Asylum seekers networking workshop 11 May

You are invited to attend a networking workshop to explore how organisations in Oldham can work co-operatively to improve the welcome and support in the Borough for asylum seekers and refugees. This aims to build on the Borough’s proud tradition of supporting people fleeing persecution and conflict.

An emerging issue is the number of destitute asylum seekers and refugees. Some of these are asylum seekers who have not been given leave to remain and have no recourse to public funds, but others are people experiencing delays in accessing the support to which they are entitled – both asylum seekers waiting for their support payments, and refugees who have been given leave to remain but are left waiting for benefit payments to start to be paid.

A lot of support is already being provided by organisations, housing providers and voluntary, community and faith based groups. There may be opportunities to better co-ordinate, and build upon, this.  There is particular potential around developing community involvement in supporting refugees – for example in helping them to access services, secure volunteering opportunities, learn English.

Support for Asylum Seekers & Refugees – Networking workshop will take place on:

Wednesday 11 May 2016

6:00 – 8:00pm

The Performance Suite, Oldham Library and Lifelong Service

To book a place, please complete the booking form below:

Support for Asylum Seekers Refugees – Networking workshop booking form

 The event is being organised in partnership with Action Together (previously Voluntary Action Oldham).

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Virbai Kara on 0161 770 3274 or by E-mail: virbai.kara@oldham.gov.uk

Please see below links to Oldham Council’s viewpoints on its support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees:

 ITV Tonight

Is Britain Full? (Current affairs programme) http://www.itv.com/hub/tonight/1a2803a1034

NOTE: Fast forward to 18 mins.

https://oldhamcouncil.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/one-week-on-from-aylan-kurdi-what-needs-to-change/