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Migrant Worker's News Forum

This News Forum comes to you from the Migrant Workers Action Group.
The following announcements are in reverse date order, with the latest entries at the top.
If you wish to add a comment, contact Ray Ashmore via the WCHLC website.


Announcements




News Date: 25-Oct-2011

On 13th October 2011 we held a Growers event at Southern England Farms, Leedstown, anyone involved in the forth coming daffodil season were invited to come along and speak to variuos agencies present, these included the Police, Fire service, HSE, HMRC, Gangmasters Licensing Authority, NFU, VOSA and British Red Cross. The event was well supported and we hope to have more in the future.

Entered by: Beverley Faull, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 25-Oct-2011

News Date: 14-Apr-2011

Inclusion Cornwall have introduced a Safety Net to help ensure that migrant workers are safe when working in Cornwall. The net provides practical support to frontline staff by asking a number of questions that they can consider when working with migrant workers. Contact Judith Cook on 07527 470503 or find the link to the net on the Healthy Living Centre News page.

Entered by: Ray Ashmore, West Cornwall Healthy Living Centre


Date Entered: 14-Apr-2011

News Date: 30-Mar-2011

Beverly Faull intended this message to go out on 23rd March but a server fault, completely out of our control, delayed it. However, it may still be relevant if you have not filled in a census form yet. The message follows: The National Census is being conducted on 27th March 2011. Migrant workers are required to complete it by law. If you require help in your own language please go to www.census.gov.uk No one should charge you for completing the form.

Entered by: Ray Ashmore, West Cornwall Healthy Living Centre


Date Entered: 30-Mar-2011

News Date: 12-Jan-2011

LATVIAN PASSPORTS information All citizen passports (blue colour) issued before July 1 2002, containing a glued photograph, as well as passports without an expiration date, will not be valid for international travel beginning July 1 2008. Latvian citizens passport issued between July 1 2002 and November 19 2007 and with a validity of 50 years and Latvian non citizens passport issued between April 10 1997 and November 19 2007 and with a validity of 50years will not be valid for international travel beginning November 1 2010. Starting from November 2010 Latvian citizens and non citizens passports issued for 50 years are not valid for travelling outside the Schengen area!

Entered by: Beverley Faull, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 12-Jan-2011

News Date: 07-Dec-2010

We have been contacted by Igor Trepeshchenok a student of Press and Editorial Photography at Falmouth University College. Igor would like to make contact with any Latvians living in Cornwall about the experiences that they have had. He would like to capture images of the reality of living and working here. Contact him direct to identify how you might be able to help him with his project. Tel: 07833370955 or by email trepeshchenok@gmail.com

Entered by: Ray Ashmore, West Cornwall Healthy Living Centre


Date Entered: 14-Dec-2010

News Date: 28-Nov-2010

With the coming flower season PCSO's Bev and Steve would like to hear from anyone who is either in the County or coming to the County. We would like to know where the flower pickers are staying and or working or any other issues they may have. We can be emailed on ciosmigrantworkersteam@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk all communications will be treated in confidence

Entered by: Beverley Faull, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 28-Nov-2010

News Date: 10-Nov-2010

Migrant Worker Action week took place in October with agencies looking at gas safety aswell as other issues. A number of location which were visited required smoke alarms to be fitted. It is recommended that batteries should not be removed from smoke alarms and if they continue to cause a nuisance due to cooking etc that optical alarms should be installed. With gas safety it is recommended that an emergency shut off valve should be fitted to the LPG bottles outside the caravans. All safety certificates should be displayed in the caravans.

Entered by: Beverley Faull, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 10-Nov-2010

News Date: 15-Aug-2010

Good weather saw the RESPECT Festival in Victoria Park, Truro well supported. Paul, Steve and myself attended with other members of the police diversity team present too. Partners and Communities Together (PACT) questions were asked to be submitted so we could forward them to the relevant neighbourhood teams.

Entered by: Beverley Faull, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 15-Aug-2010

News Date: 15-Aug-2010

Myself and Steve did a talk to ESOL students in July at Haven House Truro. Another good visit with lots of questions asked by the students. The emergency services DVD was shown also, this in itself raises questions and a few laughs too.

Entered by: Beverley Faull, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 15-Aug-2010

News Date: 05-Aug-2010

Today Migrant Worker Officer Paul Higgs and PCSO Steve Edser together with representatives from Point Europa and Amber Initiatives visited Jaspers Abattoir, Treburley, Launceston. Approx 30 workers were spoken to, Inclusion books and information on these partners services were distributed. Cornwall Drug and Alcohol Team also supplied information which was also handed out, as unfortuantely they were unable to attend due to prior commitments.

Entered by: Stephen Edser, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 05-Aug-2010

News Date: 13-Jun-2010

On 4th June 2010 we had a great time at Southern England Farms (SEF), Leedstown, Hayle. There were football teams for a 5 a side competition from the Police, Fire Service and NHS aswell as teams from SEF. The workers provided a great spread of traditional Lithuanian food, with pasties from the Police Team. There were about 120 workers on site with many bringing friends and family. Other agencies were present including HSE, Amber Initiatives, GLA and ESOL. Traffic officers also attended to answer questions on licenses etc. Everyone involved are keen for another simular event to be run, so if you would like to attend and/or raise a football team then let me know.

Entered by: Beverley Faull, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 13-Jun-2010

News Date: 26-May-2010

We have spoken to a number of ESOL students at Link into Learning, Bodmin. One Lady expresed an interest in becoming a Special Constable. Both Steve and Bev took questions from the students following the viewing of the emergency services DVD.

Entered by: Stephen Edser, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 03-Jun-2010

News Date: 23-Apr-2010

Polish Translation of Devon & Cornwall Police letter from Chief Constable - Kindly done by Svetlana @ Amber Initiatives: List otwarty w imieniu Glownego Posterunkowego Stephena Ottera, skierowany do czlonkow spolecznosci polskiej mieszkajacej na terenie hrabstw Kornwalii i Dewonu. W zwiazku z ostatnim wydarzeniem tragicznej smierci w katastrofie lotniczej polskiego Kaczynskiego, jego zony oraz wszytkich osob im towarzyszacych, w imieniu oficerow i czlonkow personelu policji hrabstw Kornwalii i Dewonu, pragne wyrazic glebokie wyrazy wspolczucia obywatelom polskim mieszkajacycm w naszym regionie. Rozumiemy jak ielkim szokiem byla dla Polakow informacja o katastrofie lotniczej, do ktorej doszlo w poblizu Smolenska, w drodze na uroczystosci upamietniajace 70 rocznice mordu w Katyniu Strata glowy panstwa oraz wielu innych dostojnych postaci z rzadu, sil zbrojnych, przedstawicieli swiata academickiego oraz kosciola jest dla Polski ogromna tragedia. W tak ciezkiej chwili, pragne zlozyc najszczersze kondolencje spolecznosci polskiej przebywajacej na na terenie hrabstw Kornwalii i Dewonu. Glowny Posterunkowy, Stephen Otter

Entered by: Paul Higgs, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 23-Apr-2010

News Date: 23-Apr-2010

An open letter from the Chief Constable, Stephen Otter to members of the Polish community in Devon and Cornwall On behalf of the officers and staff of Devon & Cornwall Police I write to you following the recent death of President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria and entourage. I am sure all members of the polish community must be stunned at the tragic plane crash which took place near Smolensk, whilst they were on their way to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. The loss of a Head of State and so many influential figures from Government, the armed forces, academia and the Church is a profound tragedy for the people of Poland. I wish to convey sincere condolences to members of the Polish community across Devon and Cornwall at this sad and difficult time. Stephen Otter Chief Constable

Entered by: Paul Higgs, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 23-Apr-2010

News Date: 24-Mar-2010

PCSO Steve Edser and PCSO Bev Faull gave a presentation to 15 ESOL Students on Wednesday 24th March in Truro, The Emergency Services Video was shown, copies of the Inclusion Cornwall books were handed out to students and a question and answer session was undertaken.

Entered by: Stephen Edser, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 30-Mar-2010

News Date: 17-Jan-2010

Myself and Steve have completed visits this weekend to farms in the Penzance and Helston areas. The Inclusion Cornwall book has been given out aswell as our contact details, this has been met with a good response. It has been good to get out and about doing the job after the bad weather we encountered on our first week in the new posts.

Entered by: Beverley Faull, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 17-Jan-2010

News Date: 05-Jan-2010

** We now have two extra pairs of hands to assist with migrant worker issues in the County. PCSO Bev Faull will be covering the West of the County working out of Pool Police station, whilst PCSO Steve Edser will be coving the East of the County working out of Launceston Police station. Both Steve & Bev are experienced PCSO's and will be a real asset to all of us. They are funded for 12mths from the migration impact fund. Bev can be contacted via email at: Beverley.Faull@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk - and Steve is: Stephen.Edser@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk. Both will be at the next MIGWAG meeting. Best wishes for 2010 - Paul Higgs **

Entered by: Paul Higgs, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 05-Jan-2010

News Date: 24-Sep-2009

For information here is a link to a new helpline which has been set up by the government to help workers who may be facing exploitation at work: http://payandworkrightscampaign.direct.gov.uk/index.html The information is also available in other languages. A Polish version can be found here: http://payandworkrightscampaign.direct.gov.uk/polish.html

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier DC - Environmental Health


Date Entered: 24-Sep-2009

News Date: 13-Jul-2009

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a new report, written by ACAS, on fatalities in the British construction industry. Among the many recommendations included in the report is a call for the remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to be extended to the construction industry. The DWP will now be consulting with stakeholders before producing a response to the reports recommendations later in the year. The DWP press release can be found here: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2009/july-2009/dwp009-09-080709.shtml A copy of the report can be found here: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/policy-publications/fatal-accidents-inquiry.shtml

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier DC - Environmental Health


Date Entered: 13-Jul-2009

News Date: 30-Jun-2009

Foreign language versions of the national Swine Flu leaflet are available in Polish, Portuguese and Lithuanian. There is a web link that gives access to the Dept of Health webpage where versions of the leaflet can be downloaded: (http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_098685

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier DC - Environmental Health


Date Entered: 30-Jun-2009

News Date: 29-Jan-2009

** Exploding boilers ** HSE Plymouth have highlighted a potential issue with the following boiler: Morco Cofalt boiler (2005 model) The problem occurs when the gas pipes (usually from a LPG cylinder supply) supplying the gas boiler freeze. Nine in Cornwall have already exploded. Those that have not yet exploded have all been turned off and capped. The problems have been reported to Trading Standards. NCDC has contacted the other caravan parks in North Cornwall to alert them of the potential problem with this model Entered on behalf of HSE - Plymouth

Entered by: Paul Higgs, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 29-Jan-2009

News Date: 27-Oct-2008

Link into Learning are offering English courses in Newquay on fridays between 0930-1230hrs at The Old Sunday School, Chapel Hill, Newquay. Further info can be obtained from Eileen on 01637 872527

Entered by: Paul Higgs, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 27-Oct-2008

News Date: 27-Oct-2008

Online advice for Migrant Workers from Police / Fire & Ambulance - available to view: www.cornwall.gov.uk/999advice (available in English / Russian & Polish)

Entered by: Paul Higgs, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 27-Oct-2008

News Date: 01-Sep-2008

Further to Hope's entry below re HMRC outreach work - session has been identified for the East of the County on 17th September at the Library in Launceston from 4-6pm

Entered by: Paul Higgs, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 01-Sep-2008

News Date: 28-Aug-2008

HMRC Extended Reach  Launceston Launceston HMRC Enquiry Centre is currently involved in a pilot that involves helping Migrant Workers to understand the UK tax system. The pilot is covering Launceston and the surrounding area, North Cornwall and Plymouth. The pilot is running from now until mid September initially. We are trying to make contact with Migrant Support Workers, Employers and other Organisations who currently act as third parties for Migrant Workers, with the view of conducting short presentations to groups. The presentation includes what Migrant Workers need to do when they arrive in the UK, with regards to tax, right through to when they leave the UK. If you would be interested in setting up such a presentation please either e-mail Kate.potter@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk Or call on 01566 771670.

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier District Council


Date Entered: 28-Aug-2008

News Date: 11-Aug-2008

All nursing homes in Cornwall have been written to asking for numbers, nationality, languages of Migrant Workers they employ. I am awaiting returns.

Entered by: Mark Bolt, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 12-Aug-2008

News Date: 11-Feb-2008

Bridging Arts have been gathering material for Let's Talk and I Packed This Myself, a travelling suitcase exhibition, images of migrant workers and an education pack on Citizenship to be launched next month. For an idea of what's to come, visit www.bridging-arts.com/projects/lives-in-pictures.

Entered by: Ray Ashmore, West Cornwall Healthy Living Centre


Date Entered: 22-Feb-2008

News Date: 03-Feb-2008

During the week beginning 28th January 2008 a multi agency operation has been conducted in West Cornwall under the name of Operation Westport. This has been a West Cornwall Migrant Worker Action Group ( MIGWAG) led operation. Agencies involved have been Kerrier and Penwith District Councils environmental Health Officers, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, Cornwall County Fire brigade, Cornwall County Highways, VOSA, Customs and Excise, The Gangmasters Licensing Authority and support workers. The aim of the operation was to protect the welfare and rights of migrant workers. The operation looked specifically at housing conditions, to raise awareness of the responsibility of landlords and the use of vehicles to transport workers around the county. Initial results include 3 homes of multi occupancy were found to be unfit and/or unsafe and were closed. Where required those workers effected by these closures have been assisted to find alternative accommodation. Over 40 vehicles mostly mini buses were stopped and inspected VOSA issued 26 prohibition notices where vehicles were found unsafe or the drivers were not properly qualified to drive those vehicles included in this were 8 immediate prohibitions where the vehicles were taken off the road immediately. One vehicle was found to be using red diesel and was impounded; Customs and Excise are now dealing. Over 80 workers were spoken to and asked about employment and housing by way of questionnaires in their own languages or by way of interpreters. Those spoken to provided information about 9 separate labour providers some local some from Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Berkshire. Many instances of non-compliance to GLA rules were found most related to not paying the minimum wage. The GLA will be investigating further when appropriate. Many visits were made to accommodation sites where fire safety and environmental health advice was given. One visit included enabling a health worker to visit a mother and her very young baby on a farm and offer support to her. Compliance checks will be made in the future to those landlords who were given advice.

Entered by: Mark Bolt, Devon and Cornwall Police


Date Entered: 03-Feb-2008

News Date: 06-Dec-2007

Further to recent news announcement detailing that MIGWAG had been shortlisted as one of the nine finalists (out of 40 entries) for the South West Creating Excellence Regeneration and Sustainable Communities award, last night myself, Jane Barlow and Mark Bolt attended the Creating Excellence Rewards ceremony in Bristol. GREAT RESULT - MIGWAG came third at the awards and was highly commended. We were presented with a certificate and will recieve a highly commended award of £250 to spend on learning activities or learning consultancy

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier District Council


Date Entered: 06-Dec-2007

News Date: 20-Nov-2007

Great news!!! We recently entered MIGWAG for the Creating Excellence Rewards 2007 (Regeneration and Sustainable Communities awards - the Creating Excellence Awards (The South west Centre for sustainable Communities) which recognises activity or projects where people have achieved excellent work or created results that are outstanding at helping communities in the region and who are improving communities with diverse approaches to funding, development and learning.... 40 entries were recieved by Creating Excellence, following which we were interviewed about the work of the action group. When the judging panel met on the 13th November 2007, they were so impressed with nine of the most outstanding projects that they wanted to highlight them at the pre-conference dinner being held on the 5th December in Bristol where the winner will be announced. MIGWAG is one of the 9 shortlisted projects!! All nine of the short listed projects will recieve a certificate in recognition of their quality, innovation and achievement. The main reward will be a study tour to the value of £3,000 for the winners and their organisation and there will be two highly commended awards of £500 to spend on learning activities or learning consultancy. The REWARDS are open to the public, private and voluntary and community sectors. Myself, Jane Barlow and Mark Bolt will be attending the event on the 5th December 2007 at Bristol.

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier District Council


Date Entered: 20-Nov-2007

News Date: 13-Nov-2007

Following a meeting of the West Cornwall Partnership Domestic Violence Forum - does anyone know of any leaflets or literature other than the Migrant Workers Welcome Pack that provides multi-lingual information on domestic violence - in particular Eastern European languages?

Entered by: Elaine Pope, Kerrier District Council


Date Entered: 13-Nov-2007

News Date: 06-Nov-2007

Two workshops launching "Let's Talk North Cornwall" were held in Torpoint and Newquay on 7 Nov. Led by Andrew Yates and Jill Edwards, this work built on the pilot scheme launched in Kerrier and Penwith last autumn/spring. Materials are available in Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese encourage faith and community groups to open their doors to welcome migrant workers, and to give migrant workers the chance to make new connections with local life. For more information see www.bridging-arts.com

Entered by: Ray Ashmore, West Cornwall Healthy Living Centre


Date Entered: 08-Nov-2007

News Date: 01-Nov-2007

An event entitled "Working together: coordinating strategies for migrant workers" is being held at the British Library, Euston Road, London on 22 November from 09:00 for 10:00 finishing for lunch at 13:00. This is an opportunity for experts, policy-makers and service providers to identify some practical steps to achieving coordination and linking strategies. Event helpline 01223 234193 or email nationalconference@eeda.org.uk

Entered by: Ray Ashmore, West Cornwall Healthy Living Centre


Date Entered: 08-Nov-2007

News Date: 01-Nov-2007

Action Points from the Migrant Workers Conference at Tregenna Castle on 26 October (from Cornwall Strategic Parntership). 1. Need for greater clarity from the Government. 2. Need to ensure standards are enforced extensively. 3. Need for greater commitment from Regional and National Government (a) to ensure standards are enforced extensively (b) that the GLA powers should be extended to additional sectors. Multi-agency working on a pro-active basis needs to be taken up. 4. Greater recognition of the action plans and the implications of implementing them: (a) More resources need to be provided for key areas, such as schools, English for Speakers of Other Languages training, health and skills. (b) The GLA needs more resource. Policies need to be set, promoted, and made widely known. (c) Establish a process for planning and review - Monitoring, review, learning and adjustment of LAA actions needs to be high priority for all. (5) Partnership working needs to be continually promoted (West Cornwall joint visits); better statistics are needed; information must be shared. (6) The local community needs to be assisted to adjust and integrate. Agreed actions have consequences. We need to anticipate and deal with them, such as re-thinking ESOL funding rules, the effects on schools and parent perceptions, dealing with community perceptions.

Entered by: Ray Ashmore, West Cornwall Healthy Living Centre


Date Entered: 08-Nov-2007

News Date: 01-Nov-2007

For information, detailed are the links to the national LGA's report on Migration which primarily identifies challenges Local Authorities are facing in some areas and comments on the data used for estimating numbers. The LGA is calling on the Government to provide a contingency fund of £250 million a year for Local Authorities experiencing high rates of migration. LGA Press Release: http://www.lga.gov.uk/PressRelease.asp?lSection=0&id=SX7C5E-A78498C8 LGA Report-Estimating the scale and impacts of migration at the local level: http://www.lga.gov.uk/Documents/Publication/estimatingthe scale of migration.pdf

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier District Council


Date Entered: 01-Nov-2007

News Date: 03-Oct-2007

Interskills UK have produced "The Life Guide" which contains info and advice on a range of subjects in a number of languages, to help Migrant Workers access services. It is regularly updated. They can be contacted via Chris Mason, Director, on 0114 221 1862 or email chris.mason@interskills.co.uk.

Entered by: Jane Barlow, Kerrier District Council


Date Entered: 03-Oct-2007

News Date: 03-Oct-2007

The following presentations from the Migrant Workers' Conference in St Ives are now available: Written remarks made by HE Vygaudas Usackas (Ambassador of Lithuania); and powerpoint presentations from: Nigel Chambers (H&S Executive); John Price (SW Local Government Association); Manda Brookman (Coast - Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project); Chris Lea (St Mary's Catholic School, Penzance); Andrea Gilbert (Cornwall County Council) and Mark Bolt (Devon & Cornwall Police); Joel Ashton (ESOL/EFL Lecturer at Truro College); David Rodda (Cornwall Agricultural Council Development Team); and Felicity Owen (Cornwall & IOS PCT). If you want copies contact Ray Ashmore. See User List for details.

Entered by: Ray Ashmore, West Cornwall Healthy Living Centre


Date Entered: 03-Oct-2007

News Date: 27-Sep-2007

HE Vygaudas Usackas, the Ambassador of Lithuania, visited Kerrier District Council on 27th September. During the informal meeting he watched the 'Inside Out' film showing the work of Migwag. Hope Bradbury and Mark Bolt then took him on a tour to see two of the migrant worker sites. He thanked the Migwag team for all the good work they were doing in West Cornwall.

Entered by: Ray Ashmore, West Cornwall Healthy Living Centre


Date Entered: 03-Oct-2007

News Date: 18-Sep-2007

Dear all Just wanted to spread the word re Let's Talk Eden - a highly successful day last Friday at the Eden Project, thanks to the tireless efforts and support of Juliet Rose. We brought together migrant workers and people working alongside them in Cornwall, including a Hungarian engineer working as a bin man in Newquay, a Polish lawyer, a Czech window specialist, a Gulval farmer and a county librarian - to name but a few. People made presentations; we worked with I Packed This Myself (the Bridging Arts travelling suitcase - more on www.bridging-arts.com) and we made a short film. All this work will be put to good use this autumn when we roll out Let's Talk to east Cornwall following its sucessful pilot in Kerrier and Penwith this past winter/spring. The first Let's Talk evenings were staged in partnership with the West Cornwall Faith Forum and encouraged local churches and community centres to open their doors to migrant workers. We produced background information on local towns for workers, a guide for group leaders and language postcards for use by everyone involved. More than ten evenings were held across west Cornwall - resulting in contact, understanding and lasting friendships. Anyone interested in holding a Let's Talk evening this autumn should contact me on info@bridging-arts.com and I will pass on the message to Andrew Yates (Diocese of Truro Social Responsibility Officer). We will work with various partners in staging the evenings, showing the film and working with the suitcase. We're producing an extended range of language postcards - in English/Portuguese as well as English/Polish and English/Lithuanian. Anyone interested in any of these materials - please email me. Also - really important - at Let's Talk Eden, led by Joel Ashton (www.englishdatabase.com) ,we started an English class network across the county - hopefully many useful links will be made. Again, for more information, email info@bridging-arts . thanks and regards Susan Susan Roberts Tel: 020 8749 9010 Fax: 020 8749 5658 Mob: 0794 12 52 444 www.bridging-arts.com www.britishsaristory.org.uk

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier District Council


Date Entered: 18-Sep-2007

News Date: 16-Sep-2007

The YMCA Drop-in Centre in Penzance welcomes Migrant Workers. It offers accommodation to backpackers, visitors, and supported housing for young people and asylum seekers. It has a wide range of facilities including an internet room, cafe bar with pool/football, laundry services and much more. The Christians Together Forum, a group set up by local churches wishing to support migrant workers in the Penwith area, has provided a small amount of funding for drop-in sessions every Thursday evening to allow workers an opportunity to relax and socialise in a safe and friendly atmosphere and meet new people. The YMCA is offering free internet access and parking, and the use of laundry facilities at a reduced rate. For an emailed copy of a poster contact Jo Howard or Ray Ashmore. See User List for details.

Entered by: Jo Howard, Penwith District Council


Date Entered: 17-Sep-2007

News Date: 13-Sep-2007

RESCHEDULED LITHUANIAN AMBASSADOR VISIT TO WEST CORNWALL The Lithuanian Ambassador will be visiting West Cornwall on Thursday 27th September 2007 as a result of the work being undertaken locally in relation to Migrant Worker issues. The Ambassador will be at Kerrier District Council from 9.30am for a briefing session being held in the council chamber on the work of MIGWAG and in particular how the different organisations involved have responded to the influx of Migrant Workers in recent years. The Ambassador will be then taken on visits to sites employing Lithuanian Migrant Workers in West Cornwall.

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier District Council


Date Entered: 13-Sep-2007

News Date: 13-Sep-2007

The Department for Work and pensions have recently released the 2006/07 statistics for overseas nationals entering the UK, and who are then subsequently allocated a National Insurance number. The statistics are broken down by parliamentary constituency, local authority and government office region. Well worth a look: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/niall/registration_tables 2007.xls

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier District Council


Date Entered: 13-Sep-2007

News Date: 13-Sep-2007

Some useful information: Amber initiatives is an advice and advocacy service for Migrant Workers which has been working sucessfully in Plymouth. Svetlana and her team now have a presence in Cornwall. In the mean time Amber's website is a useful tool in several languages for advice and info: www.amber-initiatives.com

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier District Council


Date Entered: 13-Sep-2007

News Date: 31-Aug-2007

The Migrant Workers Conference takes place at Tregenna Castle, St Ives, Cornwall on 26th Sept and runs from 9am to 4pm. To book a place contact Rob Buckley on rbuckley@cornwall.gov.uk or 01872 355128 no later than Friday 7th Sept.

Entered by: Ray Ashmore, West Cornwall Healthy Living Centre


Date Entered: 05-Sep-2007

News Date: 15-Aug-2007

You may find this link useful. It will provide you with up to date information on the information currently in the press regarding gangmaster activity within West Cornwall. Press information on the removal of Baltic Work gangmaster licence: (this week) http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,2148878,00.html

Entered by: Hope Bradbury, Kerrier District Council


Date Entered: 21-Aug-2007




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