Who produced this guide?

The content of this guide was developed in collaboration with refugees in Leeds between 2015 and 2018, and was inspired by Belfast Council’s Refugee Transition Guide, published in 2014; Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network’s Refugee Transition Guide, published in 2010-2014, as well as a Refugee Information Pack published by the British Refugee Council in 2015.

This guide was written by Fahreen Syeda of Leeds City Council, Zoe Ward of Touchstone’s Migrant Access Project Plus and Jon Beech of Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network.

It was funded and resourced by Leeds City Council and National Lottery Reaching Communities Programme.

It was designed by Ben and the team at Totaal.

Massive thanks to everyone who contributed to making of this guide, who sat through the planning meetings and the focus groups; who scribbled on post-it notes, and offered encouragement; who forgave the missed deadlines and kept believing this Guide would get written.

And finally, particular thanks to Pria Bhabra and Samantha Powell at Leeds City Council Communities Team for making this happen.

This website has not been updated since September 2019. The site is now owned and managed by Leeds City Council. Touchstone and LASSN are no longer involved in the maintenance and upkeep of this site.

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The text of Leeds Refugee Transition Guide, published by Leeds City Council is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

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The photos are used with the kind permission of Ali Amiri, Dave Camp, Emily Stevenson, Karl Wilson, Leticia, Mat Dale, Peter Chan, Pete from Photosymbols.com, Ryan Butland, and Zoe Ward

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Last Updated: 29 April 2020

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