We’re proud to announce our new #outandabout project, which aims to ensure every destitute asylum seeker in Leeds who’s over 50 can get a bus pass if they need one to help them access accommodation, support and to keep in touch with friends.

Without no entitlement to any public benefits, and no right to work, people rely on charitable organisations and volunteer hosts for the very basic necessities. Maintaining social connections in such circumstances is a challenge, especially when a host location may be miles away from centres of social activities, like a place of worship or a weekly choir. 

Something as simple as a weekly bus pass, plus the confidence to use public transport to get around the city, can make a huge difference in this situation. LASSN will provide passes for asylum seekers, then volunteer befrienders and hosts will support them to build confidence in traveling independently, thus leading to a more fulfilling daily life

Please note, all referrals to this project need to come through British Red Cross and PAFRAS Case Workers

Many thanks to Big Lottery FundLeeds Community Foundation and Time to Shine for helping to make this happen.

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