We put young people at the heart of what we do – their safety, wellbeing, interests and goals guide the way we work and what we offer. You can read more about Young Roots’ commitment to youth participation here.
Our youth activities include:
• Weekly youth clubs in Brent and Croydon. We cook together, dance and play games, and have a combination of creative and practical sessions, from guitar lessons, singing and drama to language support, sexual health and rights and entitlements workshops. A caseworker is available at our mixed youth groups in both locations. Please note: the drop-in at our Croydon youth group is temporarily suspended as we are unable to take on new cases. It will be reopened as soon as possible.
• A weekly girl’s group in Croydon (with Refugee Council). A space for girls to build self-esteem and self-awareness and to express themselves in a safe space. Activities include art, music, group games, dance and workshops on different topics.
• Weekly Football in Brent. A chance to train and play games on a state-of-the-art pitch with a qualified coach.
• Weekly English language support. Our peer-led language project trains 16 – 25 year olds as peer mentors to provide English support in 1-to-1 and small group sessions to other refugee, asylum seeking and migrant young people (11-25) who have a lower level of English. Mentors can be young people from the local community, or refugees/asylum seekers themselves who have a good grasp of the language. The sessions include:
• A weekly English Club in Croydon run year round
• Two weekly English Coaching groups at the College of North West London, one in Wembley and one in Willesden, run term time only
• Trips and holiday activities. One Saturday a month and during the holidays we run additional activities including trips in the local area and to central London, chosen by the young people.
We work within a youth participation framework and support young people to make their own decisions and to advocate for themselves when possible. We aim to provide a professional, responsive service and value the kindness, knowledge and understanding of our caseworkers.
We are a small team of 3 staff and therefore, we will prioritise young people who have no other support networks. The casework service is validated by Project Oracle.
Please note: We are not able to act as appropriate adults and/or accompany young people who are not accessing our service already. We do not currently offer immigration advice.
A full schedule of the above activities in each location can be downloaded here.
If you would like to refer a young person to our activities, please complete our referral form.
For North London referrals, please send completed form to NLReferrals@youngroots.org.uk.
For Croydon referrals, please send completed form to CroydonReferrals@youngroots.org.uk
Our weekly youth clubs, girls’ group and Croydon English Club are run on a drop a drop-in basis and young people are welcome to just come along on the day. If they’d like support getting there, get in touch to see if we have a volunteer available who could meet them to bring them along.