For more information about the vaccination process locally for asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants please contact and we can respond to your questions.

Asylum Support Payments (ASP) Project Update – ASPEN Card

Asylum Support Payments (ASP) Project Update The Asylum Support Payments (ASP) project will soon be introducing a new payment card for service users (SUs). The new card will function in a similar way to the current card (whilst maintaining the same name), however its colour and provider will differ

The new Aspen card will be dispatched out to SUs from 10th May, ready for funds to be switched over and cards to be used for the first time on Monday 24th May 2021. These will be distributed by our service provider, Prepaid Financial Services (PFS). Timelines High-level summary of the transition timeline:

From 10th May – The new Aspen card will be dispatched to SUs, along with an instructional pin mailer (see below for further details on SU comms). •

  • Friday 21st May (from 5pm) – The current Aspen card will be deactivated to enable the balance transfer.
  • Weekend of 22nd/23rd May – ‘Blackout period’ – A balance transfer between the old and new Aspen card will take place. Throughout this weekend, both Aspen cards will be switched off. •
  • Monday 24th May – The new Aspen card will be live and active for SUs to use, with their previous balance transferred and their weekly payments continuing to be made.

For more information (translated information as well) please see attached documents below:

Foodbanks in Kirklees

Fusion Foodbank

Huddersfield Branch

           Pearl House,

           10 John William Street,

           Huddersfield HD11 1BA,

           Telephone: 01484 425522

Dewsbury Branch

          2nd Floor Empire House,

          Wakefield Old Road,

          Dewsbury WF12 8DJ,

          Telephone: 01924 454770

The Welcome Centre

General enquiries telephone: 01484 515086

Referral’s telephone: 01484 340034

Batley Foodbank

Town Hall Annexe,

Batley WF17 5DT,

Telephone 01924 474999

Local Welfare Provision Team – Kirklees Council

Telephone 01484 414782

Holme Valley Foodbank

Telephone 07534 855 332

Lindley Food Bank

Contact by email –

Batley Salvation Army Foodbank

483 Bradford Road,

Batley WF17 8PA,

Telephone: 01924 443718

Heckmondwike Foodbank

Oldfield Lane,


Telephone: 07597011588

Useful information around food and budgets

Two short practical videos, to help with preparing economical, healthy meals and guidance on managing a monthly budget.

This first video is a step by step guide on how to make easy, nutritional and low cost meals

The second video is an easy step by step guide on how to budget and manage finances