Support and advice
If you are an asylum seeker in Calderdale, you should seek help and advice from the person providing your accommodation.
If you cannot resolve the issue, then you should contact Group 4 Securicor (G4S). They are responsible for providing housing for asylum seekers in Yorkshire and Humberside. You can contact them at:
Other organisations that can help are:
The Refugee council can help with some problems and can be contacted at:
- Username Refugee Council
- Telephone 0113 2449404
1 Dewsbury Road
- Website Refugee council
You may get support to access housing, money, schools, health etc.
- Username UK Visas and Immigration - Asylum Support
- Telephone 0845 602 1739
The St Augustine's Centre also offers support to asylum seekers and refugees at:
- Username St Augustine's Centre
- Telephone 01422 352492 or 342719
- Website St Augustine's Family Centre
You may find more about this at: International Organisation for Migration .
Do you want to know what the Council is doing and how you can help? If you do, please read: Syrian refugee crisis: FAQs [PDF 50KB] .
If you have not yet registered your claim for asylum
Do you need somewhere to stay and support while your asylum claim is processed?
You MUST contact UK Visas and Immigration at Liverpool or Leeds, within a few days of arriving in the UK. If you do not, you may not be able to make a claim for asylum.
Leave to remain
If you have received leave to remain in the UK, you have the same entitlements as other UK residents.
If you plan to live in Calderdale, you can get advice about housing, benefits, education, training, employment and health at:
- Username Housing Options Service
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone 01422 392460
19 Horton Street
Drop-in times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 12.30pm.
- Username Jobcentre Plus
- Telephone 0800 055 6688 Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm
- Username Calderdale Council Children and Young People's Services
- Telephone 01422 288001
All children aged between 5 and 16 years must attend school, by law. Nursery Education is voluntary but will help your child learn English quickly:
- Nursery School is for 3-4 year olds
- Primary School is for 4-11 year olds
- Secondary School is for 11-19 year olds.
To find a school place for your child.
- Contact the Admissions and Appeals team , phone: 01422 288001 and ask to be put through to Education.
- The staff there will be able to tell you about the schools in your area, or Search for schools .
- Chose a school you prefer and contact them. Contact details can be found in Search for schools .
- If you have any problems getting a place, please contact the Admissions and Appeals team . They will give you advice and support on what to do.
Asylum seekers are entitled to the same health services as other residents. To find services in your area, visit: NHS Choices or phone: 01422 281300.
Doctors or General Practitioners (GP)
In the UK, you get most health services from your GP. There should be a GP surgery near where you are living.
To register with a doctor (GP), take proof of your identity to the GP surgery near you, such as:
- your Application Registration Card (ARC);
- or Home Office papers;
- and, if possible, proof of address.
After you register, you can see a doctor when you are ill.
You must make an appointment to see a doctor and they will only see emergency patients on the same day.
- a health check when you register;
- diagnosis and treatment when you are ill;
- referrals to a specialist at a hospital;
- family planning and advice on contraception;
- maternity care and baby clinics;
- child health screening;
- cervical cytology tests (usually referred to as 'Smear Tests'), which test for cervical cancer in women;
- minor surgery access to other health services in the community.
Yorkshire Migration Partnership
The Yorkshire Migration Partnership works with national / local government and others. This is to make sure that Yorkshire and Humber can deal with and gain from migration. Their website has an A to Z of organisations working with migrants in Yorkshire and Humber.