Grants and Philanthropy

We are extremely grateful to all the individuals, companies, and grant-making bodies that believe in and support Hope for the Young’s work. Their generosity and commitment directly enables us to remove the barriers that stand in the way of young refugees and asylum-seekers accessing education, integrating with their communities, and leading successful and meaningful lives.


In 2020, over 30,000 people had waited more than a year for an initial decision on their asylum claim, including nearly 7,000 children. Ineligible for student loans, prohibited from gaining employment, and receiving just £39.63 a week to live on, many young people begin to lose hope whilst they wait in limbo unable to pursue their goals or move forwards with their lives.

By contributing to Hope for the Young’s vision of a UK where all refugees can access education and get the personalised support they need to succeed, we can ensure that this time does not go to waste. Our work provides young refugees and asylum-seekers with access to education and offers them tailored one-to-one support alongside their studies so they can develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to achieve their potential and become integral members of our society.

In return For Your Gift

To recognise your gift, you will receive:
  • Regular news and updates regarding your gift and the impact that it has made on young people's lives.
  • An opportunity to meet with Hope for the Young's CEO and Trustees.
  • Invitations to our annual events, celebrations and award ceremonies so you can meet the inspirational young people your gift is supporting.
  • Recognition through our website and marketing materials to highlight your support

Our Supporters

We maintain strong relationships with our partners and would love to hear from individuals or organisations that can support our work. This could be anything from donating a gift, sponsoring our events, or running employee fundraising days. You may be also able to implement payroll giving in your organisation, provide us with pro-bono support, or simply follow and share our work with others.

Being such a small charity, our supporters see directly where their money is going and how it impacts the lives of young refugees and asylum-seekers when they arrive in the UK. If you would like to discuss how to get involved please get in touch at

Meet our community!


Ismail, 24, arrived in the UK as a child. As a teenager, he realised he was ‘undocumented’ and his irregular status would cast a long shadow over his early adulthood, eventually leading to mental health problems. After a decade-long battle to regu...

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Jemal and Victoria

Jemal, a 17-year-old boy from Eritrea, had been in the UK for one year before being referred to the Mentoring Programme. He was not in education and was suffering from an increasing lack of stimulation whilst going through the complex asylum proce...

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This is Hossein's story of resilience and recovery during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Living in shared accommodation, Hossein was unfortunate enough to contract COVID-19. With no family, friends or support network in the UK, he found himself suddenly i...

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Emad is a 23-year-old asylum seeker from Iran who was awarded a grant from Hope for the Young’s Education Fund in 2016, allowing him to finance his first year of university in biomedical science and embark on the first steps towards fulfilling his...

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Rosemary and Maaz

Rosemary is a retired teacher who has been a Volunteer Mentor for Hope for the Young for over a year. Her mentee, Maaz, came to the UK from Eritrea when he was 16. Rosemary and Maaz meet every week at Wimbledon library, where Rosemary helps Maaz t...

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Thanks to his grant, Mars was able to fully fund the flying hours necessary to obtain his pilots license and complete the first year of his course! Living on his own in the UK and without access to financial support, Mars said he would have been u...

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Niki and Lucy

When Lucy from Somalia first arrived in the UK at 23 years old, she was struggling to adjust to life in London. Upon arrival, she moved to Croydon yet spent most of her time at home alone, unable to explore her surroundings due to her anxiety and ...

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Agnes, aged 19, received a grant from Hope for the Young’s Education  Fund to study at university. At 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, ...

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Vici and Manmohan

Born in Afghanistan, Manmohan aged 23, had been in the UK for three years before being referred to Hope for the Young. Unable to use his arms and legs due to having quadriplegia, he requires round-the-clock care from his parents and cannot travel ...

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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. This is her inspirational story of strength and determination in reclaiming her education.

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Samantha and Azim

Before settling in England, Samantha had lived in Germany and France, while Azim had travelled a long way from Afghanistan. Samantha, a professional and confident business woman, ran her own successful recycling business whereas Azim, who came fro...

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