Our Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019 has now ended.

Thanks to your generosity, we exceeded our target of £4,000.

If you would like to donate but didn’t get the chance during the appeal, you can donate anytime via our JustGiving page.

If you have a few of minutes, please stay and watch this short film made with some of the young people supported by Young Roots and with our Patron, Juliet Stevenson

When I first started coming to Young Roots, I needed help with many things which were negatively affecting my life. These included housing, food, support with my asylum claim and also with my health. With the help of my caseworker, I was able to access the support that I needed, and things gradually started to improve.

Because some of the most urgent issues were taken care of, I started to feel like leaving the house more and began using my time more productively. I started feeling motivated to do things I enjoy again, like football.

Young Roots and my solicitor worked closely together to help me with my case and the positive outcome means I have been able to start building my life.

I began participating in different projects and completed courses at The Princes Trust. I found this extremely enjoyable and they have now asked me to represent them as an ambassador. I started doing football coaching in the community and have also become involved with Young Roots’ Young Leaders programme. As part of this, I have learned about building confidence and public speaking and have also sat on two interview panels.

I feel very grateful for the work Young Roots have done with me and the help I have received. Looking back, I can see how far I have come and how much I have grown in confidence and self-belief. I hope that Young Roots can continue to help others like how they helped me because without them I wouldn’t have had all the different opportunities I have had this year. I am very excited for my future and to see what more I can achieve.

(Moises, young person supported by Young Roots in Croydon )