Young refugees and migrants are being called support newer arrivals in exercising their rights and taking control of their lives in the UK.
Children’s charity Coram is launching a training scheme run by, and for, 16 to 25-year-old refugees and migrants in London.
It will see 30 people from migrant and refugee backgrounds trained in public speaking and law, among other things, who will then be paid to co-create and deliver a series of three-hour workshops to more than 400 others.
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Brigid Robinson, managing director of the charity’s young people’s programmes, said: “We are delighted to launch this new training programme led by young people with direct experience of the issues.
“It will help us directly impact the lives of many young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds by empowering and equipping them with the tools they need to have the best possible chance at a successful life here in the UK.
“We want them to feel optimistic about their futures, knowing that they are supported and valued.”
The workshops are intended to provide young people the tools, knowledge, resilience and confidence to understand and exercise their rights, overcome challenges to settling in the UK, find a sense of belonging and take control of their lives.
They also aim to address the social isolation that many migrant and refugee young people face, through building a community.
The programme will be delivered in colleges across north west London – namely Brent, Harrow and Barnet – over the next three years.
To find out more and apply, please go here.