When the country ground to a halt in the middle of March, we soon realised that young refugees would be hit the hardest. When schools closed, we immediately saw a downturn in refugees’ mental and physical health, and with seemingly no end in sight, something had to change. We asked for your help and you did not let them down.
Thanks to your efforts, we've just hit our £10,000 target in our COVID-19 emergency response appeal. Your generosity has made it possible for young refugees to survive lockdown.
Thanks to your donations, the young refugees we support have
- Been given essential supplies to protect their physical and mental health
- Kept on track with their education and language-learning, even when schools are closed
- Accessed the technology they need to study online
- Stayed in touch with the people who care about them
- Received encouraging messages of solidarity from strangers
- Felt less alone through scary times of social distancing
- Kept busy with designing videos and giving advice to other kids on how to stay positive
What has this looked like in practice? Click on the videos below to let our staff and volunteers fill you in. And you can find out more about our campaign to keep Connected Through Covid, here.
Just £20 a month will give one young refugee an hour of one-to-one mentoring a week.
Catherine is RSN's Chief Executive and this week's lockdown highlight for her was the publication of our new policy briefing about COVID-19's impact on young refugees' education and wellbeing.
Dan works on our higher education team and has spoken to 25 young asylum seekers this week who are keeping their university dreams alive.
Alice is one of our volunteer mentors and her mentee's initial excitement at school closures quickly turned to stress.
Rosy runs our mentoring project in Birmingham and biked a laptop to a young asylum seeker so that she can get online and keep studying for her GCSEs.
Bryony is the head of our Specialist Education and Welfare Support team. As you can imagine, it's been a busy time, but not too busy to give us an insight of what it looks like to offer round-the-clock support and vulnerable individuals
Lucy is one of our volunteer mentors and has been doing a great job at supporting her mentee who's juggling education alongside work in the care sector.
Moses is an RSN staff member and has had the pleasure of passing on your letters of solidarity to young refugees. Here's the lowdown.
Felicity is an old friend but new volunteer for RSN, helping with translations while she's on furlough. Thank you Felicity!
Barney is one of our volunteer mentors and he's the only person his mentee is speaking English with during lockdown.