LOSRAS welcomes refugees
What is LOSRAS?
LEWES ORGANISATION IN SUPPORT OF REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS
LOSRAS is a local charity based in Lewes, East Sussex, founded in 2002, and run entirely by volunteers. LOSRAS is committed to supporting the cause of people seeking sanctuary through raising awareness, campaigning and responding to local need.
SUPPOrting the welfare of
refugees & people seeking asylum in the Lewes District and beyond
We oppose the government’s current hostile environment, which we view as fundamentally racist and unjust. We aim to do all we can to promote racial justice and to counter racism in all its forms. Learning from people with lived experience of surviving our asylum system is a key principle underpinning our work.
Supporting host families and Ukrainian guests
LOSRAS helps provide support and guidance to the large number of host families and guests in the Lewes district under the government Homes for Ukraine (HfU) scheme. This builds on the experience we have as an organisation supporting the Syrian families who arrived in the Lewes district under the Syrian Resettlement Programme.
We can organise practical support through other organisations e.g., for food banks and school uniform. We also provide a range of advice and support for hosts, and potential hosts, and their guests. Other local groups with whom we work are Seaford for Ukraine and Lewes for Ukraine.
LOSRAS can also support Ukrainians who are part of the Family Reunion Scheme.
There is a desperate need for hosts for Ukrainian guests; if you are interested in hosting a guest or guests, please contact:
Support for young people
Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) funded by ESCC are offering a social prescribing approach to provide Ukrainian children and young people aged 5-16, living in East Sussex, access to funded positive activities of their choosing. The activities aim to help young people make personal progress, to improve emotional wellbeing, confidence and friendships. Referrals can be made by parents, teachers or support practitioners.
For more information please use this link:
One-to-one tuition and English language classes
LOSRAS runs classes and provides one-to-one tuition and works closely with the local college to provide English tuition. If you are in need of this support, do let us know.
LOSRAS: OUR AIMS
Raising awareness / Campaigning / Providing local support
We raise awareness of issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees by holding open meetings, a regular newsletter, street stalls and work in schools.
As well as supporting national campaigns we also lobby our MP, organise local events and demonstrations and actively join with other like-minded, local campaign groups.
LOSRAS has a committed group of volunteers who visit refugee families and individuals, providing language and other support. We also co-ordinate a group of prison-visitors.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Become a member
LOSRAS is a membership organisation. We welcome new members who share our aims.
We rely on a body of volunteers who fulfil specific roles in the organisation.
All money donated goes directly to fund the work of the charity. We are all volunteers and have no paid staff.
Key dates for your diary
November 11th 2023 6-9 pm
an evening of Ukrainian culture
A wonderful evening of Ukrainian culture to whom all are invited! All money raised will go towards purchasing medical equipment for the Children’s Hospital (Department of Palliative Care) in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Tickets are £20. To buy a ticket, scan the code or follow the link https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing/47480, then click the “Book now” button.
Venue: All Saints, Friars Walk, Lewes.