Monday, 17 June 2013

Life in Britain Citizenship Session

Libraries in Leeds are taking part in Refugee Week 2013 by holding two Life in Britain Citizenship drop in introductory taster sessions.  The first one happened today at Compton Road Library and the next one will be held this Wednesday 19th at Dewsbury Road Library at 10.30 till 12.00.

The free Life in Britain Citizenship taster session is aimed at people who have recently moved to the UK. It is a self-learning course available with practise tests. The sessions allow people to learn more about the Britain citizenship programme and to help them prepare for the test.  

It is extremely easy to book the course, if you are interested you just have to sign up to the library, become a member for free and a librarian will introduce you to the course, help you register and also give a tour of the library. Once you become a member you can book the course online or even do it from home.

Bernadette Azari who runs the drop in sessions says “I have had people tell me they wish they knew about the Life in Britain course and came to the library earlier on. I recall one student who failed the course five times and they said they learned more in 10 minutes than they have on their own.”

Compton Road Library is a part of The Compton Centre which brings various services under one roof, making it easier to get in contact with a variety of services. The Compton Centre is the base for the NHS and Leeds City Council, including the library and the Welfare Rights Unit. The main services provided by their fully trained staff include adult social care, council benefits and tax, library services with internet and a selection of books with a variety of languages, East North Homes Leeds and many more. All of their services are free and confidential.

Zahir Ahmed Area Development Librarian who mainly focuses on ensuring there is equality and diversity in the city wide libraries says “The library services are here to help people integrate into society in particular welcoming refugees into our libraries. We are very happy to be working with relevant organisations like Refugee Education Training Advice Service (RETAS) and children centres to accommodate refugees.” 

Librarian Damian Fennel with the poetry display refugees have written.

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