Our Impact & Success

Since the charity was established in 2008, Hope for the Young has been promoting education and helping young people to achieve their potential through mentoring, advocacy, and financial support.

Transforming lives since 2008

Prior to the launch of Hope for the Young in 2008, our current Chair of Trustees, Dr Saedi, was part of a team of health professionals who set up and ran a mental health service for unaccompanied asylum-seekers in London. Three years later, when funding from the Department of Health came to an end, Hope for the Young was established to continue reaching out to the young people left without support.

Since then, Hope for the Young has grown significantly from a small grant-making charity led entirely by its trustees, to an organisation that reached 133 young people in 2022, with five staff members, over 100 volunteers, and a clear mission to remove the obstacles to young refugees’ education and wellbeing.

I felt like the crushing weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders…The generosity I was bestowed with was a turning point at a truly harrowing time. The contribution Hope for the Young has made and continues to make in my life will never be forgotten.

Ismail - Grant recipient

Read our latest Annual Impact Report:

Our Impact to date

  • 250+

    grants awarded to young people to access further and higher education

  • 100%

    of young people either completed or continued their studies after receiving a grant in 2020.

  • 7000+

    hours of tailored one-to-one mentoring support provided to young refugees

  • 81%

    of young people said their English and communication skills had improved as a result of mentoring

  • 92%

    of young people reported feeling less lonely as a result of mentoring

  • 78%

    of young people furthered their pathways to education/employment as a result of mentoring

  • 97%

    of mentors felt they had made a real difference in their mentee's life

  • 203

    young people received emergency supplies from us throughout Covid-19

  • 100%

    of grantees felt more optimistic and hopeful about their future after receiving our grant

Through mentoring I have been inspired by the resilience and adaptability of my mentee. Even in the face of an uncertain future, exacerbated by the pandemic, I am consistently reminded that there is something new to be learned each day, and opportunities for growth and connection with others in the challenges we face.

Marco - Volunteer Mentor

Yousef and Ella

After arriving in the UK alone at the age of 14, and living in limbo for over 9 years without the support he needed, meeting Ella each week finally enabled Yousef to progress with his education, access volunteering opportunities, and build the confidence he needed to start rebuilding his life.

Meet our community!

Abel and Nicole

Abel, a young man from Ethiopia, found the confidence to embrace his identity with the help of his mentor, Nicole.

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Rajmonda poses for a photo in a graduation cap and robe.


Rajmonda, a brilliant young woman from Albania, breaks down all the barriers in her way to graduate with a degree in Education.

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Hakim and Muzzy

Hakim, originally from Afghanistan, found his feet in the UK with the support of his mentor Muzzy.

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Yahya, a young man from Pakistan, overcomes financial challenges and uncertainty to achieve his dream of studying Law.

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Fatmata and Niki

17-year-old Fatmata from Sierra Leone finds the confidence she needs to chase her dreams thanks to her mentor, Niki.

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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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Image of Iynaz and Vivien sitting in a cafe. They are holding Iynaz's certificate of achievement between them.

Iynaz and Vivien

Iynaz, a young woman from Iran, achieved her dream of studying Music Production with the help of her mentor, Vivien.

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Mansoor, from Afghanistan, completes his education against all odds and achieves his goal of becoming a Dental Hygienist.

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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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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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When Julia* came to the UK 4 years ago, aged 19, she found herself having to start all over again. Rebuilding her life and finding a new support network were challenging enough, but she then began to face huge difficulties when beginning a degree ...

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Our Supporters

Being 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 contact our CEO, Matt Blacker, at matt@hopefortheyoung.org.uk

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