LWP unfortunately had to close in 2019. We reviewed the local need for our services and concluded our resources would be better spent distributed between other local causes.
The below details what LWP used to provide as a guide to other organisations looking to support refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and other vulnerable groups.
All of our services and activities were free and drew on the skills, knowledge and passion of our visitors and volunteers. We were proud to be a member-led project, and welcomed any ideas for activities, we always supported our visitors to pursue their interests
Hot Nutritious Meal and Drinks
Many of the visitors to LWP came to have a hot meal and to socialize – or to share their traditional food and cook for everyone. We built links with several market traders and independent shops who donated food to the project each week. A meal was cooked by one of our volunteers or visitors, and we had hot drinks on offer throughout the session.
English Conversation Classes
Our volunteers were always keen to chat, and each week there were opportunities for informal English conversation practice. We also gave one-to-one help with specific learning, such as writing a formal letter or putting together a CV.
We welcomed families and provided a range of children’s activities, including colouring and indoor and outdoor games.
Workshops and Skillsharing
We offered a range of ad hoc workshops, including sharing skills in photography, art and IT. We were also able to assist visitors with presenting their CVs and making job applications – and any other practical things we had knowledge of!
Visitors were welcome to borrow books from our library, which had a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. We also had a variety of board games and activities, and computers with internet access.
While we were not able to offer advice, we were always happy to signpost to other services, and had links with a number of organisations and agencies who could help with any issues.