RUNNING FOR RSD ON 1 DECEMBER 2019
Former RSD volunteer Jade Rossiter will be joining Exeter’s Santa Run on 1 December to raise funds for RSD. Jade says, ‘it’s time to put my running shoes back on for an important cause. RSD means a lot to me. Their work is crucial and truly life changing.’ Donations to Jade can be made via her page on Total Giving.co.uk:
Please support Jade if you can! Many thanks.
FUNDRAISING CONCERT AT UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, SOUTHERNHAY, 7 DECEMBER 2019
Exeter Choral Society will be hosting a concert at the United Reformed Church in Southernhay, Exeter, on 7 December. RSD trustee Liz Oxburgh will be saying a few words about RSD’s work before the concert and there will be a retiring collection for RSD at the end. In addition: choir member Corinne Richards will be having her head shaved before the concert to raise funds. Donations for Corinne will be shared between RSD and the Exeter Choral Society and, at the time of writing, she has already raised £540. Tickets for the concert are £12 each and can be booked via ticketsource.co.uk (https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/exeter-choral-society), from Exeter Visitor Information and Tickets (01392 665885) or direct from choir members. Donations for Corinne can be made by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/corinne-richards-1 or in person on the night. Full concert details are given below:
Please attend this event and/or support Corinne if you are able, and please inform anyone else you think might be interested- many thanks.
ENGLISH LESSONS IN NEWTON ABBOT – FREE FOR ALL REFUGEES
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
In 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!