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Archive | August, 2023

New policy update on discontinuations/evictions from Home Office accommodation and support – August 2023

“As a general principle, the Home Office should give people notice that their support is going to stop so they can plan what they will do next On 1st August 2023, the Home Office announced a change in procedure for the discontinuation of asylum support for people who have received a decision on their asylum […]

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Hardship Fund Winter 23/24: a planning meeting, 12pm Friday 1st September 2023

Each year a group of charities help to fundraise and run the Hardship Fund for destitute asylum seekers in Leeds. In 2022/23, a total of £5050 was distributed to 78 different households in 198 separate payments. Leeds Refugee Forum lead on this work, and are calling an online meeting of partners on Friday 1st September […]

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STEP Ukraine – free intensive, virtual, 12-week English language and employment programme for Ukrainians in the UK

STEP Ukraine is designed to help you find meaningful employment in the UK and improve your English. STEP Ukraine is funded by the UK Government and is completely free for all participants. It is open to anyone from Ukraine who is over 18 and arrived in the UK on either the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, […]

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Jobs: Finance Officer 1.5days/wk, Senior Project Worker 3.5 days/wk – both £23,953 – £25,419 per annum a (pro rata) Abigail Housing.

Abigail Housing is recruiting for a Senior Project Support Worker (3.5 days) and a Finance Officer (1.5 days) for our Refugee Project in Leeds. These roles are currently carried out by one person. We will consider applications from people with the skills and experience who want to carry out both roles or from people who […]

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West Yorkshire Sub Regional Migration Group – Voluntary & Community Sector Representative – update

A month ago, we asked if folks were happy for the current arrangments for the WRMG-VCS Rep to continue. Both Ally Swadling (PAFRAS) and Kathryn Ashworth (Solace) have expressed an interest in jointly sharing the role of Leeds VCS Representative for the West Yorkshire Sub Regional Migration Group, convened by Migration Yorkshire. For transparency, as […]

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Free training with PAFRAS on young people, asylum rights & the hostile environment – 12th & 20th September 2023

Free training co-produced and co-delivered with PAFRAS clients. The sessions are aimed at frontline staff working within key public services and other relevant frontline services. We hope the session will equip attendees with practical tools to better support people seeking asylum and to understand and challenge the Hostile Environment.  Tuesday 12th September  –  Wednesday 20th […]

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RadhaRaman Folk Festival – the biggest festival of Bengali Folk Music in the North 2023

[editor’s note – all the events are free, except for the ones at the Scammonden Centre in Huddersfield] RadhaRaman Folk Festival – the biggest festival of Bengali Folk Music in the North is returning for 13th year, bringing the finest and colourful presentations of Bengali folk music and dance for global audiences.  “Maddening ecstasy of life […]

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Update on Conversation Club Leeds

Conversation Club Leeds continues to meet twice a week Tuesdays: The Holbeck Club, Jenkinson Lawn, LS11 9QX 1.30 – 3.30pm Thursdays: Mill Hill Chapel, City Square, LS1 5EB 1.30 – 3.30pm We give a warm welcome to all asylum seekers and refugees. What we offer can be summarised as: Language – Activities – Welfare – […]

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Refugee Employability Programme – Leeds Launch Event, Tues 29 Aug 2023 at 11am

The Growth Company has won the contract to deliver the Home Office Refugee Employability Programme across Yorkshire and the Humber. The programme will support refugees into sustained employment by providing individually tailored employability sessions, English language tuition, and help with job applications and access to vocational training. The programme will also support refugees with community […]

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