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Garforth is a former mining village on the eastern edge of Leeds, now a sizeable commuter village. Many people in the area know very little about refugees or the asylum process in the UK.

Garforth Refugee Group was started in 2016, at the height of the European refugee crisis. We are a very small group. One of our key aims is to increase understanding amongst the local community about the reality of life in the UK as an asylum seeker or refugee; at the same time we try to counter media myths.  We also often actively engage with our local MP to address issues of concern.

In the past we have organised a Film Night, a walk of solidarity in Refugee Week, a photographic exhibition, a multi-denominational church service and an Eritrean evening with traditional food, games and an informative talk.

We are happy to welcome volunteers from the local area who would like to join us.

If interested, please contact us at: [email protected].