What does the Befriending service offer?

Asylum seekers and refugees sometimes need help with settling in Leeds, making contacts and friends in their local community, finding out about the help and services available to them, as well as overcoming the stress of the asylum process and historic trauma.

LASSN’s befrienders try and help with these issues, but meeting up with an asylum seeker or refugee for a few hours each week, and gradually building a relationship with them.

Befrienders receive training tailored to their role and receive on-going support from the Volunteers Manager.

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.     

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