Drop-In day has changed to WEDNESDAY!
Same time / same place [see below]
PAFRAS is the main project in Leeds providing direct support to destitute asylum seekers. All those who attend our drop-in are offered a meal, prepared by our volunteers, snacks and fresh fruit as well as hot and cold drinks. Additionally, at each drop-in we distribute food parcels put together out of the donations of foodstuffs that we receive. We ensure that all volunteers who handle food have food safety awareness training.
In 2015 we provided on average 524 hot meals and 282 food parcels per month to the 598 visitors attending our drop-in service each month. More that 6,200 meals for the year. To these figures you still need to add food used in the food parcels distributed; more than 3,390 in 2015. For more details on this visit our statistics page.
The food given out at our drop-in is a vital lifeline for people who have little or no access to food elsewhere. At the same time our drop-in opens a vital social space in which people for whom meeting in a café is unthinkable.
Our aim has been to create a space that service users can feel at ease in and take ownership of. To this end they are encouraged to get involved in running the service, from manning the reception desk to preparing food in the kitchen (more information on this can be found on the volunteering page).
Destitute asylum seekers are one of the most marginalised and excluded groups living in Britain today. Isolated linguistically, culturally and socially, they frequent in a world where rumour and fear over-shadow and often play to great a part in people’s choices. In providing a little for people’s immediate needs, our drop-in also opens a window through which our service users are able find out more about other services they can access.
A range of different services are delivered at the drop-in:
- One to one support for clients with experienced staff and volunteers,
- Advice, signposting and referral provided by experienced caseworkers,
- Mental health support and complementary therapies,
- Social activities and volunteering – opportunities to take part in various activities including conservation, arts and community projects in partnership with other organisations.
The drop-in is held on Wednesdays
between 10:00am and 1:00pm for client services
between 9:00am and 2:00pm for donations of food & toiletries
at St Aidan’s Community Hall, off Roundhay Road, in Harehills, Leeds. Click here for a map.
Clothes donations: Please see our Donations page for our current arrangements.