Meet Cecilia

“I lived in Cameroon for most of my life.  I had five children and worked hard to raise them.  I worked on the farm and sold things in the market.  There was a lot of trouble in my village, my family was threatened and they stole my things. My daughter had been in the UK for some time, she asked me to join her for my own safety. 

I came here eight years ago.  At first, it felt like I was in prison, I had no one to talk to. I was very lonely, I used to go to the market and just come back to my room.  I found Leeds Refugee Forum after the centre I used to go to closed down.  I started learning to speak English, and I made friends.  I’m very happy now.  I come to the friendship and singing groups here.  love coming here, they keep me busy and help me to learn.” 

Leeds Refugee Forum supports refugees and asylum seekers by offering practical support through education, advice and information. With support from Leeds Community Foundation, they have been able to provide a range of activities to support refugees in Leeds, including workshops for the most vulnerable and events for the whole community to experience aspects of different cultures.