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 271 young people in 2020, with four staff members, 70 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

Our Impact to date

  • 204

    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

  • 94%

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

  • 67%

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

  • 94%

    of young people said mentoring had helped them progress in education

  • 94%

    of young people reported an increase in confidence after 6 months of mentoring

  • 203

    young people received emergency supplies from us throughout Covid-19

  • 87%

    of grantees felt supported to access new opportunities and services

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!


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 Project. He was not in education and was suffering from an increasing lack of stimulation whilst going through the complex asylum process...

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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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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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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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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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Alex and Dawit stand next to each other, smiling.

Alex and Dawit

Dawit, now 17 years old, had been in the UK for just 4 months when he was matched with his mentor Alex. This is the story of their mentoring journey – the challenges they faced along the way and their remarkable achievements!

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A woman medic wearing blue scrubs and a face mask .


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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