COVID-19

This page contains information on COVID-19 in relation to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in the East Midlands, as well as those working with and supporting them. Please be advised that this is not a comprehensive and up-to-date source of information, however EMSMP team are working to update the information as often as possible. We do advise people to check national websites such as, NHSGOV.UK, Public Health EnglandLocal Government Association.

This page was last edited on 2nd December 2020.

Government Announcements:

Asylum

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  • Changes to asylum support rates to £39.63 a week - The governmentannounced via letter to local authority chief executives, some key changes to asylum support rates and some extra support for those accommodated in full-board settings, partly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Along with the uplift, the Minster also announced the following new measures:
    • Those in full board accommodation  supported under section 95 or section 4(2) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 will, for the first time, receive payments of £8 per week to cover clothing, travel and non-prescription medication
    • Those who have been in full board accommodation will also get some backdated support:
      • £3 per week for clothing needs will be backdated from  either 27 March or the date on which someone was granted support, whichever date is later
      • £4.70 per week for travel needs will be backdated to 1 July or the date on which someone was granted support, whichever date is later
      • These backdated payments will be subject to reductions where accommodation providers have provider financial support

    Click here to read more and to access the letter announcement.

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  • Families reunited as asylum seekers transferred to the UK - The UK has announced the successful transfer of 28 asylum seekers from Greece to reunite with their family members. The group were transferred to the UK under the Dublin Regulation and will now be allowed to have their asylum claim assessed alongside their family members. Click here to read more.
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  • Guidance on the resumption of substantive asylum interviews - This guidance informs readers of the planned process to resume substantive asylum interviews, mainly through video conferencing. Click here to access.
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  • Resumption of cessations of support and evictions - In March 2020, the government announced a temporary pause in asylum accommodation evictions. As of 11 August 2020, the Home Office have confirmed that they will begin to resume cessations of support including evictions from asylum accommodation for people who have been granted status. Click here to read more.
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  • Increase in Asylum Support rate - The Home Office announced on 8th June the rise in the rate of asylum support and to implement an immediate exceptional increase of the standard allowance to £39.60 per week (which is an increase of around 5%). For further information, please see the letter here that was sent to chief executives. [Sourced via Migration Yorkshire's page]
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  • Asylum Operations are continuing to make and serve decisions on cases where there is enough information to do so - They are continuing to review them on a case by case basis, ensuring those with significant safeguarding concerns or vulnerabilities are only served if appropriate to do so. Decisions that may be affected, and therefore on hold include; 1) where a recipient may be vulnerable to destitution as a result of our decision and/or 2) where an individual is particularly vulnerable, an example being someone with mental health conditions, and also those with disabilities.
  • Regional Asylum Intake Units - additional locations - The AIU in Croydon will continue to function as normal but will additionally be supported by limited operations in Glasgow, Belfast, Liverpool, Leeds, Solihull and Cardiff. These will be to meet the demands of asylum registrations within the geographical area and will not operate a 5-day service. Click here for more information.
  • New factsheet on asylum accomodation and applications - has been produced by the UK Government in light of coronavirus. It can be accessed here.
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  • Asylum Intake Unit (AIU) screening interviews have been cancelled - The Home Office have cancelled some screening interviews and are working on a new system for asylum claims to be registered regionally without the need to physically attend the Asylum Intake Unit in Croydon. Further information on this can be found here.
  • Asylum decisions can now be served by email - The Home Office have set up a process whereby they will send an email to the legal representative (using the most recent email address they have on file) to verify that the email address  is correct, that the representative is happy to receive emails, the authority to act is current and that there are no reasons why serving the decision by email would not be appropriate. For more information, click here.
  • Postal applications for refugee integration loans are no longer being accepted - however can be accepted via email. Guidance on applying for the loan can be found here and details of how to apply can be found here.
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  • All evictions and terminations of support paused for 3 months - On 27 March, the Home Office announced that for the next three months, people will not be asked to leave their asylum accommodation. This applies to both people whose asylum cases are refused and those who are granted status. This was announced by a letter to the British Red Cross.
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  • The First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) announced that all hearings up to 30th April 2020 will be converted to Case Management Hearings (CMR) via telephone or Skype which will take place on the original hearing date in a time slot to be allocated. More information on this can be found here.
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  • Voluntary Returns Service— The Home Office have decided to currently cease offering assisted returns at the time, due to difficulties of assisting returns as well as the infrastructure, it has made it become impossible to offer the level of support needed at this time. They will however continue to register an interest from people who wish to return, and to offer other levels of support to help as many people as they possibly can, including arranging flights, get travel documents etc. and to talk through the offer on an individual basis. Furhter information and how to be in touch can be accessed here
  • Section 95 support - Due to the current Covid19 pandemic, there has been a pause in face to face substantive asylum interviews. There are likely to be delays in initial decision-making and in asylum appeals taking place. Therefore people may remain entitled to s95 support for longer. Those that do lose their asylum appeals should remain on support as, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, it is impossible for them to leave the UK. In the event that they do receive notification that their s95 support is being discontinued, they should immediately apply for s4 support. Further details can be found here .
  • Asylum seekers with a fresh claim - The majority of refused asylum-seekers on s4 support have outstanding fresh claims as it has long been established that it is not reasonable to be expected to leave the UK when waiting for a decision on a fresh claim. The Further Submissions Unit has closed to face to face further submissions appointments and it is now possible to send the further submissions in post. More information can be found here
  • UKVI Reporting and Offender Management (ROM) Team have now confirmed reporting frequencies for reportees in light of the COVID-19 developing situation.  The decision taken is that they will initially suspend reporting for all reportees and an SMS message will be sent out to reportees shortly advising them of this. The agreement is that reporting will be suspended for Non FNO’s for 3 months.  For FNO’s, they will all be moved to monthly reporting. They will then, via SMS, inform reportees of the change to their reporting and when they should next report.

EUSS Settlement Scheme

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  • Video guidance on EUSS support from the 21st May- can be accessed here. 
  • The EU Settlement Resolution Centre continues to provide support 7 days a week - by email and telephone, in line with public health guidance to work from home where possible.
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  • EU Settlement Scheme application routes and services resume -Home Office support services and application routes have all fully reopened in line with public health guidance. There continues to be a range of support available online, by telephone and by email for those who have questions or need help applying. The postal route for submitting identity evidence is also open for applicants who are unable to use the app to verify their identity. Click here to read the full update.
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  • The AIRE Centre's has launched a Settlement Guide for vulnerable young people which aims is to assist vulnerable young people, including those in care or who have recently left care to apply for EUSS. It includes explanations about what EUSS is, how to apply and a short quiz which gives a decision about what status they might have. Click here to access
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  • Settlement Resolution Centre (SRC) The SRC will no longer be answering telephone calls. It will, however, continue to respond to email enquiries and provide a call back function when required. Emails from support organisations will be prioritised where possible. To ask questions or if you have a query, click here.
  • ID document scanners - all locations have been suspended at this time due to the latest Public Health England advice.
  • Postal route for submitting Identity evidence - The postal route for submitting identity evidence is also currently suspended. We are unable to accept any documents by post at this time, but all documents already sent to us will be returned as quickly as possible. Applications can still be made online using the “EU Exit ID Document check app”.
  • 57 grant funded voluntary and community sector organisationsSome services have been suspended but organisations are seeking to provide support in other ways, in line with social distancing guidance, for example via telephone and online. Please check with the individual organisations for further details. 
  • Additional support is available to those EU citizens in the UK who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to apply online through Assisted Digital, which can offer assistance over the phone. More information can be found here.
  • Translated communications material - in 26 different languages can be accessed here. Alternative formats can also be requested.
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  • The Home Office’s EU Settlement Resolution Centre telephone lines are currently closed in the light of the coronavirus outbreak, however the Home Office can be contacted via online email enquiry form. The Settlement Resolution Centre is providing an automated message to state that they will open the line again once they are able to do this safely.  Many ID scanning services have also been suspended, so it is advised to contact the service before attending by clicking here
  • Many organisations supporting people to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme have had to cancel their face-to-face outreach activities, but many organisations are still providing advice via phone or email. To find an organisation near you, click here.

Modern Slavery:

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  • Research report on assessing the vulnerability of care-workers in England to modern slavery risks during the COVID-19 pandemic - Conducted by The Rights Lab in August 2020, click here to read.
  • Report on Parallel societies: slavery, exploitation and criminal subculture in Leicester - by the Centre for Criminal Justice which explores the recent spike in COVID cases in Leicester which triggered a series of media investigations. Click here to read more.
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  • Update to the temporary change to the policy on the ‘move-on period’for individuals in Victim Care Contract (VCC) accommodation, to ensure people remained in their homes and did not travel any more than was necessary. The temporary policy guidance was in place from 6 April for a 3 month period, however has now been extended to 6th August 2020. From 6 August, the move on processes and periods will resume as normal. Click here to access the Government guidance on this.
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  • Support for modern slavery victims affected by coronavirus - The government have announced immediate changes for people in the modern slavery victim care contract. Those in government-funded safe accommodation are allowed to stay-in for the next three months rather than being moved on after 45 days. Click here for further information. 

No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)

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  • NRPF and Early Education Entitlement - Thanks to Migration Yorkshire for sharing, The Department for Education have now made permanent the eligibility for Early Education support for 2 year olds for some NRPF groups (families in receipt of support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 and where child is born in the UK). Please see government guidance for more details.
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  • Local authority call for evidence: ‘no recourse to public funds’ during the Covid-19 pandemic - The Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD) at the University of Wolverhampton, together with ASIRT, Migrants’ Rights Network, Project 17 and Public Interest Law Centre, is being funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to carry out a rapid evidence research project into support for people with ‘no recourse to public funds’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. They want to find out from council officers how local authorities have responded to this. What are the challenges and difficulties, and what are the emerging areas of good practice? Click here to access the survey.
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  • Councils call for suspension of No Recourse to Public Funds during COVID-19 crisis - Today the Local Government Association calls to work with government and the current review led by Dame Louise Casey to provide greater clarity and funding for councils’ responsibilities for all those who are destitute and homeless because of their migration status. Click here to read the full report.
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  • Calls to ease No Recourse to Public Funds conditions - House of Commons Library briefing identifies what state support and concessions might be available for migrants with NRPF during the coronavirus crisis. To read, click here.
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  • NRPF New factsheet and information for councils - This includes rights, entitlements, Home Office changes, signposting to support and advice services. Click here to access this resource.
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  • The NRPF Network have provided a factsheet for councils on supporting people with no recourse to public funds during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which includes details on support for people with NRPF from homelessness services to social services' support, rights and entitlements of people with NRPF, as well as Home Office support and updates on changes to the process. This can be accessed here.
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  •  The NRPF Network have a section on their website on their update for NRPF services. Click here to access their current update.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

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  • Kent Intake Unit social worker guidance - UK Visas and Immigration have published guidance relating to the social workers. This document provides guidance and information relevant to the delivery of social work assistance, by a team of contracted social workers, in support of the delivery of the Kent Intake Unit’s (KIU’s) functions in respect of children and those claiming to be children. Click here to access.
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  • Applications open for Care Leavers Internship Scheme 2020 - Young people leaving care will again be directly offered the opportunity to work at central government departments, as applications today open for this year’s Care Leaver Internship Scheme. Click here to read more.
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  • DfE has recently published a factsheet for UASC during COVID-19 - It forms part of a pack of advice for care leavers during and after COVID-19. The Factsheet for UASC begins on page 20. Although the pack refers to advice for care leavers, the UASC factsheet is relevant to young people who are currently looked after, as well as to care leavers. Click here to access the factsheet.
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  • Temporary amendment to UASC funding to local authorities - In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic a temporary amendment has been made to the terms under which local authorities can claim Home Office funding in respect to their costs of supporting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) which should be read in conjunction with the current funding instructions. Click here to access the guidance. 
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  • DfE have just published guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care setting - this includes the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes information on what protection is needed when transporting children. Click here for more information.
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  • Fact sheet on information in relation to UASC transfers - The UK Government have provided a fact sheet in relation to transfers of UASC into the UK. This includes their key points, background information and figures. This can be accessed here.
  • Update from Midlands Intake Unit in relation to UASC - At present the reporting centre remains Solihull is closed and there is no time frame for it to re-open as things stand.  However, they are still able to note the cases but cannot register regional asylum claims at this timeThey have advised to continue to refer UASC cases directly to MIU Minors and will record the details and issue a port reference number. For cases that wish to be seen in Solihull should go directly to MIU minors. At present we cannot register the claims, issue any paperwork or ARC documents until the biometrics are obtained which is not currently possible with office closures due to COVID-19.  When the situation changes, we will resume inviting social workers to present their UASC cases to appointments. If you have any questions in relation to this, contact Matthew.Clarke@emcouncils.gov.uk 
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  • Guidance for local authorities on children’s social care, including UASC and care leavers - This guidance by DfE covers guidance for UASC on where can symptomatic UASC self-isolate, what is being done to increase capacity for UASC self-isolation, as well as who has legal responsibility for UASC in self-isolation accommodation. To access the guidance, click here.

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  • Letter to Directors of Children’s Services regarding local authorities’ duties towards unaccompanied asylum seeking children can be downloaded here .

Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Schemes (VPRS)

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  • UNHCR have released their global response to COVID-19 on 13 July 2020 - which included an overview of their response to the pandemic, a global and regional overview, progress to date and impact as well as gaps and challenges along the way. Click here to download and read the report. 
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  • Joint statement regarding the commencement of refugee resettlement after the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic -  UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced the resumption of resettlement departures for refugees. The temporary hold on resettlement travel, which was necessitated by disruptions and restrictions to international air travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, delayed the departures of some 10,000 refugees to resettlement countries. While this is good news, this is just a first step and does not mean that arrivals in the UK can restart yet. Arrivals into the UK continues to depend on a number of COVID-19 related factors including: the restarting of flights from refugee hosting countries; the lifting of restrictions imposed by the governments of those countries and in the UK; the reopening of the UK’s visa application centres; the capacity of local authorities and sponsors to receive refugees; and appropriate public health measures being in place to protect refugees and communities. Should you have any questions relating to the announcement or resettlement in general, please contact Brein Fisher at brein.fisher@emcouncils.gov.uk. Click here to read the joint announcement.
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  • IOM and UNHCR announce temporary suspension of resettlement travel for refugees. As countries drastically reduce entry into their territories owing to the COVID-19 global health crisis, and restrictions around international air travel are introduced, travel arrangements for resettling refugees are currently subject to severe disruptions. For more information, you can find the announcement here.

Other:

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  • UK authorises Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine - Government authorises first COVID-19 vaccine on independent advice of medicines regulator. “Further details will be set out shortly. Click here to read the press release.
  • Festive travel tips for people considering overseas travel - People thinking about going abroad over the festive period should read the advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Click here to read the advice.
  • National Living Wage increase to protect workers' living standards - The Government announced on 25th November the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates which will come into force from April 2021. It accepted in full recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission at the end of October. Click here to read.
  • Jobcentre guidance on COVID-19 Local Restriction Tiers - Jobcentres will remain open, as they have throughout the pandemic, to provide essential services to those we cannot help remotely. Click here to read more and find out the difference in how they operate in the tiers.
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  • Tier system updated ahead of restrictions on 2nd December - This page sets out the full list of local restriction tiers by area from Wednesday 2 December 2020. To access the list click here, or to check by your postcode, click here.
  • Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family - Between 23 and 27 December: - to read the whole article, click here
    • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
    • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
    • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
    • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
    • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
    • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying
    • you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble. 
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  • Update to Government guidance on advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - Updated on 23rd November includes information about how to submit request for exceptional assurance because of technical difficulties with the online form. Click here to read more.
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  • Thousands more health workers to benefit from visa extensions - More than 6,000 frontline health workers will have their visas extended for a year for free, including doctors, nurses and paramedics. This follows an announcement earlier in the year offering free visa extensions for health professionals whose visas were due to expire between 31 March 2020 and 1 October 2020. Today’s decision will extend that offer from 1 October 2020 until 31 March 2021. Click here to read more.
  • New additions to the travel corridor lists for England, Wales and Northern Ireland - Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands added to list of Travel Corridors for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Click here to read this article, or here to access the up to date travel corridor list.
  • Update to Government guidance on jobs that qualify for travel exemptions - updated on the 17th November - Exemption for seasonal poultry workers added. Click here to access the guidance.
  • Update to Government guidance on advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - Updated UK Visa Application Centres (VAC) concession to 31 March 2021. Click here to access.
  • Self Assessment customers warned about scammers posing as HMRC - As the department issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual Self Assessment tax return push, HMRC is warning customers completing their returns to take care to avoid being caught out by scammers. The annual tax return deadline is on 31 January 2021. Read more here about this press release and ways to spot signs of scammers.
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  • Updated guidance on jobs that qualify for travel exemptions - Exemptions from the requirement to self-isolate removed for arrivals from Denmark. Click here to access the guidance.
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  • Updated advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - Updated information to explain that overseas services will remain open but dependent on local country restrictions, and that our in-country immigration services (UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services, Service and Support Centres and English Language Test centres) will remain open. Updated 'If you’re applying to enter the UK or remain on the basis of family or private life' section to explain that the period for requesting exceptional assurance has been extended. Click here to read more.
  • New protections for renters over duration of national restrictions - Evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until 11 January 2021 at the earliest, except for the most egregious cases such as anti-social behaviour. Six month notice periods still in place until at least the end of March 2021, except for most serious cases. Click here to read more.
  • Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support - Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021, the Chancellor announced yesterday, 5 November. Click here to read more.
  • New guidance to support safe care home visits during lockdown - Care homes will be encouraged and supported to provide safe visiting opportunities as new national restrictions come into effect. Click here to read more.
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable receive updated guidance in line with new national restrictions - new guidance has been published for the clinically extremely vulnerable on keeping safe under new national restrictions which come into force this Thursday. This group are strongly advised to stay at home at all times, unless for exercise or doctors’ appointments. Click here to read more.
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  • Prime Minister announces new national restrictions - From Thursday (5ht Nov), everyone must stay at home, with a limited set of exemptions. These exemptions include: For education; For work, if you cannot work from home; For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household; For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm; To shop for food and essentials; And to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer. Click here to read more.
  • Updated advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - Updated information for if you're in the UK and your visa or leave expires between 1 November and 30 November 2020. Updated 'If you’re applying to enter the UK or remain on the basis of family or private life' section to include information about the job support scheme and family emergency cases. Click here to read more.
  • Millions of jobs will continue to be supported as Job Support Scheme launches - Millions of jobs will continue to be supported over the winter months with the government’s JSS available to businesses across the UK from Sunday, 1 November. To read more, click here.
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  • Local COVID alert level update for Nottinghamshire - Nottinghamshire will move from local COVID alert level 'high' to 'very high' from 00.01 on Friday 30 October. Click here to read the annoucment or here to read guidance on the 'very high' alert level.
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  • Updated guidance on jobs that qualify for travel exemptions - To now include offshore oil and gas worker, click here to read more or access the full list of jobs that qualify for travel exemptions.
  • Guidance added on COVID-19 and provision of night shelters - Published on the 13th October, MHCLG published guidance on operating principles for commissioners and providers of night shelters for people experiencing rough sleeping. Click here to access.
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  • Canary Islands, Denmark, Maldives and Mykonos added to travel corridor exempt list - From 4am Sunday 25 October, people arriving in England from the Canary Islands, Denmark, the Maldives and Mykonos will not need to self-isolate. Click here to access the updated travevl excempt list.
  • NHS Test and Trace statistics for 8 October to 14 October now available - NHS Test and Trace successfully reached 80.7% of people who tested positive and 75.1% of contacts where communication details were provided, latest figures show. To read the press release, click here.
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  • Updated GOV guidance on advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - the update includes updated family and private visa concession and loss of income information. To access, click here.
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  • Travel corridor list updated - People arriving in England from Italy, San Marino and Vatican City State from 4am on Sunday 18 October will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks as the countries are removed from the travel corridor list. To access the most up to date list, click here.
  • Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know - Information on local COVID alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are which was introduced this week. Click here.
  • Find out the coronavirus restrictions in a local area - You can find out what you can or cannot do if you enter the postcode of the place you want to find information about. For example where you live, work, or visit. Each area has a Local COVID Alert Level. There are 3 Local COVID Alert Levels. Sometimes these are called ‘tiers’ or known as a ‘local lockdown’.  Click here to access. 
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  • New hotline launched to report COVID fraudsters - A new hotline has been launched to stop fraudsters illegally targeting COVID stimulus schemes. In an initiative between government and the independent charity Crimestoppers, the public can now call a new COVID Fraud Hotline (0800 587 5030) anonymously and free of charge to report suspected fraudulent activity. To read more, click here.
  • Ethnic minority communities and the elderly called upon to bolster the fight against coronavirus - Researchers are calling on more people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and the over 65s to volunteer for clinical studies through the NHS Vaccine Registry. To read more or to register, click here.
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  • Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions - The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. The government will support eligible businesses by paying two thirds of each employees’ salary (or 67%), up to a maximum of £2,100 a month. To read more, click here
  • Updated guidance on advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - Updated 'Applying for a visa if your VAC is closed' to add that customers can now apply for a visit visa from any VAC. Click here to read more.
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  • Travel corridor list updated - From 4am Saturday 10 October, people arriving in England from Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos will not need to self-isolate for 2 weeks. Click here to access the up to date list.
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  • Health and care staff can claim immigration health surcharge reimbursement - Overseas NHS and care workers can claim their reimbursement from the surcharge from today, fulfilling a pledge made by the Prime Minister in May. Those eligible can now apply online and access guidance on claiming the reimbursement, which will be paid in 6-month instalments. The IHS reimbursement scheme will work alongside the health and care visa announced in July and launched in August this year. Reimbursements for the IHS will be paid in 6-month instalments. For more information, click here.
  • Update on COVID-19 guidance for student sponsors, migrants and short-term students - today (5th October) the guidance has been updated and the changes can be found on page 5 and 6 which can be found here.
  • Turkey, Poland, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba removed from England travel corridor exempt list - People arriving in the UK from these destinations from 4am Saturday 3 October 2020 will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks. Click here to read more and access the full exempt list.
  • Interim results from largest COVID-19 study published - Over 80,000 volunteers tested in England between 18 and 26 September as part of the country’s largest study into COVID-19. Interim findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI show 1 in 200 people were infected but suggest growth of infection may be slowing. Click here to read more.
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  • New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force - From 28th September, people in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Click here to read more.
  • Guidance to parents and guardians: when you should book a coronavirus test for your child - The letter explains that you should only book a test if your child has any of these 3 coronavirus symptoms: a high temperature, a new continuous cough and or a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal. Click here to access the letter.
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  • Guidance updated on advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - on 
  • NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales - The app launched yesterday and is available to those aged 16 and over in multiple languages. It forms a central part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme – identifying contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus. Click here to read more.
  • Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curaçao removed from UK travel corridor exempt list - People arriving in the UK from these destinations from 4am Saturday 26 September 2020 will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks. Click here to access the up to date travel corridors list.
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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 22 September - including face coverings, working from home, what to do as a business as well as meeting people safely. Click here to access.
  • Childcare to be exempt from interhousehold mixing restrictions in local areas of intervention - Informal childcare and caring arrangements will be allowed to continue across the nation, the Health Secretary has announced. Children under 14 will be able to be cared for by individuals outside of their immediate household as part of a care bubble. Click here to read more.
  • Restrictions for more areas in north west, West Yorkshire and midlands to tackle rising infection rates - Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington and Halton escalated to areas of intervention, with new restrictions in Wolverhampton, Oadby and Wigston, and parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale. Click here to read more.
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  • New package to support and enforce self-isolation - A new package has been announced to support and enforce self-isolation. Click here to read more.
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  • Call for evidence on channel crossings, migration and asylum-seeking routes through the EU - Submissions should be received by 12 noon on Monday 14 September. The Committee has decided to extend the deadline to 12 noon on Monday 21 September. Click here to read more or submit written evidence.
  • Thailand and Singapore added to travel corridor exempt list for England - From 4am Saturday 19 September 2020, people arriving in England from Thailand and Singapore will not need to self-isolate for 2 weeks. Click here to read more.
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  • 274 councils set to receive housing support for vulnerable people - The funding will provide interim accommodation and support as part of the government's commitment to end rough sleeping. Within the East Midlands, 32 councils will recieve support in total of £2,035,534.00. To access the press release, click here or to access the funding allocations, click here.
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  • Rule of six comes into effect to tackle coronavirus - New laws prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people come into effect on Monday 14 September. This rule applies across indoor and outdoor settings, with police able to disperse gatherings of over six people and fine individuals involved. Police will now be able to disperse any such gatherings and fine individuals involved £100, doubling up to a maximum of £3,200. Click here to read more.
  • Affordable Homes Programme (AHP) announcement - £12 billion Affordable Homes Programme. This includes a new £11.5 billion Programme - the highest single funding commitment to affordable housing in a decade. The new Programme aims to deliver up to 180,000 affordable homes over five years from 2021 to 2026 – the first from next year - right across the country. Click here to read more.
  • New international student immigration routes open early - New routes for international students to apply for visas will open early delivering on the government’s commitment to introduce a new points-based immigration system. As detailed in the immigration rules laid in Parliament on 10 September 2020, the Student route and Child Student route will both open on 5 October 2020 to the best and brightest international students from across the globe. Click here to access the news story.
  • Ministers announce new grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns - Businesses in England that are required to shut because of local interventions will now be able to claim up to £1,500 per property every three weeks. Click here to read more about who can claim and how to access.
  • Restrictions on household mixing in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull - Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull moved to 'areas of intervention'. From 15th September residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households from today to control the spread of the virus. Easements in Leicester will continue, with more businesses being able to reopen in the city from 15th September. Click here to access the press release.
  • Venues required by law to record contact details - Premises and venues across England must have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus. Details must be stored for 21 days and shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested. Click here to read more.
  • NHS Test and Trace statistics for 27 August to 2 September released - Latest figures show that 82.7% of people who tested positive and were transferred to the contact-tracing system were reached and asked to provide information about their contacts. Click here to read more.
  • Islands policy introduced to travel corridors -  England introduces new targeted approach to add or remove a country’s islands to the travel corridors list as people arriving in England from Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos or Zakynthos from 4am Wednesday 9 September will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks. Click here to read more. 
  • Portugal, Hungary, French Polynesia and Réunion to be removed from travel corridors list - People arriving in England from these destinations from 4am Saturday 12 September 2020 will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks. Click here to access the updated travel corridor list.
  • New campaign to prevent spread of coronavirus indoors this winter - The ‘Hands. Face. Space’ public information campaign urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak. Click here to read more.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 9 September - This news story has been put together giving an overview of all the recent changes. Click here to access.
  • Letter to local authorities on the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies: Protection from Eviction) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 - This letter notifies local authorities of the extension of emergency measures regarding notice periods which came into force 29 August 2020. Click here to access.
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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions updated information - click here to review.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents updated - to clarify for those whose visa or leave expires after 31 August 2020. Click here to access.
  • Expired driving licences automatically extended by 11 months - Photocard licences or entitlement to drive that expires between 1 February and 31 December 2020 have been extended for 11 months from the date of expiry. The inital extension was untik August. Click here to read more.
  • Call for evidence: An inspection of UKVI’s ‘Front End Services’ - The Independent Chief Inspector invites anyone with knowledge and experience of UKVI’s ‘Front End Services’ to submit their evidence for his forthcoming inspection. Click here to read more on how to submit your evidence. 
  • Social housing sector reports strong financial position despite coronavirus challenges - Regulator of Social Housing publishes its latest quarterly survey results. The report covers the period from 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020. Click here to access. 
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  • Homeowners to see savings available under new Green Homes Grant scheme - Homeowners and landlords can from Friday 28 August see for themselves how the government’s new Green Homes Grant scheme can help make their homes warmer and more energy efficient. The next steps are outlined and the vouchers are being issued at the end of September. Click here to read more.
  • Government has changed the law so most renters have a 6 month notice period - Legislation has now been introduced, so landlords must now give tenants 6 months’ notice before they can evict until March 2021, except in the most serious of cases. Click here to read more.
  • All possible measures to be taken before schools and colleges close - as schools return in the UK, new contingency planning guidance published for education settings in local lockdown areas. The guidance sets out that all possible measures should be taken before any restrictions are imposed on schools to maintain consistent education for children and young people. Click here to read the press release.
  • Travel Corridors list updated - as of 29th August, Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland removed from the travel corridor list at 4am Saturday 29 August 2020. Cuba added to the list at 4am Saturday 29 August. Click here to access the updated list of travel corridors. 
  • Kickstart Scheme opens for employer applications - As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November. Click here to find out more.
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  • Official statistics relating to passenger arrivals since the COVID-19 outbreak released - today (27th August) the Home Office have released statistics and key findings on passenger arrivals since the outbreak up until July 2020. Click here to access.
  • Updated guidance on advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - on 'Applying for a visa if your VAC is closed'. Click here to see the update.
  • Restrictions lifted in Leicester - Nail bars, outdoor pools, and beauty salons can reopen in Leicester from 19 August and current rules for gatherings in private homes and gardens will remain in place. Click here to read more.
  • New payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas - People on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new payment scheme. Payments of up to £182 to be made to people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their contacts. Click here to read more information. 
  • Extension on the ban on evictions and notice periods - Renters affected by coronavirus will continue to be protected after the government extended the ban on evictions for another 4 weeks, meaning in total no legal evictions will have taken place for 6 months, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced on 21 August 2020. Click here to read more.
  • More targeted action in local areas to curb the spread of coronavirus - The Health and Social Care secretary, local leaders, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) and the Chief Medical Officer for England have agreed changes to the local restrictions in some parts of England. These include Oldham, Blackburn and parts of Pendle. Click here to read the press release and more on the Contain Framework which sets out how NHS Test and Trace and the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) will work with local authorities, Public Health England (PHE) and the public to contain and manage local COVID-19 outbreaks.
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  • Immigration appeals fee u-turn - News the government has dropped plans for new fixed fees for immigration appeals means people will continue to get the support they need to access the immigration tribunal, the Law Society of England and Wales said. Click here to read more.
  • Secretary of State message to the NHS on the coronavirus response - Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock thanks the NHS workforce for the dedication they have shown in the national effort against coronavirus (COVID-19) which sets out lessons learned through the coronavirus response and invites contributions to the call for evidence on reducing bureaucracy in health and social care. Click here to read more.
  • British Embassy Warsaw is taking part in a campaign aimed at informing about the risks of becoming a victim of modern slavery - British Embassy Warsaw, together with local partners in Poland (Ministry of Interior and Administration, Police, Border Guard and other NGOs), as well as with the support of some of the biggest local job advertising sites, has prepared a campaign aimed at informing about the risks of becoming the victim of modern slavery. The campaign is focused on the issue of forced labour. Click here to read more.
  • Call for evidence: Second Annual Inspection of ‘Adults at Risk’ in immigration detention - The Independent Chief Inspector is inviting anyone with knowledge and experience of the Home Office’s treatment of vulnerable individuals in immigration detention to write to him with their evidence. Click here to find out more.
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  • Updated guidance on Self-Employment Income Support Scheme second grant - New guidance on eligibility has been published regarding the grant scheme for those self-employed who have been affected by COVID-19. The scheme has been extended. If you were eligible for the first grant and can confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020, you’ll be able to make a claim for a second and final grant from 17 August 2020. Click here to access the guidance. 
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  • Updated guidance on advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents during COVID-19 - on the 7th August, a link was added to the coronavirus immigration helpline contact form. Click here to access.
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  • Support for working families affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) given an extra boost - The DfE and HMRC have announced that working parents or carers who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare for 3-4 year olds but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement due to the pandemic will be entitled to this support until the end of October 2020. Click here for more information on Working Tax Credits entitlements and coronavirus or here for the announcement.
  • Guidance on Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students in relation to COVID updated - Added information for sponsors of distance learners and that students who star a course by distance learning outside the UK must be granted a visa before travelling to the UK. Click here to access the guidance. 
  • Guidance on advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors in relation to COVID updated - Added that: if a student stops engaging with their distance learning for more than 30 days, whether overseas or in the UK, sponsors must withdraw sponsorship. Before travelling to the UK, students starting a course by distance learning must have a CAS and a Tier 4 visa. Click here to access the guidance. 
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  • First virtual citizenship ceremony welcomed by Home Office minister - Local authorities will now be able to conduct citizenship ceremonies for individuals and households virtually. Click here to read more.
  • Updated guidance on COVID advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - Updated to reference that most UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) have resumed services where local restrictions allow. Click here to access the Gov guidance. 
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  • Guidance on travellers exempt from border rules in the UK has been updated - Healthcare workers have been removed. Click here to read the update.
  • Health and care workers to self-isolate on return to UK from high-risk countries - a press release went out yesterday to say that registered health and care professionals travelling to the UK from high-risk countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Click here to read the full press release.
  • NHS Test and Trace launches campaign to encourage everyone with symptoms to get a free test - yesterday the NHS Test and Trace service launched a new campaign alongside a new business plan to expand testing capacity and prepare the nation for winter. Click here to read more.
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  • Updated COVID guidance on advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors - this update includes changes to that scanned documents are expected as evidence and this stands up until 30th September. Click here to read the full update.
  • Updated COVID guidance on advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - Updated information includes if you’re in the UK and your leave expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020. Click here to see the update.
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  • Spain removed from travel corridors exemption list - it was announced on 25th July that if you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland from Spain on or after 26 July 2020 you will need to self-isolate. Click here to read the press release.
  • Disabled people exempt from wearing face coverings under new government guidance - Government has set out a list of face covering exemptions, as they are mandatory in additional enclosed spaces from Friday 24 July. Click here to read the report and access the exemptions list.
  • Councils awarded £800,000 to build on digital advances made during pandemic - Communities across the country are set to benefit from better local services as councils receive a share of £800,000 for innovative digital projects. However, none of the funding has been allocated to councils in the East Midlands. Click here to read more.
  • Major new campaign encourages millions to lose weight and cut COVID-19 risk - the government have announced today that they are launching a new national campaign to encourage millions of adults to kick start their health and reduce their risk of serious illness, including COVID-19. Click here to read more information on the campaign.
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  • Plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding from next Saturday 1 August - From Saturday 1 August, the guidance will then be relaxed so clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer be advised to shield, but support will remain available from NHS volunteers and local councils. People will retain their priority for supermarket delivery slots, and still be able to access help with shopping, medication, phone calls and transport to medical appointments. Click here to read the report.
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  • Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents GOV guidance updated - on 20th July 2020, information was added on how to request a replacement visa for if your 30 day visa to work, study or join family has expired. Click here to access.
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  • Government launches £266 million pound housing fund for vulnerable people - Next Steps Accommodation Programme launched on Saturday makes resources available to councils to help ensure 15,000 people continue to have a safe place to stay. Click here to read the full news story.
  • Lockdown restrictions lifted in some areas of Leicestershire - All additional lockdown restrictions will end in areas outside of Leicester City and the Borough of Oadby and Wigston on 18 July, the Health and Social Care Secretary has confirmed as the 7-day infection rate for Leicester has fallen to 119 cases per 100,000 people. Click here to read the full press release.
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  • Local lockdown measures to continue in Leicester with modifications - these modifications include removing the restrictions on schools and early years childcare and taking a more targeted approach to the restrictions on non-essential retail from 24th July.
  • Government confirms the third tranche of funding allocation of the additional COVID-19 fund for councils - Announced on 16th July. The funding will help councils in England continue to deliver crucial frontline services, support those most in need and meet new spending pressures so they can deliver for residents. Click here to see the allocations.
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  • Assisted Voluntary Return service has now resumed - after being paused for a few months, individuals & families who do not have leave to remain in the UK can find out more about the service by clicking here.
  • Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July - as announced on 14th July. Click here to read Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about plans.
  • Government announces gyms and pools to reopen safely - Outdoor pools can reopen to the public from 11 July followed by indoor gyms, pools and leisure centres on 25 July. Click here to read the press release.
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  • Travel corridors announced - on the 6th July, the Government announced the 59 countries that are exempt from any quarantine restrictions as of the 10 July 2020, unless they have visited or transited through any non-exempt country or territory in the preceding 14 days. Click here to read the announcement.
  • Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents GOV guidance updated - on 8th July 2020, the guidance was updated to now include  the Pearson Test of English to the list of English Testing Centres. Click here to access the guidance.
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  • Updated guidance on the guidance for travellers exempt from border rules in the UK due to COVID-19 - The updated information included new travel details and new Coronavirus (COVID-19 guidance for travellers exempt from border rules in England. Click here to access.
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  • Updated information on guidance on for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - Updated process on biometric information which can be accessed here.
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  • Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer - From 10 July 2020 you will be able to travel to many countries without having to self-isolate on return to the UK including Germany, France, Spain and Italy however all passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK. Click here to read the news story.
  • Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19 - New guidelines have been published by the Department of Health and Social Care which sets the steps pubs, restaurants, cinemas and similar venues can all take to support the nation NHS Test and Trace Service to contain outbreaks before they occur, preventing the return of lockdown measures and helping to protect the public and save lives. This includes collecting the names, and phone numbers of all staff working at the premises, as well as the date and time they worked, as well as making a record of the name and contact phone number of any customers or visitors, or if it is a group of people, the name of the lead member of the group, who is able to contact other members of the group, and the number of people in the group. Click here to access the guidance.
  • New funding package for councils to help address coronavirus pressures and cover lost income during the pandemic - Further £500 million brings funding given to support local councils with pressures to £4.3 billion, part of a package of over £27 billion to help councils, businesses and communities. This new scheme will also reimburse councils for lost income and allow council and business rates tax deficits to be repaid over 3 years instead of one. Click here to read the full press release.
  • Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England - The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that learners can resume driving lessons and motorcycle training in England from Saturday 4 July 2020. Theory tests will also restart in England on Saturday 4 July. The tests will take place with social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Click here to read the full release.
  • Leicestershire coronavirus lockdown: areas and changes - On 29 June, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock set out the local action being taken in Leicester following a surge in coronavirus cases in the area. On 30th June, the local councils set out the following areas of Leicestershire that are included in the localised lockdown. Click here to access the map/ list.
  • Letter from Minister for Rough Sleeping on funding for emergency accommodation during the pandemic, and support for EEA rough sleepers - can be accessed here which was sent to Chief Executive of local authorities on 30th June.
  • Easing coronavirus health measures at the UK border - on 29th June, the government confirmed that they will shortly begin to ease the health measures at the UK border, allowing passengers to be exempted from self-isolation requirements in certain circumstances on arrival in the UK. This will apply to international rail, maritime, and aviation. Click here to read the full news story.
  • Shielding update: letter to patients - on 29th June - the government announced translations and accessible formats of a letter from the government sent to patients in England who are shielding. These can be accessed here.
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  • PM announces easing of lockdown restrictions: 23 June 2020 - the annoucnement set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs. From the same date, he has set out that two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that people can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites. Click here to read the full announcement. 
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  • £105 million to keep rough sleepers safe and off the streets during coronavirus pandemic - The additional £105 million will be used to support rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness into tenancies of their own, including through help with deposits for accommodation, and securing thousands of alternative rooms already available and ready for use, such as student accommodation. A further £16 million is also being provided so that vulnerable people currently in emergency accommodation can access they specialist help they need for substance misuse issues, in order to rebuild their lives and move towards work and education.Click here to read the full press release.
  • Plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding - From Monday 6 July, those shielding from coronavirus can gather in groups of up to 6 people outdoors and form a ‘support bubble’ with another household and Government shielding support package will remain in place until the end of July when people will no longer be advised to shield. To read the full press release, click here.
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  • Coronavirus - Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students guidance document update - Updated to add information on some VACs reopening.Click here to access the full guidance.
[added 19.06]
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students guidance document update - The guidance document has added the following: guidance for new students, clarification on the concession on applying in the UK for leave to remain under Tier 4 applies both to those extending their leave under Tier 4 and those switching into the route from another category, added information on when students will be able to apply under the Graduate Route 2021 as well as updated information about the current availability of Visa Application Centres and Secure English Language test centres. Click here to access the full guidance.
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  • Updated information on Service and Support Centres, English language tests, and 90 day validity of replacement visas - under the Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents. Click here to access.
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  • Local authorities across England receive funding to support new Test and Trace service - a share of £300 million across England. Local authorities are central to the new NHS Test and Trace service, and each upper tier local authority has now been awarded funding to develop tailored outbreak control plans, working with the service, their local NHS and other stakeholders. Click here to read the press release.
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  • Ban on evictions extended by 2 months to further protect renters - Renters across England and Wales will receive greater protection after the government extended the suspension of new evictions until 23 August. Click here to read the full press release.
  • Places of worship to re-open for individual prayer - From Monday 15 June places of worship will be permitted to open for individual prayer in line with social distancing guidelines. This decision follows discussions between the Government and representatives of major faiths through the Places of Worship Taskforce which the Communities Secretary has chaired.  Click here to read the full press release.
  • £7 million for new coalition of vulnerable children’s charities - will fund the launch of the See, Hear, Respond service, to provide targeted help to vulnerable children, young people and their families affected by the virus and the measures put in place to stop its spread. The coalition, led by Barnardo’s, will work alongside local authorities, schools and colleges, police forces, healthcare professionals and other vital services involved in protecting these children. Click here for further information.
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  • UK Border Control rules in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19) - From 8 June, rules will be in place for residents and visitors for entering the UK. Click here for more information. Some travellers will be exempt from new UK border rules introduced to due to coronavirus. This means they may not need to provide their journey or contact details or self-isolate for 14 days after they arrive in the UK. Click here for the official guidance on exemption.
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  • Updated information on UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) and UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) - Under the guidance for on advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents there has been an addition of a link to guidance on how to cancel your visa. Added a link to the latest information on changes at the border. Click here to access.
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  • Visa extensions for those unable to leave the UK because of coronavirus has been extended - to 31 July 2020 as updated on the 22nd May. Click here for further information. 
  • Everyone in the UK with symptons is now eligble for tests - Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; and now also a loss of or change in your normal sense of smell or taste can book a test by visiting the link here.
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  • Government to offer antibody tests to health and social care staff and patients in England - on May 21st, it was announced that health and social care staff will be offered a test. The Public Health England study seeks to understand whether the presence of COVID antibodies protects people from future infection of COVID-19. Up to 10,000 healthcare workers will be studied for at least a year, with data collected recording history of infection and any new symptoms that appear during the course of the study. Click here to read the press release.
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  • £5 million Loneliness COVID-19 grant fund - The Government has launched a fund available to help national organisation to tackle loneliness during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing. The plan will aim to ensure that, for people of all ages and backgrounds, staying at home does not need to lead to loneliness. The fund is available for charitable organisations and is in England only. Click here for more information and how to apply. 
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  • Dedicated app for social care workers launched - A new dedicated app for the adult social care workforce in England has been launched to support staff through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This app includes  access to guidance, learning resources, discounts and other support all in one place such as mental health and wellbeing through toolkits and resources. Click here for more information. 
  • Letter to Industry partners on countering online child sexual exploitation and abuse during the coronoavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - The Minister of State for Security writes to industry partners on countering online child sexual exploitation and abuse during the coronavirus pandemic. The letter can be downloaded here.
  • Updated information about calling the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre - you can also email the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre, however there is now an option to call. It has been advised to check call charges if calling from abroad. Click here to find out more.
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  • Protecting places of worship consultation deadline extenstion - until 28th June in order to provide people with more op portunity to respond in these difficult times. This Home Office consultation asks faith groups what else is needed to help them feel safe and confident to practice their religion. To ensure the most beneficial responses from Government, there would need to be a good level of response from faith groups. People are asked to complete the consultation and share it widely. Click here for more information. 
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  • Emergency funding to support most vulnerable in society during pandemic - Communities Secretary announces £76 million extra funding to support survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and vulnerable children and their families and victims of modern slavery. A total of £34.15 million will support work to safeguard vulnerable children including children with disabilities, those who are critically ill, care leavers and children in the early years, £28 million to help survivors of domestic abuse and their children by providing more safe spaces, accommodation and access to support services, £10 million has been announced to support victims of sexual violence and £1.73 million to support survivors of modern slavery. Click here to read more. 
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  • Who is eligble for technology and how to apply for support - After the announcment below, the government have now advised who is eligible to access the technology including laptop and devices as well as internet access. The process on how to apply can also be found via this link
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  • New package announced to support online learning - The government have announced that vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across the country will receive free laptops. This includes children who receive support from a social worker and care leavers. Care leavers will also be provided with 4G routers to access the internet if they do not already have access to the internet in their home. This will apply to unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people, and other children receiving the support of a social worker. Click here for the news story
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  • EXTRA £1.6 billion for councils pledge by government - for vital services including adult social care and children’s services. This extra funding takes the total funding to support councils to respond to the pandemic to over £3.2 billion. Click here to read the full anouncement.  
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  • Free school meals for those on S.4 support and NPRF - the Secretary of State agreed to extend free school meal entitlement temporarily during the current crisis to children who are of families that either: recieve s4 support, zambrano carers and have NRPF. Click here for the guidance on free school meals.
  • Detention centres are now closed to vistiors and have stopped the new detentions of people  who would in normal circumstances be facing removal to one of the 49 countries (click the link below to see these countries) to which removals are not currently taking place because of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Click here for more information. 
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  • Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - now includes information about applicants who can start work or study in the UK before their visa application has been decided. Information on this can be found here
  • Home Office announces £2m and awareness campaign for domestic abuse victims - The Home Secretary announces support for domestic abuse victims as a new public awareness raising campaign will highlight that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse, help is still available.
    The additional money will "immediately" bolster helplines and online support, the home secretary announced. Click here for more details. 
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  • COVID-19: emergency funding for local government of 1.6 millions breakdown released - On 19 March 2020, the government announced £1.6 billion of additional funding for local government to help them respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) pressures across all the services they deliver. This document sets out the allocations for local authorities, which can be accessed here. This funding is also intended to meet the cost of extra demand and higher BAU costs of providing children's social care - including as a result of school closures, to meet the costs of placements and to address the need for isolation, including forunaccompanied asylum seeking children.
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  • NHS frontline workers visas extended so they can focus on fighting coronavirus - Doctors, nurses and paramedics with visas due to expire before 1 October 2020 will have them automatically extended for one year as part of the national effort to combat coronavirus. To read more, click here.
  • Temporary changes to right to work and right to rent - the temporary changes will mean the Home Office will not require landlords and employers to see original documents and will allow checks to be undertaken over video calls. These temporary changes will mean that during the coronavirus outbreak prospective renters and workers can submit scanned documents, rather than originals, to show they have a right to rent or right to work. For more information, click here.
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  • DWP National Insurance number interviews - National Insurance Number interviews are not currently taking place for 3 months effective from 17/03/2020. The DWP have advised that individuals can start work without a National Insurance Number as long as they have the right to work in the UK and employers have information to allow them to do this. For further information around DWP Services during this current crisis please access the Coronavirus and claiming Benefits section on Understanding Universal Credit website. 
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  • Statelessness applications The Home Office are currently unable to process any statelessness applications or make any decisions on Stateless Leave applications due to capacity issues.  Statelessness interviews have also been suspended. However, online applications can still be made and the Home Office will seek to resume this work as soon as they are able to do so. For more information click here.
  • Welfare benefits - The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has also been making temporary changes to their policies regarding access to welfare benefits as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Refugee Council have provided an overview of the changes which can be accessed here, or altneratively you can visit the DWP's announcement here.
  • Government support available for landlords and renters -  The Government has amended most types of eviction notice in the social and private rented sector, so that a tenant must be given three months’ notice before any court proceedings to evict commence. This change lasts for notices issues until 30 September 2020, but that date could be amended. Alongside this, all current and upcoming eviction proceedings in the courts have been suspended so that no private or social tenant can be evicted for 90 days from 27 March 2020. More information can be accessed here.
  • Government aims to house all rough sleepers by the weekend- On the 26th March, the Government wrote to local authorities in England asking them to house all people sleeping rough, and those in hostels and night shelters, by the weekend. The letter from Luke Hall MP, the homelessness minister, is being widely interpreted to include ‘everyone’, meaning that local authorities should be finding accommodation and support for people with NRPF where they need it due to the pandemic. 
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  • £2.9 billion funding to strengthen care for the vulnerable - £1.6 billion will go to local authorities to help them respond to other coronavirus (COVID-19) pressures across all the services they deliver. This includes increasing support for the adult social care workforce and for services helping the most vulnerable, including homeless people. For more information, click here.
  • Government launches Coronavirus Information Service - The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow the British public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government. To access to the full report, click here.
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  • Visas extended for those currently unable to return home due to COVID-19  - The extension was announced on 24th March by the Home Secretary Priti Patel, that will apply to anyone whose leave expired after the 24 January and who cannot leave the country because of travel restrictions or self-isolation. This will last until 31 May but will be kept under regular review in case further extensions are needed. A COVID-19 immigration team has been set up within UKVI to make the process as straightforward as possible. For more information or to for details of how to contact, please click here.
  • Legal Aid Agency contingency response—  Advice for legal aid providers setting has been set out what the Legal Aid Agency is putting in place to help them continue to provide service for their clients during COVID-19.The whole report can be found here.

Community Sponsorships

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  • Toolkit on Covid-19 relating to things to check/do as a Community Sponsorship Group - this toolkit includes guidance and information on areas such as managing your group, if you have recently welcomed a family, groups who are in the process of appying and have submitted an application as well as training and support (see below on training information). Click here to access the toolkit.
  • Welcoming applications for community sponsorshipsRESET are continuing to accept community sponsorship applications and welcome further. If you would like to find out more about community sponsorships, click here.

Education/ ESOL

  • On Wednesday 18th March, the Prime Minister announced that schools and educations facilities will close as of, Friday 20th March, therefore the academic year's exams will not go ahead. In light of this, face-to-face ESOL classes have therefore also ceased across the country. Like other teaching, lots of the classes have continued virtually on either Zoom, Skype or othe online portals. There has been lots of resources, guidance and tips prepared to help those who are either teaching or learning ESOL, please see below; 
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  • Pre-Community TESOL course available for East Midlands - this courses is a lower level course that has been put together by Flying Cows and East Midlands Councils which allow individuals to learn adnd study to become ESOL teachers. East Midlands Councils are running a pilot course with Trinity College and Flying Cows giving funded opportunities to recently resettled refugees and those asylum seekers with a positive decision (including care leavers). For more information, contact Hannah.Smith@emcouncils.gov.uk 
  • Bell Foundation ESOL Programme - The Bell Foundation is developing a new ESOL Programme which will include investment in projects and partnerships which improve outcomes for ESOL learners. The Programme will focus on young people aged 16 to 25 and migrant workers, including refugees and asylum seekers. For more information on aims of the programme and criteria for grants, please visit ESOL partnerships page on The Bell Foundation website.
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  • Free resources for volunteers supporting adult English learners - Learning and Work Institute worked with Learning Unlimited to research and develop a new set of resources aimed at volunteers supporting adult English language learners and organisations using volunteers in this role. These resources are free to use for all. The suite of resources includes: A set of 15 units for conversation club sessions, with supporting guidance on using them to run a conversation club, a guide for volunteers supporting English language learners, a guide for organisations working with volunteers in English language provision, a conversation practice toolkit full of useful ideas, activities and resources, a report of the research as well as a set of four supplementary videos. Click here to access.
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  • Application process NOW OPEN for CERTTESOL and CERTPT - these courses are accrediable courses which allow individuals to learn adnd study to become ESOL teachers. East Midlands Councils are running a pilot course with Trinity College and Flying Cows giving opportunities to recently resettled refugees and those asylum seekers with a positive decision (including care leavers). For more information, contact Hannah.Smith@emcouncils.gov.uk 
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  • Free Teacher Toolbox App - which has with links to useful tools and resources for teaching remotely which can be accessed across all platforms. Click here to download.
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  • Coronavirus vocabulary - ABC education have posted a list of vocabulary used on the Coronavirus pandemic which can be used to support English lessons. Click here to access or here to access all of ABC's resources.
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  • Volunteers, English language learners and conversation clubs resource - Learning and Work Institute worked with Learning Unlimited to research and develop a new set of resources aimed at volunteers supporting adult English language learners and organisations using volunteers in this role. These resources are free to use for all. The suite of resources includes: A set of 15 units for conversation club sessions, with supporting guidance on using them to run a conversation club, a guide for volunteers supporting English language learners, a guide for organisations working with volunteers in English language provision, a conversation practice toolkit full of useful ideas, activities and resources, a report of the research as well as a set of four supplementary videos. Click here to access.
  • Guidance for parents of students who use English as an Additional Language - The Bell Foundation has created a short, easy to understand guide for parents of students who use English as an Additional Language.  The leaflet is available in the 17 most commonly used first languages in UK schools and is designed to help parents to get involved in school life and to help their child to learn. Click here to access the guidance.
  • ESOL for Refugees: resources for new arrivals - These resources aim to help ESOL practitioners better meet the early integration needs of refugees who are New to ESOL i.e. working below, or at the very beginning of, Entry Level 1.  They were commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation and the Home Office, and developed by Learning and Work Institute and Learning Unlimited. They include teaching material in areas such as using public transport, accessing a dentist, what to do in an emergency and many more. Click here to access this resource.
  • Learners New to ESOL Phonics Pack - The materials are designed to increase ESOL teachers’ knowledge and awareness of phonics, enabling them to integrate phonic approaches into teaching ESOL learners who are just starting to learn to read and write in English and to show teachers how a simple text can be used and exploited to develop learners’ phonic awareness. Click here to access.
  • New to ESOL Listening Resources - These listening resources have been designed for use with New to ESOL learners. Groups of these learners may typically exhibit a very broad range of oral skills in terms of their levels of speaking and listening in English. We have therefore endeavoured to ensure that the listening tasks in the resources range from those suited to beginner level learners to tasks that present a higher level of challenge. Click here to access.
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  • Talk English resorces - Talk English Courses are for ESOL beginners and will help you to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. For more information, click here.
  • Little Bridge is offering free online ESOL training - that is aimed at children, but may also help adults supporting their children or for their own learning. For more information or how to contact, click here.
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  • Coronavirus (COVID 19): online education resources - Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home including English, Maths, Science, PE, mental health and wellbeing. Click here to access.
  • Online Digital learning - North East Migration Partnership have gathered lots of ESOL material that is being circulated at this current time. This includes, general ESOL classes, upcoming online courses, youtube videos, mobile phone apps and other useful resources including Amazon. Click here to access.
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  • Manchester ESOL advice service - have added a new page to their website 'Learn English at home' - which gives links to useful websites and YouTube videos that learners can use to practise English. There's a drop-down menu by level where activities are broken down by topic or skill containing links to resources for that level e.g. speaking & listening, writing, grammar, vocabulary. The website can also be accessed in many different languages. Click here to access.
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  • RefuNet - are providing online teaching by volunters, as well as teaching material and learning material available for those teaching asylum seekers nad refugees. Click here to access.
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  • Free online ESOL resources have been helpfully collated in a post at Leeds' Migration Parternship blog for students of a range of lovels who are keen to continue their studies. It can be downloaded here .
  • Upbeat Communities are offering free sessions for asylum seekers and refugees via WhatsApp including English classes, creative activities and a weekly gathering for women all online, as well as sharing vital information in different languages and are delivering at least one session per day. For more information on this, contact Upbeat Communities by clicking here.
  • Opportunity for online learning resources for UASC - Big Leaf Foundation have launched a new project 'Keep Talking' to respond to the needs of young people during this time of isolation by putting togethe a collection of online activitie and challenges to help improve English, be creative, stay connected and ask questions. The project is only in Surrey, however they have kindly offered to share their online learning resources with organisation and charities working with young refugees/ UASC. Click here for more information and to get in touch.
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  • Teach from Home - has been created as a temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis including how to live Q+As with your class, keeping your class engaged, how to create and online quiz and much more. To go to their website, click here.
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  • ESOL for Integration Fund deadline extension - has been extended to the 7th May where councils can apply to ESOL in accessible and community locations, including Derby, Nottingham, Lincolnshire, Wellingborough and more. Click here to see if your area is eligible, or click here for more information. 
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  • UPDATED version of ideas on ESOL during Covid19 which has been kindly created by the East of England Strategic Migration Partnership that contains some suggestions and ideas on learning and maintaining ESOL through the coronavirus outbreak period, as well as links to online courses. Updated information - online courses for English, links on English for Children, mental and physical health tips, as well as teaching material and guidance. This can be downloaded here .
  • OneStopEnglish have made all their resources FREE until the end of June including lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards, audio and video files covering IT in ESOL as well as pre-entry ESOL materials. Click here for further information. 
  • English My Way - have also got free resources and materials available online, especially for Pre-Entry and new reader writer learners. Their website can be found here.
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  • ESOL Study at Home guidance. To download, click here .
  • BBC Learning English have a wide range of different ways to learn english, will access to 'Learn in your own language' including Mandarin, Punjabi and lots more which can be accessed here.
  • Ideas on ESOL during Covid19 which contains some suggestions and ideas on learning and maintaining ESOL through the coronavirus outbreak period, as well as links to online courses.
  • A technology list of courses available online for all different ages can be found here .

Health:

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  • UASC Health website COVID resource - UASC health have put a page on their website solely for resources and information in relation to COVID-19 which includes Doctors of the World updates, PHE updates and information packs too. Click here to access.
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  • Update to Doctor's of the World's Infographics on Migrant's right to health -  The infographics are currently available in 13 languages: English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Gujarati, Hindi, Sorani Kurdish, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil and Tigrinya which can be accessed here. You can find more translated resources, including the latest government advice on COVID-19 and motion graphic videos with key information for migrants, here.
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  • How to look after your mental health during Covid-19 - Migration Yorkshire have kindly put together mental health resources in one place, including returning to school after the coronavirus lockdown, looking after your mental health as we come out of lockdown and lots more. Click here to access all of the resources available.
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  • COVID infograhics on National Eye Health Week - The aim of this week is to highlight the importance of eye health!⁣ To help raise awareness, we will be uploading four eye health graphics over this week.⁣ #nationaleyehealthweek In English, Arabic, French, Hindi, Lithuanian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, Swahili, Polish, Vietnamese, Tamil and Traditional Chinese. Click here to access.
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  • Doctors of the World's wellbeing guidance - in partnership with Thrive LDN, has produced wellbeing guidance to support migrant communities during COVID-19. Titled “Six ways to improve your wellbeing”, the guidance is available in 27 languages: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Dari, Farsi, Filipino, French, Hindi, Kurdish, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi India, Punjabi Pakistan, Romanian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese. Click here to acess.
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  • Public Health England launches new Every Mind Matters campaign - With children and young people now back at school or college, the new Public Health England (PHE) Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them. Click here to read more on the news story, or here to access details on the campaign. 
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  • Doctors of the World guidance updated and available in 60 languages - including wellbeing guidance with tips and advice for migrants, videos of covid guidance and much much more. Click here to access.
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  • Doctor's of the World updated COVID-19 translated resources - on self-isolating (now 10 days), face coverings on public transport as well as testing information in Scotland. Available in 35 languages and more to come. Click here to access the resource.
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  • Public Health England have produced translated campaign posters on COVID-19 ‘Stay alert to stay safe’ posters - These have been translated into Bengali, Indian-Punjabi, Pakistani-Punjabi, Polish, Slovak, Somali and Urdu covering hand washing, limiting contact, keeping a safe distance, self-isolation and working from home. Click here to access these posters.
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  • Updated Doctors of the World motion graphic videos with key COVID-19 information for migrants living in the UK - including information and advice on testing & wearing face masks as well as the font type errors in Bengali & Kurdish Sorani videos are now fixed. These are available in 11 priority languages: Bengali, Bulgarian, English, Kurdish Sorani, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese. Click here to access.
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  • Doctors of the world guidance now in 60 languages - which can be accessed here. The complete list: Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Czech, Dari, Dutch, English, Estonian, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indonesian, Italian, Kiswahili, Korean, Krio, Kurdish Sorani, Latvian, lgbo, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Nepali, Oromo, Pahari, Pashto, Pidgin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Sindhi, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tetum, Tigrinya, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yiddish, Yoruba
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  • Coronavirus overview document put together by Public Health England - including key messages, how to wash hands, top tips for good hygiene, PPE and much more. This document also contains the Homeless Health Outbreak Management / Testing Protocol for the South East Region. Click here to access.
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  • How to register with a GP practice and what to do if refused - This includes a dedicated leaflet for asylum seekers although it is believed that there was work to update and replace this with a more accessible leaflet (including other languages available other than on request). Click here for more information.
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  • Doctors of the World have published a report relation to the impact of COVID-19 - This report looks at the impact of COVID-19 on excluded people in England which can be found here.
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  • Doctors of the World UK now availble in 55 languages - The updated version includes changes in social distancing rules and the new symptom of coronavirus (see attached for contents). Please note the guidance is valid across the UK. Click here to access these resources.
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  • Government  guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 - Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click here to access.
  • Resources and guidance for children in care and care leavers - BECOME, the charity for children in care and care leavers have produced some resources and guidance for those who may be feeling anxious about coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes FAQs, weekly link ups, use of social media and much more. Click here to access.
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  • Free Guide To Living With Worry And Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty - Pyschology Tools have put together resources in many different languages on living with worry and anxiety amidst the current global pandemic. It includes information on the worry chain and information on activities that mabe useful. For more information, click here.
  • Mental Health resources - that are all available in other languages and has been compiled from a variety of sources. Click here to download.
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  • Audio metal health resources - Touchstone / IAPT have created an online audio resource in Iranian/ Farsi/ Persian to support mental health and wellbeing. The audios include muscular techniques and grounding techniques and many more. Click here to access. 
  • Oral Health - how to access dentistry during the pandemic - BASCD has just released some high level oral health messages for families along with information on how to access NHS dentistry during the pandemic. To access, click here.
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  • Updated guidance on NHS entitlement for migrants - Link have been added to translated COVID-19 guidance for the public as well as added translated message on COVID-19 testing and treatment free of charge to visitors from outside the EEA in 40 different languages. To access this guidance, click here.
  • Doctors of the world guidance now in 49 languages which can be accessed here. They also have available coronavirus video advice in 10 language including English, Arabic, Kurdish and many more. Click here to access the videos. Doctors of the World would like to hear your feedback, ideas and suggestions in terms of their advice on COVID-19, please click here to give your thoughts. 
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  • Resource for professionals coping with PPE -  developed by Performing Medicine which covers top tips to using PPe in the current circumstances including preparation, breathing, speaking, clothing and many more. Click here to access the guidance.
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  • Coping strategies for anxious times - Bristol City Council, NHS and Traumatic Stress Services have produced guidance on coping strategies for anxious times during the coronavirus outbreak in 15 different languages. These include English , French , Pashto , Somali , Albanian , Arabic , Bengali , Mandarin , Polish , Romanian , Farsi ,Tigrinya , Turkish , Urdu and Sorani .
  • Translated mental health material/ resources - This page provides direct links to national and international websites and databases enabling refugees and asylum seekers, social and mental health care professionals, organisations and agencies working with them in the UK and internationally to easily access an abundance of translated mental as well as general health resources and information in a variety of languages. To access this resource, click here
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  • The Samaritans resources on mental health - they have gathered some resources to help individuals look after their wellbeing at this time. The resources include if you are finding things tough, looking after your own mental health, remote working, social media, coronavirus symptoms and worrying about someone else. To access these, please click here.
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  • Tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health for young people- YoungMinds have put together an information page together with tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, including dealing with anxiety, eating disorders and low moods. This can be found here. They have also put together a help page for parents supporting children through the pandemic, which can be found here.
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  • Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) - This guide provides advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including areas on how to improve your wellbeing as well as details of dealing with a mental health crisis or emergency. The guidance can be accessed here.
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  • Access to Healthcare—Treatment for COVID-19 (and all communicable diseases) is free for everybody, however many migrants may not know this. There are important mechanisms of support and demands that local communities can make in order to ensure that everybody can access care. NHS have provided guidance on migrant health than can be found here.
  • Doctors of The World have shared with us-19 guidance for patients produced in 21 languages: English, Albanian, Dari, French, Pashto, Portuguese, Bengali, Vietnamese, Kurdish Sorani is available at the moment, but more languages coming soon: Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Malayalam, Turkish, , Farsi, Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali. It is accessible here. The guidance is based on the government’s updated advice and health information and was produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice.
  • There is also a collection of guidance for health professionals, which can be found here.

Other Guidance/ Resources:

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  • Hardship Fund now open - The Hardship Fund was created by the British Red Cross with their partner Aviva to help those most financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Voluntary and statutory organisations can register to refer destitute people and/or people facing economic hardship. For more information on the fund and how it operates please here.
  • COVID-19 Infographics 2nd December 3 Tier System translated infographics - Available in English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Traditional Chinese, Turkish from Covid-19 Infographics or by clicking here.
  • Government translations of three tier guidance in effect from 2nd December 2020 - A detailed outline covering the following topics is available in English Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Welsh, Polish, Punjabi, Slovak, Somali and Urdu. Topics include why the government is introducing tiers, what the tiers mean, all of the teams and exemptions from gathering limirs in all tiers. Click on each langauge to access.
  • Translated young people's infographics - Migration Yorkshire developed young people’s infographics to support young people to understand the virus, the rules, and to stay well and support each other. Available in PDF and JPEG forms. Please contact us if you would like us to share the files with you. Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Mandarin, Czech, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish Sorani, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tigrinya
  • COVID-19 Infographics have started a newsletter - updating on their work biweekly. To sign up, click here.
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  • New guide to help refugees open a bank account - Refugee Council has created a banking guide to help make opening a bank account easier for refugees. The guide explains how bank accounts work in the UK, the documents that banks require applicants to provide, how to make an application for a new account and tips for avoiding financial scams. The guide is available in English, ArabicFarsiKurdish and Pashto.
  • Referral: Modern Slavery - First responders must now use the digital referral system to refer potential victims of modern slavery to the National Referral Mechanism. Guidance provided 16th November 2020
  • Just Good Work: A free multi-lingual mobile app to equip vulnerable UK jobseekers and workers - Just Good Work have partnered with have partnered with the Association of Labour Providers and allianceHR programmes to create the Just Good Work app, a tool to help prevent modern slavery. It is now available in the UK as a free download for all workers, employers, labour providers and others. It’s available in Kiswahili, Romanian, Gujarati, English and Bulgaria.
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  • Official Lockdown information for England, translated by UK Gov - The UK government have produced translations of the social distancing / lockdown rules covering 5th November to 2nd December in the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi (PK), Romanian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh. As well as New November Guidance - Social Distancing 6th Nov Web Accessible.pdf and Social Distancing Guide - Easy Read
  • Lockdown rules in Romanian and Romanes - Thanks to Migration Yorkshire for sharing, Luton Roma Trust has just produced two videos, explaining the new lockdown rules in Romanian and Romanes languages. Click here to access.
  • England November 2020 restrictions translated by Covid-19infographics - From the 5th November until the 2nd December, new national restrictions have been put in place in England.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣Unsure of what the latest restrictions involve? Check out our graphic summarising the key restrictions.⁣⁣ Translations available in English, French, German, Hindi, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese⁣, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Arabic. Click here to access or here for their generic website.
  • Avoid coronavirus scams: What you need to know - The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted a number of online schemes. Find out about coronavirus scams and how to avoid them, including fake treatments, scam emails from the Home Office, masks and much more. Click here to access.
  • Arabic Translated Guidance - covering topic on Covid Guide for Parents (Sheet 1 can be accessed here and Sheet 2 can be accessed here). The guidance also covers the National Lockdown Guidance .
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  • Job centre guidance on new national Covid restrictions - Jobcentres will remain open, as they have throughout this pandemic, to provide essential services and support to those whom we cannot help in any other way and customers will continue to be supported by Work Coaches online and over the phone, with jobcentres remaining open to help those who need extra support and are unable to interact with us on the phone or digitally. To read more, click here.
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  • Updated Chartered Institute of Housing COVID guidance - including rough sleeping will be a reason for refusing leave to remain (see first item on the What’s New page), new guidance for landlords and on evictions has been published (details are on the coronavirus page) as well as information on the announcement on Nov 6 for local authorities to accommodate people who are rough sleeping. To access these, click here.
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  • Helpline for young people and families from Black and Asian communities affected by Covid-19 - Barnardo’s have launched a multilingual helpline for black and asian children, young people and families affected by the pandemic, or who are worried about covid, concerned about school, have lost a loved one or need someone to talk to. You can call for free at 0800 1512 605 or use webchat.
  • Mental Health wellbeing support translated - this resource includes how to access help if you're struggling with your mental health in many languages including Polish, Portuguese, Chinese (Simplfied), Gujarati, Arabic ,Tamil, Italian and Spanish.
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  • Translated COVID-19 Infographics on fines if dont self-isolate - COVID-19 Infographcis have produced material on  fines up to £10,000 if you fail to self isolate. These are available in English ,French,Italian, Polish, Korean,Romanian,Punjabi, Swahili, Simplified Chinese,Turkish,Spanish and Vietnamese. Click here to access.
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  • PHE Translated Guidance - available in many languages, PHE have published guidance on Symptoms, The NHS COVID appHands Face Space Campaign as well as NHS Test and Trace. To access the resources, click on the headings above.
  • Funding to help charitable organisations that support people hardest hit by COVID-19 - The CAF Resilience Fund exists to help charitable organisations in England that support the people hardest hit by Covid-19.  This fund will initially distribute £20 million made up of grants ranging from £10,000 to £100,000 to deliver rapid relief from the impact of Covid-19. The amount of grant awarded to a charitable organisation will be based on the reasons behind the request for help and the organisation’s annual income before the pandemic hit. Charities applying must be based in the UK and deliver their services in England, and must be able to spend the grant money before 31 March 2021. To read more, click here.
  • Translated resources explaining it is now a legal requirement to self isolate after a positive test - Migration Yorkshire have shared translated resources explaining it is now required by law to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.⁣ Translations available in: English, French, Italian, Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish Swahili, Turkish and Vietnamese and can be accessed here.
  • Report on mental well-being in Punjabi communities during COVID-19 and lockdown - Taraki, an organisation that works with Punjabi communities to reshape approaches to mental health, have released a report on mental well-being during COVID-19 and lockdown in Punjabi communities. ⁣To access the full report, click here.
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  • Translated infographics on school safety measures and keeping children safe in school - Covid-19 Infographics have produced infographics with information on how to keep children safe when returning to school and measures that schools may take. Available in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Traditional) Chinese (simplified) Czech, Dari, Dutch, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sinhalese, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Sylheti, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yoruba. Search for the language you need on the Covid-19 Infographics page.
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  • Translated MP4s, social images and posters - The UK government have produced new materials on the following topics in Arabic, Chinese, Gujarati, Bengali, Indian-Punjabi, Pakistani-Punjabi, Polish, Slovak, Somali, Hindi, and Urdu. These materials include symptoms, the NHS COVID-19 app, Hands. Face. Space campaign as well as the NHS test and Trace.
  • Palm Beach Institute COVID resource - which contains a guide to understanding addiction relapse during COVID-19 and tips for remaining sober. to access and read more, click here.
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  • New Kurdish Language page - Thanks to Migration Yorkshire for putting together which now includes a collection of resources in Kurdish Sorani which is now live on the Migrant Info Hub. To access, click here.
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  • Up to date government isolation and testing guidance in Arabic - Thanks to Migration Yorkshire, up to date guidance on isolation and testing guidance in Arabic has been published. Click here to access.
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  • Equal Access Campaign FAQs regarding COVID 19 and refugee and asylum-seeking students - STAR have updated their FAQs for refugee and asylum-seeking students in relation to COVID-19. To access, click here.
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  • Chartered Institute of Housing updated COVID-19 guidance - on the section on Evictions (England and Wales) to cover recent changes/provisions including the start of evictions proceedings on Sept 21. Click here to read more and access.
  • Nottingham City Council online resources - including a Stay safe and stop the spread of Coronavirus resource in 12 languages as well as a hub for accessing other COVID related information too. Click here to access.
  • Eye Test mythbuster translated into many languages - Thanks to COVID-19 infographics, there are now a mythbusting resource available which busts myths about wearing glasses, eye tests etc. They are available in English, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Swahili, Vietnamese, Hindi,Tamil and French. Click here to access these resources.
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  • New Gov Rules (in date 22.09.2020) translated into Arabic - thanks to Migration Yorkshire for sharing this translation. Click here to access.
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  • COVID-19: reducing transmission – what you can do to help - Public Health Englang have produced guidance on how you can help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to access the guidance.
  • Translated resources for parents/carers of children at nursery, school, and college -  The UK Government has provided information for parents and carers of children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools (including independent schools, maintained schools, academy trusts, free schools and special schools) and colleges (for the purposes of this guidance ‘colleges’ means publicly funded sixth form and further education colleges, independent training providers and special post-16 institutions). These are available in 14 languages. EnglishArabicBengaliFrenchGujaratiPolishPortuguesePunjabiRomanySomaliTurkishUrduChinese - traditional and Chinese - simplified.
  • How to do a coronavirus test at home: video in various languages - Thanks Wakefield Council for sharing the videos on how to do a coronavirus test at home: video in Urdu, Panjabi, British Sign Language, Polish and English. Click here to access.
  • Guidance on reporting issues with wages, employment and working conditions - FLEX has partnered with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to produce an information video about where workers can report on underpayment of minimum wage, problems with employment agencies and unsafe, abusive or exploitative working conditions, including modern slavery offences. The video is available in 11 languages, including English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, Romanian, Romanes, Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia and Tagalog
  • Translated resources: Guidance for parents of EAL students - The Bell Foundation has created a short, easy to understand guide for parents of students who use English as an Additional Language. The leaflet is available in the 17 most commonly used first languages in UK schools and is designed to help parents to get involved in school life and to help their child to learn. It is not a covid specific resource, but may have tips that are useful to support parents/carers with children in changing school environments. Click here to find out more.
  • A translated guide about covid-19 for separated children and young people - Thanks to Migration Yorkshire there is guidance available on 'What is covid 19 and how can I stay safe? A guide for separated children and young people'. This is available in Albanian , Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish. Click here to access.
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  • COVID-19 infographics on the rule of six - available  in Arabic, English, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Romanian, Chinese, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Click here to access this resource.
  • Resources for Substance Abuse Treatment During Coronavirus (COVID-19) - The Recovery Village® has resources to help anyone struggling with substance use, increased anxiety and depression or other mental health disorders cope with the unprecedented challenges that have emerged from the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus). The resources include areas such as telehealth services, free online recovery meetings, places to find help and much more. Click here to access this resource
  • Refugee Action Good Practice advice for guidance for refugee and asylum organisations - including wellbeing, destitution payments, digital exclusion and many more. Click here to access.
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  • Advice for people who are struggling to pay essential bills because of coronavirus - The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have published advice for those in difficulty with energy, water or telecommunications bills, or repayment commitments on credit cards, loans and mortgages, as a result of COVID-19. Click here to read more.
  • Updated guidance for universities ahead of reopening - The Government has updated guidance to help universities reopen buildings and campuses this September while keeping students and staff safe. Click here to access the guidance. 
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  • New COVID-19 Infographics on the reopening of schools - in English, Italian ,Portuguese, Polish, Tamil, Arabic, Kurdish (sorani),Urdu and Chinese (Simplified). Click here to access.
  • Doctors of the World Wellbeing Guidance - Titled “Six ways to improve your wellbeing”, the guidance is available in 27 languages: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Dari, Farsi, Filipino, French, Hindi, Kurdish, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi India, Punjabi Pakistan, Romanian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese. To access click here.
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  • A rewiew on reducing loneliness amongst migrant and ethnic minority people - a research team at the University of Sheffield has review on lonleiness amongst migrant and ethnic minority people and how this canbe reduced. Click here to access.
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  • COVID-19 Infographics put together audio clips discussing general COVID-19 information - such as guidance on reducing the spread of coronavirus and what symptoms to look out for.⁣ Available in: English, Arabic, Punjabi, Polish, Urdu, and Gujarati. Keep an eye out - there'll be more languages to come. Click here to access.
  • Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health by Rehab4Addiction - This resource covers ares on how mental health may be affected, things to remember as well as how to take care of your mental health, plus lots more. Click this link here to access this resource.
  • Guidance available on going to a court or tribunal during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - This guide has been created for those who have been asked to attend a hearing in person at a court or tribunal during the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to access.
  • Second wave of grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme now available - guidance has been released if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) use this scheme if you're eligible to claim the grant. Click here to access.
  • Updated guidance on when children should wear face coverings - The World Health Organisation has published updated guidance on when children should wear face coverings. As a result, the government is revising discretionary guidance on when children and staff should wear face coverings in schools, meaning some schools will be able to require face coverings in certain settings. For more information see the WHO guidance on face masks for children, and the government update on face coverings for children in school.
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  • NEW Direct Help and Advice (DHA) Line set up by The Derby Law Centre - They have been working and listening to the community and partners and to ensure support through the Covid-19 Pandemic. There is no eligibility criteria we can help anyone! The number of the line is 01332 287865 and support on offer includes housing, debt and money matters, help getting back into work, CV and Training skills support and mental health support. Please click here to access the flyer which can be I have attached a flyer, please can you circulate to all your contacts so we can reach out to all whom need help and support.
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  • Information and advice to help you spot the signs of abuse for Children during COVID-19 - The NSPCC has published information and advice to help you spot the signs of abuse and what to do if you're worried about a child during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to access their website for advice and guidance.
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  • Translated covid phrasebook for workers to share, edit and use - Migration Yorkshire has produced a “covid phrasebook” resource, offering line by line editable translations, covering various areas of life under covid. This first version, which compliments our recent test and trace translations, is available initially 12 languages, with more to follow, and covers national guidance, health and hygiene, returning to school, support bubbles, shielding, face coverings, travel, life events and work. Click here to access the guidance. 
  • Translated videos on dealing with problems and exploitation at work -  FLEX has partnered with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to produce an information video about where workers can report on underpayment of minimum wage, problems with employment agencies and unsafe, abusive or exploitative working conditions, including modern slavery offences. As well as where they can seek support with understanding their employment rights in the UK, reporting issues at work if they don’t speak English and accessing immigration and employment advice via free, independent and confidential organisations.  The video is available in 11 languages, including English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, Romanian, Romanes, Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia and Tagalog.
  • Guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic translated into - Added translations in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (CN), Chinese (HK), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu. Click here to access.
  • Updated COVID infographics guidance on self isolating if you have symptoms of COVID - translated in English, Arabic, French, Italian, Tamil, Portuguese, simplified Chinese, Gujarati, Spanish, Polish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Hindi and Swahili. The twitter thread where you can acces these can be found here, or the COVID infographics page can be found here.
  • Guidance on supporting children & young people's mental health & wellbeing during the COVID outbreak translated - Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak translated into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese CN, Chinese HK, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, and Urdu. Click here to access.
  • Guidance for everyone on looking after our mental health & wellbeing during the COVID outbreak translated - Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak translated into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese CN, Chinese HK, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, and Urdu. Click here to access the guidance. 
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  • Leicester Lockdown Local lockdown restrictions in translated infographics -  Leicester were inforced into lockdown but are now slowly exiting it. Here they summarise the latest guidance on Leicester lockdown restrictions, the areas affected, and places to go for COVID-19 testing.⁣ Translated into: English, Arabic, Lithuanian, Somali and Tamil. Click here to access the resource.
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  • Guidance for organisations supporting asylum-seeking and refugee women - This guidance has been designed for frontline refugee sector organisations continuing to support asylum-seeking and refugee women during C19. It has been produced in response to a need articulated across the sector for direction in adapting services in a way that mitigates gendered harm. Click here to access this guidance. 
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  • Description of NHS services in multiple languages - At the bottom of this page there are fact sheets which have been written to explain the role of UK health services, the National Health Service (NHS), to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum. They cover issues such as the role of GPs, their function as gatekeepers to the health services, how to register and how to access emergency services. Click here to access.
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  • Chartered Institute of Housing guidance on Evictions after August 23rd - under the section on Evictions (England & Wales), it is explained that landlords will now be able to start eviction proceedings after August 23. There will be new rules about evictions that will take effect on that date, described in the letter which can be accessed here. to read the guidance from CIH, click here.
  • COVID-19 infographics on shielding support to end 1st August - translated infographics in Engish, Urdu, Spanish, Arabic, Gujarati, Polish, Swahili, Sorani Kurdish, Tamil, Romanian, French, Lithuanian, Italian and Somali has been released on advice on ways to access support when these deliveries end. Click here to access these resources.
  • Shareable Test and Trace translated information in 18 languages alongside English - Migration Yorkshire has translated Test and Trace information in the following languages. These include Albanian, Arabic, Amharic, Bengali, Czech, Chinese, Farsi, German, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Russia, Spanish and Tigrinya. Click here to access this resource.
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  • Government guidance update in different languages for households with possible coronavirus infection including guidance on support bubbles, local lockdowns guidance link to guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has possible or confirmed coronavirus infection and guidance for multi-generational households where someone is at increased risk or has possible coronavirus. Click here to access the upadted guidance.
  • Updated guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable - now available in 11 languages. Click here to access.
  • COVID Infographics on face coverings - click here to access all of their COVID infographics which can be accessed in 40 different languages.
  • Updated guidance on COVID-19 and immigration removal centres - on 14th July, further updates on visits to immigration removal centres during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic were added. Click here to review.
  • Guidance updated on Coronavirus for travellers exempt from border rules in the UK -  which now includes exemptions for Scotland and information around exemptions for people travelling to the UK from some countries and territories.Click here to access the updated guidance.
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  • COVID-19 infographics available online in multiple languages - website now includes translated material on face coverings, as well as information on places of worship reopening in 40 langauges including Arabic, Bengali, Pashto, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu and many more. Click here to access the website.
  • Translators Without Borders glossary of COVID terms - developed in 33 languages to address language barriers involving COVID-19 which may be useful for key workers and community translators. Click here to access.
  • Test and Trace Videos in 14 languages - Peterborough City Council have created videos on the test and trace service in multiple languages, including English, ArabicChinese Mandarin,  Czech, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Swahili, Tetum and Urdu.
  • Quarantine rules for travel, explained in Arabic - thanks to Migration Yorkshire for sharing, translated material on the new quarantine rules for travels are available to be accessed here.
  • Translated material in Arabic in one place - Migration Yorkshire have put together a translated material page which collates all the materials into one place. The first page in Arabic. Click here to access.
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  • COVID-19 infographics in many languages on the changes from the 4th July - A Twitter resource has shared these infographics to be used widely in English, Arabic, French, Gujarati, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil and Portugese. Click here to access these resources.
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  • Coronavirus Covid-19 information and support by The Children's Society - including support for mental and emotional wellbeing with resources on areas such as anxiety, depression and many more. Click here to access. 
  • Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (translations) - Guidance for people without English as a first language about how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse in languages including: Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil and Urdu. Click here to access.
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  • Migrant Information Serivce by IOM UK - IOM UK has designed a Covid-19 Migrant Information Service to provide extra support to migrants in the challenging context of the Covid-19 crisis. The info service includes: a multilingual websitea telephone service to provide information to migrants living in the UK on 5 key topics: health, work, benefits, visas and immigration, housing and homelessness. The website also provides a comprehensive overview of the various governmental and non-governmental support schemes that are available to migrants. Finally, it provides signposted information for users to get further information and/or begin the process of accessing support. The website is currently available in many languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Arabic, Chinese, Albanian and Vietnamese, with Polish to be added soon. The telephone service provides information to callers in any language, and is available on Freephone. Click here to access the website and further information on this.
  • Arabic guidance on change of rules from 4th July -  Thanks to Migration Yorkshire, there are now available guidance in Arabic on the change of lockdown rules as of the 4th July. Click here to access.
  • Arabic translation new guidance for people shielding due to being extremely vulnerable -  Thanks to Migration Yorkshire, there are now available guidance in Arabic for people (and their carers) who are ‘shielding’ due to being clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 because of serious underlying health conditions. Click here to access the guidance.
  • Arabic translation of guidance around face covering on public transport and in hospitals, and rules on entering the UK - Thanks to Migration Yorkshire, there are now available guidance in Arabic on face coverings on public transport and in hospitals as well as entering the UK. Click here to access the guidance.
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  • Crimestoppers have published guidance on Modern Slavery and concerns about the recent lift on lockdown restrictions - As lockdown restrictions are lifted, the number of people being exploited, trapped and tricked into modern slavery is expected to rise. The guidance includes the effect of Covid-19, lockdown, and its easing, what you can do and what to do if you are a victim. Click here to access the guidance. 
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  • Modern slavery and covid-19: What to look out for and how to get help – translated in to 11 languages - Kirklees Council have put togeter a resource on Modern Slabery and COVID-19, what to look out for and how to get help. It is accessible in English, Arabic, Amharic, Kurdish, Farsi, Albanian, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Urdu and Mandarin. These can be accessed here.
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  • IOM's Multi-lingual guidance on COVID-19 - which is available in 27 languages outlines what is coronavirus, what are the symptoms and how to keep yourself safe. Click here to access this guidance.
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  • 02 Online NSPCC resource for parent and child on online safety - This online safety resource includes information on online safety including tools and tips and can be accessed here. Available in nine different languages which include Arabic, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Urdu and Welsh.
  • Accessing support for domestic abuse during covid: simple advice translated - Thanks to Migration Yorkshire, simple information on how to access domestic abuse services for people who feel unsafe in their home during covid-19 has been published. This information is available in Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, English, Farsi, French, Hungarian Italian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Tigrinya - with more languages to come. Click here to access.
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  • COVID-19 Scam and Fraud Information translated into 41 languages - K International have put together documents containing information the latest scams/ fraud in relation to COVID-19. The languages include Arabic, Kurdish Sorani, Pashto, Urdu and lots more. Click here to access.
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  • Bubble rules for single adult households, shops, dentist and hairdresser updates: translated into Arabic - Thanks to Migration Yorkshire for sharing this resource which can be found here.
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  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking during COVID-19 (rapid read) - NHS document outlining ways the pandemic may increase risk of modern slavery and exploitation and how to access support. Please see the document here.
  • The Children’s Society resource on spotting signs of abuse and neglect during Covid-19 lockdown - This blog highlights signs of abuse, neglect, identifying the vulnerable but also how to report any signs as well as posters and leaflets on this matter. Click here for more information.
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  • Updated lockdown rules translated into Arabic - Thanks to Migration Yorkshire, updated lockdown rules have been translated into Arabic and shared widely. Please click here to access.
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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK - Border health measures guidance has been released which including who must self-isolate, why it is important, support and more. Click here to access the guidance.
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  • Research on forced migration, sexual and gender-based violence and COVID-19 - conducted by the University of Birmingham, which was initiated in response to conversations with Refugee Women Connect and anecdotal information suggesting that forced migrant survivors’ suffering increased in the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to read the executive summary, or here for the full report.
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  • Zoom guides for refugees and migrant communities in the UK - and those working with them who are using Zoom to do remote support work and education during the Coronavirus pandemic, but they are free to be used and shared by anyone. Click here to access.
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  • Bereavement scheme for non-EEA family members of NHS and health and social care workers - The government have published guidance for non-EEA family members of any NHS worker, including support staff, or a healthcare or social care worker who has died as a result of coronavirus and has confirmed that they will receive immediate indefinite leave to remain, free of charge. Click here to read the full guidance document.
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  • British Red Cross Emergency Contact cards - In order to prevent people losing contact with loved ones during COVID 19, British Red Cross have produced some tips for staying connected and an Emergency Contact Card where people can write the name of the person they would wish to be contacted should they become seriously ill. This may be next of kin, a family member or friend. The Emergency Contact Card is to be completed in English so that emergency services can easily contact the person’s designated person. The accompanying language guides explain this and tips for people not confident in speaking/writing English. The prevention messages and Emergency Contact Cards can be downloaded at redcross.org.uk/trace, or people can make their own with paper and pen at home.  Currently, there are 11 languages available, with a further 11 in progress. 
  • COVID-19 infographics in multiple lanuages - these resources include infographics on an overview of COVID, self care, spread and prevention as well as myth busting. These can be accessed here.
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  • Finding temporary accommodation during COVID-19 - In response to COVID-19, NHS England, NHS Improvement and Crown Commercial Service, supported by Calder Conferences and Corporate Travel Management Limited (CTM), have developed a process for NHS staff, key workers and other impacted communities to access secure accommodation at hotels and other accommodation venues. Click here for further information.
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  • Equal Access Campaign FAQs regarding COVID-19 and refugee and asylum seeking students - STAR have put together a resource of information in relation the impact of COVID-19 on refugee and aslyum seeking students. Click here to access.
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  • DWP's Benefits information available via WhatsApp - People can now access the most up-to-date benefits and support information via their smart phones, using WhatsApp. The service, which can be accessed by sending ‘Hi’ in a WhatsApp message to 07860 064 422, has been launched to help combat the spread of incorrect information and to make the correct information easily accessible.
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  • Migrant Help's Coronavirus Support resource online - this includes information and acitivites in specific regions, translated material, information for children learning and lots more. Click here to access.
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  • Childnet International's Supporting Young People Online (Leaflets) These can be accessed in 13 different languages and include areas such as tips for both primary school children and teens and areas such as content, conduct and more. Click here to access. 
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  • Government have released further guidance for frontline workers working in different locations - carrying out supplementary work. The list of frontline workers affected has been expanded to include more occupations. Click here for more information.
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  • Meaningful and creative activities to do at home whatever your age by Foundation Stones - Leicester Arts and Museums are the East Midlands hub for The Big Ideas Company, and New Walk Museum is the hub for collecting 'foundation stones'. This is a national project in which people can use a stone from their garden or park and paint it with whatever they feel - images or text - to remember those killed in the holocaust and in more recent genocides including Rwanda and Myanmar. The activity is appropriate for adults as well as children. If people would like their painted stones to be included in the new national memorial planned for later this year, they can keep them for now and then bring them to New Walk Museum when we reopen to be collected by the Big Ideas Company. All the information is on the Foundation Stones flyer, which can be downloaded here. Other resources from the Big Ideas Company are research based and ideal for home-educating children - football and other themes, See the 'No barriers at Home' resource, which can be downloaded here .
  • Translated guidance from DfE on Free School Meals FAQ - in Arabic can be downloaded here
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  • Written translations to accompany the main advice and diagrams released by the NHS and WHO - compiled by the Big Leaf Foundation including: what we should do to reduce the risk of catching or spreading the virus, how to recognise symptoms; and what to do if we think we might have it, or if we have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.Click here to access these guidance.
  • International Driving Licence scam - There are reports of a Driving License scam circulating In other parts of the UK, refugees have fallen foul of this scam and lost a lot of money. What is known is that people have applied for an “International Driving Licence” from America. These cost £480 each and applications are made online with a follow up call from someone based in America asking a couple of questions. Once these have been answered, the person is asked to transfer money in return for an “International Driving License”. This is a scam. You can download advice, which has been drafted by NI SMP, in both English and Arabic .
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  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do - including information on when you can leave your home, being a critical worker, information on what will happen if these rules are broken and many more. Click here to access the full guidance.
  • Star Amal Team newsletter have produced a newsletter for refugees - to keep them up to date with new information as well as entertained during the lockdown. This can be downloaded here.
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  • Jobskilla On-line Courses for those who are unemployed and in receipt of a job-seeking benefit - course include Customer Service, Workskills with COSHH, CSCS test and card and many more. Click here to download further information on the course and how to get in touch.
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  • Update on advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - information has been added on what to do if your 30 day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired or is about to expire as well as further guidance for frontline health workers on working in different locations, carrying out supplementary work. The list of frontline workers affected has been expanded to include more occupations. Click here to access the guidance.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested - now includes social care workers as well as personal care assistants. Click here for further information.
  • Modern Slavery Unit guidance for frontline non-first responders - The Home Office Modern Slavery Unit have developed a flyer to be distributed to frontline staff who are not first responders, with information on what to do if they encounter a potential victim of modern slavery. Click here to download the flyer.
  • Citizen's Advice guidance on How to apply for Universal Credit - in 14 languages includng Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, French, Farsi, Kurdish, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Slovak, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu. Click here to download.
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  • Housing advice from Shelter - Shelter have provided housing advice during coronavirus, including evictions, rent payment problems, domestic abuse, homelessness and many more. Click here to access.
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  • WHO guidance around Safe Ramadan practices - in the context of the COVID-19 including advice on physical distancing, advice to high-risk groups as well as information on wellbeing. Click here to access in English, or here in Arabic.
  • Guidance on getting support if you're a migrant living in the UK - which explains the support you can get if you do not have permission to live permanently in the UK, including if you need medical treatment, if you are studying or working, if you can't afford housing costs or if you are an asylum seeker. Click here to access the guidance. 
  • Supporting Migrants with No Recourse to Public Funds - Migration Scotland have produced a new framework to assist local authorities and their partners to support people with NRPF during the COVID-19 pandemic. It sets out the legal basis and other considerations for providing support during the response phase of the pandemic, with a specific focus on people with NRPF who are roofless/rough sleeping, or vulnerable from a safeguarding perspective. To access click here. This is Scotland specific however if you have any queries, please contact Brein.Fisher@emcouncils.gov.uk.  
  • Overview guidance document on Ramadan during COVID-19 - which has been put together by a local authority in the East Midlands to inform about Ramadan and also give tips on how to make it easier during COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to download.
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  • Guidance on religious practices - in Syrian and English, as well as other areas including hygiene and burials. Click here to download.
  • Online Virtual Iftar - This year Open Iftar are bringing their experience to celebrate during lockdown. Individuals can sign-up for a #MyOpenIftar pack, share their experiences and continue to keep the Ramadan spirit alive. Click here to find out more. 
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  • Guidance on working with migrants and refugees during the COVID-19 crisis by CIH - Chartered Institue of Housing have put together a fact sheet that is intended to help those working with people with different kinds of immigration status, whether they are tenants or come to you for advice. It is based on the information provided by the housing rights website. Click here to access the factsheet or click here for information on how does the outbreak affect migrants' access to housing and benefits.
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  • Guidance on Ramadan - DfE have put together a document setting out what Ramadan is, it’s purpose to Muslims & how it is observed, the impact of restrictions this year & also how support is being in different places. They have also put together a lengthier & more detailed summary of the issues & practices in the context of COVID 19. 
  • Further guidance on Ramadan - The Muslim Council of Britian have put together both a factsheet and guidance on the effects of COVID19 (#RAMADANATHOME). Click here to read more and access. 
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  • New guidance published for Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students - This guidance sets out temporary policy concessions for Tier 4 sponsors, Tier 4 students and short-term study students in response to the outbreak of coronavirus. Click here to access this resource.
  • Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents (Tier 2) - This guidance was recently updated to include an added link to Tier 2 worker guidance to explain that some NHS workers and their families will get their visas automatically extended because of coronavirus. Click here for the latest update.
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  • Video resources in different languages on essential advice on Coronavirus - including essential advice, hand washing as well as spotting the sign in many different languages. Click here to access all of the videos. 
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  • Maths Mastery/ English Mastery resources - have designed a selection of resources to use at home, to make sure individuals have opportunities to talk and learn with someone every day. Below are resources and guidance that can be used to provide daily sessions for learners from Reception to Year 9. Click here to access. 
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  • Coronavirus and domestic abuse guidance- for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click here to access.
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  • Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residentsfor all visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus. There is now a link to a form for visa holders to update their information with the Coronavirus Immigration Team. Click here to access.
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  • Coronavirus Asylum Handbook - The Refugee Action Good Practice and Partnerships Teamave developed the incredibly useful handbook on frontline organisations’ approaches and strategies (both immediate and longer term) to deliver support in the current context. A great resource for sharing good practice and finding out how others are tackling the barriers. To access this handbook, click here.
  • Translated guides to Zoom - have been created by Jewish Council for Racial Equality and West London Welcome which now include English, Arabic, French, Polish, Somali, Tigrinya and Kurdish. Click here to access.
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  • Translated letter for at-risk patients - NHS have now uploaded translated versions of the letter to 'at risk patients' which is available in 11 different langauges and can be accessed here.
  • Stay at Home Guidance (Self isolation/ Social Distancing)- PHE produced this guidance in different languages [can be found below], but Public Health Wales have some additional formats to make the information more accessible to people who need audio-described or information in additional languages to English, using the Recite Me plug-in. Click here to access.
  • How to protect extremely vulnerable people (Shielding) - Public Health Wales have also added these additional formats to the guidance on how to protect extremely vulnerable people, which can be found here.
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  • Local Government Association & Resources for Local Authorities The LGA is liaising with Public Health England (PHE), the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) regarding the evolving situation with the outbreak of the coronavirus. On these pages, you will be able to find the latest official information, as well as guidance and resources from the LGA and our key partners covering areas such as councillor resources, adult social care and support and much more. It can be found here.
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  • Getting support as an extremely vulnerable person. As the link details, asylum seekers can register themselves or others can register on their behalf, which includes local authority colleagues and those within the NGO / VCS sectors as well as AASC providers. To start the registration process, click here.
  • COVID-19: guidance on residential care provision which sets out key messages to support planning and preparation in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19, aimed at local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and registered providers of accommodation for people who need personal or nursing care including registered residential care and nursing homes for people with learning disabilities, mental health and/or other disabilities. For more information, click here.
  • Guidance on isolation for residential educational settings to support the management of children and young people living in children’s homes, residential special schools and colleges, other further education (FE) providers with residential accommodation, mainstream boarding schools and university halls of residence. This can be accessed here.
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  • Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection is available here, which includes information of the symptons, social distancing and self-isolation. It is available in different languages including; Arabic, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Polish, Urdu, Welsh and more. 
  • Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults in English, Arabic, Bengali, French, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese- Mandarin, Traditional Chinese- Cantonese, Urdu and Welsh is available here.
  • Guidance on immigration provisions made by the Home Office for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) can be accessed here.
  • Foreign travel advice can be found here.
  • Foreign embassies in the UK can be accessed here
  • Guidance for first responders can be accessed here, and identifys first responders as professionals and members of voluntary organisations who, as part of their normal roles, provide immediate assistance to a symptomatic person until further medical assistance arrives.
  • Guidance for employers, employees and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 can be found here
  • Residential care, supported living and home care guidance - information can be found here.
  • Guidance for hostel or day centres for people rough sleeping can be accesed here.
  • Guidance for local government including; the announcments of £2.9 billion funding, framework for local authorities to support the planning and organisation of the outbreak as well as further guidance. This can be accessed here.
  • Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK: Guide for Supporting Migrants During Coronavirus can be sourced here
  • Student Action for Refugees (STAR) have put together a document containing how to support refugees and asylum seekers at this time. It can be accessed here.

Regional Activity:

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  • Nottingham City Council online resources - including a Stay safe and stop the spread of Coronavirus resource in 12 languages as well as a hub for accessing other COVID related information too. Click here to access.
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  • Derby City's virtual activity for Refugee Week UPDATE: Refugee Week is from 15-21 June 2020 and is still going ahead in Derby. Please see this leaflet here about the digital events that are hapenning in Derby.
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  • Derby City's virtual activity for Refugee Week - Refugee Week is from 15-21 June 2020 and is still going ahead in Derby. Please see this leaflet here about the digital events that are hapenning in Derby.
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  • Derby City - The Derby Refugee and Asylum Seeker Coordination (RASC) Meeting have updated the current status of organisations due to COVID-19. Click here to access.
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  • Nottingham City Nottingham-based charity Refugee Roots are responding to the impact of Covid 19 on refugees and asylum seekers in Nottingham. They are providing the following support services in response to Covid 19 including: phone support (information, advice and guidance), telephone Befriending (weekly support), telephone English Lessons (one to one), virtual English Lessons (Groups), food drops (in partnership with local foodbanks), social groups and Art at home. For more information, or to be involved, click here.

Events/Training:

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  • Modern Slavery & Child Trafficking Summit - Spread across the two dates, this virtual summit will give attendees the opportunity to explore the causes and impact of Modern Slavery globally, nationally and within the East Midlands. The event will help identify the impact on victims and communities, as well as show what more can be done in support of partners in the statutory, voluntary and business sector in making the East Midlands a hostile environment for the perpetrators of this crime whilst supporting potential victims. To book on or find out more, click here.
  • IOM Eritrean Culutral Orientation Session - on the 25th November, IOM are hosting a FREE virtual oreintation session on Eritrea. For information can be found here.
  • ECPAT UK FREE webinar for practitioners: Child victims of trafficking and immigration in the UK - on 25th November at 2pm which looks at various other avenues in the immigration system beyond asylum which could be used to secure stable futures for child victims of trafficking; and we explain why it is important for practitioners working with children and young people to be an active part of this process. To find out more, or to book, click here.
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  • Supporting the multilingual child during Covid-19 - On Friday 13th November at 6pm by ESRC IAA - University of Birmingham led by Professor Zhu Hua. The event is free. To find out more, or to book, click here.
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  • Migrant & Refugee Children's Legal Unit Seminar training sessions - 'Breaking the Chains' legal seminars centred around representing child and young asylum seekers on Albanian Country Policy and Information Note (CPIN). To register or for more information about the Breaking the Chains project, click here. 
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  • Resettled Refugee Families Mental Health Support - Yorkshire and Humber Conference - 21st October 2020 – 10.15am–12.45pm.  Hosted by Migration Yorkshire, SOLACE and Refugee Council, learn about the impact of our Children and Families Wellbeing Project. Join the Skills Share sessions hosted by family therapists where practitioners share their challenges and successes and give you an understanding of why and how we work with families who are new to the UK through the UNHCR resettlement programmes. The event is free. Places are limited, so early booking is encouraged. Sign up here.

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  • East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership training offer updated - to include training from IOM on Democratic Republic of Congo and Aghanistan. Click here to read more and to book. 
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  • The North West Population Health and Prevention Network Webinar's - which include Gambling and Covid 19 - a game changer, Social prescribing – innovative responses to Covid 19, Health literacy – engaging citizens for good, Loneliness - a conscious cognitive feeling of estrangement and Stop the rot- mouthcare matters . To access more details on this course and to book, click here.
  • Modern Slavery & Harmful Practices Virtual Training - by Bal Kaur Howard. These training sessions include topics such as Honour Based Abuse, Forced Marriage, FGM, Breast Ironing / Flattening & Spirit Possession as well as Modern Slavery / Trafficking (Children & Adults). Click here to find out more on these courses and information on how to book.
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  • Civil/crime news: launch of ‘help us say yes’ online training - Legal Aid Agency are hosting a series of online ‘webinar’ training events are starting in October which are designed to ‘help us say yes’ first time when providers submit work. The first two webinar events will be on civil topics and will look at means and merits tests: civil means – 7 October, 10-11am and civil merits – 14 October, 10am-11am. Other events are being planned to take us through the autumn and winter, including a number for crime providers. Click here to read more or to book.
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  • ECPAT UK's Spiritual Abuse and Child Trafficking training, few places remaining next Tuesday morning (18th Aug 9.30-1pm), places are still available to book. This online, half-day course is based on our experience of working with victims of child trafficking. You'll examine the particular relationship between spiritual abuse and child trafficking and gain an understanding of the interlinkages between the two, their dynamics and effective responses to this particular issue. Click here to find out more, or to book.
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  • East Midlands SMP Training offer for September is LIVE - Free training from IOM on Somalia and training on FGM both level 1 and Level 2 now available to book online. Click here to find out more and book. Please note, there are limited places so book on early. 
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  • ECPAT UK Online Training - have a wide range of training scheduled over the coming months on areas such as overview of child trafficking, child criminal exploitation and trafficking, safe accomodation and missing child victims of trafficking and spiritual abuse and child trafficking. Further information and how to book, can be found here .
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  • Volunteers, English language learners, and conversation clubs webinars - To support the use of these resources, Learning and Work Institute are running webinars, which you can sign up for below. These are the upcoming webinars - Wednesday 22nd July 2020, 4pm – 5.30pm: Using the units and running a successful conversation club. Sign up hereMonday 27th July 2020, 12pm – 1.30pm: My role as a volunteer. Sign up here. Wednesday 29th July 2020, 12.30pm – 2pm: Tips for organisations working with volunteers. Sign up here.
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  • IOM UK - East Midlands Iraqi Culutral Orientation Session - East Midlands Councils have arranged IOM UK to deliver two training session on Iraqi Refugees to the region on Monday 20th July and Thursday 23rd July. To book or find out more, click here.
  • Free Webinar: Focusing practice on children's best interests - ECPAT UK have resumed their online training webinars, with the first one to be helf on Tuesday 14th July. This one hour webinar will explore the common areas of practice where we lose sight of the best interests of the child in prioritising other concerns, and how we can ensure children's best interests are fully embedded in all aspects of frontline practice. Click here for more information or to book.
  • ECPAT UK Online Training - have a wide range of training scheduled over the coming months on areas such as overview of child trafficking, child criminal exploitation and trafficking, safe accomodation and missing child victims of trafficking and spiritual abuse and child trafficking. Further information and how to book, can be found here .
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  • Forced Marriage & Honour Based Abuse - 90 minute Basic Awareness session - Friday 17th July - delievered by Baul Kaur Howard, this session aims to raise awareness, identification and support processes of Honour Based Abuse/Forced Marriage and the impact on victims/children. Enabling practitioners to be able to understand the issues and support processes available to children and adults subjected to Honour Based Abuse /Forced Marriage across all cultures and religions and families. Click here for more information or to book. 
  • Forced Marraige & Honour Based Abuse - 90 minute Advanced session - Monday 27th July - delievered by Baul Kaur Howard, this session follows on from the Basic Awareness session and aims to be able to: risk assess and manage the risk to support victims / children - work with case studies, learn how practitioners can identify the risks in an agency setting and safety plan -  understand the Forced Marriage Protection Legislation & immigration / policy to support victims with No Recourse to Public Funds (Spousal Visa only). Click here for more information or to book.
  • Volunteers, English language learners, and conversation clubs webinars - To support the use of these resources, Learning and Work Institute are running five webinars, which you can sign up for below. Monday 13th July 2020, 4pm – 5pm: Introduction to Volunteers, English language learners and conversation clubs resources. Sign up here. Thursday 16th July 2020, 1pm – 2pm: Introduction to Volunteers, English language learners and conversation clubs resources. Sign up here. Wednesday 22nd July 2020, 4pm – 5.30pm: Using the units and running a successful conversation club. Sign up here. Monday 27th July 2020, 12pm – 1.30pm: My role as a volunteer. Sign up here. Wednesday 29th July 2020, 12.30pm – 2pm: Tips for organisations working with volunteers. Sign up here.
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  • IOM UK Cultral Oreintation Sessions for the East Midlands region - The East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership are working with IOM to hold more culutral orientation session over the next coming weeks/ months.  The next sessions is on Eritrean refugees. To register your interest or for more information, contact Hannah.Smith@emcouncils.gov.uk
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  • NRPF step-down pathways for people with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) - On Tuesday 2nd July a 90 minute training session on developing your knowledge to identify step-down pathways for people with no recourse to public funds who have been accommodated as part of the emergency response to protect rough sleepers and other vulnerable homeless groups during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for more information or to book.
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  • How to access health services in the UK and which services are provided for free - Health Access for Refugees Programme with Community Fund are putting on different training sessions on access to health. The first session is on access to health services in the UK on Thursday 18th June – 10:30am. For more information, click here.
  • COVID-19: Psychological First Aid - and help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19. This course has been produced by Public Health England and is based on international guidance from the World Health Organisation, United Nations and partners. For more information and to book, click here.
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  • Mental Health First Aid course for those supporting people who are homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic- Homeless Link have been working in partnership with Mental Health First Aid England and the NHS Homelessness Response Team to develop a short online Mental Health First Aid course, for hotel staff and volunteers who are hosting people who are experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session aims to provide an introduction to mental health first aid, as well as practical advice for supporting yourselves and others during this difficult time. Click here for more information.
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  • IOM UK Cultral Oreintation Sessions for the East Midlands region - The East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership are working with IOM to hold more culutral orientation session over the next coming weeks/ months.  The sessions in the pipeline including, Kurdish refugees, Eritrean refugees and Iraqi refugees. To register your interest or for more information, contact Hannah.Smith@emcouncils.gov.uk
  • Hestia FREE Online Modern Slavery and Homelessness Training - Hestia housing and support with funding from MCHLG are hosting a free online Modern Slavery and Homelessness training. Contact training@hestia.org for information and to register.
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  • FREE Online training for teachers working with migrants and refugees of all ages and levels-  British Council are hosting a three-hour self-study training module, which is divided into three one-hour units. It's aim is to see how a basic understanding of trauma and its effects in the classroom can benefit the teaching and learning process. Click here for more information.
  • IOM UK - Free online webinar on Engaging Migrant Communities in the Context of COVID-19: Lessons from the Field - due to the overwhelming response to the first training. IOM are hosting a series of further webinars on this topic. There are five additional webinars starting from 10th June. Click here for more information on the webinar and how to register.
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  • NATECLA training session on remote teaching with little or no techonology - on 4 June 2020 from 15:00 to 16:15.  In this session, Judy and Sylvia will be discussing the many issues which have arisen around teaching ESOL remotely to learners. They will address the problem of digital exclusion then look at positive ways of working in lockdown and beyond, by, for example, using smartphones or working remotely with no technology. The cost of the webinar is £5 for NATECLA members. £25 for non-members. Book and pay for your place here.
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  • United Nations e-learning courses - are freely available covering lots of different areas including the different areas IOM work on as well as lots more. Click here to access.
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  • Free IOM Syrian Cultural Orientation Session - is being hosted by IOM on Wednesday 3rd June at 2pm. To find out more information, or to book on, please email Hannah.Smith@emcouncils.gov.uk
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  • Free online training on EU Settlement Scheme - Greater London Authority are launching a free complex casework training on the EU Settlement Scheme. Delivered via Zoom by Here for Good’s team of experienced immigration solicitors, these sessions are open to all organisations and individuals across the UK, and will equip caseworkers to effectively support those with complex cases in at-risk groups, including children in care, the elderly, and applicants with criminal records. Designed to complement existing OISC training, these short sessions are a great opportunity for professional development within the sector, and can serve as a basis from which to gain further OISC accreditation if desired. For more information, click here.
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  • Engaging Migrant Communities in COVID-19 webinar - The webinar will explore the importance of migrant community engagement, as
    learned in previous pandemic responses. This will include information on successful methodologies for engaging migrant communities during a pandemic, case studies detailing how culture informs pandemic responses, and further resources to help support the success of local COVID-19 response measures. Click here for more information on how to book on.
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  • Coram Children's Legal Centre online training/ webinars- are continueing to offer their training virtually throughout the current pandemic. Their upcoming training on Wednesday 20th May is on the rights and entitlements of young refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children. They also have webinars lined up over the next coming weeks, including a webinar on child victims of trafficking and modern slavery on Wednesday 3rd June. For more information on this course, and information on how to book, click here.
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  • Free Online ESOL tutor training - Trinity College London are now offering this short webinar series to explore best practices for working with ESOL learners through a range of free applications and tools in order to deliver effective and successful lessons to learners on mobile devices.  The series will specifically look at lesson delivery for Entry 2 and Level 1 learners, but will offer practical ideas and tips that can be applied across the ESOL core curriculum levels. Sign up here for the Effective Online Teaching : ESOL Learners and mobile devices - Entry 2 on Wednesday 6th May or sign up here for Effective Online Teaching : ESOL Learners and mobile devices - Level 1 on Thursday 7th May. 
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  • Free Training by RedR UK - which aim to address three important aspects of individual and community responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, including cultural appropriate hygiene promotion, COVID-19 myth busting and how to manage stress. Click here to access the training.
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  • RESET's weekly virtual drop-in sessions - Wednesday 15th April at 5.30pm will be hearing from Community Sponsorship Groups about how they supported refugee families to navigate the benefits system in the UK. Joining instructions can be found here.
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  • RESET's weekly virtual drop-in sessions on Zoom every Wednesday at 5:30pm with groups around the UK with opportunities to hear from the expert themselves. The focus will be on a different theme each week. Find more information, a schedule and registration links here.
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  • ECPAT UK have launched FREE online training sessions for professionals who are self-isolating to help build knowledge and capacity to support children who may be victims of trafficking. The first training session was held on Monday and had over 100+ attendees. Future webinars will cover vulnerabilities to exploitation among Vietnamese migrants, safeguarding children at risk of going missing from care, spiritual abuse and statutory defence (section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015). 

Other regions resources:

Other useful websites with resources on COVID-19

If you have any questions or queries in relation to this, please email Hannah.Smith@emcouncils.gov.uk