Sylvie & Arman join the Velos team!

The Velos team is growing!

Last week, two new volunteers joined us from the UK – Sylvie and Arman! They brought fresh energy in the space and an abundance of new ideas. Sylvie and Arman will be staying until December, organising workshops around photography, entrepreneurship, and global awareness. To follow some of their activities, keep an eye on our social media.

The Velos team is growing this month and what this means for us is more opportunity to development our operations and expand the support we provide to the young people who visit us.

Velos playing football

When it comes to activities and workshop for the young people of Velos, there is nothing better than collaborating with other organisations of Athens! This is exactly what happened on Sunday 15th of September at Aghios Kosmas, where SCI, Greek Forum of Refugees, the Hellenic Red Cross and Velos Youth took part in a football tournament.

The young people split in teams and enjoyed a day of competitive but friendly football. They met new people, re-energised, and practiced a sport everyone loves! Everyone received participation medals in the end, recognising all extraordinary efforts and perfectly rounding up the day.

The tournament was organised by SCI, who did an incredible job in ensuring the smooth and safe running of the event.

Opportunities like these are awesome, as simple things like playing football in a real-sized, grass field should not be taken for granted.

We look forward to participating in more activities like these in the future!

The other guys were better trained, they practice every week together. For us, we were individually good but were not playing as a team. But if we practice and if we get better equipment and shoes, we can be better.” – 17 year old from Afghanistan who participated in the tournament in the Velos Youth team.

New activities with SCI

This week a group of international volunteers from Service Civil International (SCI) delivered a variety of workshops for the young people of Velos Youth.

They did an incredible job! During their art sharing workshop they initiated discussions around music and classical artists. Their story-telling workshop was also great fun. The young people drew variations of each other – a portrait while having their eyes closed, a portrait of the person as their favourite animal, and more. The young people also shared their favourite places in Athens, and drew a picture representing those. We were glad to see the young people working with each other and actively participating in the workshop.

This great partnership will continue until the end of the month. We look forward to seeing what else SCI have planned for us!