Recreational Activities 2016
Christmas Party, December 2016
Over 60 young people attended our Christmas Party, which was an occasion for young people from all faiths and backgrounds to come together and celebrate the holiday period. There was great music and dance performances and they enjoyed a great roast.
Young people also received Christmas gifts kindly donated to them from several external partners and individual members of the public.
“I had a nice time dancing and I am proud because I was teaching other girls the Indian dance which I was taught by the Social Evening volunteer. I like the Refugee Council and everyone and that’s why I want to come everyday”. (15 year old girl from Somalia)
Trip to the seaside, Brighton - August 2016
Young people enjoyed the flashing fairground rides and amusements during their day trip to the seaside. They enjoyed city walks, eating fish and chips on the seafront and the beautiful view. To complete the day they played beach volley.
Celebrating Diversity - Ramadan July 2016
Over 40 young people attended a massive party in West Croydon organised to celebrate Eid and were provided with a space to showcase their dancing and singing skills. They played games, enjoyed music and food from around the world. They received gifts.
Beyoncé Concert, July 2016
“It was the best Sunday I’ve ever had in my life, the best because I saw Beyoncé—the Queen of music and my favourite singer. I went with my friends and the people who work at the Refugee Council. They are amazing people who made my dreams come true and always make us happy. I cannot believe I saw Beyoncé." (16 year old girl from Albania)
Residential trip to Somerset – December 2016
A group of young people spent three days at a farm in Somerset. This was a breath of fresh air for everyone to see more of the UK than London and a great opportunity to spend time in a beautiful, natural environment, in close contact with a variety of domestic and farm animals. The young people enjoyed feeding the animals which included hens, pigs, cows and horses and doing orienteering courses.
The benefits of the time away manifested themselves in young people being happier, having improved self esteem, better physical health and an increased level of independence. There was an obvious growth in responsibility for self and others, as well as an increased awareness of the nature and the environment in England.
“I feel good and lucky you chose me to come. I like the walk in the village, healthy and fresh food, planting trees and the fire at night. I am very happy and I don’t want to go back to London (sad face)”. (16 year old girl from Eritrea)
PGL Residential Trip, Swindon, October 2016
An adventurous trip with a lot of exciting challenges, team building games and sport activities.
It was a great experience and it improved their self confidence and gave them a chance to build new friendships.
"I am really happy you selected me to come on this trip. I enjoyed climbing the walls and I proved that girls can do better than boys--sometimes. I was the only who reached the top when boys said that I would not" (16 year old from Somalia)
Girls-Only Residential Trip, July 2016
11 Girls attended this residential trip in Somerset and had the opportunity to explore the countryside, feed and play with the animals, learn how to collect and cook with farm products. It was an opportunity for the them to leave London and explore other areas of the country but also to build friendships and feel free to express themselves in a female only environment.