25 January 2017
A project designed to help young refugees integrate into communities in Britain has secured £1million in funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
‘From Surviving to Thriving’ is a joint venture between the British Red Cross, Refugee Council and UpRising. The project will launch in Luton, Birmingham and Leeds in March.
The £1million in funding will benefit young refugees directly through life skills and advice, as well as mental health support and leadership skills.
It will also train professionals who will work with the children in the long run, creating a legacy that will continue to impact the lives of young refugees.
Young refugees are among the most vulnerable groups that reach UK shores. Those at an increased risk are minors and young adults who reach the UK alone and without parents or family support.
Mike Adamson, our chief executive, said: “We are all absolutely delighted to be winners of People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund. These vital funds will help us support 500 young refugees, helping rebuild their lives and become masters of their own destiny.
“No young person should have to suffer and be pushed to survive on the margins. We are proud to be working with the Refugee Council and UpRising in creating a legacy that will continue to positively impact young people and communities.”
The announcement was made last night at People’s Postcode Lottery’s annual Charity Gala, held in Edinburgh’s Prestonfield House.
The event was a celebration of the £66.3million awarded to charities in 2016 thanks to players of the charity lottery.
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador and TV presenter Matt Johnson presented the award.
He said: “This project will, for the first time, bring support services together so that refugees can go From Surviving to Thriving and I am proud to have presented them with this incredible award.”
The British Red Cross is the UK’s largest provider of support to refugees and asylum seekers and has destitution services in around 50 towns and cities across the country.
They provide help ranging from food parcels, clothing and small amounts of emergency cash, to support finding housing, individual casework and maternity packs for new mothers.
Last year these services helped over 13,000 people.