Migrant Access Project Plus (MAP+)

MAP+ is an exciting project involving the 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.

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 – places still available to start on Monday 22 or Wednesday 24 October!

  • 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

Updates: October 2018

NEW! Touchstone and LASSN have launched two websites:

  • The Transition Guide is designed to be 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 is a guide for anyone who is new to Leeds, including migrants from across the world. www.newtoleeds.org

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

U Choose is a new project running in all our target areas: Armley, Beeston Hill, Holbeck, Hyde Park, Little London, New Wortley and Woodhouse. Individuals and groups of friends and neighbours were invited to put forward ideas for projects or activities they would like to run in their local area. The ideas were voted for by their local community and the ones with the most votes received the funding.

List of all U Choose funded projects

Find out more

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