Young refugees can face many barriers in achieving their full academic potential, including lack of English, moving from school to school, different teaching styles to those they have experienced before, and the asylum process itself. Our educational mentoring project provides a young refugee or migrant with a structured supportive relationship; they have one to one time with an adult volunteer each week to work on academic development. The project aims to improve educational attainment, improve fluency in oral, spoken and written English and to increase the young person's confidence and self-esteem.
We have discussed the shape of the activities we can safely undertake with our staff, volunteers and young people. We will be maintaining high standards of supervision and support around virtual volunteering, as we always have around 'real life' volunteering. We maintain up-to-date information about those of our staff, volunteers and young people who are at increased risk from Covid-19 themselves or live with someone who is – so that we can take additional steps to protect them.