Information and Awareness
LASSN is committed to providing information on and raising awareness of asylum issues to the wider public.
We believe in the power of stories to make sense of an unsettling and frightening world, to change people’s minds, and to make the impact of complex global issues real and accessible.
This work can take many forms – but here are some examples from 2019/20
Creating Online Resources
lassn.org.uk tells the story of LASSN and reaches about 17,000 different people each year.
helpinleeds.com is an online directory of groups and services offering free help to asylum seekers and refugees in Leeds – reaching 11,000 people
migrationpartnership.org.uk is a blog covering local issues of asylum, refuge and wider migration that which has 15,000 regular users and got 91,000 hits last year
Advocacy and Campaigning
In January 2018 we ran an extremely successful campaign to raise awareness of Grace Hosting, gaining coverage across a wide variety of local and regional media, as well as in the House of Commons. You can read more about this here.
LASSN is proud of the support it lends to a number of campaigns such as
- Lift the Ban – The Campaign to allow asylum seekers the right to work
- City of Sanctuary – City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK
- The Justice Alliance – Campaigning to uphold access to Legal Aid for all
- The Birmingham Declaration – A statement of principles we share with 250 other organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers, outlining the way we believe asylum seekers and refugees should be treated in the UK