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Support for young refugees

We work with young asylum seekers and refugees, aged 15 up to 25 years. We believe that everyone should have someone to support them as they move into adulthood.

Some of these young people are unaccompanied or separated from their family. 

Social services will look after them if they arrived in the UK as children. However, when they turn 18, the complexities of changing support and not knowing if they can stay in the UK can leave many living in limbo.

Others do not hold the right legal documents – and risk being processed as an adult if they cannot prove their age. 

They are all seeking safety in a new country and culture and may feel vulnerable and confused.

What we do

We work hard to build up trust with these children and young people. 

We support them through the asylum process, while they settle in the UK and as they transition to adulthood. We also refer and signpost to other agencies and services, as appropriate. 

We meet the children and young people one-to-one and: 

  • Let them know what help is available and how to get it
  • Help them understand their situation and know what their options are within it
  • Accompany over 18s to appointments for health, education, employment, social care and legal assistance
  • Develop their knowledge, confidence and skills.

We also work with some children and young people in groups, where we encourage them to: 

  • Meet new people and form friendships 
  • Nurture their talents and interests 
  • Take part in a mix of fun leisure activities and learning opportunities, such as improving English and I.T skills
  • Adjust to life in a new country so they learn to live independently
  • Help them learn about their rights & entitlements in UK and assist them to access these

Where we work

We currently work with young refugees and asylum seekers in London, Glasgow, Kent and Hampshire. We are expanding into other areas in the near future but may be able to work with young people across the UK where they require our support. Contact a local office for further information.

Our services are flexible and adapted to meet any local or individual needs. 

Our current services

We offer group learning activities in our London, Kent, Glasgow and Hampshire projects. We also offer  specialised casework by appointment only for young people to empower them to navigate their social care and support and asylum matters.

Our services in London, Kent and Hampshire all take referrals from social services, housing providers, education establishments, other refugee support organisations and through word of mouth.

All projects allow people to ‘self-refer’ so they can access our services directly. 

We work alongside local authorities, foster carers, housing providers, sixth forms and colleges, and various refugee forums and networks.

London

Our group learning and participation project meet once a week at four locations across London: Hammersmith, Lewisham, Islington and Croydon.  

We take referrals from social services, housing providers, education establishments and other refugee support organisations. 

We also allow people to ‘self-refer’ so they can access our services directly. 

We work alongside local authorities, foster carers, housing providers, sixth forms and colleges, and various refugee forums and networks. 

Our group learning and participation project meet once a week at four locations across London: Hammersmith, Lewisham, Islington and Croydon.  Case work is delivered at all locations by appointment only.

Opening hours

Lewisham – Mondays 5.30pm-8pm

Islington – Tuesdays 5.30pm-8pm

Hammersmith – Wednesdays 5.30pm-8pm

Croydon - Saturdays 12:30pm-3pm

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Glasgow

We offer an intensive life skills course - the Chrysalis Project.

Chrysalis is a ten-week life skills programme for young refugees and asylum seekers, aged 16-25.

The course is tailored to the needs of young people who are not yet in education, including age-disputed young people and those with limited English and other barriers to accessing education.

The course promotes health and wellbeing, provides new opportunities, improves employability and gives young people the chance to have some fun and make new friends.

Chrysalis empowers young people to negotiate the challenges they face independently.  

Contact details

Or contact the office on 0141 331 4170 for more information.

Kent

We offer 3 weekly group learning for young refugees and asylum seekers aged 15 – 19 years. Our group learning is designed to meet the needs of newly arrived asylum seekers and those having lived in Kent for a period of time. Casework is delivered from our Gravesend office on Monday and Thursday mornings at drop-ins from 10:00-13:00.

Opening hours

Gravesend – Tuesdays, 5:45-8:15pm

Maidstone – Mondays, 5:45-8:15pm

Gillingham – Wednesdays, 5:45-8:15pm

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Hampshire

Hampshire Young Refugees Together aims to support young asylum seekers and refugees aged 15-25 through the asylum process and settling in the UK. We make casework by appointment and:

  • Provide information and practical support to access essential health, welfare, education, legal and other youth services
  • Signpost to other specialist organisations
  • Refer to other Red Cross services such as International Family Tracing
  • Provide opportunities to take part in a mix of monthly fun leisure activities and learning

This service is free, confidential and impartial. 

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