Migrant Access Project Plus (MAP+)

MAP+ is a two-year project involving these local communities in Leeds:

  • Armley and New Wortley

  • Holbeck and Beeston

  • Hyde Park, Woodhouse and Little London

Migrant Access Project Plus (MAP+) builds on the existing Migrant Access Project currently running in North Leeds and runs until June 2019.

The project aims to promote community cohesion and enhance resilience and sustainability of local communities in Leeds. It uses innovative asset-based engagement tools to bring new migrant and settled communities to work together in a way that mutually benefits the wellbeing of everyone in their local area.

We are collaborating with our voluntary sector partners Feel Good Factor and Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network (LASSN).


Watch our 2 minute video to find out what we did in our first year.

You can read our project summary produced in December 2018.

Volunteer recruitment, training & development

Over two years we have been recruiting and training:

  • 100 Migrant Community Networkers (MCNs) to play an active role in their community. They will use their experience to help others from their own community settle into Leeds, use services and have a voice with what happens in Leeds. The leaders are trained in issues ranging from health to finance, housing and employment to crime and safeguarding. They are also supported to set up groups and activities to support other in their community if they want to.
  • 50 Buddies to befriend and provide practical support to new migrants to navigate and access services, for example accompanying them to an appointment, using public transport or visiting the local park.
  • Making a referral into the Buddy scheme – if you work with someone who is new to Leeds and would benefit from a Buddy

Download a poster about making a referral to the Buddy scheme

Download a referral form for the Buddy scheme

  • 20 Migrant Community Health Educators (MCHEs) who are being trained by Touchstone and Feel Good Factor. They will collaborate with GP Practices in to work with local migrant populations to help them access health services appropriately and raise awareness on key health and wellbeing topics.

Community development

We have been facilitating community drop-ins which will be a friendly and informal space for people  to come together, meet their neighbours, find out about their local area and share ideas about how their community. We have done this through a scheme called U Choose in all our target areas: Armley, Beeston Hill, Holbeck, Hyde Park, Little London, New Wortley and Woodhouse.

Individuals and groups of friends and neighbours have been invited to put forward ideas for projects or activities they would like to run in their local area. The ideas are voted for by their local community and the ones with the most votes receive the funding.

  • We are running U Choose in 2 rounds of funding –

Round 1 (closed)

Round 2 (open until 19th April)

Please read all criteria carefully. Projects must be delivered in either: Armley, Beeston Hill, Holbeck, Hyde Park, Little London, New Wortley or Woodhouse

Housing team support

We have been working with Leeds City Council’s housing team to support and bring together communities living in private rented accommodation in Holbeck. we have supported 200 households with this work.

Information for migrants to help them access and use services effectively

Touchstone and LASSN have launched two websites

  • The Transition Guide – a simple guide to the first six months of being a refugee in Leeds (from the first steps you must take when you receive your Leave to Remain onwards). www.transitionguide.org.uk
  • New to Leeds – a simple guide for anyone who is new to Leeds, including migrants from across the world. www.newtoleeds.org

Find out more

To find out more about MAP+ contact us on 0113 248 4880 or email mapp@touchstonesupport.org.uk