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
- 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.
- 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
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.
Find out more
To find out more about MAP+ contact us on 0113 248 4880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org