Safe to Grow (STG)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]YCSA introduces ‘Safe to Grow’ (STG), a programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and The Robertson Trust . The programme aims to relieve symptoms of trauma, promote mental wellbeing, and decrease isolation, for 16 – 25 year old asylum seekers and refugees . Through STG, young people can get involved in:

Art Psychotherapy – our in-house art psychotherapist, Misa, provides sessions with individuals which involve trauma-informed education and art as a medium to explore emotions, beliefs and trauma, with an emphasis on mind-body exploration. Our young people have reported reduced problems with sleep, being more comfortable in their bodies, and generally feeling more in control of their lives.

1:1 Support– our volunteers support young people to set goals, improve their CV, search for jobs, practice English, complete official forms such as benefits applications, get more involved in their community or just decide what they want to do next. Young people can access a volunteer for 1 or 2 sessions if they want support with a short term goal, or up to 6 sessions if they would benefit from longer term coaching.

Social Activities – we aim to provide a number of activities at any one given time to align with a number of different interests. Currently these include:

•            T-shirt Design Classes: Wednesday 1pm – 3pm  ( now – 7th of June)

•            Social Group: Sundays 2pm – 4pm (4th – 24th June)

•            Trauma Dance: Wednesdays 3pm – 4pm (14th & 21st June, 1st & 8th July)

•            Cooking Classes: Saturdays 1pm – 3pm (17th – 8th July)

Who is it for?

Asylum seekers and refugees aged 16 – 25.

More Information

Please email or phone our Programme Lead, Natalie Innes:

Email: Phone: 07784833641