KEY seeks to engage young people from asylum seeking, refugee and migrant backgrounds aged 10-18 years old through arts based and sporting activities. The intention is to enable promotion of social inclusion, access to activities that inspire and motivate young people, as well as enable gentle entry to support through building trust and comfort with support services.
KEY is a new project in the beginning stages – we want to hear from young migrants about activities they would like access to in order to ensure what we deliver meet their needs and interests. We would love to meet with groups of young people to explore their ideas, take part in developing our promotional material and gauge their comfort discussing wellbeing to inform how we develop workshops. If your organisation or school has a group of young people who would be open to partaking in something like this, I would love to hear from you and discuss it further. I am more than happy to come and visit as well.
Some activities we intend to deliver once we have young people interested are:
- A sports based program with Middlesex Cricket. Using sport to engage young people initially, build relationships and participate in fun activities. After the physical activities we would hold workshops around wellbeing, mental health, physical health and identity. We have also been talking with Camden and Islington Sexual Health Service about them doing pop up workshops around sexual health and healthy relationships. We will also explore with the young people how else they might like to use this time e.g. having a homework club.
- Art based activities intertwining with wellbeing, identity and having a voice. We have been speaking with a community space called Time for London in Holloway about completing 2 mural projects within their space. It could be used to send a message to the community about an issue they care about. Other arts activities will be dependent on the age of the group involved.
- We are hoping to run a project with a university focused on creating films and hearing from current students and industry professionals about the variety of creative industries. This is still in development but we would love to know if you know of young people who would be interested.
- Drama based workshops are also in development.
Education and training
- Youth ESOL classes before or after an art or active activity. This would particularly beneficial to newly arrived migrants. We are lucky enough to have a plethora of experienced and passionate volunteer English teachers.
- We are collaborating with Partners for Young London to engage young people in peer and participatory research around an issue they identify themselves. They could then engage in campaigning around the findings.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic the Evelyn Oldfield Unit’s Knowledge Empowers You (KEY) project is currently delivering daily online sessions. These include ESOL classes, homework sessions, and fun sessions to combat boredom caused by young people staying at home during the pandemic.
If you are interested in the programme please contact Lex at Lex@evelynoldfield.co.uk or call on 07366553332.