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Write Messages of Support to young refugees & asylum seekers

EDIT: This project has now ended. Thank you for sending your Messages of Support to the young people we work with. You can still read your messages below.

Ahead of Refugee Week 2021, which launches on Monday 14th June, Young Roots is inviting you to write messages of welcome and support to the young refugees and asylum seekers we work with. This year’s Refugee Week theme is ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, and we want to give our Young Roots’ community the chance to support young people to feel a sense of belonging and to reduce their social isolation.

The young people we know and work with everyday have been through unimaginable hardships and the pandemic has only intensified their social isolation, increased their anxiety, and made it harder to find a sense of belonging. Despite this, they show remarkable resilience in their daily lives, that we want to recognise and celebrate. 

That is why, in the lead up to Refugee Week, we are inviting you to write Messages of Support to young people, and join Young Roots in forming a welcoming, positive, hopeful, and encouraging community. 

We will compile your Messages of Support, before posting them to this page as well as sending them on postcards to the young people we work with, alongside personalised messages of support from our teams. 

How do we send in our Message of Support?   

Online Form 

If you are taking part in this project with your school, you can access the form and submit your message by clicking here. 

If you are over 18, you can submit your message by filling in this form. 

While we can use your first name or initials to sign off the message, we appreciate you may prefer to remain anonymous. If this is the case, you can use the tick box in the form to let us know. 

Social Media  

You can also DM us your Messages of Support on the following platforms:

Alternatively, you can comment under our dedicated ‘Messages of Support’ posts, which will appear on Facebook and Instagram. 

Email  

Email your message of support to fundraising@youngroots.org.uk. You can also use this address to ask any questions you may have.   

When can we send in our messages of support? 

We will be collecting these messages between 24th May and 6th  June, so we have time to put them on postcards ahead of Refugee Week, which runs 14th – 20th June.  

I am unsure what to say but would like to get involved! Do you have any suggestions?  

Think about what you would want to hear if you were in young people’s shoes. Here are some suggestions below:

  • Use it as an opportunity to welcome young refugees and asylum seekers to London and to the UK.  
  • Let young refugees and asylum seekers know they are not alone. 
  • Tell young refugees and asylum seekers they have the support of many people and that you are glad they are here. 

Your message does not need to be long – a few kind words can make all the difference.  

Your Messages of Support

We update this table everyday so you can check your and other people’s messages. Keep them coming!

1My family and I are so happy that you are here and wish you good health and happiness. – Ryshel
2Wishing you a very warm welcome here in the UK. I hope this new journey brings you a safe, happy & comfortable life. All the best x
3You have so much potential to reach your dreams. – Avesta
4As an old Londoner I want you to know that London has always welcomed refugees! You are no exception. My grandparents arrived here over 100 years ago and times were hard but eventually things got better thanks to the kindness of strangers. We may be strangers to you but we are here for you and will do all we can to make you feel welcome and to make your lives a little easier if we can. – Liza
5Welcome, welcome, welcome to the UK! I work in a school in Rochdale – a town in Northern England that is filled with different people from lots of different backgrounds. I want to say to you that you must celebrate. Celebrate your differences, celebrate the amazing culture you bring to this country, celebrate you being here, celebrate your future. I hope you achieve everything you wish to achieve. Once again, welcome. – James
6Hello! I am not entirely sure what to say in this message because there is so much I wish to say. I want to wish you health and happiness, and I hope that you will find safety and peace in your new life. Everyone deserves to live a good life, and to have opportunities to study and work and succeed. I want you to know that you are so very welcome here. I want to welcome you to the UK, and to reassure you that many, many people living here are glad to offer you shelter and help. I wish you all the blessings in the world! – Tyla
7Just know that there is so much love and care for you out there, more and more people will realise what is good over evil. You are already a teacher for those who have not lived through your experiences. And you already have the strength and knowlege that a lot of people here don’t have. Keep going, good luck. Sending you love and positivity. You have not been forgotten about. There are so many of us who can’t wait for you to thrive here x‘ – Georgia
8You are welcome and you are deserving
9Children arriving in UK and seeking asylum, however they arrive, will have suffered many hardships and traumas. As children (with rights under the UN Convention on the rights of the Child and Children Act 1989) and as asylum seekers they are owed especially protection and caring services. Above all- they are CHILDREN FIRST, and like all children separated from their parents, they need stability, good parenting, therapy to ease the impact of trauma, and a sense of belonging and permanence. Young Roots is a really excellent service providing as much support as it can. – June
10I am a British person who has lived in other countries. I believe everyone deserves to be able to move around and live where they feel happy and safe. I hope that you are able to find joy and belonging, and achieve your goals in life. I welcome you to this country with open arms. 🙂 – Kate
11I know it’s hard. Nobody should have to go through what you have experienced. But you have got this far & that is a testimony of your strength — you have everything within you to keep going. Keep your head up & walk proud.
12Hello, I am so glad that you arrived safely here. I have nothing but admiration for you. You can use your unique life story and talents to lead a safe, healthy and fulfilled life! Wishing you all the very best in schooling and beyond! – Jill
13You are welcome here, this is your home now. You bring so much to the UK already! We can all learn a lot from you! You deserve safety, love and happiness. – Charlène
14A warm hello and welcome to the UK! I know I speak for the majority, when I say that we are so happy and honoured to have you here in this country and as you embark on this journey, may your new life bring you positivity, health, happiness, safety and opportunity. Best wishes and good luck 🙂 – Joanna
15Hello and a very warm welcome to the UK! I am so glad you’re here and really hope that you make yourself at home. Sending you lots of love and light! x – Beth
16Please know that you are loved, and you are welcome. I’m so proud of you for making it here and so excited for the beautiful bountiful future that lies ahead of you. You matter, your voice matters, your story matters – never forget that. – Natalie
17You are so welcome; I’ve loved growing up in London which is so multicultural and all the more vibrant for it! You deserve to have a safe place to call home – to grow and live and work, where you are appreciated and valued, and I hope that you will feel that from the people you meet here!
18Welcome to the UK! I wish you every success in building a happy life here, I am sure you will settle into your new home and be able to start making new, happy, memories. – Adam
19You are welcome here! This country is just as much yours as it is mine. You are loved and you can do anything! – Arwen
20Welcome to London. I hope you can thrive and grow and receive love and enjoy life the way all young people should be able to. I hope you feel welcomed and accepted. I hope this is the beginning of a new chapter in your life that brings you joy. – Beattie
21Welcome to England. I’m very happy that you are here. I’m sending you warm wishes and positivity, may you feel safe and welcomed.
22That journey’s over , This one is just beginning, Love & welcome.
23I am thinking and praying for your health, happiness and family. Sending all my love.
24Hello! I hope you are having a good day, and if not, I hope it gets better. Welcome to the country, we are grateful to have you here, and hopefully it, and the many kind people here and everywhere, will serve you well. Sparkle bright!
25I want to wish you a very warm welcome to the UK. I hope this new journey brings you safety, peace and above all happiness. I also hope that this new chapter in your life is as successful as it can be, and that you all find your callings.
26Don’t give up on your dreams! You can be anything and do anything you set your mind to! Much love ❤️
27Welcome to London. Like so many people in the city I want you to know that you have my respect and support. I am very happy you have found Young Roots which is full of people ready to work with you to overcome the problems you face, and to connect you to others.
Thank you for all you bring to Young Roots, and to London.
With very best wishes

Jo

What will you do with our Messages of Support?  

Your messages will be posted on this page, with a few also being shared throughout Refugee Week on our social media platforms.  

We will print your messages on the front of postcards and send these to the young people we work with during and after Refugee Week.  

Thank you for choosing to support young refugees and asylum seekers. We hope you enjoy writing your messages, which we know will mean so much to the young people and serve as reminders that they are not walking alone.