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.
• 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.
• A weekly lunch group at the College of North West London (Willesden) where students can drop in to play music, board games and cards, or just have a space to hang out with their friends.
• 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.
Our casework service provides 1-to-1 support with immigration and housing issues, finding solicitors, registering with GPs, accessing benefits, education and mental health support, and making referrals to other services. Our caseworkers are available at our youth groups in Brent and Croydon, through our drop-in at the College of North West London (Willesden), and by appointment in our Croydon. The casework service is validated by Project Oracle.
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.