20 March 2020

Urgent update from Welsh Refugee Council

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As you are aware, the ongoing coronavirus crisis means that many of us are having to change the way we work.

 

We are committed to prioritising the safety, health and well-being of our service users, volunteers and staff during this challenging time. We are focusing on providing our essential services to refugee and asylum seekers and have already scaled back our non-urgent functions.

 

From Tuesday 24th March we will move to a telephone only system. The phone line will be available from 10am – 2pm.

 

If you, or someone you are supporting, needs to speak to one of our team about the following issues they should call on:

 

Cardiff – 02920 489 800

Newport – 01633 266 420

Swansea – 07918 403 666

Wrexham – 07977 234 198

 

The call will be triaged by one of our team and if we are able to help they will be called back by one of our experienced caseworkers. If an interpreter is required we will do our best to have an interpreter available on the phone.

 

Unfortunately this is not a freephone number, and we would suggest people firstly seek help from Migrant Help, Jobcentre Plus or another organisation offering a freephone number. We are trying to reduce costs to our service users which is why we will call them back if we can help.

 

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time and we look forward to being able to reopen our services as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

Best wishes and keep safe,

 

WRC

 

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Urgent Update from WRC

Due to the ongoing situation with the new coronavirus (Covid-19) we are taking the difficult decision to temporarily close all our non-essential services.

 

For this reason, we will be postponing our English (ESOL) classes and play group until further notice.

 

We are committed to prioritising the safety, health and well-being of our service users, volunteers and staff during this challenging time. We will be focusing on providing essential services to enable access to housing and support for asylum seekers and newly granted refugees. We are continuing to develop our contingency planning as the situation develops.

 

You can keep up to date with the latest information on the Public Health Wales website https://phw.nhs.wales/

 

We would encourage everyone to stay safe and look after each other – and of course, wash your hands.

 

We have a directory of online resources to help you practice your English available here:

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01792 630 180

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01978 355 818

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