British Red Cross R’n’B project in Croydon

Life as a refugee or asylum seeker in the UK is hard enough if you’re living alone in a strange country where you don’t know the language or the customs – how much more so if you’re a young person.

In 2011, over 1,200 unaccompanied children under the age of 18 applied for asylum in the UK*. Local authorities have a duty of care to provide for them under the Children Act, but in reality, scarce resources and spending cuts are making it increasingly tough.

The British Red Cross runs the R’n’B project – a befriending project for young people – which provides activities and support for unaccompanied young refugees and asylum seekers. To find out more, Cathy Aitchison visited the group in Croydon where she spoke to project leader Mark Clay and case worker Hugo McDonald Hull – and met some of the young people.

Click here to listen or download (via Soundcloud)
In: “My name’s Mark Clay …
Out: … is really, really important.”
Dur: 6′ 39″

For more information:
Visit the Red Cross website where you can find out more about the projects and services, and how to volunteer.

*Source: Home Office Immigration Statistics (Tables in Excel format)


Radio 1812 on Croydon Radio

Croydon Radio is taking part in Radio 1812 with a special edition of Are We Nearly There Yet?, recorded on Monday 17th December.

Produced and presented by Swazi Rodgers, this is a family show which goes out live every Monday from 1pm-2pm.

Click here for more details and to listen.

Radio 1812 on Camden Community Radio

Regular contributors Camden Community Radio are taking part
in Radio 1812 again this year.

Camden Community Radio’s reporter Cina Aissa interviewed Rukhsana Chisti from
the West Hampstead Women’s Centre.
Click here for more information and to listen.

Radio 1812 on Resonance FM

There will be a special programme for Radio 1812 on Tuesday 18th December on Resonance FM. DJ Debbie will bring you world music, interviews and features.