Our Mission


TO be the voice for refugees and refugee communities. TO provide a resource for refugees and refugee communities. TO communicate refugee needs and to ensure that organisations and agencies respond to these.


Raising awareness of refugees by improving understanding, empathy and integration. Providing a link to community leaders: a quick and reliable way to find spokespeople, gather views, and disseminate information to and from communities. Providing information about refugees: including about refugee communities in Leeds, refugee organisations and refugee cultures. Helping refugees access services: LRF being a conduit to services provided in Leeds. Finally, ensuring refugee communities have the facilities and skills: to be able to support their communities.

ONE Community Centre
LRF manages the ONE Community Centre as a space for refugee community organisations to meet and hold activities. It is a platform for agencies to run drop-ins providing necessary assistance, to communicate with refugees and for hosting meetings, events, IT and English classes.one community centreOur venue is available for booking and event hire. Please email us at info@leedsrefugeeforum.org.uk or phone (0113) 2449600 for information.
Providing A Voice
LRF provides a place for discussion between different refugee communities. We also represent a collective voice, highlighting and advocating for the needs and aspirations of refugee and asylum seeking communities. LRF influences governmental decisions at a strategic level, striving for the benefits of the refugee community. We also bring members and leaders from both refugee and host communities together to develop positive links between communities from many different backgrounds.

LRF brings both refugee and host community members and leaders together to develop positive links between groups from many different backgrounds. LRF aims to help asylum seekers and refugees be safe and respected in the process of rebuilding their lives here in the UK.

They’ve always been here for people of different communities

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LRF was formed in 2003, became constituted in June 2006, and is a registered charity. Its trustees come from the refugee community in Leeds and supporters. Our members and users are from over 30 different countries of origin.