For Asylum seekers and refugees to be safe, respected, supported and empowered to rebuild their lives free of persecution.

To achieve this, LASSN
runs projects that address the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants at risk of harm or exploitation in Leeds, and

raises awareness of issues facing people seeking refuge and other migrants in Leeds.

All our projects are about sharing a welcome and extending kindness and care to people seeking refuge, or recent migrants who are having a tough time.

We create opportunities for people in Leeds

to show friendship and solidarity,

to learn more about the reality of seeking asylum, and refuge,

to hold on to the hope that tomorrow can be different from today.

LASSN is all about finding ways for people in Leeds to help folks from far away.

We are always on the look out for volunteers, fundraisers and donors, or people who want to show their support in other ways – running gigs and fundraisers, holding coffee mornings, rattling tins, running marathons, riding bikes…

We’re always keen to tap into the energy, skills, and resources of the people who share our vision.

LASSN Projects

Many refugees and asylum seekers will experience homelessness at some point.

Grace Hosting volunteers offer a hot meal and a safe place to sleep for people who have nowhere else to turn – and many have continued to offer this throughout the Pandemic.

In 2020, we opened Grace House – a house for four asylum seeking men with no income, no right to work, and nowhere else to stay. This respite from destitution allows people the mental and physical space to focus on improving their health, and getting casework support to resolve their immigration difficulties.

As demand surges, we hope to open a second home, Eva House, in early summer 2022.

People seeking refuge in Leeds typically need help with settling in, finding out about and getting involved in local community life, accessing services and overcoming the stress caused by both past trauma and the asylum process.

Volunteer Befrienders build trust by forging a relationship through meeting up for a few hours each week for at least six months.

Refugees and other migrants sometimes struggle to find work in the UK.

Mentoring and Befriending offers people who are thinking about work the chance to build their confidence, improve their English, and to make contacts and friends in their local community, finding out about the help and services available to them.

Our Tea and Talk Social Groups meet in person and online, giving participants chance to meet new people, build confidence, learn new skills and practice speaking English.

English at Home helps people learn a skill that is vital for their everyday life.

Or volunteer tutors support people seeking asylum seekers and refugees who can’t access mainstream ESOL classes because of caring responsibilities, difficulties with transport or other reasons.

Tutors provide regular one to one lessons online and offline, so that students can become more independent and confident on paper and in person.

Updates and New Resources

“Helping someone to learn English has the potential to make a difference to an asylum seeker or refugee’s life. Thinking of ways to do this is creative and challenging, which (selfishly) as a retired person, I need!”
“The support given. The thorough workshops and tutorials offered. I like a lot of things!”
“I only want to say how grateful I am to be able to visit Suhad from Iraq, to listen to her, bring her flowers and to be called sister by her.”
“[I can] show them that there are many people who do welcome them here and want to help them feel a part of our society”
“Meeting the people involved and knowing I am able to help guests as they cope with the system. I know it has made a difference to their lives.”
“I really enjoy supporting and helping my befriendee. It has been an enrichment to my life and am so pleased that we have such a positive relationship.”
“I feel honored to be part of such a fabulous charity.”
“I feel that there is an organisation behind me that knows what it is doing.”
“The chance to meet people from different backgrounds and the opportunity to expand my teaching skills.”
“Since first contacting LASSN with a view to volunteering I have been struck by the helpful and supportive approach of all the people who work there and how quickly you are made to feel a part of the organisation.”
“I find befriending really enjoyable, sometimes a bit challenging and I learn a great deal.”
“Meeting people from different parts of the world and cultures is always interesting and rewarding, so we get back far more than we give.”
“Very supportive organisation. Excellent online resources. Good to feel you’re doing something of value.”
“EAH is very well organised. The training is regular and of a high standard. I feel well supported. The resources are regularly added to.”
“I was a teacher and very much enjoy teaching still. I have liked working for LASSN for 17 years.”
“We have learned more about people of other countries and their plight which has underlined just how fortunate we are.”
“I’ve loved getting to know the person I’m befriending and her family. I feel like we’ve become genuine friends which has been really nice.”
“I have learned a lot from my guests and been inspired by them.”
“Being able to support, offer something valuable to my Befriendee… Time, knowledge and friendship.”
“Meet interesting people from different countries and with different experiences to us enjoy welcoming people into our house and making use of the available space we have to share.”
“The strong feeling of support and excellent quality of training received from LASSN to enable me to carry out my volunteer role.”
“The opportunity to provide practical and immediate help to destitute asylum seekers who are being unjustly victimised by Government policies that I believe to be heinous.”
“Feeling useful; helping people in need; supporting a really important frontline area of work; meeting amazing people.”
“I feel like I’m making a real difference to people, and all of the work is so well informed and ethical.”
“I feel LASSN is doing immensely valuable work and I want to be able to contribute to that work.”
“My befriendees and I have a great time together and it is a superb feeling to help some one make a new life in our city.”
“Meeting new families from different parts of the world and feeling that I might help to make them establish their lives in the UK.”
“The opportunity to build a relationship with and support my befriendee has been invaluable for me. I have learnt so much and grown as a person as a result. Everyone at LASSN is so supportive too.”
“I also like feeling confident that LASSN is genuinely driven by its values and that decisions are taken on this basis.”
“I also enjoy meeting other members and the social events.I am also very pleased to have such wonderful support from Tina and the LASSN team.”
“The staff are absolutely great and give me the confidence and resources I need.”
“The opportunity of meeting people from different backgrounds and helping them in whatever capacity you can guided by LASSN.”
“Making friends with people from countries like Iraq and Somalia, listening to them, their way of seeing the world, their accent, holding one of their children on my knees while chatting to the mother.”
“I have been very impressed with LASSN as a company, and my english at home partner, who is fantastic.”
“Helping others learn English and making good connections with people from other nations.”
“Making a difference to an individual’s life, caring and helpful staff.”
“Really great volunteer support and coordination.”
“I have found Befriending (to be) an incredibly rewarding experience as it gave me the opportunity to build a relationship with someone who comes from a completely different background from my own and share our experiences with one another.”
“LASSN provides an extremely important service to some of the most vulnerable people in Leeds.”
“I have been working with LAASN for15 or 16 years and find it very interesting and rewarding.”

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