Art, Food and Community
An evening with Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network
Our brilliant volunteer arts team facilitated workshops in embroidery and sewing, ceramics and paper crafts adding a slice of creativity to the proceedings. Everyone was enjoying their activities so much that they had to be peeled away from their lumps of clay or reams of tissue paper to ensure they didn’t miss the colourful food that was on offer in the main foyer!
Workshop attendee (LASSN volunteer): “I haven’t done any thing arty since I was at school. I’m really enjoying myself!”
“The craft sessions are a brilliant idea as it’s a great way to get people together especially if you’re a bit shy. It feels less intimidating starting a conversation with someone”
Events such as these provide our volunteers with an opportunity to meet others, support their wider community and develop further experience and skills in facilitating classes. Our café also supports volunteers to gain industry standard catering and café skills which arms them with the necessary tools to move into meaningful paid employment when ready.
Thankyou to the team at LASSN for inviting us to be part of such a wonderful event.We are proud to be able to collaborate with organisations that do such crucial work for the city of Leeds. The evening was a great opportunity for everyone to get to each other. There was always a common ground to start conversations, and the relaxing mix of crafts and delicious food provided an instant ice breaker that soon flowed into full chat.