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New Horizon Youth Centre and Lambeth Law Centre launched a new satellite service for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants last week, with a workshop aimed at assisting young people and busting migration myths.

We often work with people who’ve escaped war, persecution, violence or economic breakdown in their home country and who are seeking a safer life in the UK. Many arrive unable to speak English, with few belongings and no support network, and all face the huge and complex legal process of claiming asylum, allowing them to live and work in this country. Others were brought here as children by their parents, and find themselves as adults unable to work or study due to uncertainties around their immigration status.

In order to give these young people the best possible help with what are often complicated legal matters we’ve partnered with Lambeth Law Centre, who provide expert advice, advocacy and legal representation for people who would otherwise struggle to find support. LLC’s highly qualified staff will hold monthly drop-in surgeries at New Horizon Youth Centre, helping our young people with immigration, accommodation, work rights and other issues within a legal framework.

To mark the start of this new satellite service we asked Lambeth Law Centre and The Children’s Society to provide an interactive workshop aimed at migrants and refugees, covering information around everything from housing to healthcare. We encouraged all young people to attend regardless of their background, as the session was also designed to correct some of the misconceptions around migration which might otherwise go unchecked. It was also a fantastic opportunity for young people and staff to get a better insight into the problems faced by some of people who accessing the centre.

The workshop was a great success, with over 20 young people remaining engaged and curious during the two hour session, followed by individual advice given to young people who needed it. We hope to run the workshop on a regular basis and look forward to seeing Lambeth Law Centre again in August for their next drop-in surgery.

 

"We really enjoyed working with staff and young people at New Horizon Youth Centre last week. It was a very positive and collaborative atmosphere and we hope the young people gained useful knowledge about their rights and entitlements in the UK"

The Children's Society

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