Project information

Outings for Integration

Group activities and trips will give young refugees and asylum-seekers in London the vital opportunity to get to know the UK, make friends and improve their English. Many have suffered severe trauma and it will help them rebuild their lives and develop resilience and wellbeing.

December 2018 - December 2019

Charity information: Young Roots

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  • Need


    Children and young people who have fled war and persecution are isolated and marginalised. Over 70% of the young people we work with come to the UK alone without their parents or families. They do not know the culture or systems in the UK and often have limited English. Ongoing, unresolved asylum claims can cause stress, anxiety and mental ill-health, on top of the loss and trauma they have already suffered. They are vulnerable and their social isolation puts them at great risk of exploitation.


    We will run 10 trips and activities for 100 young asylum seekers and refugees from Croydon and Brent. The trips/activities will be chosen by the young people but may include museums, ice skating, visits to the seaside etc. The activities will provide a friendly, supportive environment, which they may not have found elsewhere, help them get to know a strange place and be an opportunity for them to put aside problems for a time and be young people.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We aim to reduce the social isolation of 100 young refugees and asylum seekers


    » We will run 10 trips/group activities in London enabling them to build connections and friendships

    What success will look like

    Success will be young refugees and asylum seekers feeling less lonely and having more friends and people to turn to (monitored by questionnaires)

    Aim 2

    We will improve their confidence and knowledge of UK culture, systems, travel and opportunities


    » The 10 trips/activities will involve visiting new places and negotiating the complex London transport system

    What success will look like

    Success will be young refugees and asylum seekers feeling more confident living in the UK and finding their way around

    Aim 3

    We will develop the communication and social skills of the 100 participants


    » Staff and volunteers will encourage interaction, communication in English and mutual peer support

    What success will look like

    Success will be improved communication and social skills (monitored by questionnaires and staff/volunteer observation)

    Aim 4

    We aim to improve their mental wellbeing


    » The focus on fun activities will provide respite from problems and help reduce stress and anxiety

    What success will look like

    Success will be young refugees and asylum seekers scoring higher on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale

  • Impact


    The Guardian reported recently that three Eritrean teenagers have killed themselves in the past year after travelling to Britain without their parents (The Guardian, Amelia Gentleman, 17 June 2018). Projects like this one are crucial in countering the hostile environment and making extremely vulnerable young people feel welcome and supported in the UK. Success will be 40% of these young people moving on to study, volunteer or work in the UK.


    The main risk to the project is not getting the funding so we need your support. Please help us make young refugees and asylum seekers feel welcome and supported in the UK.


    We will send regular e-newsletters including details about the project, post highlights on social media and summarise the project in our annual review.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,140 Staff Project worker hours
      £1,760 Project costs Participant travel/Activity costs
      £100 Volunteers Volunteer travel expenses
  • Background


    Croydon has one of the highest populations of unaccompanied children in the country (Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group). Some areas of Croydon are in the top one per cent in the country for Income Deprivation Affecting Children. Brent has the lowest white British population in the country and 59.7% of children have English as an additional language. Our external needs assessment in 2017 found that our services were ‘vital’ in both boroughs.


    Young male and female refugees and asylum seekers aged 11-25 year living or studying in Croydon and Brent will benefit. The young people we work with are of diverse nationalities, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Most are from countries experiencing conflict, political turmoil or human rights abuses, with many coming from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea, and have little or no family support in the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Young Roots is a small, dynamic organisations with a 14- year track record of running successful, impactful services for young refugees and asylum seekers. We are well-established in Croydon and Brent and are developed partnerships with other key organisations in both boroughs. Perhaps most importantly, we are known and trusted by the young people we aim to work with – most of the young people coming to our youth activities hear about us through word-of-mouth.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Charlene Jollivet

    Charlene is our Croydon project worker and has experience working with young refugees and asylum seekers. She completed a Master’s Degree in France.

    Ella Permaul

    Ella is our North London project worker and has worked with youth engagement charities since graduating in 2015.

    Jo Cobley

    Overall responsibility for the project sits with our Director, Jo Cobley, who has 12 years' experience working with refugees and in human rights