We offer a range of services supporting refugees, migrants and asylum seekers to rebuild their lives 

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We have three services offering support for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers across the Yorkshire region:

Young Migrants Matter

Who is this service for?

Young Migrants Matter supports 16-25 year old refugees and asylum seekers living in Leeds.

What does the service provide?

Young Migrants Matteris provided in partnership with Leeds-based charity PAFRAS (Positive Action For Refugees and Asylum Seekers), and includes four main types of support:

  • Young person focused casework: tailored service for young people with insecure immigration status: crisis intervention, independent OISC accredited immigration advice, practical and emotional support (only open to young people with insecure immigration status) 
  • Peer mentoring (only open to young people accessing other support within The Children’s Society or PAFRAS)
  • Social activities and trips
  • A weekly group called ST4R (Stand Together 4 Refugees) where young refugees and asylum seekers work together to on projects that aim to make a difference. This might include:
- Helping newly arrived young asylum seekers to settle
- Raising awareness (e.g. through telling your story)
- Working to improve systems that affect young refugees

In ST4R, young people get training, encouragement, friendship, and an opportunity to practise English and build their skills. Young people can use the work they do in the group to gain an ASDAN certificate of achievement.

Follow these links to find out more about what ST4R has been doing:

ST4R also organised a launch event for films made with Leeds City Council:

These films were made as a joint project between Leeds City Council and The Children's Society in response to an increase in unaccompanied young asylum seekers being transferred to Leeds since the National Transfer Scheme started in 2016.

How to access this service and contact details

ST4R get together every Monday 3.30pm-6pm in Leeds city centre.

To join ST4R or be a Peer Mentor, or come to the HEARTS group contact Ella Montgomery-Smith:

Email:  ella.montgomery-smith@childrenssociety.org.uk

Phone: 07710 395 673 / 0113 387 6410.

For casework, activities and trips please contact Ally Swaddling at PAFRAS

Email: Ally@pafras.org.uk

Phone: 07422 972 342

Connecting Opportunities

Who is this service for?

Connecting Opportunities supports young refugees and other migrants, aged 15-21 years old, who have the right to work in the UK.

What does the service provide?

Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. The project is creating new local connections, with opportunities for local people to be volunteer mentors and befrienders, and for employers to provide work placements to help people get a foothold in the job market. 

We help with:

  • improving English
  • developing the skills needed to gain employment in the UK
  • feeling part of the community increasing confidence and well-being

How to access the service and contact details

Online referral or phone: 0113 3788700

Connecting Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

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Who is this service for?

Hearts is for any young migrants aged 15-21 years old, including asylum seekers, refugees and EU migrants. 

What does the service provide?

HEARTS is a weekly social group on Wednesdays 4.30-6.30pm, in Leeds City Centre. This is run in partnership with Leeds Playhouse, and includes arts, drama, music, and key skills sessions.


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