MIGRATION YORKSHIRE - MIGRANT INFO HUB

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At the Migrant Information Hub we offer online information, resources and support for people working with refugees and asylum seekers during the Covid-19 including translated information.

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The Migrant Info Hub was launched as an emergency response to Covid-19, and we hope that you have found it to be a useful resource.

We have regular news and updates and information on national guidance as well as information on 

  • Local services and support
  • Resources: including our next resources that will be “what to do if you feel unsafe at home” cards, a guide to coronavirus and staying safe for young migrants, and we are looking into whether to translate information on how to get tested and the new tracking app
  • Specific issues
  • Translated materials:  There will soon be separate pages for each language. Also, from now on, our translated resources will be produced in two print formats – one as a generic regional resource, and one with a space for local partners to add local information before distributing in their area, and where appropriate/possible in audio format too. We would like to be able to help with your translation needs, and also share any translated materials that you are working on. 
  • Young people and carers
  • Volunteering: We are looking for volunteers to help translate the materials - can you share this with your staff/put it on your intranet etc? visit our website for more information.

The team are now looking at future developments, and want to ensure the Hub continues to meet the needs of our stakeholders. We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to visit the Migrant Info Hub and give us any feedback or if you are using resources that aren’t on the Hub and are happy for them to be shared more widely, please do pass them to us for uploading.

Culture, spirituality and religion: migrant health guide

Public Health England have published comprehensive guidance for healthcare practitioners on the ways in which culture, spirituality and religion impact the health needs of migrant patients.

Updated: 'Caring for vulnerable migrant women' - guide for midwives and maternity support workers

The Royal College of Midwives have published an article which highlights the barriers pregnant migrant women face when accessing healthcare.

A related report by Maternity Action on migrant charging, entitled ‘Breach of Trust - A review of implementation of the NHS charging programme in maternity services in England’ calls for the immediate suspension of charging for NHS maternity care given the deterrent effect on women’s access to care.

Translated Resources

Translated: Omicron statement from the WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released an update on the coronavirus variant Omicron, which has been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Spanish and Russian.

The statement covers the following topics:

  • Current knowledge about Omicron, including its transmissibility and severity of disease
  • Effectiveness of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • Effectiveness of vaccines
  • Effectiveness of current tests
  • Effectiveness of current treatments
  • Studies underway
  • Recommendations for countries (and their populations)

Translated: Personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance for unpaid carer

The UK Health Security Agency have published guidance outlining personal protective equipment (PPE) advice for unpaid carers who do not live with the person they care for.

This leaflet is available to download or order in the following languages:       AlbanianArabicBengaliBrazilian PortugueseBulgarianChineseEstonianFarsiGreekGujaratiHindiLatvianLithuanianPanjabiPashtoPolishRomanianRomany RussianSomaliSpanishTagalogTurkishTwiUkrainianUrdu and Yiddish.

Translated: Accessing support as a survivor of Modern Slavery

West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network has produced a multi-lingual explanatory document on the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), intended for use by First Responders for survivors of Modern Slavery at the point of identification in the West Midlands.

This booklet is available in English, Albanian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Roma, Romanian, Slovak and Vietnamese.

Translated: Every Vaccination Matters booklets

As of their Every Vaccine Matters campaign, Kirklees Council have shared multi-lingual booklets aimed at dispelling myths about the Covid-19 vaccines.

This booklets are available in: Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish and Tigrinya.

Translated: A guide to Covid-19 booster vaccinations

 The UK government have updated their guide to booster vaccinations for people 40 years and over.

A guide to booster vaccination for young people aged 18 years and over and those aged 16 years and over who are at risk is available to order in English.

The booster leaflet for individuals aged 50 years and over is available to download in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

The guide is also available in English large print, a Braille version to order, an Audio version to download and British Sign Language video.

Translated: Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make one

UK.Gov have updated their face covering guidance in response to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 to demonstrate that face coverings must be worn in shops and shopping centres, in transport hubs and on public transport.

The guidance is available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese and Urdu.

Translated: antibody test kit - guides in different languages

UK.Gov Step-by-step guide available in different languages on how to take your coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody test. Available in: Bangla, Chinese, simplified, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu, Welsh

Translated: Guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Available in: English, large print, easy read, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Urdu

Translated: letter to patients on end of shielding programme

Available in English, large print, easy read,  audio, BSL, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu

Translated: safer travel guidance for passengers

Available in: English, English Easy Read, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi (Pakistan), Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Somali, Urdu, Welsh

Translated -lateral flow test kit instructions: ACON Flowflex nose only test

Translated guidance for people testing without symptoms. Available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Mandarin, Punjabi (Pakistan), Punjabi (India), Polish, Pashto, Romanian, Slovenian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh

 Translated - Therapeutic Health (IAHC) Communication Card

 Translated tool to support access to healthcare Albanian, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Tigrinya.

Translated - rapid lateral flow test kit instructions: "Orient Gene" nose only tests

Translated instructions on testing for asymptomatic people available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified), Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi (India), Punjabi (Pakistan), Polish, Pashto, Romanian, Slovenian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh

Translated: Official COVID-19 lateral flow nose-only test kit instructions

Step-by-step guide on how to do a COVID-19 rapid nose-only test at home for yourself (or a child) and report the results.

Translated: Official COVID-19 lateral flow nose-only test kit instructions

 These lateral flow test instructions are now available in Dari and Pashto.

Communicating with speakers of Farsi

A useful guide designed for volunteers, but useful to anyone connecting with people from Afghanistan

5 Films: Healthcare for refugees: Where are the gaps and how do we help?

Refugee Council have produced 5 video films to share learning and good practice based on their experience of delivering the HARP project

  • Film 1 – It is different over here: access to healthcare in the UK.
  • Film 2 – Experiencing the asylum process in the UK and impact on health.
  • Film 3 – Access to health for people seeking protection in the UK.
  • Film 4 – The right to be understood: the importance of interpreting.
  • Film 5 – Experts by Experience.

Maternity guides for women on asylum support

Refugee Council have produced maternity guides for women on asylum support It explains the healthcare services and financial support available during pregnancy and after birth.5 November 2021

Refugee Council's policy note on health barriers

Refugee Council's policy note on health barriers outlines the main issues their clients are experiencing when they access health services, including issues arising in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. 5 November 2021

The impact of the pandemic on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

The Annual report from Friends, Families and Travellers covers the impact of the pandemic on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Information about ordering technology for remote education

UK Gov added information about ordering tech to their get help with technology for remote education page

Report: No viable alternatives: Social (in)security and the risk of labour exploitation during Covid 19

FLEX have published No viable alternatives: Social (in)security and the risk of labour exploitation during Covid-19. This report is the result of a partnership between FLEX, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) and United Voices of the World (UVW).

Supporting the Roma community through Covid-19 report

The Roma Support Group has produced this report on lessons learned from the pandemic for engaging effectively with the Roma community.

Webinar for midwives and health staff working with Afghan women

A webinar covering access to housing, support and primary care for Afghan women who are pregnant or new mothers will be held on 16th November 10:30-12:00.

Translated: How to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) - updated

Gov.UK have updated their guidance on how everyone can help stop the spread of coronavirus in line with the latest Step 4 guidance and the government’s plan for Autumn/Winter 2021.

Also available in: Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi (Indian), Punjabi (Pakistani), Slovak, Somali, Urdu and Welsh.

Translated: Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

UK.Gov have produced and translated guidance for:

  • ‘people with symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19, including those who are waiting for a test
  • people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result (whether or not they have symptoms)
  • people who currently live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms, or with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19’

Translated: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus

UK.Gov has produced translated guidance for contacts of people who have tested positive coronavirus (Covid-19) but who do not live with that person.

Updated: Translated Video - Don't take lateral flow tests if you have symptoms

 Ask Doc have added video-based guidance on lateral flow tests in Malayalam, Pashto, Somali and Tamil.

Available in: English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Traditional), Farsi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Pashto, Romanian, Somali, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu.

Translated: Mental health and self care information

Translated Stay At Home information: Find out what you can and cannot do 

Vaccination Information

Covid-19: easy read vaccine resources for young people with learning disabilities

 Gov.UK have produced an easy read guide for children and young people (aged 12-15) with learning disabilities, explaining what they can expect when they receive their Covid-19 vaccination. 

Translated: COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people

 The UK.Gov leaflet Covid-19 vaccination: a guide for eligible children and young people aged 12 to 17 is now available in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.

A Braille version of the Covid-19 vaccination for children and young people aged 12 - 15 years can be ordered.

Translated: Videos and leaflets in Tigrinya on NHS health checks and vaccines

 TS4SE have shared animated videos in Tigrinya and English covering NHS annual health checks, Covid-19 vaccines and flu vaccines. There are also accompanying Tigrinya leaflets on health checks and vaccines.

Translated: Vaccination leaflets and posters for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding (updated)

A guide to Covid-19 booster vaccinations

Following the news that people aged 50 years and over, health and social care workers and younger people at risk are being offered a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine this autumn, the UK government have published a guide to booster vaccinations.

Translated: Leeds City Council’s Covid Toolkit

 The leaflet ‘Why We Think You Should Say Yes To The Covid 19 vaccine’ has been translated into the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Czech, Farsi, Kurdish Sorani, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Slovak, Tigrinya and Urdu.

Audio versions of the leaflet are available for each of those languages.

Translated: Official letter in Arabic explaining Covid-19 vaccine rollout to higher risk children

North Yorkshire County Council have kindly shared a translated letter in English and Arabic which explains the UK government’s decision to offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children aged 12 and above who are at increased risk of serious coronavirus.

Translated: 'I've had my Covid vaccine' video

The Leeds Health Partnerships team have produced this video featuring representatives from across a wide range of Leeds communities who have had their Covid vaccine.

Languages featured include English, Arabic, Bengali, BSL, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Czech, Irish, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Pashto, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese and Urdu.

Translated: Official - Covid-19 vaccination status letter explained

Translated: Videos - how vaccines protect you and others

Translated: Videos supporting vaccination

NHS Test and Trace: what to do if you are contacted - An updated overview of NHS Test and Trace, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Official guidance on how to get a test  - Updated: If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a change or loss in taste or smell, or a new continuous cough, get a test.

Official Covid-19 guidance for parents and carers - early years, schools, colleges and out-of-school clubs

 The UK government has updated its guidance for the parents and carers of children in education as well as adults in further education colleges, on how to minimise the spread of Covid-19 as restrictions are lifted on 19th July.

Changes in guidance for parents and carers of children attending holiday clubs, private tuition, community activities or other out-of-school settings for children and young people aged 5 and over.

Boloh, The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic family and professional Covid-19 multilingual helpline

Boloh by Barnardos is for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic children (11+), young people, and parents or carers, affected by Covid-19. They can provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help, and they can support professionals to support a child or young person they are working with.

Phone-based support is available in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and Polish.

Therapeutic support is available in English, Gujarati, Urdu, Bengali, French, Spanish, Arabic, Punjabi, Mirpuri, Pothwari, Hinko, Hindi and Sundhi.

Interpreters are available for other languages.

Doctors of the World are developing new resources which aim to increase the take up and confidence in the vaccine. As part of this they have prepared a short survey on vaccine confidence for organisations supporting migrants and refugees – it only takes five minutes to complete.

Information Resources

Guidance for providers of accommodation for asylum seekers during Covid-19 Public Health England have provided guidance for all staff involved in the support of asylum seekers in all accommodation settings.

This guidance has been updated:

  • to reflect changes to self-isolation requirements for contacts of people who have been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • in line with Plan B rule changes on the use of face coverings in indoor settings and changes to advice on self-isolation for contacts, encouraging daily LFD tests

Prove your COVID-19 status to work at venues or events operating status checks

Following the UK government’s change in rules for anyone attending certain venues on 15th December, the guidance has altered for customer-facing employees whose workplaces operate Covid-19 status checks.

Employees in venues or events where certification applies are strongly advised to be vaccinated or regularly testing.

Face coverings poster for businesses and organisations

The UK government have issued a poster reminding people to wear a face covering when in certain areas, which can be used by organisations to remind the public that they must adhere to this unless they are exempt.

Check the list of settings where face coverings are required.

Guidance for providers of accommodation for asylum seekers during Covid-19

Public Health England have provided guidance for all staff involved in the support of asylum seekers in all accommodation settings.

This guidance has been updated to reflect changes to self-isolation requirements for contacts of people who have been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus

This guidance from UK.Gov helping organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic has been updated in response to the Omicron variant.

Supporting the Roma community through Covid-19 report

Roma Support Group conducted a questionnaire between February and April 2021 to assess how the Covid-19 pandemic had affected the daily lives of their clients, and whether they were able to access support when needed.

Their report includes good practice recommendations on public health engagement and adapting existing support to changing community needs.

Official travel guidance - for people arriving in, and travelling from England

 The government is continuously updating their guidance for people travelling to England.

People who qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England can book a lateral flow test for use from 24 October instead of a PCR test

Translated: How to access quality legal advice (and how to raise concerns about poor advice)

Translated films: Modern Slavery - Spot the signs

 Slave-Free Alliance have produced some translated films explaining the signs of modern slavery in Arabic and Turkish.

Mental health and wellbeing support for Muslim people

The Muslim Council for Britain has produced a helpful list of Muslim mental health and wellbeing support services, a collaboration between Muslim mental health organisations in the UK providing a range of initiatives for communities.

Updated: Official Coronavirus advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

 From 19th July the concession for people outside the UK whose leave has expired before they are were able to return, ended.

Gov.UK has updated the following guidance for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents:

Updated: Guidance on protecting medically extremely vulnerable people

Following the progression to Step 4 of the roadmap, this guidance is for everyone in England who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19).

 Updated: Official reminder of the importance of ventilation

This guidance has been updated to reflect Step 4 roadmap changes. Translations and easy read guidance have temporarily been removed while being updated.

Updated: Official guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 19th July

Gov.UK have produced new guidance around safety in places of worship from 19th July onwards including a summary of changes from 19th July.

Official travel guidance - for people arriving in, and travelling from England

Gov.UK has updated their guidance for people entering England from other countries, using the traffic light system of red, amber and green.

Official: Public health information on Covid-19 to passengers travelling to or from England

The UK government has issued public health information to protect the public and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes public health advice and coronavirus-related duties for entering    and staying within England.

Official: How to get your NHS Covid Pass

The UK government have issued guidance on how to get the NHS COVID Pass and demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status when travelling abroad and domestically at events and venues in England.

Asylum evictions to resume

 The Home Office has confirmed that as of 19th July 2021 negative cessations will resume meaning that anyone who has had a negative decision on their asylum claim can now have their support discontinued.  All recipients on support whether on section 4 or section 95 support will receive 21 days notice of their support ending.

Research finds gaps in bereavement support for people from diverse communities

A report has been published by Leeds and Sheffield universities on UK bereavement care for ethnic minority communities.

The paper, Bereavement care for ethnic minority communities: A systematic review of access to, models of, outcomes from, and satisfaction with, service provision, is published in PLOS ONE.

Safe Surgeries initiative combating GP practice refusal to register undocumented migrants

 The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Channel 4 have reported that almost 80% of GP practices are refusing to register undocumented patients with a migrant background.

The #HandsUpForOurHealth coalition, which includes Doctors of the World is campaigning on this issue. As part of this they highlight the Safe Surgeries initiative - a network GP practices can join.

For more information, contact safesurgeries@doctorsoftheworld.org.uk

Language interpreting and translation: migrant health guide - UK.gov have updated the language interpreting and translation page of their migrant health guide.

Late applications to the EUSS and access to services

EU nationals who missed the deadline can still make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme, but they have to explain the reasons for making a late application. The reasonable grounds for failing to meet the deadline are listed in the EUSS caseworker’s guidance (pages 27- 44).

Information about the impact of late applications on different services: right to work, right to rent, enforcement actions, access to NHS, higher education and benefits.

Waiting for pre-settled or settled status? Evidence your right to work, rent and access NHS

EU nationals who applied under the EU Settlement Scheme on or before 30th June have their rights protected while they are waiting for a decision. Information on how these rights can be evidenced.

Hong Kong Information Hub

 Migration Yorkshire has created a Hong Kong Hub to provide access to useful resources and link people with services, part of an integration package for Hong Kong British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) status holders.

Coronavirus advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - Updated advice for 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.

 

 

 


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Published: 12 June 2020