Category: Stories

Samantha and Azim: Two Worlds Join as One

Last year, Samantha, a newly appointed mentor, was assigned her first mentee, Azim. Both of them had very different backgrounds and came from two very contrasting worlds. Before settling in England, Samantha had lived in Germany and France, while Azim, who fled from Afghanistan, was totally apprehensive about the British culture and way of life….

What Education Means to Arooba

Arooba’s arrival in the UK in circumstances beyond her control placed her in a period of extended uncertainty at a crucial time in her life. Having recently completed her A-levels abroad and as an academically gifted and driven young woman, she faced three years of failed attempts to continue her education and attend University in…

Meet Tammana: Admin Volunteer

“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” – Alvin Toffler As well as a lovely quote, this sentence could be seen as Tammana’s motto. As one of our our Admin Volunteers for over a year, she is in charge of…

Niki: Taking Lucy from Isolation to Friendship

Meet one of our brilliant mentors called Niki. Niki has lots of experience assisting those with high support needs. She’s worked at the refugee camps in Cyprus, and understands the value of simply having somebody to talk to, seek advice and learn from. Now back in London working as a Civil Servant, she continues to…

Agnes: A Rising Star

Agnes, aged 19, received a grant from Hope for the Young’s Education  Fund to study at university. However, aged just 4 years old, Agnes  found herself in a new country, thousands of miles from her  family  home in The Gambia. Life in Dagenham, East London,  has been far from easy for Agnes and her family. “I…

Meet Keiyshia: Admin Volunteer

Our Admin Volunteer Keiyshia is essential to both our Mentoring Project and Education Project. She works behind the scenes, but her role is vital in getting everything organised! As well as volunteering with Hope for the Young, she’s also involved with other volunteer work, as well as being a primary school teacher. She’s a force of…

Meet Justin: Fundraising Volunteer

Justin works tirelessly behind the scenes helping to organise many of Hope for the Young’s successful fundraising events such as the New Year Raffle and The Big Half. His passion for helping those in his community is extraordinary and through his hard work and commitment in ensuring these events are a success, he has helped…

Lauren: Overcoming Helplessness During the Refugee Crisis

“I had this overwhelming feeling of helplessness in terms of the refugee crisis and I wanted to do something practical with those feelings.” Lauren felt a sense of helplessness when thinking about the immigration situation in the UK. She had spent a number of years working with a variety of groups dedicated to supporting refugee…

Ismail’s Fight For Law And Justice

On receiving a grant from ‘Hope for the Young’ Ismail was able to attend the second year of his LLB Law degree. His dogged determination, in the face of so many obstacles, to secure this funding is an amazing inspiration for all young refugees across the UK. “I believe education is the key” says Ismail,…