Leicester Cathedral is involved with a number of Community Outreach programmes.
Leicester Welcome Project
The Welcome Project will no longer meet at St Martin’s House. However, for women and children only, it will continue on a Tuesday afternoon 1.00-3.00pm at the Martyrs Hall, Westcotes Drive, LE3 0QT. BUT, like everywhere else, it has closed down throughout the present health emergency.
Leicester Welcome Project gives immediate practical support to asylum seekers living in and near Leicester, with gifts of food, clothes and toiletries. The Project can also try and help people when they are having difficulties; making phone calls, writing letters, advocating for them, referring them to appropriate organisations and giving informal advice.
People from many different backgrounds volunteer for the Welcome Project, and volunteers with language skills or who are asylum seekers or refugees are particularly welcome. No experience of volunteering in this work is necessary; all volunteers will go through a simple selection process and will be provided with basic training. If you can offer at least half a day a month, the Project would like to have you on its team!
Donations Donations are welcomed – non-perishable foodstuffs are of particular value, and there is always a need for toiletries and nappies in all sizes. Financial gifts are also very welcome – please send cheques payable to ‘Leicester Welcome Project’ to St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester LE1 5PZ.
For other enquiries, or more information about volunteering and donations, please contact Roger Ivens on 0116 287 6038.
City of Sanctuary
Asylum seekers get a very bad press, but in fact they are one of the most disadvantaged minorities in the UK today. Leicester City of Sanctuary is a secular charity that sets out to support and welcome asylum seekers and new refugees to our city and county.
We run a drop-in centre on Wednesday at which we offer a simple lunch, craft activities, games, entertainment and the opportunity to relax and chat in friendly surroundings. We organise occasional outings, provide sewing, IT and English classes and have a scheme called N.E.S.T. (New Evidence Search Team) which helps clients find and marshal evidence to support their applications and appeals for leave to remain. We also have a team of speakers who give talks to schools and groups explaining what it is really like to seek asylum in 21st century Britain.’
For more information visit the City of Sanctuary website.
Leicester Family Contact Centre
Leicester Family Contact Centre is an independent volunteer-run charity, seeking to provide a safe, neutral venue where children from separated families can meet with the parent with whom they no longer live. The Centre helps children after the break-up of a marriage or long-term relationship.
If you or someone you know need the Centre, or you would like to find out more about volunteering, please visit the Leicester Family Contact Centre website.
Street Pastors is an international and ecumenical outreach initiative that seeks to proclaim the Gospel in urban contexts. It is about the Church going out onto the streets where we listen, care and help in practical ways.
Our ministry includes having conversations with young adults out for the night, sitting with or assisting people in distress, and generally being available to attend to people’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. For more information visit the Leicester Street Pastors website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After18 is a Leicester-based organisation working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking young adults as they turn 18 and make the transition into adulthood. Most have been separated from their families and are alone in a new country where everything is unfamiliar.
Visit the After18 website for more information.
Leicester Enterprise Club
The Leicester Enterprise Club aims to establish a HUB that encourages a more enterprising culture in the community by providing business support and mentoring for entrepreneurs.
Drop-In Workshops are scheduled in the St Martins House Donaldson Room on Fridays, where entrepreneurs can receive guidance with their business venture.
Regular business networking events are held at a variety of locations as Leicester Enterprise Club always tries to find the most convenient location for the community. Attendance is free.