News & Events
Spring and Summer 2019:
In April, we announced a new partnership with Paddock Community Trust. In a joint statement, DASH Secretary Jane Fowden said: “We’re now at the heart of a thriving community centre. The partnership brings us together with Works Better, Welcome Mentors and Talk English. We’re excited to be working under one roof, strengthening links for the benefit of asylum seekers and refugees in Kirklees.”
Paddock’s Christian Simpkin added: “This partnership has enabled us to reach people we wouldn’t normally because we didn’t have those relationships. Now our services can increase DASH’s offer and reach those most in need.”
April saw Le Grand Depart of our much-loved volunteer, Dave Ramsden, as he set off from Huddersfield Station, on a round-Britain cycle ride of over 2000 miles to raise cash for DASH. As I type this in June, he’s still going! In all weathers with nowt but his bike and a tent. If you’d like to support him (and us) you can do so here https://mydonate.bt.com/events/cycleridefordash
In April, we were absolutely thrilled to learn that three of our clients, all from the same family, were awarded the Kirklees Adult Learners Award. This family have been active volunteers at DASH for many years, from fundraising to catering (in which they have a professional background) to now giving asylum advocacy and advice, having trained through OISC. Despite the many hardships they have faced on their asylum journey, they have continued to inspire those they’ve helped and trained under.
A training provider at Paddock Community Trust said “I have felt privileged that I have been able to be part of their journey.” The family responded “we love Huddersfield and the people here. Now we’ve received Leave to Remain, we’re looking forward to bringing more in the way of contribution to OUR community.”
The last three months saw us attend conferences, trainings and multi-agency meetings with Refugee Action, NACCOM, WYDAN and Kirklees Multi Agency Steering Group. Thanks also to Volunteering Kirklees ,TSL and the Welcome Centre for sharing their expertise.
Thank you to our friends at Purpose of Life Charity and Ghausia Mosque in Lockwood who, through the month of Ramadan, extended invitations for DASH to join them for some wonderful Iftars, the meal where the daily fast is broken. These invites help our Muslim clients feel included and connected, and offer non-Muslims the chance to come together to share in, and better understand, the values and practices of a community that faces high levels of hostility, born out of ignorance.
We are extremely lucky to have S2R Create Space, the Kirklees wellbeing charity, run crafting sessions at our drop ins. What a difference they make! The smiles of the people taking part say it all. Just watching the creations take shape has a relaxing effect. Thank you, Sian!
Volunteers Week 1 – 7 June
Our 7 day social media campaign – a week in the life of a DASH volunteer – highlighted all that our volunteers do. The campaign saw our combined social media following climb to nearly 1100 followers. Please share/ retweet our posts. Social media is a useful resource for getting the message out.
Refugee Week 17 – 23 June
DASH is running two special events for Refugee Week (well, either side of it).
Friday 14th is our cinema showing of the highly-praised and much-loved Paddington 2 at Paddock Village Hall, in partnership with Dollyshot Pop Up Picturehouse.
Friday 28th sees our first pop-up restaurant! Plans for this are still taking shape but we’re grateful for the support of our partners Paddock Community Trust and to Kirklees Council’s Strategic Migration & Refugee Manager, Sarah Mitchell for helping to make this happen.
See you there!
DASH is a proud member of the Lift The Ban Coalition, working to reverse the work ban on asylum seekers, a policy that enforces poverty and denies the right to integrate and live in dignity. June is the coalition’s Month of Action. We’ll be distributing postcards at our Refugee Week events and ask you to add a personalised message to the Home Secretary. We’ll forward the postcards to Lift The Ban so they can be sent to the Home Office in one nationwide batch.