Surviving to Thriving Project

‘Surviving to Thriving’ is a partnership project between the British Red Cross, the Refugee Council, and UpRising. Based in Birmingham, Luton and Leeds, the project is enabling 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 the People’s Postcode Lottery, the project provides practical support to young refugees through helping them to develop life skills and offering advice and mental health support. The project also enables these young people to boost essential skills, such as leadership and employability, to ease integration into their new environments.

Additionally, the project works closely with a number of Local Authorities, building their capacity to deal with the specific needs of young refugees and to engage with - and learn from - their experiences.

British Red Cross 

The British Red Cross offers one-to-one casework, dealing with the specific needs of young refugees; group sessions, designed to create social networks while increasing knowledge, skills and confidence; and help with access to services, including legal representation.

Refugee Council

The Refugee Council offers support through the My View project: therapeutic counselling based on a combination of creative approaches - such as drama and art therapy - and group therapy. This enables young refugees to address their trauma and supports them in regaining their well-being so that they can look forward to the future.


UpRising introduces young refugees to the idea of leadership and social action, while building self-esteem and other key 'soft skills' to raise their confidence and aspirations. This is done through a three-month, part-time programme called ‘Find Your Power’ that introduces social action as a means of developing leadership skills and community engagement.

If you want to understand more about the project, you can view a range of videos featuring some of the young people themselves. These have been created by UpRising and can be viewed here.

The Refugee Council is accepting new referrals for Luton and Leeds. Referrals for Birmingham are currently on hold, but we expect to accept referrals again from September 2018 - please check this website for updates.

To make a referral, please complete the My View STT Referral Form in full and send it to

For general queries, please contact:


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