Each group plays an important role in building confidence, sharing experiences and advice, developing friendships and support networks, and creating a community. Groups are dynamic, needs responsive, and guided by those who attend.
Being a member of our groups has increased people’s confidence, helped them get support and access the services they need, and has been the beginning of building strong and lasting friendships. Beneficiaries, staff and volunteers are all able to spend time together as part of the CARAS community.
Our activities prioritise those who are most likely to have difficulty accessing services; we work extensively with unaccompanied asylum seeking children, and with women of refugee background.
Youth Club is a place of fun, friendship and food for young refugees and asylum seekers.
Young people aged 11-19 are welcome. Regular activities include table tennis, pool and air hockey, with volunteers on hand to join in games and chat with. A group always cooks a meal and we finish each week by sitting down and eating together. We host a monthly immigration advice session, run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre, and have run a range of creative sessions with other partner organisations.
YOUTH CLUB ATTENDEE
” WE HAVE FUN AND I CAN MAKE MORE FRIENDS IN THERE, AND WE CAN SPEAK ENGLISH WITH EACH OTHER AND MANY MORE THINGS. THANK YOU CLUB! “
Study Group is a place for young refugees and asylum seekers to come and get help with their homework, whatever subject or level.
We will help with phonics and literacy in English or GCSE science. Young people bring along their work and can get individual help, work together with their peers, or simply have a quiet, friendly space to concentrate in. Study group is also a time when people can ask advice about their educational pathways, complete college application forms, or seek support with any challenges they are experiencing at school.
STUDY GROUP ATTENDEE
” THEY REALLY HELPED ME WITH ENGLISH AND WRITING, ALSO THEY HELPED ME WITH READING BOOKS. “
WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF YOU ENJOY SPENDING TIME WITH CHILDREN, HAVE SOME TIME TO GIVE, AND WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER WITH US!
**Bilingual applicants are encouraged, especially if you speak Somali, Tigrigna, Urdu, Pashto or Dari.