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Children's Society - HEARTS service

Address Hillside Enterprise Centre, Beeston Road, Leeds, LS11 8ND


Phone 0113 387 6410

Email amra.bibi@childrenssociety.org.uk

Website Children's Society [external website]

Description

Outline

The Children’s Society in Leeds offers a range of support services to refugee, asylum seeking and migrant young people and their families who face significant harm, inequality and neglect. It helps young people to access their rights and entitlements and promote their integration, through the HEARTS service [Help Each Asylum seeker and Refugee To Settle].

The HEARTS offers a youth programme, an advocacy service and mentoring:

Youth programme

The youth programme offers a range of skills sessions aimed at young migrants aged aged 14 to 21 years old to connect with others and build social networks, we offer a range of weekly social and creative activities in partnership with local partners [such as First Floor in Leeds, a creative arts organisation] who promote young people’s confidence and self-esteem.

The youth programme also provides orientation and prevention which is aimed at reducing the risks of exploitation and risk taking behaviour for young people who often lack awareness of their rights and entitlements and lack parental guidance [in particular unaccompanied asylum seeking young people]. The aim of the programme is to ensure that following arrival in their new city, young people are empowered to become full members of their new community.

The programme covers the key skills and areas of knowledge that young people need to develop in order to sustain an independent and safe life, such as:

The programme can be delivered as part of a group or within mentoring. The choice of themes to be covered and the length of the sessions is determined by the level of awareness and understanding of the young people.

Advocacy service

A dedicated advocate/keyworker provides support to young people aged 14 to 21 who may be unfairly denied support or experience difficulties as a result of their immigration circumstances. Young people in need of support may find themselves in the following situations:

The advocate/keyworker delivering the service is registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner [OISC] Level 1 and is able to directly assist with some basic immigration work.

The role of the advocate/keyworker is to:

Mentoring

The aim is to match young people with a volunteer mentor [taking into account the young person’s interests, gender and cultural preferences] to offer practical help with areas that they identify as important to them. This could include:

Each mentor will be able to support up to two young people at a time for a period of 9 to 12 months.



How to contact

Please contact us by email or phone.


Opening times

Monday 9am-5pm
Tuesday 9am-5pm
Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm

We cover the following areas
Leeds

Organisation type
voluntary sector or charity


Accessible to wheelchair users Yes



This page was last updated on: 06 September 2020


Chile SCDA [Sports and Cultural Development Association]

Address Abbeyfield Park House, Abbyfield Road, Sheffield, S4 7AT


Phone 0114 243 1238

Email admin@chilescda.org

Description

Outline

The Chile Sports and Cultural Development Association [CSCDA] is a voluntary group that supports and offers a focal point for Chilean and Latin American refugees in the north of England.

Open to the public by appointment only, as we rely on voluntary work and can't guarantee opening times. See above for contact details.




We cover the following areas
Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield

Organisation type
migrant/refugee community organisation
voluntary sector or charity


Languages offered

Spanish





This page was last updated on: 06 September 2020


City of Sanctuary

Address various independent groups across UK,


Website City of Sanctuary [external website]

Description

Outline

City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK, for example asylum seekers and refugees. Its goal is to create a network of towns and cities throughout the country which are proud to be places of safety, and which include people seeking sanctuary fully in the life of their communities. The movement typically involves community groups, local government, media, business, schools and colleges in the commitment to offer sanctuary. A City of Sanctuary is a place of safety and welcome for people whose lives are in danger in their own countries.

Local groups in Yorkshire and the Humber
There are now a growing number of City of Sanctuary independent working groups in towns and cities around the UK. Find out more about the groups in Yorkshire and Humber from this page: http://cityofsanctuary.org/about/groups/

See also: Schools of Sanctuary


We cover the following areas
Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield, Huddersfield, York and various other cities across the UK


Organisation type
network, forum or partnership
voluntary sector or charity




This page was last updated on: 06 September 2020


Community Integration and Advocacy Centre [CIAC]

Address c/o Open Doors, Prince's Avenue Methodist Church, 91 Prince's Avenue, Hull, HU5 3QP


Email CIACHumber@gmail.com

Description

Outline

CIAC supports asylum seekers, refugees, EEA migrants and other migrants.

You can access our service by attending the drop-in on wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Open Doors Project, Prince's Avenue Methodist Church. We have limited appointments available on other days. We provide free generalist advice [asylum support, welfare benefits, access to accommodation and access to education] as well as specialist immigration advice. We support EEA migrants as well as Third Country Nationals. CIAC is regulated by the OISC.

CIAC has an income generation model; we aim to charge very low cost fees for people with recourse to public funds and the right to work, so that we can provide free immigration services to people without recourse to public funds or the right to work, as a route out of destitution.

CIAC is a registered charity: 1170984

OISC number: F201700047




We cover the following areas
East Riding, Hull

Organisation type
voluntary sector or charity


Accessible to wheelchair users Yes



This page was last updated on: 05 April 2019


Connecting Opportunities

Address Leeds City Region,


Phone 0113 378 8700

Email admin@migrationyorkshire.org.uk

Website Connecting Opportunities webpages

Description

Outline

Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community.

Who is the service for?

We welcome all new migrants age 15 and above, men and women, who:

Connecting Opportunities will help with:

Services offered for up to 12 months:

How to refer yourself or someone else

Other opportunities to get involved in the project

Background

Connecting Opportunities is a partnership project made up of ten organisations that specialise in working with migrants. The lead organisation on the project is Migration Yorkshire. Connecting Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. It is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.




We cover the following areas
Bradford, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield, Craven, York


Organisation type
network, forum or partnership




This page was last updated on: 06 September 2020