Conversation Club Leeds is a registered charity that has been running since 2016. It offers a safe and relaxed atmosphere in which asylum seekers and refugees can meet and learn or practice their English. The charity is completely volunteer-led, with local volunteers and asylum seekers and refugees all offering mutual support. Two weekly sessions are run each week, and overall at least 100 individuals benefit. As well as informal English classes and conversation, the sessions include activities such as quizzes, crafts and people can find advice and information. The charity also organises outings to places of interest, and workshops with other organisations – such as cooking sessions, or walking for example.
At the February 2023 meeting, Allen Lane agreed a grant of £5,000 to be split over a two-year period. This will contribute towards general running costs of the Club. Benefits for the participants include improved levels of English speaking; improved access to cultural and other local opportunities; and reducing people’s isolation and creating and encouraging friendships.