TO be the voice for refugees and refugee communities. TO provide a resource for refugees and refugee communities. TO communicate refugee needs and to ensure that organisations and agencies respond to these.
Raising awareness of refugees by improving understanding, empathy and integration. Providing a link to community leaders: a quick and reliable way to find spokespeople, gather views, and disseminate information to and from communities. Providing information about refugees: including about refugee communities in Leeds, refugee organisations and refugee cultures. Helping refugees access services: LRF being a conduit to services provided in Leeds. Finally, ensuring refugee communities have the facilities and skills: to be able to support their communities.
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, a valuable resource to the Lincoln Green community. Essentially, we provide support to existing and newly emerging refugee community organisations in Leeds. We provide a meeting place for people to come together, learn from each other and work together to address common concerns and issues.
LRF supports the integration of refugees in to the wider community. This includes the provision and facilitation of English classes, job skills training, IT training and other courses.
Many of the courses LRF hosted, particularly those with Neighbourhood Learning were attended by British born people and refugees, enabling people from different backgrounds to meet each other and develop a better understanding of different cultures.
LRF provides volunteering opportunities for refugees enabling them to learn new skills or use existing skills and experience for the benefit of themselves, LRF and the wider community.
LRF also involve and engage local professional people e.g., the retired teachers who volunteer to run weekly English Conversation Classes for the refugees.
LRF brings both refugee and host community members and leaders together to develop positive links between groups from many different backgrounds. LRF aims to help asylum seekers and refugees be safe and respected in the process of rebuilding their lives here in the UK.
They’ve always been here for people of different communities
LRF was formed in 2003, became constituted in June 2006, and is a registered charity. Its trustees come from the refugee community in Leeds and supporters. Our members and users are from over 30 different countries of origin.