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A short film about the clients and work of the Youth Service

Why do we run this service?

Children who arrive in the UK ‘unaccompanied’ (without a parent or guardian) are confused, homesick and traumatised by the journey. They lack the ability to present their case to the authorities or to meet basic needs without help. They must navigate adolescence in a foreign culture without good adult role models.

Asylum Welcome prioritises care for unaccompanied child asylum seekers and refugees because of the many risks to their welfare.

Who is this for?

Advice and support is available for young asylum seekers and refugees from 13 up to the age of 23 years old.

The youth club is for unaccompanied children aged 15-21 years old.

How to find out more

The youth service co-ordinator is based in our main office. Venda youth club runs from a basement in St Clements approx. 1 mile from our office.

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What does the service offer?

  • Support from the Youth Service Co-ordinator. This includes:
    • Regular confidential, one-to-one appointments
    • Advice and assistance on a wide range of topics including education, training, careers, asylum support, welfare benefits and housing Help to resolve problems at school, or with peers
    • Liaising with lawyers, the Home Office and other organisations regarding asylum claims
    • Guidance on teenage issues, and referrals to appropriate services including health services
    • Assistance for young parents to find support and care in the community
    • Connecting them with leisure activities that match their interests.
  • Venda youth club for young asylum seekers and refugees, every Tuesday evening. Activities include pool, table football, films and video games. Volunteers help with homework, making CVs, applying for jobs or finding accommodation. You can practice English with volunteers and take part in life skills training, including sessions on HIV/AIDS and substance misuse. Masses of fresh food provided, with hot food every fortnight.
  • Day trips in the school Summer holidays, for example swimming, bowling, trips to London, to the cinema and to watch football at the Kassam Stadium.

Who are our partners?

Asylum Welcome’s Youth Service works closely with Oxfordshire Social Services, the Children’s Society and specialist housing provider Key2.

To meet the health needs of young people we work closely with Terrence Higgins Trust, Refugee Resource and Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The Youth Service Co-ordinator chairs the Oxford City Interagency Meeting for the Welfare of unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people.