Surviving to Thriving Project

‘Surviving to Thriving’ is a partnership project between British Red Cross, Refugee Council and UpRising  that is going to enable 500 young refugees and asylum seekers to become active and valued members of their communities, through a range of support services and social action.

Funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the project will provide practical support to young refugees through life skills and advice and mental health support. The project will also enable these young people to pick up essential skills such as leadership and employability to ease their integration into their new environments.

Additionally, the project aims to work closely with a number of Local Authorities that are increasingly looking after young refugees, building their capacity to deal with the specific needs of young refugees and learning from their experiences.

British Red Cross 

British Red Cross will offer one to one case work on specific needs of the young refugees; group sessions designed to create social networks while increasing their knowledge, skills and confidence relating to their situation; and help with access to services including legal representation.

Refugee Council

The Refugee Council will offer My View project, which is therapeutic counselling, based on a combination of creative therapeutic approaches such as drama therapy, art therapy and one to one counselling This will enable young refugees to address their trauma and help them regain their well-being so that they can look forward to their future.


UpRising will introduce young refugees to the idea of leadership and social action, whilst building self-esteem and other key soft skills to raise their confidence and aspiration. This will be done through a three month, part-time programme called ‘Find your Power’ that introduces social action as a means to develop leadership skills and community engagement.

The project will work in Birmingham, Luton and Leeds.

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