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Fortnightly update from Asylum Matters 3rd Feb 2021

Ongoing advocacy Asylum accommodation There have been even more horrific stories of the conditions in both Napier and Penally barracks where people seeking asylum are being housed. Despite repeated warnings about the unsuitability of the overcrowded sites – particularly during COVID-19 – there was an outbreak of the virus in Napier. Immigration Minister Chris Philps […]

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Vaccination update: 2nd Feb 2021

The comprehensive public-facing web resource for the city is the one stop place for information, including FAQs, info for and by community members as well as faith leaders and staff and much more. This includes all the previous advice and key messages issued through these updates. Please share this useful resource. Here also are links for the social […]

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Shielding – 2nd Feb 2021

Shielding A letter has been sent out to all on the Leeds shielding group in the last few days. The latest updated Routes to Support that can be downloaded from here. This version includes:  advice in different languages and updates on vitamin d registration;  support offer for physical activity;  Homeshare and vaccines Key messages for shielders – week commencing 25th January 2021 Vaccine Vaccine appoints are […]

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Staff Vaccination for Third sector partners

The following information has been shared via the Communities of Interest Network Vaccination: As you will be aware, the national COVID-19 vaccination programme began before Christmas.  Forum Central is been working with partners including our local NHS, Leeds City Council and VAL to ensure that eligible frontline Third Sector health and community social care workers […]

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Key points from Home Office/Strategic Migration Partnership meeting – 28th Jan 2021

via Ally, the Leeds Voluntary Sector Rep Intake & occupancy – Home Office are seeing approximately 400-450 new arrivals per week. The current hotel population is approximately 9350 and for hotels and circa 10000 for all contingency accommodation (including MOD sites). ASPEN – the asylum support payments contract is in the process of transition to […]

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CALL FOR EVIDENCE ON HOME OFFICE PREPAREDNESS FOR COVID-19

CALL FOR EVIDENCE ON HOME OFFICE PREPAREDNESS FOR COVID-19 As part of the recent Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the Home Office’s preparedness for COVID-19 in asylum accommodation, the Home Affairs Committee has issued another call for evidence. The deadline to respond is 12pm on Thursday 4th February. “The Committee invites further written evidence […]

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Call for people whose first language is not English to share their experience of health & care – 26th January 2021

The next Inclusion for All meeting will take place on Tuesday 26th January from 10.00am-12.30pm and start taking a closer look at the experiences of people with English as a second language. Inclusion for All is a citywide initiative led by Healthwatch Leeds putting inclusion and accessibility into all areas of health and care. More information […]

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New Migrant Info Hub weekly update

Hi everyone. Just to let you know Migration Yorkshire is now offering a weekly update email that briefly informs people about new resources on Migrant Info Hub.  If you would like to sign up to receive the update, please do so here. Best wishes for the new year to all of you, Trace

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Feedback from Migrant Help and Customer Feedback Survey -January 21

We are keen to improve the support we provide to service users and would like to encourage feedback from clients. Migrant Help  has produced a feedback survey, to encourage clients to feedback which is anonymous and in 12 different languages. Please see the attached feedback survey information and the  link below, if you can please […]

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If you support migrant families with school aged children who do not have fixed broadband, please read this

With the schools closed for Lockdown 3.0, migrant families are under greater pressure than ever. There are a number of schemes to help get kids the equipment and internet access they need to keep learning and stay in touch with their schools.  This referral form has been co-designed with Leeds City Council colleagues, to ensure […]

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