Leeds Refugee Forum (LRF) is a refugee led organisation directly supporting refugees and asylum seekers as they begin their new lives in Leeds. Refugees are socially and economically disadvantaged in many ways, but LRF identifies, inspires, develops, encourages and supports members of the refugee community. Refugees bring with them a huge wealth of experience, knowledge, expertise and resourcefulness. LRF aims to help refugees harness these skills to benefit other refugees, asylum seekers, refugee communities and the wider community.
LRF provides training and resources to help refugees develop new skills and
integrate into the local community and potentially find employment. LRF runs
One Community Centre (OCC) which provides a valuable resource to the whole Lincoln Green community, one of the most deprived communities in the country (in the lowest 3% in the Indices of Multiple Deprivation).
LRF provides a place for discussion between different refugee communities, andthen provides a collective voice, highlighting and advocating for the needs andaspirations of refugee and asylum seeking communities, and influences decisions at a strategic level. It also brings community members and leaders from refugee and host communities together to develop positive links between communities from many different backgrounds.
LRF was formed in 2003, became constituted in June 2006, is a company limited by guarantee and became a registered charity in April 2011. Its trustees come from the refugee community in Leeds and LRF’s members and users are from over 30 different countries of origin.