The Surviving to Thriving project is a partnership between the British Red Cross, Refugee Council and UpRising. It helps young refugees and asylum seekers become active and valued members of their communities.
Funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the project provides practical life skills and mental health support to young refugees, as well as developing their leadership and employability skills. Altogether, this helps ease their integration into new environments.
The project also works closely with a number of local authorities that are increasingly looking after young refugees, building their capacity to deal with their specific needs.
Each partner has a unique offer for supporting young refugees through this project:
British Red Cross
The Red Cross offers one-to-one case work on specific needs of the young refugees; group sessions designed to create social networks while increasing their knowledge, skills and confidence relating to their situation; and help with access to services including legal representation.
The Refugee Council offers therapeutic counselling, based on a combination of creative therapeutic approaches such as drama therapy, art therapy and one to one counselling. This enables young refugees to address their trauma and help them regain their well-being so that they can look forward to their future.
UpRising introduce young refugees to the idea of leadership and social action, while building self-esteem and other key soft skills to raise their confidence and aspiration. This is done through a three month, part-time programme called ‘Find your Power’ that introduces social action as a means to develop leadership skills and community engagement.
For further information or to make a referral, please email Thriving@redcross.org.uk.