Asian, Asylum Seeker & Refugee communities to learn more about local public services

An event to improve the uptake and access to a whole host of public services for the Asian, Asylum Seeker and Refugee communities has been organised by Cleveland Fire Brigade in partnership with the Middlesbrough BME Network and Redcar and Cleveland Diversity Unit.

The multi-agency afternoon, which coincides with Refugee Week (20th-26th June), will take place on Friday 24 June between 1pm-3pm at Waterloo Road Mosque, Middlesbrough.

Specialist advisors from agencies and organisations dealing with issues such as immigration, employment, education, forced marriages, fire safety, drugs awareness, disabilities, health, housing, fostering and many more, will be available to anyone seeking help or advice on services offered by the public and voluntary sectors in the Middlesbrough area.

Pav Rehman, Community Fire Safety Advocate for Cleveland Fire Brigade who helps organise the event said: “We’ve always worked closely with the Asian, Asylum Seeker and Refugee communities to improve fire safety and access to fire and rescue services. Language problems and cultural differences often prevent the uptake of vital services, especially allowing access to fit smoke alarms.

“It makes sense to use our connections with the Waterloo Road Mosque and work with other agencies and organisations with similar problems in communicating what they can do for local people, who live around and use the Mosque.

“From the Brigade’s point of view, we will be able to discuss issues such as what to do if you have a fly tipping problem in your area as well as advice on preventing rubbish fires and fire safety in the home.”

Cleveland Fire Brigade offers residents a free Home Fire Safety Visit, where Call us on 01429 874063 to arrange a visit at your convenience.