Health Point is a drop-in triage service every Tuesday 10am-2pm with a volunteer GP and mental health professional on site. It has been running since June 2022 and has seen over 160 service users to date. This vital service came about in response to our concern that our service users were unable to get essential healthcare and advice due to language barriers, lack of IT access and not understanding the NHS system. Health Point advises our service users on how to access healthcare, provides women's health advice, helps with GP referrals, provides a letter writing service and facilitates a service user to speak toa mental health worker.
This service supports patients and GP surgeries throughout Devon and Cornwall by reducing the length of time needed to determine treatment, educating patients around how best to access the NHS through appropriate signposting and a letter writing service to break down language barriers. HealthPoint has proven to be lifesaving. One example is of a service user that was having weekly dialysis in London – this had not been communicated to his GP in Plymouth when he was dispersed. Our volunteer GPs recognised the urgency of the problem and avoided what could have been a serious health issue by making an urgent referral to his GP. Since June, we have organised transport from Health Point to the Emergency department twice, showing how vital the service has become.
Rosie Isaacs, a local GP advocating for making healthcare more accessible to migrants, has spearheaded the project. She said "It has been a fantastic privilege to work alongside DCRS to support people in navigating the U.K healthcare system which can be complicated, particularly if English is not your first language. Our vision is to fully embed this vital service in our community so that refugees and asylum seekers can access the healthcare services that they need in a timely fashion and with ease. Alongside medical signposting we are developing dental support as well as access to alternative therapies.
It is a very exciting time for our new service as we watch the seeds of our ideas grow into positive action. If you are an asylum seeker and need our support, please contact us at 0800 456 1210
A.R.E Home and Fresh Claims Project
We're seeking funding for an Appeal Rights Exhausted (ARE) Home, aiding asylum seekers who've exhausted all appeal avenues.
Once refused asylum, they lose rental, work rights, and support, facing destitution and exploitation risks. In 2021, 52% of asylum applications were rejected, often due to lack of representation or evidence. Without housing, accessing legal help is nearly impo
ssible, hindering Fresh Claim opportunities. Our ARE Home addresses this gap, offering support for preparing Fresh Claims, with access to asylum support. Our immigration solicitor, George Rosenberg, provides pro bono advice, combating the shortage of legal representation. Early intervention post-refusal stabilizes immigration status, avoiding prolonged destitution, serving as our purpose.
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Southwest Immigration Alliance
The Southwest Immigration alliance is a project funded by the Justice Together Initiative (JTI) to make immigration advice more accessible in the Southwest of England region.
The Southwest struggles with a shortage of legal advice, particularly immigration advice. A report done by Bristol Refugee Rights and Bristol Law Centre, funded by the Justice Together Initiative (JTI), demonstrated the lack of adequate legal specialist immigration advice in the region due to limited capacity faced by high demand.
This project aims to establish a more coordinated, collaborative, and sustainable legal advice ecosystem that ensures that people who use the immigration system can access justice fairly and equally so that they can pursue their lives independently. This project is set to contribute to filling the gap in Southwest's legal access and strengthen the collaboration among legal providers in the region through 2 distinct delivery areas by sub-region:
In the 'North' sub-region covering Bristol, Gloucester, and Swindon: Improving referral pathways, added complex casework capacity (at BLC)
In Devon & Cornwall covering Plymouth and Exeter: building capacity to develop sustainable ecosystem –relationships and other development work.
We are working with:
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For any inquiries on the project, please reach out to:
Karen Bowers – CEO, Bristol Law Centre: email@example.com
Baher Al Abd – Project Coordinator for the Southwest Immigration Alliance: firstname.lastname@example.org