The Children’s Society in Leeds offers a range of support services to refugee, asylum seeking and migrant young people and their families who face significant harm, inequality and neglect. It helps young people to access their rights and entitlements and promote their integration, through the HEARTS service [Help Each Asylum seeker and Refugee To Settle].
The HEARTS offers a youth programme, an advocacy service and mentoring:
The youth programme offers a range of skills sessions aimed at young migrants aged aged 14 to 21 years old to connect with others and build social networks, we offer a range of weekly social and creative activities in partnership with local partners [such as First Floor in Leeds, a creative arts organisation] who promote young people’s confidence and self-esteem.
The youth programme also provides orientation and prevention which is aimed at reducing the risks of exploitation and risk taking behaviour for young people who often lack awareness of their rights and entitlements and lack parental guidance [in particular unaccompanied asylum seeking young people]. The aim of the programme is to ensure that following arrival in their new city, young people are empowered to become full members of their new community.
The programme covers the key skills and areas of knowledge that young people need to develop in order to sustain an independent and safe life, such as:
The programme can be delivered as part of a group or within mentoring. The choice of themes to be covered and the length of the sessions is determined by the level of awareness and understanding of the young people.
A dedicated advocate/keyworker provides support to young people aged 14 to 21 who may be unfairly denied support or experience difficulties as a result of their immigration circumstances. Young people in need of support may find themselves in the following situations:
The advocate/keyworker delivering the service is registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner [OISC] Level 1 and is able to directly assist with some basic immigration work.
The role of the advocate/keyworker is to:
The aim is to match young people with a volunteer mentor [taking into account the young person’s interests, gender and cultural preferences] to offer practical help with areas that they identify as important to them. This could include:
Each mentor will be able to support up to two young people at a time for a period of 9 to 12 months.
Please contact us by email or phone.
The Chile Sports and Cultural Development Association [CSCDA] is a voluntary group that supports and offers a focal point for Chilean and Latin American refugees in the north of England.
Open to the public by appointment only, as we rely on voluntary work and can't guarantee opening times. See above for contact details.
City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK, for example asylum seekers and refugees. Its goal is to create a network of towns and cities throughout the country which are proud to be places of safety, and which include people seeking sanctuary fully in the life of their communities. The movement typically involves community groups, local government, media, business, schools and colleges in the commitment to offer sanctuary. A City of Sanctuary is a place of safety and welcome for people whose lives are in danger in their own countries.
Local groups in Yorkshire and the Humber
There are now a growing number of City of Sanctuary independent working groups in towns and cities around the UK. Find out more about the groups in Yorkshire and Humber from this page: http://cityofsanctuary.org/about/groups/
See also: Schools of Sanctuary
We cover the following areas
Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield, Huddersfield, York and various other cities across the UK
network, forum or partnership
voluntary sector or charity
CIAC supports asylum seekers, refugees, EEA migrants and other migrants.
You can access our service by attending the drop-in on wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Open Doors Project, Prince's Avenue Methodist Church. We have limited appointments available on other days. We provide free generalist advice [asylum support, welfare benefits, access to accommodation and access to education] as well as specialist immigration advice. We support EEA migrants as well as Third Country Nationals. CIAC is regulated by the OISC.
CIAC has an income generation model; we aim to charge very low cost fees for people with recourse to public funds and the right to work, so that we can provide free immigration services to people without recourse to public funds or the right to work, as a route out of destitution.
CIAC is a registered charity: 1170984
OISC number: F201700047
Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community.
We welcome all new migrants age 15 and above, men and women, who:
Connecting Opportunities is a partnership project made up of ten organisations that specialise in working with migrants. The lead organisation on the project is Migration Yorkshire. Connecting Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. It is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.