Written by one of the Velos Youth founders, Jonny Willis, and published by I Witness Child Migration, the following article draws on the work of Velos Youth and highlights some of the current issues affecting homeless children in Greece. As of May 15, 2020, there are an estimated 967 homeless children residing outside of formal … Continue reading “Out of Sight, Out of Mind? (Where Are All the Homeless Children?)”
Two weeks ago the Velos Youth team engaged in a discussion facilitated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Covid-19 where we learnt useful information about the virus and had multiple of our questions and concerns answered. Additionally, a detailed discussions and consultation with the MSF team around personalised recommendations have helped us make our space … Continue reading Preparations for Covid-19 with MSF
The team at Velos Youth are happy to inform you that after two months of closure, we reopened our space on an appointment basis! From the 18th of May, we opened our space to young people aged 16-21 to use our shower, do their laundry, and/or have a 1-1 with our social workers. These services are … Continue reading We are open!
Three years ago today - on the 1st of June 2017 - Velos Youth opened its doors and welcomed the first people in what is until today a safe hub for young refugees and migrants in Athens. From Day 1, our mission has been to provide safe spaces for displaced unaccompanied children and young people … Continue reading Three Years of Velos Youth
After a ministry announcement, Velos was forced to close the youth center on the 12th of March due to the threat of Covid-19. Despite the fact that this decision disrupted the daily activities, schedule and routine of both Velos Youth and the young people coming to Velos, it was a necessary measure to ensure the safety, … Continue reading Velos Youth goes online
After her three-week volunteering experience at Velos Youth, Alex, a member of our partners Omprakash, has written a strong blog post titled "Re-imagining Our Communities During the Covid-19 Pandemic". Drawing from her experience at our day centre, she explores how community borders are strengthened during this period of uncertainty, but also how spaces like Velos … Continue reading Blog post by our former volunteer
After an official governmental decision following the spread of COVID - 19, our youth centre has closed until further notice. Nonetheless, the Velos team remains active virtually, and open to communicate and support anyone who reaches out to us. We have been in constant discussions to see how we can still support those who would … Continue reading Coronavirus – Velos Youth centre remains closed
At the beginning of December, we decided to showcase all the art we have created the past quarter. With the great support of our former volunteers Arman and Sylvie, art pieces from our Creative Arts workshops, our impromptu art spaces, or from individuals' creative moments during their stay in Velos, overwhelmed and brightened our space! … Continue reading #Throwback – Art Exhibition at Velos
At the end of January 2020, Velos Youth had the pleasure of participating in a second football tournament with three other organisations in Athens - ActionAid, Faros and Red Cross. After going on weekly excursions to play football around Exarchia these past two, three months, the young people visiting our centre were ready to go … Continue reading Another day of football!
With the end of the decade approaching, Velos celebrated with a full day of decorating, creating arts and crafts, music and dance! The young people visiting Velos made sure to make our space festive. We created colourful garlands, beautiful shinny ornaments, wrote about our wishes for the new year, created drawings on our boards, and … Continue reading Celebrations in Velos