To provide educational and recreational opportunities that can empower young people to invest in their future.
To provide education for young people in order to break the cycle of isolation, deprivation and poverty and enable them to become more active and valued members of society.
To engage young people in a wide range of processes so that they may overcome the stereotypical image of refugees and asylum seekers as passive recipients of welfare benefits and become active contributors to the society in which they live.
Hope, Dignity and Empowerment
Hope, Dignity and Empowerment are at the heart of what we stand for and is integral to creating a safe and comfortable environment for young refugees and asylum seekers to explore their options and work towards positive futures. The majority of these young people have experienced trauma and persecution and it is our aim to support them through this most difficult period of their young lives.
Increasingly in recent times, world events have led to greater numbers of separated children arriving in the UK, needing our support. The needs presented by these children can differ greatly from those of local looked after children, and for professionals working in support roles this has meant a need for wider knowledge.
Extreme events including war, political and other violence, and the experience of separation and loss have played a significant role in the recent past of young people who have been compelled to leave their homes and journey to seek safety elsewhere. The impact of this trauma may continue as they make their way through the asylum system, and attempt to find their place in a new and uncertain life.
Unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee young people are some of the most vulnerable in our society. They are alone and in an unfamiliar country, at the end of what could have been a long, perilous and traumatic journey. Some of them may have experienced exploitation or persecution in their home country or on their journey to the UK. Some may have been trafficked with many more are at risk of being trafficked, being exploited in other ways, or going missing once they arrive in the UK.
Our Vision is that they are all treated as young people first and foremost. Although their immigration status will have an impact on their future, they should not be defined solely by their status as asylum seeking or refugee young people. They have faced many difficulties in their lives and will need to be cared for. They are young people who will need access to education and a range of public services to offer them the support and accommodation they need to promote their safety, health and wellbeing.