The ongoing situation where people seek sanctuary and a better life in other countries has evoked conflicting responses from people. Some positive but some (especially in some quarters of the media) very negative.
In church communities and dioceses the overwhelming response has been ‘what can I do to help?’ This is as true of the Leeds diocese as of anywhere else. People want to reach out with compassion and help these people who have sacrificed so much and suffered so much.
The Commission does not directly work with refugees, though many Commission members are heavily involved in organisations that do, and it was instrumental in setting up one such organisation in the Leeds Diocese: St Monica’s Housing.
If you want to help then there are lots of places where you can find out more and get more involved
Some of these are detailed below.
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Diocesan Refugee Support Group
SVP Support Centre
The Medaille Trust
Leeds Asylum Seekers Network (LASSN) is one organisation where people in the Leeds area could get involved. They operate a number of different projects.
Also in Leeds is PAFRAS – again with many volunteering opportunities’
Leeds is also a City of Sanctuary – part of a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK.
A newer charity working in Leeds is LEDAS – working to provide accommodation and support for destitute asylum seekers who have no recourse to public funds.
Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH) – This organisation helps new refugees and asylum seekers in the Kirklees area.
Wakefield is also a City of Sanctuary. See their website for volunteering opportunities.
In Halifax the St Augustine’s Centre offers many opportunities for volunteering to support asylum seekers and refugees.