Ultimately, through a holistic approach to the individual’s wellbeing we support unaccompanied children and young people aged 16 to 23 years old to re-start their lives where they are, or safely and legally reach an alternative destination that is in their better interests.
Our centre offers basic services such as showers, laundry, and facilitates, and access to state-run services including protection, asylum, accommodation and education through a team of local professionals. Within our spaces a varied program of activities centred around wellbeing, social development and informal education is offered, fostering feelings of belonging, self-worth, empowerment and community. Overall, we support, protect and advocate for the rights of this vulnerable group, particularly in the areas of asylum, health and mental health, housing, protection, education and employment.
More specifically, Velos Youth Centre provides:
A daytime sanctuary.
Our headquarters operate as a safe and relaxed space where young people can access support from both professionals and members of the refugee community. There is access to a shower and washing machine facilities and materials are distributed to service users who are homeless or living in unstable housing options.
Personal & Social Development Program.
A varied program of activities and workshops focuses on wellbeing and social/ interpersonal development, promoting belonging, empowerment, self-respect and community.
A centralised hub.
A platform for networking and referrals to specialised services, as well as recreational and learning activities such as skateboarding, mobile library etc.
Situation support and monitoring.
A case management system integrating individual development on 8 key areas such as “Work & Learning”, “Health”, “People & Support” etc. The case management service supports 50 to 60 case action plans at any given time.
We support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in four main areas: