Project information

Global Youth weekly Youth Club

Our Youth Club gives young, unaccompanied asylum seekers and recently arrived young refugees a chance to relax, make new friends and to try out new activities in a friendly and welcoming place. Youth Club helps these young people to feel less lonely and and begin to move on from their past trauma.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: South London Refugee Association

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  • Need


    We work with asylum seeking, refugee and vulnerable migrant young people have experienced difficult journeys to the UK,often fleeing from war or trauma. Many have witnessed violence or the death of family members. These experiences can leave them traumatised and isolated when they arrive here in South London. Most of the young people come to the Uk alone and often feel disoriented and lack parental guidance and support that all young people need.


    Our Youth Club provides a safe and welcoming place for young people where they are supported by specialist staff who encourage them to build new friendships and support networks and to have fun. We know that the support we provide helps young people to settle and achieve in education, to learn English , to begin to move on from the traumas of their past and to make a positive contribution to their community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the emotional well-being of asylum seeking and refugee children and young people


    » Provide an opportunity to make new friends
    » Provide regualr positive activities including sports and arts and crafts.

    We do initial assessments of needs and provide support to address these. We will use our 'Outcomes Star' evaluation tool to show progress.

    Aim 2

    Increase young asylum seeker and refugees' independence and ability to self advocate


    » Help young people to improve their spoken and written English
    » Provide guidance and information to young people to increase their understanding of immigration and education procedures.

    We will consult regularly with young people and encourage them to get involved in planning youth club activities themselves.

    Aim 3

    Increase the skills and knowledge of young people so that they can reach their potential.


    » Provide focused workshop sessions as part of Youth Club to increase skills including budgeting, cooking, studying.
    » Provide a programme of interesting and challenging activities to introduce new skills and knowledge.

    We will evaluate activities and workshops through discussion with young people about any increase in skills and knowledge.

  • Impact


    We expect to see the young people involved feeling more settled, achieving in school, college or training and able to make a real positive contribution to their community.
    We hope to see young people involved having increased resilience and ability to cope and having experienced the real joy of making new friends and taking on new challenges.
    We hope to see young people who have attended youth club moving on to take on mentoring or volunteer supporter roles for new young people.


    Our project relies on a relatively high level of specialist staffing. We have a comprehensive funding strategy in place to help ensure that this staff posts are sustainable.


    We will provide 6 monthly reports on activity as well as anonymous case studies.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,300

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,450 Youth Club rent Cost of renting youth club building one evening a week term time only @ £70 per session
      £500 Workshop and activit materials Art and craft and sports materials
      £1,750 Sessional Youth Worker Costs for sessional Youth worker @ £50 per session
      £700 Volunteer/mentor travel expens 4 volunteers to support youth Club x£5 per session
      £1,900 Youth caseworkers Proportion of salary costs for two youth caseworkers

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individual Donor £420 Guaranteed
    BBC Children in Need £1,900 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our Youth Club is located in London Borough of Lambeth with young people attending from Lambeth and surrounding boroughs including Merton, Croydon and Wandsworth.


    120 young people who are asylum seekers, refugees or vulnerable migrants will benefit from the project. These are some of the most vulnerable and marginalised young people in our local area.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are well established and have real specialist expertise in working with these young people. We have strong partnerships with a wide range of voluntary statutory services with young people referred to us by Social workers, G.P.s, schools and colleges and foster carers across the South West London boroughs where we work.
    Our Youth Club complements other work we do with young people including a in intensive casework service and trips and outings including camping and outward bound trips

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Celia Sands

    Strategic and financial management of the project.

    Maya Pritchard

    Youth caseworker - providing specialist advice and support to young people and training and supervising young mentors.

    Ben Feder

    Youth caseworker - providing specialist advice and support to young people and training and supervising young mentors.