Photography is my window to the world, to see and express myself. The first picture I took of the sunset it speaks about there is light after the darkness, whatever you are passing through in life, there will be light, don’t give up, there will be life for you. Just like the sun always rises … Continue reading Speaking through my pictures
Finding different ways to express ourselves means we can connect with others, make our voice heard and create understanding in others of our experiences and perspectives. This is why we started our “Creative Bloggers” workshops; self expression workshops at the Velos Youth centre. We wanted to create a space for the young people who come … Continue reading Young People’s Blog – Watch This Space!
Everything has beauty. We should see it in different ways. Sometimes we go very far for find the beauty but many beautiful things in front of us we can't see beauty of them because we don't see them in beautiful way. We should see everything in different way for find the beauty. Photos are clicks … Continue reading “Everything has beauty”
Covid-19 and all its implications put Velos Youth in a pathway of heightened flexibility and innovation. After many changes (virtual work, a continued appointment system, etc) the Velos team has continued working hard to bring back one of the most crucial elements of our work: providing a safe space for young people. In a month … Continue reading A safe space for young people
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