Below are some details about our most recent partners and network of local and international organisations.
In September 2019 Velos Youth partnered with HumanRights360 and Babel DC to deliver a new project funded by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) to better support young people transitioning to adulthood. Read more about the project here.
Through the partnership with HumanRights360 a referral pathway for employability and advocacy needs has been set.
Οur partnership with Babel Day Centre has secured psychosocial support for the young people visiting us.
KHORA‘s expanded community spaces and facilities have contributed to the formation of our partnership. Velos Youth is currently in partnership with KHORA’s most recent project, KHORA Social Kitchen, who provide food every day of the week to the young people of Velos Youth. In addition, the KHORA Free Shop where young people can find clothes and hygiene products, and the KHORA Legal team have been crucial referral pathways.
Velos Youth and Equal Rights Beyond Borders have joined forces for a partnership under the “My Rights!” project that will contribute to educating unaccompanied minors and young adults on their human rights and offer them legal representation in their asylum procedures in Greece.
Omprakash is a platform “dedicated to building mutually beneficial & educational relationships between grassroots social impact organisations”. Through our partnership with Omprakash, Velos Youth has streamlined our volunteer and intern recruitment processes and have set up a centralised platform where we can connect with like-minded organisations.
Defence for Children International has often provided Legal Information workshops in the Velos Youth centre. In a period where legal information for migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers is constantly changing, this referral pathway is supporting the young people visiting us and empowering them by giving them control over their future.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been a regularly visiting our day centre, providing weekly Health Promotion workshops for the young people visiting the Velos Youth centre. In addition, MSF has conducted Travel Medicine workshops and delivered vaccinations for Hepatitis B and Tetanus.
Our collaboration with Diotima has grown through the development of multiple activities inside and outside Velos Youth. Through Gender Workshops, DJ-ing workshops, and visits to local radio and recording studios, Diotima has provided exciting and new knowledge and opportunities to young people. It is opportunities like this that open the pathway for young people to follow their dreams and passions.
Echo Refugee Library has been teaming up with Velos Youth for several months now, providing to Velos Youth service users access to books and printed material in their native languages (Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, Kurdish, French etc…). This rare opportunity in the Athens context has been made possible through the mobile library. It is a really encouraging sight to see young people living in really precarious conditions borrowing books, hoping for something better.
Velos Youth has collaborated with Hellenic Red Cross‘ mobile unit since June 2018. The collaboration continues as the mobile unit provides medical attention and medical examinations to young people visiting the Velos Youth space.
Free Movement Skateboarding has been regulalry providing an exciting outdoor activity for young people. Free Movement Skateboarding’s approach of promoting self-worth and fulfilment, inclusiveness and friendship, and their commitment to safety and safeguarding has been resonating with Velos Youth’s own values and outlook.
Humanity Crew is an international aid organisation specialising in the provision of first response mental health interventions and psychological aid to refugees and people in crises. Humanity Crew has been cooperating with Velos Youth to provide training and development opportunities for the local team and volunteers.