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), who are currently responsible for the provision of 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:
- The St Augustine's Centre also offers support to asylum seekers and refugees at:
You may also be able to find more information on International Organisation for Migration
To find out how the Council is responding and what you can do to help, see Syrian refugee crisis: frequently asked questions. [PDF 50KB]
If you have not yet registered your claim for asylum
If you require accommodation and support whilst your asylum claim is processed, you must make your claim for asylum within a few days from arriving in the UK. You should contact UK Visas and Immigration at Liverpool or Leeds.
If you do not contact UK Visas and Immigration within a few days of arriving in the UK, 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 residents in the UK.
If you are planning to settle in Calderdale you can get advice about housing, benefits, education, training, employment and health at:
Drop-in times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 12.30pm
All children between the age of 5 and 16 have to 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 by telephoning 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
- Once you have decided on a suitable school, please contact the school directly. Contact details can be found in Search for schools
- If you have any problems getting a place please contact the Admissions and Appeals Team, who will give you advice and support.
Asylum seekers are entitled to the same health services as other residents. You can find services in your area on the NHS Choices website. Alternatively, you can telephone 01422 281300.
Doctors or General Practitioners (GP)
In the UK most health services are provided through your GP. To register with a doctor (GP), take proof of your identity such as an ARC (Application Registration Card) or Home Office papers and, if possible, proof of address, to a GP surgery near your home. After registering, you can see a doctor whenever you are ill although most GP surgeries require you to make an appointment and 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
Yorkshire Migration Partnership works with national government, local government, and others to ensure that Yorkshire and Humber can deal with, and benefit from, migration. Its website includes an A-Z of organisations working with migrants in Yorkshire and Humber.