The main aim of Lingua House is to support young asylum seekers and refugees – including unaccompanied minors - emotional well being by supporting them in learning English, understanding how the borough of Croydon works and creating activities and opportunities for them to engage fully in community life.

Through the work of ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) Connectors the initiative is in contact with over 50 children and young people across the borough through outreach, one to one support with health and immigration appointments and weekly English lessons held at Croydon Voluntary Action. They have established strong links with organisations in regular contact with young people including Croydon Council's Unaccompanied Minors Team, the Red Cross, Off the Record, Young Roots and a network of foster carers.  From academic success to taking part in local community based activities to learning new skills, this project will help toward making this group of young people feel confident and able to be a part of the life in their new home.

Lingua House checks the success of the project by undertaking rigorous evaluation starting with the young people, outlining what their hopes and ambitions are and creating a personal plan for them based on the projects activities. The project will check their success by regular feedback from beneficiaries and some time from their foster family and social workers and key workers.
Lingua House would expect to achieve the following outcomes:

  • All young people maintained and supported in education and have a pathway to Higher Education, apprenticeships, volunteering opportunities and employment where possible
  • Integrate in the society become employable, keep them save from crime. Have fun.
  • Wider society be more aware and understanding of what is facing those seeking asylum in our borough

The project has been awarded £1000 through the local Active Community Fund.  For more information contact CVA's ABCD Builder paul.macey@cvalive.org.uk