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RAIS is recruiting

Could you manage and develop services for asylum seekers and refugees in the Lancaster area, working with a team of experienced and dedicated volunteers?

We are seeking a Coordinator/Development Worker, 20 hours per week. Salary £25000 p.a. pro rata. Very flexible hours.

For more details see our jobs page.

Digital support for asylum seekers

RAIS has now received £1000 from the Urgent Response Fund to provide phone top-ups and mobile data for asylum seekers. Each individual, or each adult within a family, can apply for £20, either mobile data, or phone top-up, or split between the two.

How to apply:

Individuals and families can apply directly to RAIS by email giving their:

  • full name
  • NASS number or Port Reference number
  • number of adults in family (for family applications)
  • mobile phone number(s)
  • provider(s) (e.g. 3, EE, O2 etc.)
  • support required: phone top-up, data or both

OR

Individuals and families can be referred by RAIS, Global Link or EMW. The referral must include all the information specified above.

Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis and each individual or family can only apply once.

The money will be transferred to their phones online.

Please send applications to info@rais.org.uk with the subject ‘Digital’, or use the contact form on the website: http://www.rais.org.uk/contact-us.

 

August closure

The regular RAIS drop-in at the Cornerstone will not be running during August, and will resume on the 7th September. (Since opening depends on the continued lifting of restrictions, please see our Coronavirus page for the latest information.)

Our helpline will continue to operate throughout August: Monday – Thursday, 10.00 – 12.00, except for bank holidays.

COVID-19 information

Here is the official information on COVID-19 from the World Health Organisation:

English https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

French https://www.who.int/fr/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/q-a-coronaviruses

Chinese https://www.who.int/zh/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Arabic https://www.who.int/ar/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/q-a-coronaviruses

Russian https://www.who.int/ru/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/q-a-coronaviruses

Spanish https://www.who.int/es/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/q-a-coronaviruses

Farsi چه کمکی در دسترس است و از کجا می توانید کمک بگیرید ؟
(PDF, 1.0 MB)

From the Doctors of the World and British Red Cross:

Albanian https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Albanian-Covid19-Guidance-v2-16.03.2020-1.pdf

Sorani https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Kurdish-Sorani-Covid19-Guidance-v2-16.03.2020.pdf

Lancaster University Immigration Law Clinic: Spring 2020

Lancaster University Immigration Law Clinic
for FREE immigration advice
Hosted by RAIS Lancaster,  January – March 2020

Do you need legal advice?
You can get advice on asylum issues, family reunion, EU settlement and any other immigration issue.
at Lancaster Baptist Church hall, Robert Street, LA1 1PT
on the following Tuesdays, 10.30 to 12.30

14th January
28th January
11th February
25th February
10th March

by appointment (or drop in and if we are not busy you will be seen straight away)

You can make an appointment: 

  • at the RAIS drop-in on Mondays and Thursdays 15.00 – 17.00 at the Cornerstone, Sulyard St, Lancaster LA1 1PX
  • by email at info@rais.org.uk
  • by phoning our helpline: 07731 552259 (Mon-Thu 10.00 – 12.00, or leave a message)

You will get:

  • access to interpretation if necessary
  • an opportunity to discuss your case with law students, supervised by an immigration barrister
  • a detailed letter of advice

Lancaster University Immigration Law Clinic: autumn 2019

Lancaster University Immigration Law Clinic
for FREE immigration advice
Hosted by RAIS Lancaster,  October to December 2019

Do you need legal advice?
You can get advice on asylum issues, family reunion, EU settlement and any other immigration issue.
at Lancaster Baptist Church hall, Martin Street, LA1 1PT
on the following Tuesdays, 10.30 to 12.30

29th October
12th November
26th November
10th December

by appointment (or drop in and if we are not busy you will be seen straight away)

You can make an appointment: 

  • at the RAIS drop-in on Mondays and Thursdays 15.00 – 17.00 at the Cornerstone, Sulyard St, Lancaster LA1 1PX
  • by email at info@rais.org.uk
  • by phoning our helpline: 07731 552259 (Mon-Thu 10.00 – 12.00, or leave a message)

You will get:

  • access to interpretation if necessary
  • an opportunity to discuss your case with law students, supervised by an immigration barrister
  • a detailed letter of advice

RAIS Cèilidh 2019

Following the sell-out success of last year’s event, our RAIS cèilidh will take place at the Gregson on Saturday 16th February. Doors open 7.00 pm, dancing from 7.30 pm to the Caton Ceilidh Band and Fiddler on the Hoof.

Tickets £8 in advance (£10 on the door), children £5, free for refugees/asylum seekers. Available from the Gregson, or from www.trybooking.co.uk/ICP.

Lancaster poets read for refugees at King St Studios

The poetry reading on Wed 21st was a great success, raising nearly £300 for RAIS! Many thanks to all who took part: poets Mike Barlow, Carole Coates, Barbara Hickson, Elizabeth Hare and Jane Routh; to wonderful harpist Celia Briar who provided the musical interval; and to Roy and Kath at King Street Studios for hosting the event. Thanks also to the volunteers who helped, and everyone who came along to support us and enjoy this lovely evening.

Travel expenses for asylum seekers required to report at reporting centres outside Lancaster

The Home Office guidance states:

Asylum seekers living outside of the 3 mile radius of their reporting location  and receiving asylum support are eligible to receive assistance with travel expenses for reporting. (The Home Office (2018) Reporting and Offender Management, p.31)

If this applies to you, you need to apply in person at the reporting centre.

If your application is approved, you should get a ticket for your journey home, and one for your next journey to report.

This means that the asylum seeker has to meet the cost of the first outward journey (or the next journey they make if they have not previously claimed travel expenses). If you cannot afford the ticket for the journey, then you can apply to RAIS for financial help (subject to available funding). Just bring your letter telling you when and where to report to our Monday afternoon drop-in at the Cornerstone.

Easter holidays

Please note our Easter holiday arrangements:

There will be no drop in or help line on Monday 2nd April.

The help line will be operating as usual Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th April.