Our LEAP (Learning and Education Action Plan) group and individual discussions, ran by our two youth workers, are a central part of our operations in Velos Youth. The young people who come to the Velos Youth centre are primarily attending, or being mobilised by our team to start attending, classes in non-formal education. The already … Continue reading Small steps for a big #LEAP
Athens 2020. Covid-19 has descended upon the city. Numbers of confirmed cases rise daily. War, poverty and oppressive governments mean thousands of people from other lands come to the city of Athens in search of safety. Instead they face homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, job scarcity, long difficult processes to get documents, hot and humid weather, … Continue reading Athens Collective of Superheros
During the last two "Creative Bloggers" workshops, we discussed about the positive and negative aspects of living in Athens. Because Athens is a metropolis and still has no super-hero, the young people participating in the workshop started creating one who will protect the city and its population. If you want to see what the super-hero will look like, … Continue reading “Creative Bloggers” keep creating…!
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
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 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
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
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