We have had a number of enquiries about our role in supporting refugees from Ukraine. As yet we have not had any Ukrainians through the doors seeking support. The Homes for Ukraine scheme has been slow to mobilise (not through lack of volunteers) and it is unclear what role the third sector in Leeds will play in it. As with any refugees and asylum seekers seeking our support, the doors of Meeting Point will be open to them if and when they need us.
The drop-in will be closed on Easter Monday (18th April) and will reopen on Monday 25th April to include a social ‘cafe’ space again.
Judith was interviewed recently interviewed for The Guardian newspaper as part of an article on period poverty in the UK. You can read it here:
Thank you to all our supporters and donors. We really couldn’t do any of this without you!
Meeting Point has remained open every week in 2021, supporting refugees and asylum seekers through the ups and downs of the pandemic.
It’s been a tough year for us all but for those in society who already started the crisis marginalised and disadvantaged, it has been even harder.
We are wanting to make this Christmas special in some way for everyone and so are launching our Christmas appeal with that in mind.
Please consider gifting the following items for us to distribute:
New winter warmers: Socks/ gloves/ scarves
Toiletries gift sets
Financial donations: Donate financially to Meeting Point via the donate page on the website or by getting in touch with us. Your funds will help us continue our vital front line work.
Thank you so much
Thank you to everyone who has got in touch with us offering support in response to the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. We support all refugees and asylum seekers that come to us and always need donations of food, toiletries and cash (which goes directly to clients). If you want more information on how you can help Afghan refugees in the region, Migration Yorkshire have put together a helpful guide that you can access here: https://www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk/…
I have enjoyed an
invaluable opportunity this summer volunteering with Meeting Point. This is an excellent charity based at Christ Church
in Armley providing practical and emotional support for refugees and
asylum seekers currently living in Leeds. Helping
people from all round the world – including parts of
Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe – it also aims to help
people work towards social integration in this country.
beneficiaries of this charity have left their homes and normal life and are
often in a very difficult situation living in another country where English is
not their first language. People in this situation are often living in a state
of limbo waiting for a decision from the Home Office on their legal status and can
be waiting for years. Some are destitute, some not allowed to
work or receive benefits and some don’t have a home. They can be isolated and
struggle physically and mentally. They may not
have family or friends in this new country. Their situation is
often challenging and precarious and many rely on charities for support.
Meeting Point runs a drop-in session where beneficiaries receive a hot meal, a prepared bag of food containing a mixture of fresh fruit and vegetables,
bread and pastries and additional items of dried food and meat which they
can select. They can also receive clothes and
household items. Whilst here they can get support and advice in
many forms including health and employment advice.
In addition, Meeting Point runs a Women’s Group,
English classes, trips and other
activities. For example, during the summer trips have been running for all
As well as
providing the practical support of food and clothes Meeting Point
helps people emotionally by making them part of a
community and helping them make friends. Many beneficiaries of
Meeting Point subsequently become involved themselves with
volunteering and helping the charity.
The work here is led by
Emma Crossley and supported by a team of staff and volunteers. I’ve found them
all to be extremely friendly and totally dedicated in their work.
Meeting Point has helped me
realise the enormous hardship and challenge these people and their families
have faced in their lives. However, talking to the people here is always a
really positive experience for me as they are always incredibly friendly. I am
continually impressed by and admire their resilience and determination.
My experience here has
given me knowledge and insight into an important global issue affecting
millions of people around the world. The terrible images of suffering from Afghanistan
highlight the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. Meeting Point has also led
me to consider how we can find ways to reach out to help people in these
situations and I would hope to remain involved going forward.
The Monday Meeting Point ‘drop-in’ is still taking place every week. We are now able to accept and distribute donations of clothing and small household items as well as food and toiletries. All refugees and asylum seekers are welcome and donations can be dropped off at any time on a Monday.
Our Women’s Group is currently meeting online but we are hoping to recommence some on site group activities from July.
English classes are currently taking place online and we are hoping to recommence these on site from September.
Thanks to Healthy Holidays funding we have an exciting programme of activities planned for the summer and we will do as much as we safely can within the restrictions that apply!
You can keep up to date via our Facebook page. Any questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org