A project to bring communities together and help people connect with their neighbours has been launched by Leeds charity Touchstone in inner South and West Leeds.
Local people will be put at the heart of the project, Migrant Access Project Plus (MAP+), which will start in Armley and Holbeck, before being rolled out further into new areas next year.
Local residents will be invited to help shape their community and will be given training and tools to help them work together to make their areas great places to live. The project aims to enhance community capacity and resilience, and reduce transitional pressures of migration on local public services.
If your organisation is working with people in these areas, the project is offering various opportunities which may be of interest including: weekly friendly drop-ins at local venues to meet their neighbours, share ideas and information about their area; and buddying up or befriending a migrant who is new to the area, to help them settle into life in Leeds and find their way around local services.
There are also two initiatives open to residents who have settled in the area from other countries and can speak another language, to help migrants in the area use services appropriately. Migrant Community Networkers will play an active role in the community, bringing people together and helping them have a voice, for example by helping set up social groups or by feeding back issues affecting local people to relevant authorities.
Migrant Community Health Educators will work with GP practices to help new migrants use health services, for example by providing support around appointments or raising awareness on key health issues.
MAP+ is being delivered by Leeds charity Touchstone in partnership with Feel Good Factor and Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network. The project is commissioned by Leeds City Council with funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government.