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Groups clash over office.

Byline: By BARRY GIBSON News Reporter

A SUPPORT group for a refugees' group says it has been "expelled"from its Huddersfield town centre office.

The Kurdish Cultural Community Kirklees group used to have a room in St Patrick's Centre on Trinity Street.

But Cultures United, which runs a support service for refugee organisations from the centre, decided to allow other groups to use the office.

KCCK spokesman Zana Kurdistani said: "Cultures United has now expelled the organisation representing the single largest ethnic group which use the facilities.

"KCCK has not received support or encouragement from Cultures United which, while offering useful facilities at St Patrick's Centre, has done little to develop refugee groups."

Mr Kurdistani added that Cultures United had started providing advice to asylum seekers, which was duplicating the work of Kirklees Refugees and Friends Together (Kraft) at St Thomas's Church on Manchester Road at Longroyd Bridge.

He added: "We are concerned that the group is run more like a commercial enterprise than a support organisation.

"We do not believe that Cultures United provides value for money for the refugees who use it.

We would like Kirklees Council to set up an inquiry."

But a Cultures United spokesman said the KCCK had not been thrown out.

He said: "They were no longer using the office, so we had to make a decision. The room is now used by other groups and for counselling sessions.

"I don't think the KCCK has been expelled."

The spokesman also denied that Cultures United was duplicating Kraft's work.

He said: "We're not doing the same work as Kraft. We try to give advice and facilities to different groups and to do some activities with them."

Fact file

Cultures United works with up to 200 people every week who are newly arrived in Huddersfield.

Among the group's clients are students and economic migrants from Europe and refugees from the Middle East and Africa.


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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2008
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