CORONA (Covid-19) VIRUS ADVICE
Advice for those living in Shared Accommodation, when another resident is identified with the Covid-19 Corona virus. From NACCOM, the National No Accommodation Organisation
Liverpool City Council advice to Businesses There is specific advice here for people working with the destitute.
ASAP Advice on COVID-19 Advice for refused Asylum Seekers – as they will now be unable to leave the UK because of the virus, Section4 applications should be viable.
World Health Organisation advice on Covid-19
Guidance for those providing Day Centre Services to the Homeless.
Advice to vulnerable people
How to access the Corona Support Liverpool Volunteer Programme
We will try and keep people up to date with advice and what is happening at Asylum Link.
Update 31st March Asylum Link is now operating a telephone casework service only, between 10am and 3pm. Call 0151 709 1713 The person answering will take your name, date of birth and telephone number. If someone is available you will be transferred to a caseworker. If not they will ring you back when someone becomes available. Please note the person speaking to you may not be in the centre.
ALM has made it’s wifi available to people who are near the centre so people are able to access information . The wifi network is ALM_Guest There is no password. The service is available between 9 and 5 and can take a maximum of 10 users. The content is monitored and restricted.
During the period of corona restrictions:
- no Asylum Seeker has to report at the Home Office,
- face to face interviews are suspended,
- further submissions can be made by post,
- section 4 applications can be made without an ongoing claim,
- no evictions of refused Asylum Seekers will take place
Update 25th March 2020 Asylum Link is now operating a telephone casework service only, between 10am and 3pm. Call 0151 709 1713 The receptionist will take your name, date of birth and telephone number. If someone is available you will be transferred to a caseworker. If not they will ring you back when someone becomes available. There are a limited number of caseworkers and your patience is appreciated.
Merseyside Refugee Support Network MRSN, are available on Monday’s and Wednesdays from 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm. You should ring 0151 709 7557 or ask to be transferred by the ALM receptionist.
We have stopped cooking however small bags of food for 1 are available between 12noon and 1pm (juice, biscuits, crisps, fruit etc)
Update 23rd March 2020 Asylum Link is moving to a telephone casework advice service. This is to minimise the contact between people and avoid spreading the virus. If you need to speak to a caseworker please ring 709 1713.
The receptionist will take your name, date of birth and telephone number. A caseworker will ring you back to discuss your issues. There are very few caseworkers present at the moment and so your patience is appreciated.
For Merseyside Refugee Support Network MRSN, you should ring 709 7557 or ask to be transferred by the ALM receptionist.
Food for takeaway will be available from 12 noon to 1pm today for up to 50 people. It will not be possible to eat on site.
Update 21 March 2020 We will be running a takeaway food service on Monday between 12noon and 1pm, where people can come to the centre and pick up a meal.
We are testing this to see if it is useful to people, how we cope with numbers of people coming through the building in light of the restrictions, and how we might alter things for better access in the future.
Update 13th March 2020 Due to the developing situation with Corona Virus, ALM has decided to suspend all non-essential services. This is to minimise the numbers of people in the building and the resultant risk of infection. This means only those with destitution or specific casework needs should visit the centre.
From Monday 16th March the following services are suspended:
- ESOL Classes and Conversation Clubs
- Clothes Store
- Kitchen – No meals, tea or coffee
- Group activities – Women’s Group and Choir
- Bike Workshop
Other services for the Destitute Group and for Complex and Urgent Casework will continue, but in a different format. Food will be distributed as normal on Fridays.
If you would like to arrange a meeting with a caseworker about something urgent, please call us on: 0151 709 1713. Please tell us your name, what the issue is, and your preferred language. People attending in person should go to the rear of the building where they will be met and the needs assessed.
You should not attend the ALM centre if you have any of these symptoms:
new persistent cough, high temperature, shortness of breath
For medical advice, please call NHS Direct: 111
For issues relating to your NASS/Home Office support, please call Migrant Help: 0808 801 0503
If you have a mental health concern or are destitute with children, please call Careline: 0151 233 3800
We will continue to follow the NHS health advice and hope to return to normal service as soon as possible.
Asylum Link is an organisation dedicated to assisting Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Liverpool and to raising public awareness around refugee issues. It is a welcoming and safe place for people from all countries to meet, relax and find out about the city they have arrived in.
The PM+ project is currently suspended due to Covid-19 – This is a link to a video describing the PROSPER Problem Management Plus (PM+) study currently underway at ALM an other NGOs in Liverpool.
What does ALM offer?
Asylum Link provides friendship, help and advice and encourages the participation of asylum seekers and refugees in the service. ALM needs your help to do this and we currently have an appeal in place for extra funding.
We offer a wide range of services for asylum seekers and refugees. Most services are provided on a drop in basis, with appointments available for specialist activities.
Every day, tea, coffee and biscuits are available during opening hours in the kitchen area. Lunch is served most days to everyone.
Social activities are available each day and trips and special activities at intervals. The day to day running of the centre is managed by 4 full time and 3 part time staff, and over 100 volunteers, overseen by a Board of 11 Trustees – more
Visitors are always welcome at ALM but please contact us first.
Find out how you can donate to Asylum Link
A recent guide to starting an ESOL class (English for Speakers of Other Languages), developed in partnership with CTMR/SAS, the Justice and Peace Commission, and Together Liverpool, is available to download here. DIY ESOL Booklet
‘Welcome the Stranger’ Conference, November 2018. link to slides