Support for refugees and asylum seekers
In 2014 West Yorkshire Playhouse became the first ever Theatre of Sanctuary, a public statement and recognition of our commitment to being a place of safety, hospitality and support for refugees and asylum seekers.
We work closely with refugee organisations and with volunteers from the refugee and asylum seeker community in Leeds to offer a range of creative and practical projects, and we extend a warm welcome to the Playhouse community.
We have a dedicated programme of work during Refugee Week in June of seminars, performances and workshops and throughout the year we offer a number of tailored and bespoke projects.
Our Theatre of Sanctuary projects
In collaboration with our Older People’s Programme, we currently run a conversation café where Heydays members meet with Refugees and Asylum Seekers over a cup of tea and coffee. Creative ways are used to spark conversation and promote people to practice their English language skills in an informal, comfortable setting.
Conversation Café runs every Wednesday during term time (beginning again Wednesday 26 September – Wednesday 5 December) from 3:15pm till 4:30pm. For more information about Conversation Café please contact our Creative Support Officer, Christella Litras at email@example.com or call 0113 213 7290.Find out more about Heydays
Hearts youth group is a partnership project with the Children’s Society, designed for young people aged 14 – 19 who are refugees or asylum seekers. The project offers a weekly drop-in session with activities including creative arts sessions, social time, life skills and advocay support from a Children’s Society key worker.
The team work with the current members of the group to identify activities and subjects they would like to explore, and the team build the programme each term based on this.
For more information, or to get involved, contact Shreena on 0113 213 7236 or email Shreena.firstname.lastname@example.orgFind out more about Playhouse Youth