We are inviting all our supporters, volunteers and clients to join us for a picnic and/or a day exploring Leeds, making new friends and raising funds to continue our vital work supporting asylum seekers and refugees.
All you need to know
The picnic will be at 5pm in Park Square Leeds. Let’s hope for better weather than at our last walk – but if not we will have an indoor picnic at LASSN’s office! Email us to let us know you are coming.
You are also welcome to join us for our sponsored walk on the same day. The route will be a gentle stroll taking in some historic and fascinating features of Leeds City Centre. It should take about 45 minutes and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Children are welcome to come with their parents or guardians. You can start the walk any time from 3 – 4 pm with the aim of joining the picnic for 5pm. So please bring yourself, a comfortable pair of shoes for walking and some food for a picnic. Email us to join the walk.
It may not be the longest or most challenging walk, but we would be delighted if you could raise whatever you can in sponsorship to support our work at LASSN. We can provide you with sponsorship forms, an online sponsorship platform and some fundraising advice to get you started! LASSN receives no government funding so every penny has to be raised through charitable grants and donations to ensure that we can continue our vital work providing befriending, English language tuition and emergency accommodation for asylum seekers and refugees.
Set up your online sponsorship here: https://www.charitygiving.co.uk/lassn-walk
Why we need your Support
“Before, I was depressed and scared to go out. Now I can go out and enjoy life and my children.”
These are the words of one of our clients, describing the impact of our Befriending service. LASSN helps people to overcome the challenges of adapting to a new country and rebuild their lives. Our English at Home project helps people to improve their spoken and written English. Our Befriending service provides a friendly face and practical support, enabling asylum seekers and refugees to become less isolated. Our Grace Hosting service last year provided an astounding 3259 nights of accommodation to homeless men and women, and children who might otherwise have spent the night on the streets. LASSN helps asylum seekers and refugees to feel safe, supported and confident, improving their mental health and wellbeing and their ability to care for their children. In the long term, many people we work with are enabled to move on to college courses, volunteering or paid employment.
Because we work with volunteers, we’re an incredibly cost-effective charity. Funds raised from this sponsored walk will help us to fund the costs of our experienced staff team who provide our 200 volunteers with the training, resources and ongoing support that they need to make life better for asylum seekers. Our model of working with volunteers means that it costs LASSN just 80p a day to support each client – so if you could raise just £30 in sponsorship from your family, friends and colleagues, you could support one asylum seeker for over a month.