Breath-taking welcome

Leeds has always been good at welcoming people from far afield, but sometimes the warmth of this welcome can take your breath away. Last week, I was invited to Bankside Primary School to talk about Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network, and to help the children think through how they can welcome new people arriving in Leeds. The school council was …

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The Daily Mail – our new best friend?

As the director of Leeds Asylum Seeker Support Network, I get a lot of emails from people: people offering their help and support, wanting information about what we do, even the occasional opportunity to earn ££££s in my spare time. This one was offering to sell us Banner Adverts for LASSN on the Daily Mail website, for £495. I laughed …

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Young People Seeking Safety: the network finds its feet in Manchester

The STAR (Students Action for Refugees)Northern Conference was held on March 17that Manchester University. The event discussed and emphasised the experiences of both young people claiming asylum and refugees in the UK and informed us all of the reality and issues that young people seeking asylum encounter. The key-note speeches and workshops were particularly useful because they were led by a wide range of people …

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Gwilliam’s Guardian!

Janice Gwilliam, a faithful Short Stop co-ordinator for LASSN (Leeds Asylum Seeker Support Network) among many other wonderful things, has published her next piece on The Guardian’s Northerner Blog. With a lovely mention of LASSN and an account of keeping footpaths open on the Yorkshire Moors, Janice’s article is well worth a read. Janice also writes her own regular blog, …

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