Our Partnerships

Partnership and collaboration is at the heart of all LASSN’s work. In particular we have some formal partnerships with a number of organisations across Leeds and the region

  • Leeds Refugee Forum A representative from Leeds Refugee Forum attends LASSN Trustees Meeting in an advisory capacity
  • We help to to raise donations for the Leeds Hardship Fund for destitute asylum seekers, along with 8 other organisations
  • We work closely with Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS) and British Red Cross who provide support and advice for clients in Grace Hosting
  • We use our work with destitute people to inform our membership of West Yorkshire Destitute Asylum Network and the No Accommodation Network who both seek to influence regional and national policy on homelessness asylum seekers and refugees
  • We are part of MESH: Migrant English Support Hub – an online one stop shop for all English language learning opportunities in Leeds: learningenglish.org.uk
  • We are members of Volition – who represent third sector organisations in Leeds with an interest in mental health and well being, and Voluntary Action Leeds
  • We started (and still maintain) the Leeds Migration Partnership Info Blog which acts as a kind of newsletter for individuals and organisations supporting asylum seekers and and refugees in Leeds
  • We are a Connecting Opportunities partner: Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to work and be part of the local community. Ten organisations that specialise in working with migrants are offering tailored support, cultural orientation, English language classes and other training across West Yorkshire and part of North Yorkshire (Craven Harrogate, Selby and York). The project will also create new local connections, with opportunities for local people to be volunteer mentors and befrienders, and for employers to provide work placements to help people get a foothold in the job market. Connecting Opportunities is funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.

Our Funders

LASSN benefits from a wide range of funders – with more than 25% of our income come from individual donors and donations from community groups.

Our major benefactors in 2019/20 include National Lottery Reaching Communities, The European Social Fund, Leeds Community Foundation, AB Charitable Trust, Brelms Trust, The Hilden Trust and The Tudor Trust

Campaigns We Support

At LASSN we believe that we should use the information and insights we gather from our work to change things for the better.

LASSN is proud of the support it lends to a number of campaigns such as

  • 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
  • Lift the Ban – a campaign to allow people seeking asylum the right to work