About Us

Young Roots works in London, and in partnership with community-based organisations in Lebanon and Nepal, to provide support and activities for young refugees and asylum seekers.

Our mission is to improve the wellbeing and life chances of young refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and overseas.

Our vision is of a world in which all young refugees and asylum seekers can realise their rights and fulfil their potential.

Our ambition is to be respected and known for our innovative and participatory approach to young refugees and asylum seekers self-advocacy and learning.

You can see our most recent annual report here.

Our History

Young Roots (originally Refugee Youth Project) was founded in 2004 by Roz Evans, Rachel Yarrow and Kathy Brook. The three founders took part in a summer project in 2004 run by the Universities’ Trust for Educational Exchange with Palestinians (UNIPAL).

As well as teaching English to Palestinian children in Southern Lebanon, Roz, Kathy and Rachel, ran social activities and games workshops. After returning to the UK, they set up the charity to enable them to return to Lebanon to work alongside Palestinian youth workers to offer a longer summer activity project that was fully inclusive of disabled children. Young Roots has continued working in partnership with local Palestinian organisations to run a summer project every year since 2005.

Young Roots’ founders, Trustees and staff have been inspired by the refugees and migrants they have met in the UK and internationally to set up additional projects in London, Nepal and Egypt offering opportunities to young people to make friends, develop skills, and build confidence.

We changed our name to Young Roots in 2014 on the charity’s 10th anniversary. The name was chosen to reflect the growth of the charity and the aspirations we have for the children and young people we work with.