Many young refugees have had a very interrupted childhood and are significantly behind their peers educationally. Subsequently they can face significant barriers to finding meaningful work. The Katherine Lowe Settlement (KLS) Love to Learn programme works in Wandsworth to broaden broaden educational experiences and improve both educational outcomes and aspirations for these young people.
KLS is a much-loved, busy charity that has been at the heart of the community in Battersea, South West London, since 1924. Following a successful pilot (funded by the ALMT in 2021) this project aims to extend KLS’ wellbeing and employability support for refugee young people. It will improve aspirations, enabling participants to progress towards a chosen career with confidence and make informed choices about their education, whilst also facilitating meaningful encounters with potential employers.
The project aims to continue building relationships with employers and offer career mentoring and guidance for young people. It will introduce the concept of career planning early in GCSE years so that young people are able to choose appropriate options for their future. Sessions on nutrition, mindfulness, finance, relationships, sexual health and personal hygiene will also extend emotional wellbeing and mental health support for registered participants enabling them to make a smooth transition into adulthood.
During the year, the programme will work with 75 young people. Alongside employability and wellbeing sesssions the Love to Learn Partnerships Manager will also provide on-going and bespoke advice and guidance for participants so that they are able to thrive in education.
Funding will cover the part-time salary of the Love To Learn Partnerships Manager.