About us

CHARITY NUMBER 1160845 
 
LEEDS REFUGEE FORUM IS A REFUGEE-LED REGISTERED CHARITY AND COMPANY LTD BY GUARANTEE WHICH:
SUPPORTS AND IS A COLLECTIVE VOICE FOR REFUGEE COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN LEEDS;
PROVIDES AND SUPPORTS SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES BENEFITING REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS;
RUNS THE ONE COMMUNITY CENTRE IN THE LINCOLN GREEN AREA FOR THE BENEFIT OF REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS AND THE WIDER COMMUNITY.

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

RCO member

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.

Supporting Integration
Developing Communities
Providing A Voice
ONE Community Centre

Aims

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.

Mission

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.

Staff 

Ali Mahgoub (Director) & Helen Doherty (Administrator)

Trustees

A trustee is an individual person or member of a board given control or powers of administration of property in trust with a legal obligation to administer it solely for the purposes specified. For the Leeds Refugee Forum, our Board of Trustees comprises of individuals elected by our members. The Trustees meet every six to eight weeks to administer the running of the organisation and the One Community Centre.

Our Members

Leeds Refugee Forum is a forum of Refugee Community Organisations (RCOs) in Leeds.

Our members include organisations representing over 30 groups.

What is an RCO?

A refugee community organisation (RCO) is a community-led group of people who support refugees and asylum seekers. Depending on their size, activities and funding, they may organise cultural events, offer advocacy and support, develop language classes, support members with building skills such as IT or English, and host a range of other activities.

Leeds Refugee Forum member organisations

Below is a list of all the current member refugee community organisations that are part of the Leeds Refugee Forum.
 

Member Organisations
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