Steps to Settlement – RETAS


RETAS Based on Roundhay road have now opened for recruitment for their new Steps to Settlement programme – the first 10 week programme will be begin on Monday 24th of September. ThE programme is open to asylum seekers and refugees who have been in the UK less than 24 months. Food is provided and we are able to provide £2 travel expenses for each participant on each day.

Steps to Settlement:

–          will enable refugees living in Leeds to transition well from leaving the asylum system and to positively engage with mainstream UK society

–          involves fundamental steps towards successful integration and settlement in Leeds. The 10 week programme involves 20 refugees taking four steps: Sanctuary, Serenity, Skills and Settlement

–          Within each step a diverse range of compulsory modules will be delivered, focusing on english language, well-being, confidence building, digital learning, financially sustainable living and employability.

–          Takes place at RETAS on Mondays and Tuesdays – only 20 refugees are available for each programme, so bookings must be made first

–          There are 4 programmes (4x10weeks) between September 2012 and the end of July 2013

RETAS are looking for referrals and for partner organisations who would like to get involved. To book places or for further details please contact or any member of RETAS staff.

Direct (0113) 380 5632 Reception (0113) 380 5630

Leeds Young Filmmakers Involvement Event (Oct 2012)


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Hello Everyone

I came across this event on the Breeze Leeds website and feel that this something all Migrant Community Networkers (MCN’s) and Colleagues from the health, social, youth, community and schools sector should use to engage young people. This FREE launch event on Tuesday 2nd October at between 3.30pm and 6pm. Please register your support and find out more about this fantastic film competition which is open to Leeds young people aged 3-19 who can enter with their school, college, youth, community group or just with a group of friends. I have attached a flyer for you to print and promote to your community or organisation.
Following the overwhelming success of last year’s competition and awards ceremony, The Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owl Awards is scheduled to take place at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday 27th March 2013. It will be a black tie ‘OSCARS’ style event with red carpet, celebrities, look-a-likes and notables from Leeds City Council, Children’s Services and School Improvement.
The awards will represent the culmination of a film competition open to all schools in Leeds, as well as community groups and individuals aged 3-19, and will offer a public platform to celebrate the best of young film-making across the city. Representing more than just a glitz and glamour event, it will highlight the impact film can have on making a positive difference to the lives of young people. Leeds City Council has endorsed this event as an excellent example of work that supports it Child Friendly City aspirations and fully supports, encourages and endorses the creative endeavours of young people. The launch event will provide you with all the information you need to find out how you get involved including;
• Details on how to enter existing and new films
• Demonstrations and examples of films from last year’s event
• Available support for making films for submissions
• A market place of film making resources that are available across the City
Drinks and ‘nibbles’ will be provided.
To find out more about how you, your community and your young people could win one of the
prestigious Golden Owls Awards, please complete and return the booking slip attached:

Shafique Sheikh
Migrant Community Network

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The Hamara Centre hosted its annual Eid Eve Celebrations, A ladies only event which has become a regular feature on the community calendar.

Shanah Amjad and Sara Keita from Women’s Information & Support Hub were invited by Nasreen Akhtar, Coordinator of ECHO, Hamara’s Women’s support service based in Harehills.

Chand Raath roughly translated means “night of the full moon”, this is a traditional South Asian festival that comes at the end of Ramadan, the Muslims month of fasting. The evening started with a traditional Iftari ”End of days fasting” and continued into the evening, with all proceeding to be given to charity.

The evening Friday 17th August, saw Hamara full of bright colours and lovely scented smells fill the air. Henna, Facials, Head Massage, and traditions clothing and accessories were some of the items available. The evening helped the women of the local community to come together and…

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