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. For times and locations of all our groups, please see our Schedule of Activities page.

If you would like to refer a young person to any of the activities / services below, 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

Advice and Social Support Hubs

Our hubs link together some of our existing our activities with on-site advice and support from external partners to increase access to these services and decrease the stress and uncertainty of waiting for appointments.

Brent
In Brent, our hub runs alongside weekly football sessions and English language learning groups. Our caseworker is available to offer young people advice on a range of issues from housing to access to education (see Casework service below). We also partner with expert organisations who offer further specialised support at the hub. Young people can drop in for legal advice on age assessments and public law from Bindmans LLP. Young people can also be referred under certain circumstances for psychological support and assessment by the Helen Bamber Foundation. 

For more information about the Brent Hub, contact: Molly on molly@youngroots.org.uk

Croydon
In Croydon, our hub runs alongside our established youth club. We have a Young Roots caseworker available for drop-ins, legal advice on immigration provided by Coram Children’s Legal Centre twice a month, and psychological support from Off the Record for young people we’re already working with.

For more information about the Croydon Hub, contact: charlene@youngroots.org.uk

Activities

Brent

Youth group
We run a lively weekly youth club for all asylum seekers and refugees ages 11-25. We have guest facilitators, and the young people cook, socialise and play games. Some support may be available to help with transport costs.
Please contact Nat on nat@youngroots.org.uk for more information.

Football
The football activity gives young people a chance to train and play games on a state-of-the-art-pitch with a qualified coach. It’s currently open to 16 – 25 year olds.
Please contact Nat on nat@youngroots.org.uk if you would like to come.

Language learning groups
The language learning groups run twice a week – once at the youth group and once at the hub – and are a space for young people to practice their English through conversation and language exercises. All refugees and asylum seekers ages 11-25 are welcome to attend.
Please contact Tina on tina@youngroots.org.uk for more information.

Peer support groups
Our peer-led language project is run with the College of North West London so is open to students attending the college’s Wembley or Willesden campuses. The 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 (16-25) 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 group at the Wembley campus and a weekly group at the Willesden campus, and runs during term time only.
Tina leads on this activity and you can email her on tina@youngroots.org.uk.

Croydon

Pedal Power – bike project
This activity is run together with the Bike Project and is open to young women who are 15+, aiming to help them learn to cycle and build their confidence doing.

Girls’ group
This group is run in partnership with Refugee Council and is open to girls up to 21 years old. It’s a space that aims to help them build self-esteem and self-awareness, and to express themselves in a safe environment. Activities include art, music, group games, dance and workshops on different topics.

Youth group
At the youth group young people cook together, dance and play games, and includes a combination of creative and practical sessions, from guitar lessons, singing and drama to language support, sexual health and rights and entitlements workshops. This runs alongside the Croydon Advice and Support Hub.

For more information about Croydon activities, contact: Charlene on charlene@youngroots.org.uk.

Casework Service

Our casework service offers support and advocacy to young refugees and asylum seekers enabling them to access legal advice, welfare support, mental and physical healthcare and education.

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 4 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.

Leadership Group

The Young Roots Leadership group is a project that brings together young people from Brent and Croydon and is open to current and previous Young Roots participants, age 16 to 20 years old. The aim of the group is to influence and shape Young Roots’ work and services as well as raise awareness and make change on issues that matter to young refugees and asylum seekers. Young people participate in two residential trips per year and learn new skills, including facilitation, campaigning, research and interview skills which they then apply during Young Roots activities and events.

For more information about the leadership group, contact: Despina on despina@youngroots.org.uk

You can read more about Young Roots’ commitment to youth participation here.