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FUNDRAISING CONCERT AT UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, SOUTHERNHAY, 7 DECEMBER 2019

Everyone at RSD would like to thank Exeter Choral Society for making us their partner charity at their concert, everyone who contributed to the retiring collection held at the end of the evening and the RSD representatives who attended the event and organised the collection. Nearly £600 was raised and we are overwhelmed with everyone’s generosity.

We would also like to say a particularly huge ‘thank you’ to Exeter Choral Society member Corinne Richards, who had her head shaved before the concert to raise funds, with the resulting donations shared between RSD and the Exeter Choral Society. Over £1200 has already been raised and donations can still be made by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/corinne-richards-1

RUNNING FOR RSD ON 1 DECEMBER

RSD volunteer Jade Rossiter raised £50 by doing the Santa Run round Exeter on 1 December. Everyone at RSD would like to congratulate Jade and thank her for putting in this effort on our behalf, it really is much appreciated.

Our thanks to the Exeter Choral Society, Corinne and Jade for making RSD the beneficiaries of their fundraising efforts and to everyone who contributed towards them. If you are organising a fundraising event for RSD please contact us and let us know, we will be very happy to advertise your event here and in our newsletter.

FREE DINNER FOR ALL REFUGEES AT RABBIT CAFE ON 11 DECEMBER 2019

Mark Gold and his friends will be holding their latest ‘refugees welcome’ dinner at the Rabbit Café in Exeter on Wednesday, 11 December. Full details are given below:

refugee dinner Dec 2019

 

Please attend – and tell anyone else who may be interested – if you can! Many thanks.

ENGLISH LESSONS IN NEWTON ABBOT – FREE FOR ALL REFUGEES

Newton Abbot Class Nov 2019

 

 

Please pass information about these classes to anyone you think might wish to attend them – many thanks

Make October 3rd the European Day of Memory and Welcome!

You might be interested in signing the following petition, which calls to make 3 October the European Day of Memory and Welcome:

 

RSD ACHIEVES OISC LEVEL 1 ACCREDITATION – July 6th 2018

3161BB10-A90C-4BB1-B099-6AAB0E73597BIn June 2018 RSD’s Casework Coordinator, Neli Montes De Oca, and three drop-in volunteers – Alex Goodman, Suzy Aburagheb and Tony Griffin (pictured with Neli) – passed the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) examination, with the result that RSD has been awarded Level One accreditation. The 3.5 hour exam – which was taken in London – was in two parts, a multiple-choice section and an exercise in which a letter had to be drafted, outlining the possible routes a client might access to remain in the UK. Both sections needed to be completed successfully and the pass-mark was 65%.

OISC is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Home Office which regulates immigration advisers, ensuring they are fit and competent and act in the best interest of their clients. Level One OISC accreditation allows Neli and her colleagues to provide basic advice, including giving help with completing certificates for travel to clients granted humanitarian protection or discretionary leave; making applications to vary conditions for people without recourse to public funds; assisting with applications for leave to remain and with the ten-year route for indefinite leave to remain; and registration of a child as a British Citizen.

As a result of this accreditation Neli and her colleagues will be offering advice clinics every Thursday between 12:30 and 14:30 in the Exeter Community Centre, probably in a new office as the usual drop-in service between 14:00 and 16:00 will continue to run. Depending on demand and the availability of funds these hours may be extended. In the meantime, Neli will be in contact with other organisations which provide immigration advice to discuss how RSD might work with them.

Neli would like to acknowledge the assistance given by Refugee Action, who provided five full days of webinar-based training, answered questions, checked writing exercises and gave information about the OISC registration process. Without their support, Neli says, she and her colleagues would probably not have completed the process successfully.

Our warmest congratulations to Neli, Suzy, Alex, and Tony on this wonderful achievement!

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