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 ongoing 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?

from June 2015, the Befriending service will be closed to new referrals. We hope to re-open the service in Autumn 2015 

How can I help?

We are not recruiting new befrienders until we secure funding for a volunteers manager. We hope this will be some time in Autumn/Winter 2015.  If you are interested in registering your future interest, you are welcome to fill in the online application form and we will be in touch as soon as we start to recruit volunteers again.

A list of other volunteering opportunities with refugees and asylum seekers can be found at



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