Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network was set up in 1999 in response to the pressing unmet needs of refugees and asylum seekers living in Leeds.
Most of the people we work with have experienced acute isolation, mental health issues, language difficulties and immense uncertainty over their asylum claim. Our volunteers offer friendship and practical help, and the hope that this confusing new environment will eventually feel like home.
Supporting Growth through partnerships
Over the years, several other key support services for refuges and asylum seekers have grown from work LASSN began, including
- Solace – which provides counselling and psychotherapy for refugees and asylum seekers and
- The Leeds Refugee Forum – which acts as an umbrella group for Refugee Community Organisations, whilst helping their members find a voice and influence in Leeds
- The Hardship Fund – a small pot of money that provides one off cash payments to destitute asylum seekers with no other form of income