Leeds City Council recognises that migrant communities are valuable contributors to the city’s economy, culture and diversity. With this in mind, the Migration Team (who are based within the Communities team at Leeds City Council) have been hard at work developing several projects and have recently secured grant funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to deliver the Community Connectors programme.
The aim of the programme is to support migrant communities living in our inner city areas, to help them to access services and connect with the wider community. Sixteen neighbourhoods in Leeds are now categorised as being among the most deprived nationwide. Initially the council is focusing on six of these neighbourhoods; five of them have a high number of new migrant communities, which are the target of this project:
- Beeston Hill within the Hunslet and Riverside ward
- Recreations within the Holbeck and Beeston ward
- Cliftons and Nowells within the Burmantofts and Richmond Hill ward
- Lincoln Green within the Burmantofts and Richmond Hill ward
- Holdsforths and Clydes Approach within the Armley ward
Beeston Hill and Recreations are two areas in South Leeds that the project focuses on; however, referrals will not be limited to these neighbourhoods.
With a wealth of knowledge on the issues and challenges faced by new migrants, Community Connectors aim to provide comprehensive support to these migrant households, regardless of their immigration status or needs. Areas of need may include: housing, safety, education, health and well-being, finance and basic needs (food, clothing etc.)
If you or someone you know has been in the UK fewer than ten years and needs support, please contact:
- Sophie Tong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07595 210 083 (for Beeston Hill area)
- Yazmin Akinola at email@example.com or 07891 279 173 (for Recreations area)
This post was written by Sophie Tong
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