Message from our CEO 05.11.20

We hope all of our communities are safe and well.

The links and resources under may help speakers of other languages, and we're here for you if you need us.

We recognise the particular difficulties faced by migrant communities just now, having noted an increase in calls for welfare support of all kinds.  Migrants are more likely to hold zero-hours contracts and be engaged in low-paid work, both of which have led to financial difficulties.  Those working in sectors such as food and food processing and e-commerce delivery, which depend on migrant labour, may have escaped these difficulties, but other issues remain.  Isolation and mental health difficulties are fuelled by being away from family and perhaps lacking the language skills required to navigate the ever-changing rules we are living under or benefit from mainstream support services.   We are working to foster stronger links with out friends in the voluntary sector to overcome this. 

Since the start of the pandemic, our staff have worked hard to continue to provide our usual services. As we enter 'lockdown' #2 in November, our team is:

- offering welfare and EUSS help by phone, email and on social media

- providing online English courses

- working in Somerset's schools and early years settings with children with English as a second language 

- providing welfare support and signposting by phone, messaging and email

Our help is available in any language. Stay kind, and stay connected.

Tanya Lawler 05.11.20

Resources

1

FIRE SAFETY GUIDANCE

Particularly helpful for those working from home or spending more time at home because of the pandemic.
Downloadable pdfs in:
Bulgarian English French Polish Portuguese Romainian Russian Spanish 

2

WHAT IS CORONA VIRUS?

Videos in 11 languages and text in over 60 languages from Doctors of The World.

3

WELLBEING ADVICE & COPING STRATEGIES

Text translations for how to manage feelings of stress available in 
Albanian Arabic Bengali English Farsi French Mandarin Pashto Polish Romanian Somali Sorani Tigrinya Turkish Urdu

4

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND ISOLATION

Video translations in Tamil, Gujarati, Urdu, Sylheti and Bengali are availale on the BBC Asian Network.

5

VISA OVERSTAYS BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC

The Coronavirus Immigration helpline is 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday 0900-1700). For more detailed information about the rules, please visit the guidance.

6

STAY AT HOME & INECTED HOUSEHOLD GUIDANCE

UK Government  advice translated into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu                                 

7

HEALTH, WELFARE, HOUSING & BENEFITS

IOM pandemic response for migrants. Click the link top right to translate the website into multiple languages. 

8

DOMESTIC ABUSE SUPPORT

Women's Aid have produced a support leaflet in Portuguese, French, Punjabi, Polish, Bengali, Urdu, Arabic, Gujarati, Chinese – Traditional, Chinese – Simplified, Spanish, Turkish, Farsi, Kurdish (Sorani), Welsh.  (scroll down to view)

9

MASK WEARING 

Migrant Info Hub have text translations available in Arabic, French, Sorani, Lithuanian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tigrinya

10

CORONAVIRUS EXPLAINED FOR UNDER 7S

An e-book explaining the virus to under 7's, available in multiple languages.

11

A STORY ABOUT CORONAVIRUS FOR UNDER 7S

An adorable story about kindness and Coronavirus available in over 100  languages. .

12

INFO, SELF-CARE, REGULATIONS

A host of info available in 45 languages. 

13

TEST AND TRACE

Public Health England have translations of the UK Government info about Test and Trace.  Available in in Arabic, Bulgarian, Mandarin, Irish, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak and Tetum

14

EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE!

A super collection of COVID-related infographics in numerous languages, all in one place. 

15

NHS RESPONSE TO NOVEMBER LOCKDOWN

Letter from the CEO, explaining services during November lockdown.  English, Romanian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Polish

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