Giving young refugees a sense of belonging

Our Refugee Cricket Project won an award at the Three Faiths Forum evening of Faith Recognition and Celebration. The awards evening celebrated the unsung heroes of London’s faith and belief communities with support of Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London’s Council on Faith. The evening brought together organisations and individuals across London who seek to enrich Londoner’s sense of belonging and to celebrate the work of those who seek to build bridges across London’s diverse communities.

The Refugee Cricket Project provides a safe space for unaccompanied young refugees to integrate into the London community through cricket, helping to create a home from home. The project targets young refugees who came to the UK by themselves as children, providing them with cricket sessions and access to a Refugee Council adviser who helps with a broad range of practical issues and gaining support with immigration and welfare issues. During 2016, 129 individual unaccompanied young refugees attended the programme in Croydon. Over 350 face-to-face advice sessions were undertaken at the programme. The Refugee Cricket Project received £500 to continue their work in tackling social inclusion within our community.