Youth Activities and Educational Services

The Refugee Council Children's
Section runs eChildren's Section Drawingducational classes and social activities for separated children. 

Summer 2014:  The Children's Section summer holidays started on the 27th July.  Our educational classes will resume in the week starting on the 8th September.

We are able to provide advice on accessing education to young people, their foster carers and support workers including advice for those wanting to register children for school before September 2014.

Although we do not run educational classes over the summer we do run a range of other activities.  Young people can attend the Children's Section in Croydon every week day from 9.30am - 5pm to meet friends, play games and take part in the activities taking place.

See examples of work produced by young people through Children's Section Youth Activities.

Social Evening:  Every Monday and Wednesday 4 - 7pm. 

We run a twice-weekly Social Evening in Croydon to which children come to meet with friends and access peer and adult support.  The Social Evenings are run in partnership with Refugee Youth and the  Separated Child Foundation.  Activities can include photography, film making, table football, pool, and board games.

The frequency of the social evenings varies in school holidays - please email children@refugeecouncil.org.uk for more information.

13 - 14 Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX

Children's Section Social EveningSpaces are limited and unfortunately we cannot guarantee that a place can be offered straight away.

Young people already registered for Children's Section English Classes will get priority to attend the Social Evenings.  If you are not enrolled in English Classes and wish to attend the daily activities and Social Evenings you will need to complete an application form which is available from the Croydon office reception or by contacting our Youth Activities Coordinator.

English Classes

English classes are only for newly arrived separated young people and those not currently attending school or college. Please email our advice service or call 020 7346 1134 for more information. 

 Social Activites

Pound Farm Visit

During term time we host music classes delivered by Soundmix every Friday from 15.00 - 16.00.  No pre-registration is required and young people can just turn up on the day and take part.

We also run adhoc activities during school holidays. In the past we have gone bowling, arranged trips to the cinema and museums, football and swimming, and weekend residentials.

Last summer we arranged two weekend residentials to Somerset and Kent; hired a sports hall in Croydon to play football and basketball; had picnics in Hyde Park; went to the cinema; and went to Brighton.

Contact the Children's Section for details of upcoming social activities ....

Refuge in Film

In November 2013 a group of our clients took part in the Refuge in Film event at the BFI, Southbank. Refuge in Films is part of the Refugee Youth initiative work and is a unique annual participatory film festival that gives people the opportunity to discover what young refugees want to express about their lives.

 The Refugee Council clients took part in a photography project and their work was displayed at the BFI during the film festival. Also during the weekend they took part in a range of exciting creative workshops such as film making and painting.

Refuge in Films