At its heart, LASSN is about the relationships and the connections we nurture between the people of Leeds: between people who are settled, and people who have just arrived.
Our work is about sharing a welcome, and extending kindness and care to people who are having a tough time. We create opportunities for people to show friendship and solidarity, to challenge the myths and the stereotypes that surround them; and hold on to the hope that tomorrow can be different from today.
LASSN is committed to demonstrating the impact we have, and how our beneficiaries and funders can see the difference we make to people’s lives.
We want to be judged against how well we measure up against put our three key objectives.
LASSN wants refugees and asylum seekers to be supported & relieved from hardship & distress by local people
- 306 asylum seekers and refugees received one to one support from LASSN. If we count the total number of children and dependents in these households, LASSN supported a further 684 people (a total of 990)
- 4,278 nights of accommodation were provided by Grace Hosts to 89 guests
- 275 people volunteered with LASSN
- £6,415 was distributed in hardship grants to 85 households
LASSN wants refugees and asylum seekers to be empowered to rebuild their lives, to fulfil their potential & to take control of their lives
- Befriending meant that this year, 56 people were able to improve their social connections and their overall health and well-being.
- 8 English at Home students successfully enrolled on a college ESOL course, and 15 now attend weekly free classes outside their homes
- 15 refugees and asylum seekers volunteered with LASSN in a variety of roles, from assisting with recruitment and selection, training volunteers, public speaking, translating, organising trips and socials and making films, and developing a photo-library of positive images of asylum seekers and refugees
LASSN wants refugees and asylum seekers to be integrated settled & safe. LASSN wants Leeds to be a place of welcome & understanding & for the general public, organisations, politicians & policy makers to understand the needs of asylum seekers
- More than 200 asylum seekers and refugees were supported to improve their confidence in speaking and writing English, through our befriending and English at Home projects.
- All of the people we work alongside were encouraged to find out more about life in the UK, as volunteers helped them to find their feet in Leeds, and to understand more about where they lived, and how Leeds works.
- 384 posts on leedsmultiagency.org.uk helped keep 8,500 people abreast of the changing face of asylum services in Leeds and beyond
- The lassn.org.uk website had more than 14,700 visitors, LASSN’s Facebook page has over 1,100 likes and the LASSN twitter account has 1,200 followers.