Activities and support for young people

A group of young people on a walk

Ongoing events and activities for young people in Yorkshire and Humber

South Yorkshire 

Happy group

Description We support refugee, asylum seeking and newly arrived young people to form lasting friendships, integrate into their local communities, and provide opportunities for them to influence and shape services they use. We provide refreshments and any activities we take part in are fully funded by RUBIC, including travel costs. ‘Happy Group’ also works collaboratively on campaigns to promote the rights of migrant young people both in Sheffield and beyond.

For unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people [up to the age of 25]

Where central Sheffield

When every Tuesday 5-7pm 

How to join Young people can self-refer to Happy Group by contacting Anna Graham on 07469 660820 or Parents/carers/guardians and professionals can refer young people via this online form.

West Yorkshire

Surviving to Thriving

Description Provides young refugees and asylum seekers with the life skills, advice, mental health support and leadership opportunities to rebuild their lives and thrive in the UK.

For young refugees and asylum seekers [age 11 to 25]

Where Birmingham, Leeds and the east of England

When ongoing

Organisation Surviving to Thriving - a partnership project with the British Red Cross, Refugee Council and UpRising

UK Wide

Safe Passage Young Leaders

Description Young Leaders come together to make friends, learn from each other and make a positive change. They attend workshops and training to develop their leadership and campaigning skills, covering topics such as public speaking, media, film-making, storytelling and how to use your voice to make a change. The Young Leaders lead their own projects and campaigns and are a powerful voice for young refugees across the UK. More information about the programme can be found here.

For young refugees and asylum seekers aged 16-25, based anywhere in the UK

Where East London (travel is paid for from anywhere in the UK) and online

When Wednesdays at 6pm (once a month in London, additional meetings on Zoom)

How to join Young People can self-refer by contacting Ruth Holtom on 07808 516547, by email at or by filling in this form. Parents/carers/guardians can refer young people by filling this in this form.

Other areas of interest

Connecting Opportunities

Description Connecting Opportunities is an integration and employment service for migrants [including UASC]. It helps to improve English, develop the skills needed to gain employment in the UK, feel part of the community and increase confidence and well-being. Travel and childcare costs are paid for.

For migrants age 15 and above who have leave to remain and permission to work but who are not in paid work

Where West Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire [Craven, Harrogate, Selby and York].

When ongoing

National Citizen Service [NCS]

Description National Citizen Service is a programme designed to provide young people with all sorts of new experiences - discover who you who you are and what you can do!

For Young people aged 15-17 who speak reasonably good English and are confident enough to spend some time away from home and with new people might find this a positive experience

Where national

When ongoing

Online support for young people

Description Kooth is a free confidential online mental health resource for young people.

For Young people aged 11- 17

Where online resource

When ongoing

Contact for UASC hub

Your contact for Yorkshire and Humber is:

Delphine Jacobs - UASC Regional Coordinator