While UK-wide num­bers of asylum claims are down, the present aus­ter­ity drive is exacer­bat­ing the plight of des­ti­tute asylum seekers in Leeds, with more and more ser­vices threatened with con­trac­tion or closure.

Without dona­tions PAFRAS does not have the resources to meet increas­ing demand. All dona­tions go dir­ectly to our ser­vice users, whether that is in the form of a meal, food par­cel or toi­letry pack; a small hard­ship pay­ment or a bus ticket so that they can attend a meet­ing with their soli­citor or sub­mit new evid­ence in sup­port of their claim to the Home Office.

There are many ways in which you can donate.

If you would like to make a dona­tion of food, toi­letries or clothes in per­son you can do so by com­ing along to the drop-in dur­ing drop-in hours (9:00 - 14:00, Thursdays), or to our office. For details of the drop-in loc­a­tion, click here. If you want to take your dona­tion to the Office please con­tact us first to arrange drop-off.

Altern­at­ively, you can drop-off dona­tions of FOOD ONLY [no clothes please] at the PAFRAS Food Store dur­ing the fol­low­ing hours:

Monday // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Wed­nes­day // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Thursday // 2.00pm — 4.00pm

PAFRAS Food Store address:
Unit 10
Ashton Road Indus­trial Estate
PAFRAS Food Store

In-kind dona­tions of food, cloth­ing, etc.

We dis­trib­ute a huge amount of food in an aver­age year and food dona­tions are vitally import­ant for our capa­city to con­tinue to do so.

For reas­ons of food hygiene and because of our restric­ted capa­city for stor­age of per­ish­able food stuffs there are some lim­its to what we can accept, but dona­tions of the fol­low­ing food­stuffs are always welcome:

  • Tins: Toma­toes, pulses, chick­peas and other beans and pulses, veget­ables and fruit, fish and meat (except pork). Cus­tard, rice pud­ding etc. are also good.
  • Dry food: Sugar, rice, pasta, couscous, pulses, cer­eals, (these are split down into por­tions, so cater­ing size bags are use­ful), tea, small jars of instant cof­fee, cereals.
  • Sweets: Dried fruit, nuts, bis­cuits, chocol­ate bars and cakes.
  • We also need: Long-life milk, fruit juices, and dilut­ing juice/squash, cook­ing oil.

In addi­tion to food stuff our ser­vice users often need the following:

  • Toi­letries such as soap, shower gel, sham­poo, deodor­ant, tooth paste and brushes, safety razors and san­it­ary tow­els. Things like babies’ nap­pies, talcum powder, baby wipes, etc. are also always helpful.
  • Clothes, blankets and sleep­ing bags.

One-off money donations

If you would like to make a one-off dona­tion you can do so by post­ing a cheque to our office address or by mak­ing a debit/credit card pay­ment via Givey or the Char­it­ies Aid Found­a­tion (CAF) or the PayPal Giv­ing Fund.

Dona­tions through sales on eBay

There is a way that you can donate a por­tion of your sales gen­er­ated from eBay auc­tions, by adding PAFRAS as a favour­ite, you will be reminded each time you make a sale if you wish to contribute.

Stand­ing orders

Reg­u­lar income of any amount is vital so that we can plan our ser­vices and ensure that we can meet the needs of des­ti­tute asylum seekers. If you would like to set up a stand­ing order, please down­load a form.

Gift Aid

Use Gift Aid and you can make your dona­tion worth more! For every £1 you donate, we receive an extra 28 pence from the Inland Rev­enue. There is a Gift Aid form included with the Stand­ing Order Man­date (above).

All dona­tions will be used towards the pro­vi­sion of PAFRAS’s services.