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 our referral guidelines.

How do I get a befriender or refer someone I know?

Get in touch with Iona Lyons, the Volunteers Manager: 07845 298 039.

She will talk things through and work out if this is the right service for you, or the person you’re calling about.

You can then complete an online referral form.

How can I help?

We are not currently recruiting new befrienders (although we are still looking for Hosting Coordinators).

We hope to open up volunteering opportunities again in April 2017 and we 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 

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