This charity supports around 150 young asylum seekers and refugees across Norfolk – with a large proportion aged between 18 and 25. Many of the young people arrived as Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and have little family or other support, and some young adults are in shared accommodation that has been made available for asylum seekers whilst the UK is under COVID lockdown restrictions. Support is provided with drop-in activities, groups, and English classes. The young people benefit from interaction and support from trusted adults, and through peer support and friendship with others who are in a similar position.
At the October 2020 meeting, Trustees agreed funding of £4,000 per year for two years. The grant will help with the costs of rent for the spaces used for the weekly group sessions. Overall outcomes for the asylum seekers and refugees involved include improved English, improved wellbeing and resilience, and better access to opportunities and further education and employment.