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?)”
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
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
Velos Youth introduced our first ever Entrepreneurship Workshop to teach our young people how to think like an entrepreneur. It is very important for these young people to develop such skills which will benefit their future professional endeavours. Many of the young people have been interested in the stories of entrepreneurs from all over the … Continue reading Velos Entrepreneurship Workshop
As a safe space for young people, Velos Youth aims to support those who visit us holistically. For many, we are a "home away from home" and a place to escape. However, we recognise how important support and guidance on material and procedural matters is too! Our Youth Work team aims to provide the support … Continue reading Receiving support at Velos
Velos Youth has incorporated new Arts activities in its weekly program as we recognise the importance of expression and creativity. Every young person should have the opportunity to explore their creative self in a safe and open environment. Through our Photography workshop and our Creative Arts workshop taking place every week, we empower the people … Continue reading Strengthening Creativity
The end of September marked the end of the one year pilot period for Monopati project. Even if the pilot period is ending, the foundations set through the project will be sustained and even further developed in our daily Velos activities. ‘Monopati’, meaning ‘footpath’ in Greek, promoted and facilitated engagement and access to formal and … Continue reading Wrapping up the pilot period of ‘Monopati’ – The foundations of learning in Velos
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 … Continue reading Sylvie & Arman join the Velos team!