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Culture Commons supports people seeking sanctuary for 'Leeds 2023'

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

Here at Culture Commons, we take our responsibilities to supporting vulnerable communities seriously. Right from the get-go, we have set out to use our policy influence to empower people from marginalised groups and bring underrepresented individuals into policy making processes...


That's why we've been supporting the team at Stand and Be Counted, the UK's first 'Theatre Company of Sanctuary', on an entirely pro bono basis for the past two years. We're delighted to now be working with the creative team, as well as refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, on 'Soap Box Leeds' as part of activities for 'Leeds 2023' - a year long festival of cultural happening.

'Soap Box Leeds' will provide free English lessons in a relaxed setting, opportunities to make new friends, build confidence through creativity.

When: 10am-1pm every Monday

Where: Leodis Room, Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB

As the programme develops, Culture Commons will be supporting the core creative team, and participants, with advocacy and policy impact activities, locally and nationally, through convened interactions with decision makers and 1-2-1 mentoring.

We will cover all participants local travel expenses, provide refreshments and have interpreters in the room at all times during the sessions, and participants are encouraged to reach out if there is any other support they might need in advance. Sessions are for adults but are open to the whole family so please feel free to take children along!

To sign up or to have a relaxed chat and get more information please contact SBC's Community Director Firas -


You can find out more about Culture Commons partnership with Stand and Be Counted here.

You can find our more about 'Leeds 2023' here.

If you'd like to talk to us about we can help you and your organisation with your advocacy efforts and policy impact, get in touch with us at


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