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Further updates on the transition to new Aspen Card

The new Aspen card will be dispatched out to service users from 10th May, ready for funds to be switched over and cards to be used for the first time on Monday 24th May 2021.  Please see attached documents regarding the transition to the new ASPEN card –       An information pack for key stakeholders –– this […]

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Links from LMP session on Scams and Fraud – 20th April 2021

Excellent resources from the LMP session on Scams and Fraud – by West Yorkshire Tradfing Standards West Yorkshire Trading Standards Covid19 alert This is uploaded here every month ad can be downloaded to share. https://www.wyjs.org.uk/trading-standards/covid-19-resources/ To subscribe to the Covid19 News alert please e-mail [email protected] Independent Age https://www.independentage.org/coronavirus/resources https://www.independentage.org/get-support https://www.independentage.org/get-advice/advice-guides-factsheets-leaflets Where to report scam calls, […]

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Developing Strategic Leadership for under-represented Communities – via Voluntary Action Leeds

Voluntary Action Leeds is starting a new project that aims to support the development of people from underrepresented communities. The project will help underrepresented communities access opportunities to become school governors trustees, as well as support in becoming strategic influencers and improve their own organisations governance structures. And organisations who want to be more diverse […]

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Migration Yorkshire – Policy Update January 2021

“An overview of the latest statistics, policy, and research on migration issues affecting partner organizations in Yorkshire and Humber.” It’s 15 pages of excellence but for those of you with limited time, they’ve very helpfully included a summary For the first time the Office for National Statistics (ONS) did not publish national net migration figures, […]

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New resources to help young people with sleep problems

The Children’s Society have worked with a group of young refugees to produce a booklet aimed at helping with sleep problems.  It’s written by and aimed at young people but the principles are appropriate for anyone who struggles with sleeping.  It can be downloaded from https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk//better-sleep and for more information contact [email protected]

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Temporary Accommodation Handbook (Hotels and Barracks) from Refugee Action, Asylum Matters and Immigration Law Practitioners Association – Jan 21

Refugee Action, Asylum MAtters and ILPA have developed a shared Temporary Accommodation Handbook which brings together information, tools and resources focused on temporary accommodation (including contractual obligations, how to challenge inappropriate accommodation, advocacy activities and other thematic resources). They’re wanting input from anyone involved in supporting people in Hotels so please feel free to edit by […]

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Support to Asylum Seekers, Refugees and other Migrants over Christmas 2020

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support  Migrant Help telephone advice and guidance for asylum support, and repairs issues is now open 24/7 – 0808 8010 503   Refugee Council’s Telephone infoline – 0808 196 7272  Meeting Point’s drop ins focus on providing food, clothing and a warm, friendly social space for refugees and asylum seekers. Monday […]

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FREE Data equipped Digital Tablets for Men in Leeds – from Barca-Leeds

Men’s Health Unlocked, a new city-wide network funded by The National Lottery Community Fund to tackle men’s health inequalities, delivered in partnership by Forum Central, Feel Good Factor, Touchstone and Barca-Leeds. More details about the whole project can be found here, but at Barca-Leeds we will be co-ordinating ‘Unlock Online’; an initiative that will provide 100 […]

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Developments in Greater Leeds – “Welcome to Bradford”

Excellent new website from Refugee Action, Bradford City of Sanctuary and Solidaritech It takes the best of helpinleeds.com, newtoleeds.org.uk and transitionguide.org.uk and mashes them into the remarkable https://welcomebradford.org/ We hear the Leeds City Council have big plans for New To Leeds/Transition Guide since taking them back in-House, so let’s hope they’re watching and taking notes  […]

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Support resources for RAS focused organisations during C-19 – from Refugee Action and NACCOM

An early Christmas present from Refugee Action and NACCOM This Roundup document aims to provide clear signposting to existing support available across various topics to help enhance organisational capacity. Each section contains direct links to resources, including toolkits, templates, reports and webinars which are freely accessible: Finance  Strategy and Governance  Human Resources Management and Leadership […]

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Temporary Accommodation Handbook – Refugee Action December 2020

Refugee Action has prepared a Temporary Accommodation Handbook in collaboration with Asylum Matters, Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association (ILPA), DPG Law and others. The Handbook aims to provide practical guidance, resources, and support for organisations working with people residing in hotels and barracks. It can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/ta-handbook This is a collaborative document and we […]

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