Kirklees continues to be a welcoming community, understanding and building on the benefits migration brings.
We want to ensure that those who are vulnerable and seeking sanctuary can access the support that is available to them in Kirklees. This support will help them to settle and start to integrate in to life in the UK and Kirklees.
Support and advice for all new arrivals into Kirklees is available at #KirkleesWelcomes Club at Batley Library, Market Place, Batley, WF17 5DA on Monday afternoons at 1pm to 4pm.
Support for Ukraine
Find out how you can support refugees from Ukraine. Guidance on the Homes for Ukraine scheme including support available if you are a sponsor. Other ways you can offer support in Kirklees and make donations to help those in need.Support for Ukraine
#KirkleesWelcomes offer of support
In Kirklees we have a wide range of partnership support available at any stage of an individual's or family's resettlement or migration journey we call this #KirkleesWelcomes.
If you are working with or supporting an asylum seeker, refugee or vulnerable migrant who would benefit from the #KirkleesWelcomes support offer from please refer them to us.
How to refer an asylum seeker, refugee or migrant
Fill in the online form to request support.
Completing this form takes around 5 minutes.Refer an asylum seeker, refugee or migrant
Help for people arriving into Kirklees
If you would like to offer support for those who are arriving in Kirklees to seek safety, here is how you can help:
- Volunteer your time to help by becoming a Welcome Mentor .
- Offer activities or events that new arrivals would be welcomed to attend.
- Although we do not currently need offers of rooms in private households, you can offer a property. There is funding for accommodation for people as part of their resettlement support.
- Refugee Action has further information about how to support refugees and asylum seekers: Here's how you can help refugees
Tell us if you want to support people resettling in Kirklees
Fill in our simple online form.
Clock Completing this form takes around 5 minutesResettlement - Offers of support
After you've told us
- We will be in touch to discuss your offer of support.
- A member of the team will assist you to get involved either through the council's services or through our partner organisations.
- We will aim to respond within 48 hours but this may not always be possible due to the large volume of submissions.
Events, stories and training
Keep up to date with events, good news stories and training opportunities by visiting the Kirklees Welcomes blog .
Words like 'asylum seeker', 'refugee' and 'migrant' are often used interchangeably in everyday conversation or in the media, masking important differences in legal status and protection.
- Asylum seeker - applied for protection from persecution under the UN Convention and is awaiting a decision from the Home Office for this application.
- Refugee - given permission to stay in the UK as a result of the process which began with a claim and/or assessment for protection under the UN Convention.
- Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children - in the United Kingdom (UK), often abbreviated to UASC, are children who are outside their country of origin to seek asylum in the UK, are separated from parents and relatives, and are not in the care of someone who is responsible for doing so.
- Migrant - a person who moves from one place to another, especially in order to find work, study or for better living conditions.