Specific aims are to:
• to overcome fears and mistrust amongst refugee parents that prevent children engaging in activities outside the home and family
• reduce isolation by providing opportunities for Albanian speaking children to meet with other young within their community and wider community
• enable young Albanian speakers to develop a sense of identity and feel proud of cultural heritage
• reduce the stigma felt by Albanian speaking children about their ethnic identity
• enable Albanian speaking children and young people to access mainstream provision and services
• make their voice herd
• promote role models through different events and awards
• and enable them to undertake take the leadership roles
• prevent young people from engaging in crime and antisocial behaviour
Fabion aged 16yrs started kickboxing at 14yrs old. He brings his younger brother with him each week.
'Before he started kickboxing he was in special education within school due to his disruptive behaviour. He had problems managing his anger and “was getting into trouble”. He is now working towards GCSEs and plans to attend university'
He takes part in lots of other sports and says he has much more confidence.
'They teach you to be careful, that you may hurt someone so I don’t fight on the street anymore… if I am angry I wait till I come here and talk to my friends and coach and punch the bag'
We empowered members of the Albanian community to talk and share their experiences with TELCO (The East London Communities Organisation - a chapter of London Citizens, a registered charity which develops skills and leadership capacity in the neighbourhoods). Some of our members spoke to more than 1,000 people about their experiences as refugees and asylum seekers and their right to citizenship.
Shpresa Programme is a company Limited by Guarantee
registered in England and Wales Registration No 4692860 and registered as a charity
with the Charity Commission Charity No.1110688.