Migrant Access Project Plus (MAP+)

MAP+ is an exciting project involving the following 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.

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 have been doing over the first year!

How will we do this?

Over two years we are 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 and wellbeing 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.

Download poster to find out about becoming a Migrant Community Networker

50 Buddies to befriend and provide practical support to new migrants to navigate and access services, for example accompanying them to an appointment or to use public transport.

Download poster to find out about becoming a Buddy

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.

Download poster to find out about becoming a Migrant Community Health Educator 

We are 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 they would like their community to look.
Download Armley & New Wortley Drop-in poster
Download Holbeck & Beeston Hill Drop-in poster

Other elements of the MAP+ include: working with Leeds City Council’s housing team to support and bring together communities living in private rented accommodation in Holbeck; a website to support new migrants arriving in Leeds to access and use services; and collaboration with LASSN and Leeds City Council to develop and roll out a Refugee Transition Guide.

Download MAP+ Get Involved to for a one-page summary about becoming a CHE, MCN or Buddy.

Find out more

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