Covid advice in different languages

Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you the Coronavirus (Covid 19) advice for patients in 21 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice:

  • English
  • Albanian
  • Dari
  • French
  • Pashto
  • Portuguese
  • Bengali
  • Vietnamese
  • Kurdish
  • Sorani

are available at the moment, but more languages coming soon:

  • Mandarin
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Malayalam
  • Turkish
  • Farsi
  • Amharic
  • Tigrinya
  • Somali

Please find them here

The guidance is based on the government’s updated advice and health information. We really hope it will help to ensure this important guidance reaches migrant and asylum-seeking communities in the UK.

Council Guideline Information

The council have just launched the new Migrant Info Hub. The Migrant Info Hub aims to offer useful information and resources to help migrants to stay safe, connected and informed, and to reduce the harmful impacts of coronavirus (Covid-19) on our region and on people’s lives.

There is some useful information below

People can phone the Housing Advice line on 01226 773870

If people have no phone or credit we have a freephone number now available 0300 3031990

By email adviceservcies@barnsley.gov.uk, there will endeavour to respond to all queries within 24 hours.

They will continue to support those who are rough sleeping and if we become aware of anyone who may be rough sleeping we can report them via Street link or through the email and phone number above.
They will still be operating an outreach service at least 4 times a week at different times of the day. They are also working hard to secure accommodation offer for all of rough sleepers.

The Local Welfare Assistance scheme is continuing to operate and but they are reviewing the process and policy in light of the COVID 19 response. The current application form can be accessed here, however, this is likely to change in the near future https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/advice-benefits-and-council-tax/benefits-help-and-support/local-welfare-assistance-scheme/.
Or people can phone on 775577.

If people are worried about paying their rent or mortgage please see the Shelter website - https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus the latest guidance from the government, https://www.gov.uk/

There is lots of information on Barnsley Council’s website about the services and support available here as a result of COVID 19 https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-coronavirus-advice-and-guidance/. This is being added to and updated regularly.

A new way to give to Citizens Advice Barnsley.

http://www.everyclick.com/barnsley-and-district-citizens-advice-bureau/1097422/0

Website: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Telephone: 03444 111444 between 10:00 and 16:00 Monday to Friday

For help with Universal Credit: 0800 144 8 444

Email: https://barnsleycab.org.uk/contact-us/

Free School Meals

Information from Deighton Pierce Glynn:

Free school meals are available to children whose families receive certain means-tested benefits such as Universal Credit. Some families with no recourse to public funds, or who rely on Home Office support under section 4 Immigration & Asylum Act 1999, were excluded from this despite having even less money than those who qualified. We wrote to the Department of Education to challenge that, and in response they have confirmed that free school meal provision will be extended to families:

  • Reliant on section 4 support
  • Granted leave to remain as ‘Zambrano carers’
  • Granted leave to remain under Article 8 ECHR
The mechanism under which this will be done is currently unclear, and we will circulate further information as soon as it is available, but families in the above categories should not wait to apply to their local authority for free school meals.