Welcome to the website of the Befriending Hillingdon Unaccompanied Minors Project – Language and Employability Training. We call ourselves BHUMP for short !!
The website is created as an online hub for information and to help educate this group of young people in ESOL, Math’s and Life skills. Here, they can learn online, at any time using our tailor made resources to help quickly improve their English.
Who We Are
BHUMP is a project which is administered by the Hillingdon Refugee Support Group (HRSG).http://www.hrsg.org.uk
HRSG is a charity that was established in 1996 specifically to support and empower young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees between the ages of 16 and 21 who reside in the London Borough of Hillingdon. We offer personal, social and moral support to asylum seekers and refugees from all backgrounds and religions.
All the activities provided are programmes designed to build confidence, provide safe opportunities for sharing and development of the young people and to enable their integration into British society
The Young People we work with
We work with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) aged 16-21 who have arrived to UK alone, separated not only from family but from their community and country of origin. Many have experienced horrific stress and trauma. They have fled countries where major conflicts and serious human rights abuses occur.
Some have been trafficked whilst many are direct victims or have witnessed first-hand unspeakable atrocities and lost family members in conflict situations. Some have been tortured or raped, or witnessed their families being tortured, killed or raped.
The young people who come to BHUMP are very vulnerable and invariably traumatised.The majority of them have none or at best minimal English language skills. They normally have no understanding of UK customs. They have not had the opportunity to develop life skills. In many cases the young people have never attended school on a full time basis.
They initially find themselves alone and fearful, both for their present situation and the future. Unfortunately, many of them are already aware that they are stigmatised in the community when they come to us and even become the recipients of direct hate crimes and violence.
Looking for a volunteering opportunity?
If you would like to get involved with BHUMP, there are online volunteering opportunities for tutors in ESOL, and Maths. By volunteering as a Tutor, you will be making a real difference in the lives of vulnerable young unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers. Training and expenses will be provided. If you would like to become a BHUMP Volunteer click the link below to learn more.