Refugee Therapy Centre

Mentoring Project

The Mentoring Project is aimed at easing the process of integration for refugee and asylum seeker children, young people and their parents, who are at risk of social exclusion due to barriers of language, culture and education.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1085922)




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




The children and young people we work with often express frustration at being unable to fully understand their teachers and participate in class due to their limited English skills. Many also experience difficulties with concentrating at school due to bad memories, as well as anxieties to do with getting used to the new school system, making friends in a new culture or with bullying.


Developed in 2004 in response to the need for additional help for young refugees and asylum seekers, our volunteer Mentors provide weekly supportive sessions focused on building children’s confidence by helping them to improve their English language skills and understand their homework. These sessions may be one-to-one or in a small group for young people who need more support with interacting socially and building their confidence and ability to relate to their peers, and make new friends