In autumn 2006 a foster carer came to the Centre Project with a 14 year old unaccompanied asylum seeker. The carer was frustrated by the lack of appropriate provision for the young person who was very isolated and because he was not yet in education, stayed in bed watching TV all day long. The Centre provided an opportunity for the young person to meet other people and be part of the community. The numbers of young people attending the regular drop-in sessions grew and a separate youth provision was created at The Centre, which the young people named Freedom Club to reflect the freedom to make choices.
Most unaccompanied young people arrive in their mid-teen years and are separated from parents, customary care givers, many young people were socially isolated. There are no groups that provide a specialist service that meet the non-statutory needs of unaccompanied asylum seeking young people or new arrivals in Leicester. They have little stability in their lives.
When: 2 days a week – Tuesday and Friday
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: The Centre Project is City Centre based and accessible to all young people.
Activities include: Table Tennis, Pool, Snooker, Table Football, Various indoor sporting activities, cyber café
The sessions will also include:
- IAG sessions
- Drugs, alcohol and substance misuse advice
- Sex and relationships
- Work, employability and careers advice
- Informal educational activities, one to one learning support to improve language skills
- Independent living skills & money management
- Health and wellbeing support, especially mental health
- Advocacy and practical support to ensure that their voice is heard
We hold consultative meetings with the young people, on an ongoing basis, do determine what their needs are and how best we can go about meeting these needs
The sessions are run and supervised by a qualified Youth Worker supported by a youth support worker and volunteers
- Access to a safe social place for young people
- Young people engaging in positive activities.
- Reduced isolation, giving the young people a sense of belonging, safety, freedom and wellbeing.
- Peer support between members.
- Improved psychological and emotional wellbeing.
- Improved learning and personal skills.
- Increased self-confidence.
- Improved motivation to remain in education.
- Access to a dependable and consistent support network.
Please call us on 01162554013 for more information.