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.