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)