Young Roots' peer support project aims to help young refugees and asylum seekers improve their English through peer mentoring.
The project supports 16 - 25 year old refugees or asylum seekers who have a good grasp of English to mentor one or two young refugees or asylum seekers who are at a lower level.
While the project itself is focused on supporting the young people with their English, through making new friends, becoming less isolated and feeling more confident in the language the project also supports their general health and wellbeing.
The mentors commit to one term but are encouraged to continue if their circumstances allow. They are matched with mentees based on a variety of factors, including English levels, first language, what aspects of English mentors are most confident in and mentees want most help with (writing, speaking, reading, etc.) and, where possible, taking into consideration gender preferences.
The sessions run on a weekly basis; two in North West London (term-time only) and one in Croydon (year-round).