The films, produced as part of the Find Your Power programme, cover a range of relevant and important topics including age assessments, loneliness, turning 18, dreams, prejudice, respect and the asylum process.
Find Your Power is lead by the youth leadership development organisation UpRising, and introduces the idea of social action as a means to develop leadership and create change within their communities. Young refugees and asylum seekers aged 16-25 can access this aspect of the project to build self-confidence, self-esteem and develop communication skills. During the programme, the young people are supported to explore issues and experiences that are important to them, to understand their perceptions as unaccompanied asylum seeking children in British society, and their hopes and fears for the future.
Find Your Power is run as part of the Surviving to Thriving project, a partnership between the British Red Cross, the Refugee Council and UpRising. The project aims to support unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees aged 11-25, offering life skills, advice, mental health support and leadership opportunities to rebuild their lives and thrive in the UK. The project also offers dedicated training for professionals particularly social workers and mental health professionals to provide them with the specialist skills and knowledge needed to work with young refugees and asylum seekers.
More information on Surviving to Thriving can be found on the British Red Cross – Surviving to Thriving website.