Refugee Support Network - UK

Mentoring hub - Birmingham

"My experience with my mentor helped me to be more stable and confident in a country [which is not mine]. It gave me more confidence to engage with society"
Participant - Refugee Support Network Mentor Programme
Refugee Support Network (RSN) enable young refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking to build more hopeful futures by accessing, remaining and progressing in education.

Years: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

War has driven 13 million children out of school in the Middle East North Africa region, and almost 50 million globally. In conflict, schools are destroyed, occupied by armed groups and used to shelter displaced students. When children and families are forced to flee their homes, they miss out on more education as they make dangerous journeys trying to find a place of safety. For the refugees arriving in Europe, education is a priority: it's how lives begin to be rebuilt and hope for the future in rekindled. RSN services enable young people seeking safety in the UK, whether or not they have been granted refugee status or are still going through the asylum process, to move towards more hopeful futures through education.


Currently over 400 young people each year benefit from RSN's programmes: education, mentoring, access to higher education and specialist educational support. Alongside the direct work with young people, RSN undertake research and consultancy and provide training, ensuring that the voices or young people are heard by the policy and decision-makers who affect their lives.


ALMT are supporting an educational mentoring hub in Birmingham for 14-24 year old refugees, asylum seekers and survivors or trafficking with the following objectives:

1: Improved education retention and progressions rates

2: Reduced social isolation and improved resilience.

3: Improved community cohesion and cooperation


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