At 1.30pm today, Grace Phiri, a trustee of Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network will ask the 99 councillors of Leeds City Council to take action to prevent destitution among asylum seekers in Leeds.
Grace will speak of the struggles of surviving on little over £5 per day and of the even more devastating affects for those in destitution with absolutely nothing to live on.
A recent Children’s Society report highlighted the alarming levels of destitution among refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children and young people, including many in Leeds.
Ten charities in Leeds are therefore calling on the council to write to Home Secretary about the impact of destitution, to support the recommendations of the Children’s Society report and endorse the aims of the Still Human Still Here, a coalition of 59 charities seeking to end destitution.
Downloads and links:
Full text of Grace’s speech to Leeds City Council: Asylum destitution deputation to Leeds City Council
Briefing paper on destitution in Leeds: Asylum destitution briefing
Children’s Society report on experiences of destitution among young refugees and migrants
Still Human Still Here
Andrew Rathbone, LASSN volunteer and treasurer has challenged himself to raise some much needed money for LASSN.
At the advanced age of 60, I have been enticed by a “friend” into entering the Etape Caledonia on 12th May. This is an 81 mile cycle race (with a total of 6,400 feet of ascent, apparently) and the aim is to average 13 mph or faster.
This is longer and quicker than I am used to, and I am too lazy to train properly. It is likely to be a bit of a challenge.
Show your support and sponsor him at http://www.charitygiving.co.uk/andrewrathbone
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