Mentoring Project


Young refugees and asylum seekers who have entered the UK face a series of obstacles: language barriers, lack of social support, and a long period of uncertainty while they are waiting for their immigration status to be decided. As a result, they suffer social exclusion and can become disaffected with their life in the UK. Those with no work permit can become destitute.

Hope for the Young’s Mentors support these young people overcome these obstacles by working on mutually agreed targets tailored to the young people’s needs.

We offer help to young people:

  • Up to the age of 25
  • Who are an asylum seeker OR refugee
  • Who are assessed as vulnerable

We will provide tailored support and advice to help young people – according to their needs. They will receive 2-3 hours a week with their dedicated mentor who will offer one-to-one support as appropriate through:

  • Language development
  • Enrolment advice
  • Study skills
  • Confidence building
  • Emotional Support
  • Increasing access to services

To apply, please send us a referral form (see below). If the young person is eligible, our Project Manager will contact you and/or the young person to arrange an assessment of his/her needs and allocate a dedicated mentor. We aim to process your application within 4 weeks.

Young people who are eligible for financial support can also be referred to our Education Fund for consideration.

To apply, download the referral form below by clicking on “DOWNLOAD REFERRAL FORM”, (if you are having problem downloading the file, right click on the link and choose Save As). Once the file is downloaded to your computer, complete the form, save it, and send it back to us as an attachment to

We aim to establish a pool of Volunteer Mentors with different ages, cultural backgrounds, skills and interests. We look for volunteers who are available to travel to meet their Mentees on a weekly basis for a minimum of 6 months.

We will provide you with an induction, training and expenses, and you will be expected to attend our Volunteer Workshops which take place four times per year.

If you would like to become a Volunteer Mentor, please email us at We will then send you an application form and explain the next steps in the application process.