98% of our volunteers say that the support they get from LASSN is JUST RIGHT.
New volunteers – take note and sign up NOW to join our next volunteer training session on 20th and 27th April.
LASSN’s next volunteer training is on Saturdays 20th and 27th April 2013. Please click on the relevant project you are interested in, found on the left hand side of this page. This contains information about the project and how to contact the relevant member of staff. Thank you.
We have all heard stories or know of people who can’t afford a hot meal every day. This is a problem for both British born and refugee people. At least we Brits are able to claim benefits but many refugees can’t unless they agree to return to the country they have fled from in fear of their lives. Find out more about failed asylum seekers living below the poverty line, read the Scottish Poverty Information Unit report.
What amazing volunteers we have. Shirley has been a volunteer befriender with us for 10 years. In that time she has supported 11 asylum seekers and is still befriending today.
I’m preparing for LASSN agm on 12th October. This year is our 10th anniversary of becoming a registered charity. As I look at the list of volunteers who have worked with us over the years it makes me realise how supportive and generous people are. We have had over 1,000 people volunteer. Vivien volunteered for 9 years and supported 12 families. Sarah started befriended people in 2003 and today is involved in the Grace hosting project providing a bed in her own home for destitute asylum seekers. Irmgard started in 2004 and has taught English to 8 different people. She still teaches three of them. Jackie was involved in setting up LASSN in 1999 and is still a trustee.
Thank you to everyone who has helped LASSN over the years and who has made life better for asylum seekers and refugees in Leeds.
Peter Richardson, Director
Many refugees and asylum seekers will experience homelessness at some point. The Grace Hosting project supports people in this situation. Grace Hosting volunteers provide a hot meal and a safe place to sleep for people who have nowhere else to turn.
The Grace Hosting project was previously known as Short Stop.