Project information

Mentoring Project

The Mentoring Project is aimed at easing the process of integration for refugee and asylum seeker children, young people and their parents, who are at risk of social exclusion due to barriers of language, culture and education.

The project is on going and runs on a yearly basis

Charity information

Refugee Therapy Centre

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  • Need


    The children and young people we work with often express frustration at being unable to fully understand their teachers and participate in class due to their limited English skills. Many also experience difficulties with concentrating at school due to bad memories, as well as anxieties to do with getting used to the new school system, making friends in a new culture or with bullying.


    Developed in 2004 in response to the need for additional help for young refugees and asylum seekers, our volunteer Mentors provide weekly supportive sessions focused on building children’s confidence by helping them to improve their English language skills and understand their homework. These sessions may be one-to-one or in a small group for young people who need more support with interacting socially and building their confidence and ability to relate to their peers, and make new friends

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build confidence and self esteem in refugees, to encouarge integration and a positive future


    » Mentoring children at their own pace with out judgement builds confidence and leads to better concentration and better achievement
    » Conversational English in a group mentoring setting encourages social integration and a reduction in feelings of anxiety and loneliness.

    Success will be feed back that children are improving achievements at school, making friends and enjoying their lives. For adults, integration, employment and a positive future

  • Impact


    We hope that by supporting parents to integrate and become positive, contributing members of society, they in turn will be able to support their children to do the same. We mentor children and adults and are able to monitor success through regular client and confidential feedback forms as well as in verbal discussion with mentors. We see success as increased ability to use English in daily life, ability to access statutory services and employment.


    There were initial risks at the start of the project that we would not have enough UCL medical student mentors or enough mentees. Now the project is established and remains popular with a waiting list of refugees and asylum seekers wanting to be mentored. We have also now established good links with UCL and have much interest from medical students willing to commit.


    We would report to donors as they require- mostly quarterly statisitics with regular up dates on any changed and developments with in the project

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,986

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,766 For capital costs For costs such as equipment and premises
      £18,220 For revenue costs For costs such as running costs and salaries
  • Background


    The project will be located at the Refugee Therapy Centre in Finsbury Park, a vibrant, multicultural setting which is easily accessible by train, tube and bus.


    Refugees and asylum seekers with in the local and general area will benefit from the service. We recieve referrals from local schools, colleges and other refugee and other community groups. People who become involved with this project will have increased confidence and ability to engage socially and in an active and positive life, with work, school or college.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Centre was established to meet the growing need for a specialist therapeutic service for refugees and asylum-seekers, working with individual’s cultural and linguistic needs. Our core activity is psychotherapy and counselling in 18 languages, giving priority to children and young people. We provide Mentoring to help refugee children and young people to improve their language skills in a containing environment and to understand their school work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Aida Alayarian

    Co founder of Refugee Therapy Centre, has over seen the growth of the Centre and established complimentry projects to support the needs of refugees