Peer Support Project

Through our peer support project 16 – 25 year old refugees and asylum seekers with a good grasp of English will be trained as peer mentors to provide English support to other refugee, asylum seeking and migrant young people (11-25) through 1-to-1 study and group sessions.

The project aims to help more young refugees and asylum seekers complete and succeed in their courses, become more confident, make friends and learn English, while also building the Mentors’ confidence and leadership skills.

Our peer support activities include:

CROYDON
From January 2017 we will be starting a new peer support mentoring scheme open to all 11 – 25 year old refugees and asylum seekers.

When: Wednesdays from 4-6pm
Where: Friends Meeting House, 60 Park Ln, CR0 1JE (10 minutes from East Croydon station)

We are taking referrals for young people who would either benefit from extra English support (mentees) or who have a good level of English, and want to help their peers and develop leadership skills (mentors):

MENTORS should be 16 - 25 years old and have a minimum English level of Entry 3. They will receive training for the role and be accredited with a vInspired certificate at the end (this is a volunteering certificate that's recognised by employers and unis)
Deadline to sign up: Thursday 12th January
Start date / Training: Wednesday 18th and 25th January

Download the Mentor role description
Download the Registration & Mentor Expression of Interest form

MENTEES can be 11 - 25 years old and should be in Entry 2 or below (college). They don't have to be enrolled in college.
Deadline to sign up: Thursday 19th January
Start date: 1st February – first session with their mentor

Download the Registration & Mentee Sign Up form

NORTH LONDON
We run two Peer Support Coaching sessions in partnership with the College of North West London.

Wembley Park Campus, Tuesdays 1:15 – 2:45pm
College of North West London (Wembley Park Campus), Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HP

Willesden Campus, Thursdays 2 – 3:30pm
College of North West London (Willesden Campus), Dollis Hill, NW10 2XD
Download the Registration & Mentor Expression of Interest form (Willesden)

For more information or if you have any questions, contact Michele Kirschstein, Peer Support Project Coordinator:
Michele@youngroots.org.uk
07578 650 798

“I enjoyed the fact that I had the opportunity to look after an individual like an older sister and meeting new people.” - Peer supporter

“There were only three people [in my study group] so it was better than having a teacher because we sat down and talked together.” – Young refugee