Our vision here at SLRA is of a community where migrants are welcomed and valued. We work to provide practical advice and support to our beneficiaries and work with them to help them gain the confidence and skills to self advocate.
Many young people have fled persecution or political instability and arrived here having suffered great trauma and without family or friends to support them. We can provide practical and emotional support but believe there is more that can be done to help their mental wellbeing by providing fun and inspirational activities alongside local young people so both groups can learn off each other and build a stronger community.
We understand that people need different types of support and opportunities at different times and we want to provide some respite from the daily stresses and struggles of the uncertainty that comes from the asylum process in the UK.
We plan to do a day trip every half term and two residentials per year, one specifically for the young people and the other including families, many of whom have no access to public funds and are in extremely precarious situations. We would also like to have a winter celebration around Christmas time with gifts to make our clients feel valued and welcome.