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Omagh Ethnic Support Group ESOL Classes for beginners

Omagh Ethnic Support Group is pleased to announce that English Classes for Beginners will be starting in Omagh Community House on Monday 20th September 2021 from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday in the Conference Room on the 3rd Floor of Omagh Community House from 7:00 – 9:00pm. We invite people who wish to take …

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NI Executive £100 voucher translations

NI Executive will be offering £100 voucher to each eligible adult in NI to spend locally. Each person will have to register on the NI Electoral Register first  https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to be eligible for the voucher and then will also have to apply separately to receive the voucher. Please see below various translations of this information. Polish: Rzad Irlandii Pólnocnej bedzie …

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BT Home Essentials Service

BT have launched a new BT Home Essentials service for financially vulnerable customers. I am pleased to let you know that this service is now up and running and accepting applications from customers who are on benefits. I know you will also be aware that now, more than ever, it is vital that everyone has access to the internet to …

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The Electoral Office for Northern Ireland – Make Your Vote Count

The canvass opens 1st July 2021 The Electoral Office is required by law to refresh the Electoral Register for Northern Ireland. The current register will close on 30 June and all eligible electors in Northern Ireland will be required to re-register with effect from 1 July. You will receive further information in due course. The only thing you need to …

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Barnardo’s Helpline – Boloh

New Barnardo’s helpline called ‘Boloh’ (means ‘speak’ in many languages). This is a UK wide service. The Helpline is to encourage Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children, young people (11-25 years) and families affected by Covid-19 to speak about their worries, their problems and their stresses during this time. Staff will provide emotional support, advice and signposting to other organisations …

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Phone First

You can use the Interpreter Now app: https://interpreternow.co.uk/hscni or text relay: Northern Trust – 18001 0300 123 1 123 Southern Trust – 18001 0300 123 3 111 ‘Phone First’ will operate on a 24/7 basis. Please continue to call 999 for emergencies. For more information: https://www.northerntrust.hscni.net/2020/11/30/phonefirst/ https://southerntrust.hscni.net/…/out-of…/phone-first-2/

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Doras Report highlights urgent need for better mental health services in direct provision centres

Doras are calling for immediate action to ensure that vulnerable people living in direct provision have access to mental health supports and services in a new report, released on 23rd November 2020. The report highlights five key areas that have a negative impact on the mental health of international protection applicants. These are unsuitable accommodation, delays in case processing, substance …

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