Massive thanks to the 30-odd folks who attended today’s LMP Zoom to discuss changes to the way we are delivering to asylum seekers and refugees in Leeds.
In particular thanks to everyone who contributed (especially those who forgot to mute their constructive criticism), and Neil and Riley who cut and pasted the Links/Chat – all the references can be found at the bottom of this page.
Apologies from me, Jon, for my flakey connection.
An LMP C-19 Google Group has been created to facilitate instant communications across organisations. You can find out more about this on the C19 page of the LMP Blog and you can sign up to this by clicking here.
The next LMP Zoom chat will be at 12:30 – 14:00 on 14th April 2020 https://zoom.us/j/853301008 with the same rules as before.
- Link to info on getting food in Leeds on the LMP blog https://migrationpartnership.org.uk/food-deliveries-for-folks-who-cant-afford-food-and-who-cant-get-out/
- Migration Yorkshire’s Info Hub on the LMP blog https://migrationpartnership.org.uk/migrant-information-hub-from-migration-yorkshire/
- Asylum Matters Update on the LMP Blog https://migrationpartnership.org.uk/asylum-matters-weekly-developments-on-coronavirus-asylum-migration/
- Refugee Council and Right to Remain have produced excellent summaries recent changes to Home Office practice https://migrationpartnership.org.uk/summaries-of-changes-to-asylum-process-resettlement-in-response-to-coronavirus-c-19-25th-march-2020/
- Direct link to Refugee Council updates: https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/news/changes-to-home-office-asylum-resettlement-policy-and-practice-in-response-to-covid-19/
- Asylum Support Appeals Project have a helpline for workers – they have posted online to say that NASS support will continue after failed asylum applications or refugee status, but any questions: 020 37160283
- Eritrean Community Leeds have set up a task force to support people in their community with UC application. They are aware of lack of resources and issues with language barrrier
- Why installing Whatsapp on your work phone breaches GDPR https://migrationpartnership.org.uk/are-you-using-whatsapp-at-work/
- Alternatives: Telegram which is based in the EU and is widely used – also Signal
- Arabic interpreters available via Ibrahim [email protected]
- Refer either an asylum seeker or refugee to HARP. Please email e on [email protected] We can offer befriending over the phone, health advocacy including HC1 applications online and Art therapy and ESOL online.
- Help available to access interpreters including Kurdish Sorani: our interpreters have been through induction and have signed a volunteer agreement including confidentiality. I can give information on their level of Interpreting training too Emma at Manuel Bravo
- Next meeting: the general consensus was we should hook up again in 2 weeks time. All subscribers to the Blog will receive an invitation.