New website allows Leeds refugees find services more easily

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A new website has been launched, dedicated to helping refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds source various services more easily.

Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network (LASSN) helps asylum seekers and refugees in the city to learn English, make friends and connections with people, and people who are destitute to find somewhere to stay.

LASSN have set up an online directory of services as their contribution to Refugee Week 2016.

The website called gathers details of 175 different places that asylum seekers and refugees can find help in Leeds, from food and shelter to legal advice and advocacy.

Jon Beech, director of LASSN, said: “Finding your feet in a new town, in a new country, is pretty bewildering.

“ is a unique resource, bringing together the names, numbers, opening times and maps that are vital to people finding the help they require.

“We used to print a paper version, but that went out of date the minute we published it.

“We can put this electronic version in everyone’s pocket, on everyone’s phone - and services groups can update their own entries - so it should always be completely up-to-date.

“It’s translated into all the main languages used by asylum seekers and refugees in Leeds and it’s searchable by topic or by location.

“Making it work well with cheap smartphones was essential.”

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