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Support for Overseas Recruits

Commissioned as part of the Department of Health and Social Care’s International Recruitment Funding initiative, this section outlines the resources and local support available to help new overseas recruits adjust to life in Oxfordshire.

The information presented here does not represent an endorsement by OACP; please verify and investigate providers and services before initiating engagement.

For comprehensive guidance on international recruitment processes, please visit the SESCA website.


International Recruitment Grant Scheme

The Government has made funding available to support international recruitment into the adult social care sector during the 2023-24 financial year.   In Oxfordshire, this will fund a scheme to distribute grants of £1,500 to help CQC registered providers recruit overseas workers.

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OXFORDSHIRE’S LOCAL AUTHORITY PROVISION

In Oxfordshire, there is one county council (Oxfordshire County Council) and five district councils.

Whilst the Oxfordshire County Council website provides information on education provision, most information on local support including housing, transport and communities can be found at the district council websites:


HEALTHCARE & MENTAL WELLBEING 

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides Oxfordshire residents with hospital services and is made up of four hospitals John Radcliffe Hospital (which includes the Children’s Hospital, West Wing, Eye Hospital, Heart Centre and Women’s Centre), the Churchill Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, all located in Oxford, and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, north Oxfordshire.

People in the south of the county also use services provided by the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services, Learning Disability services and community health services across the county. Its services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people’s homes.

Oxfordshire has 67 GP practices and 21 Primary Care Networks across the county. PCNs are groups of GP working together with a range of local providers to offer more personalised and coordinated health and social care to their local populations.

NHS Registration

  • The NHS entitlements: migrant health guide provides information on how to register with the NHS, including GP and Dental treatment services. The guide includes animations providing information on NHS entitlements for migrants, which are available in different languages.

Emergency Healthcare (Call 999)

  • Emergency Department (A&E) – John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU
  • Emergency Department (A&E) – Horton General Hospital, Oxford Road, Banbury, OX16 9AL

Oxfordshire Mind

  • Oxfordshire Mind exists to ensure that anyone who has mental health difficulties has somewhere to turn to for support. Our Information Service provides information about mental health and services in your local area.
  • The website features the “Oxfordshire Mind Guide”, a directory containing information about mental health services across Oxfordshire.

HOUSING & ACCOMMODATION

For further information, visit our page on Finding Accommodation for Care Workers


EDUCATION & LANGUAGE COURSES

Moving To Oxfordshire: A Guide to School Applications

What you need to know if you are moving to Oxfordshire with school-aged children.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Course Providers

Informal English Learning Opportunities

The following are more flexible/informal learning opportunities for Migrants & Asylum Seekers, with varying levels of support, including both free and online options.


DRIVING & PUBLIC TRANSPORT


EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS & TAX ADVICE  

Citizens Advice Oxfordshire

  • Free and confidential support on legal matters, including immigration, housing, and employment

FINANCIAL ADVICE

In collaboration with Oxfordshire Count Council, The Care Workers’ Charity offers the following grants:

  • New Starter Grants: aiding new or transitioning care sector members. Grants cover travel, childcare, training, and more.
  • Hardship Grants: Covering bills, rent, and daily expenses, average grant: £750.

Learn more or contact [email protected].

  • Local Food Banks: SOFEA and Trussell Trust offer aid across Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Milton Keynes.

For further information, visit our page on “Support to the Care Workforce”


COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS

Oxfordshire is a dynamic, diverse community. In Oxford, the 2021 Census indicated 54% were White British, 17% white but non-British, and 29% from a black or minority ethnic group. Predominant ethnicities include Pakistani, Indian, Black African, ‘other Asian’, and Chinese.

Oxford City of Sanctuary

We are a co-operative Community Benefit Society dedicated to empowering migrants and refugees.

IMA-Banbury

IMA-Banbury is an association of members of the Indian Malayalee Community living in and around the beautiful town of Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK.

Oxfordshire Caribbean Community Association

Sunrise Multicultural Project

  • Supports disadvantaged ethnic minority families in Banbury who are mainly of Pakistani descent, and more recently Polish families who have moved to the area.

Oxford Polish Association (OPA)

Oxford Polish Association (OPA) is a local voluntary community group registered with OCVA (Oxford Community Voluntary Action) and under Oxford City Council. Comprising dedicated volunteers, OPA focuses on aiding Polish immigrants in Oxford to integrate seamlessly through legal, psychological, educational, and social assistance. Their initiatives also include promoting Polish culture, traditions, and language while fostering a supportive community environment.

Oxfordshire Chinese Community & Advice Centre (OCCAC)

  • Oxfordshire Chinese Community & Advice Centre (OCCAC) exists to serve the Chinese community in Oxfordshire by providing independent quality advice and services, enabling them to gain equal access to public resources, improve their quality of life and integrate into society.

SUPPORT FOR REFUGEES & ASYLUM SEEKERS

Oxford City Council – support for Migrants, Refugees and Assylum Seekers 

  • Includes information on Refugee Resettlement Schemes

Asylum Welcome

  • Asylum Welcome tackles suffering and isolation among asylum seekers, refugees and detainees who have fled persecution and danger in their own countries and seek refuge in Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Refugee Education UK

  • Refugee Education UK offers tailor-made educational mentoring opportunities to young refugees and asylum seekers across Oxford, London, Birmingham and the East of England.

Refugee Resource Oxfordshire

  • Refugee Resource aims to relieve distress, improve well-being and facilitate the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants – mainly in Oxfordshire – by providing psychological, social and practical support.

Sanctuary Hosting

  • Helps refugees and vulnerable migrants to find options for independent living across the Thames Valley.

Together with Migrant Children

  • Together with Migrant Children provides specialist support to children, young people and families impacted by immigration control. This includes asylum seekers and refugees, families with no recourse to public funds and other or no immigration status.

 

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[page updated 06-Nov-2023]