The Youth Project supports young asylum seekers aged 13-21. By running a weekly youth club and other activities, we aim to help young people grow friendships and support networks, gain confidence with the English language, and develop a fulfilled life in the UK. This helps young people navigate a complicated asylum system, which often has a negative impact on their emotional well-being. Through weekly Youth club activities and a dedicated Youth caseworker we stay in touch with young people, ensure they understand changes in regulations and have access to services they need.
young people supported in 2021/22
online maths or English workshops during lockdown
I can’t imagine how lonely it has been for Hakim and I am so grateful we have been able to see him a few times a week and give him something to look forward to, he has started at college now but continues to attend the zoom classes and it will be great to meet him in person when restrictions allow.Alex Rainbow – Youth Worker (until August 2021)
Hakim came to the UK in December 2020 and was put into foster care. His foster carer appealed to the Youth Project for support as Hakim was struggling on his own and as he arrived during lockdown he was unable to leave the house and meet friends. He was also waiting for a college placement. Hakim did not begin college until March 2021 and during those three months, the online youth clubs and homework support were the only contact he had with any other young people.
It was amazing to see the huge relief he experienced when speaking to a young person in his native language for the first time in months, and great to facilitate this young man meeting his first friends in the UK. Over the last few months his English has improved and where he would be very shy and rarely ask questions he now speaks frequently in sessions, even laughing and smiling where before he would often appear downcast.
Thanks so much for the books you delivered in lockdown…it’s amazing for me.Samuel