What does the Befriending service offer?
Asylum seekers and refugees sometimes need help with settling in Leeds, making contacts and friends in their local community, finding out about the help and services available to them, as well as overcoming the stress of the asylum process and historic trauma.
LASSN’s befrienders try and help with these issues, but meeting up with an asylum seeker or refugee for a few hours each week, and gradually building a relationship with them.
Befrienders receive training tailored to their role and receive on-going support from the Volunteers Manager.
For more information download this fact-sheet [link to doc]
How do I get a befriender or refer someone I know?
Get in touch with the Volunteers Manager: Nola Pugh – 07845 298 039
She’ll talk things through and work out if this is the right service for you, or the person you’re calling about.
How can I help?
August 2016: We have stopped recruiting new Befrienders (although we are still looking for Hosting Coordinators)
We hope to open up volunteering opportunities again in October/November 2016, and will keep this page updated.
If you wish to help asylum seekers or refugees in Leeds, a comprehensive list of volunteering opportunities can be found at http://helpinleeds.com
If you are interested in registering your interest to become befriender in future, please fill in the online application form and we will be in touch as soon as we can.