Volunteers Manager: Iona Lyons
Contact Number: 07845 298039
What does the Befriending service offer?
The befriending service enables Refugees and Asylum seekers to feel more settled in Leeds and to become part of the community.
This could be someone who has recently arrived in the city and needs help to find services and to make links with their community. It could be someone who has lived in Leeds for a long time and is very isolated because of their previous trauma.
The role of befriender is to walk alongside a refugee or asylum seeker and to enable them to find their feet and gradually build up networks of support and friendships by meeting up weekly for a few hours for a minimum of 6 weeks.
“First I was worried and scared, scared of meeting people. When I met Meryl it was the best thing! She helps me with appointments I’m much better now.”
For more information download our referral guidelines.
How do I get a befriender or refer someone I know?
Get in touch with Iona Lyons, the Volunteers Manager: 07845 298 039.
She will talk things through and work out if this is the right service for you, or the person you’re calling about.
You can then complete an online referral form.
How can I help?
If you are interested in offering a couple of hours a week to meet with an asylum seeker or refugee and to help them find their feet in a new city, please have a look at this role description and then complete this online application form.