Paiwand’s Young Refugees Mentoring Project is funded by Lloyds TSB and Harrow Council. It aims to address the specific needs of young refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors in Northwest London who are in need of one-to-one and group social, academic and community support. Our mentors speak a range of languages including Dari, Pashto and Arabic.
The Project works with vulnerable young refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors, aged 11-18 years old, in Northwest London (Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Harrow). The large refugee communities residing in these boroughs point to a clear need to address the wellbeing of the young members of these communities. The young people referred to our project are often at particular risk of the following:
- Academic underachievement;
- Social/school exclusion;
- Being NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training);
- Involvement in gang and criminal activities (including drug misuse);
- Mental health and emotional struggles.
In response, the Project aims to support, encourage and productively challenge young people to define and work towards their personal goals. Specifically, we work to:
- Support young refugees in defining and making positive steps towards their own stated goals;
- Ease those who have been expelled from school back into education;
- Work with children who are members of a gang, or in danger of joining one;
- Encourage community members to get involved and volunteer for the project.
The Project accepts referrals from local agencies, schools, GPs, and youth workers, as well as self-referrals. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please complete and submit a referral form.
Community Peace exCHANGE
Created in partnership with Help Somalia Foundation and The African Child, the Community Peace exCHANGE challenges young people to consider how they think of others. We use drama and team building activities to address stereotypes, improve communication and build inter-cultural trust and respect between young people.
Images courtesy of Debbie Fox Creative (www.foxcreative.ca)
If you’re interested in running the exCHANGE in your school or youth club, or would like further information, please get in touch with the Mentoring Coordinator.
Paiwand’s Mentoring Project is proud to partner with a number of schools in Northwest London to provide holistic support, in a one-to-one setting, to students who are new arrivals or who have complex needs. Our trained, DBS-checked mentors will support the students on a weekly basis with English practise, exam strategies and study plans, career pathways, CV and interview skills, volunteer/work experience placement guidance and general well-being, with the aim of improving their motivation, and in turn, their academic attainment.
If you would like to arrange a one-to-one mentoring scheme for the students in your school who could use additional support during form time or after class, please get in touch with the Mentoring Coordinator Kate Duffy.
The Project runs a variety of workshops throughout the school year and during the summer months, with a view to engaging young people in groups and encouraging the development of interpersonal and basic, practical skills.
If you are interested in running a bespoke workshop for your students or youth group, please get in touch with the Mentoring Coordinator. We are happy to design sessions to suit the needs of your young people.