St. George’s Crypt
St. George’s Crypt is a Leeds-based charity that supports homeless and vulnerable people in our area. The team currently provide over 50 bed spaces, 365 days a year in both their Care Centre and residential accommodation. The charity also provides a weekday lunchtime service that caters for between 70 – 100 service users, providing them with hot drinks and a three-course meal.
We asked Martin Barry (Fundraising and PR) at St. George’s Crypt, what the support from Leeds Beckett, meant to the charity: “Your donation enables us to continue providing essential services in a safe and warm environment. Leeds Beckett University have been vital supporters of our work over many years from volunteer physiotherapists, occupational therapy, helping at fundraising events and running the Leeds 10K as part of Team Crypt. We truly appreciate everything Leeds Beckett has done for us. Thank you.”
Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS)
Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS) works with asylum seekers, refugees and the wider Leeds community to counter the effects of destitution. The charity provides emergency support in the form of food parcels and toiletry packs, which are distributed through a busy weekly drop-in service. This is followed up with dedicated 1:1 advice, guidance and mental health support to provide opportunities for service users to make positive and sustained changes. Over 100 asylum seekers a week attend the PAFRAS drop-in led by an incredible team of volunteers.
Ruth Davany, Director of PAFRAS, tells us: “We’re really pleased that PAFRAS has been selected as one of the chosen NSS charities at Leeds Beckett, thank you very much”.
Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network
Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network (LASSN) is a local charity who work with asylum seekers and refugees across Leeds. LASSN wants asylum seekers and refugees to feel supported from hardship, empowered to rebuild their lives, as well as integrated into the local community where they feel safe and settled in a new environment. The charity has over 275 volunteers who work tirelessly across their major projects to provide this vital support. LASSN offer a befriending service, whereby service users are allocated a ‘befriender’, someone to walk alongside them to enable a network of support and friendships to build. In addition, the ‘Grace Hosting’ project links volunteers to refugees, providing them with a safe place to stay and a hot meal. The money raised throughout the NSS, will be used to fund these vital projects that promote a safe and caring environment to refugees and asylum seekers in our region.
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