AN event was held to acknowledge the achievements of a group of volunteers by Leeds City Council. The volunteers from different migrant backgrounds recently completed a 12-week course in helping others who are new to the city.
The training helps migrant volunteers to help other migrants settle in, in Leeds by providing information on essential services such as employment, education, housing, health and social care.
Migrant community organiser Dipti Bhatt said: “As a migrant lawyer from India, I have volunteered in a law firm in Leeds, which has given me knowledge on law practice in England.”
Deputy leader and executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and housing, Cllr Peter Gruen said: “The most effective way of helping new migrants to understand how public services work is to help them to help themselves. It is easier for them and far more cost effective for us if people are directed to the right place, so they get the right service first time, than if they are passed from pillar to post.
“I would like to thank and congratulate the individuals who took part in this training programme and earned their certificates. At a time when funding is tight, these groups are finding innovative ways to continue to help people who really need it.”
The training is delivered by Leeds City Council in partnership with Touchstone, NHS Leeds, Job Centre Plus, Feel Good Factor and Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureau.