The numbers are in! Here are the facts and figures for KKF’s projects in 2013…
We saw 45 young people (aged 10-18) at Youth Club with an average of 20 people per session. 10 of those were unaccompanied minors.
14 new members were welcomed, with over a third of these having been in the UK for less than just three months and a further 50% for two years at most. The remaining 14% had previously been attending After-School Club.
There were 9 active pairs in 2013.
Mentoring relationships usually last at least a year for maximum benefit. Three relationships ended within this time-frame last year due to mentees moving away from the area - one back to their country of origin. Young people identified as being at high-risk remain a priority. The waiting list is long at 27, and an objective for 2014 is to increase our mentoring provision to reach these children.
We have 27 young people on our waiting list. With over 3/4 of our pairs being female, we are in particular need of male mentors. If this is something you might be interested in, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Education Outreach programme worked with 23 young people, with an average attendance of 9 sessions per person. Beneficiaries originate from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Pakistan and Albania, and almost a third were unaccompanied.
The ESOL class saw 10 students, with an average attendance of six and current class size of eight.
In 2013 KKF provided weekly one-to-one support to 16 young people, with the current number in the New Year standing at 12. Over half are unaccompanied minors and/or newly arrived. Four of these young people reported difficulties in the school/college environment, such as bullying, exclusion, delays in securing places and academic struggles. 4% had no experience of formal education.
The majority of referrals come from foster carers and workers in supported housing.
The majority of women involved with the Cooking Project and Coffee Morning Project were of Somali origin, with the rest representing a large number of countries such as Iraq, Libya and Spain. Word of mouth publicity has drawn in the most new members, with a further 40% joining due to their existing involvement with the previously named ‘Coffee Afternoon’ Project. A very small minority are referred either by the Outreach Project or an external organisation.
There were 10 new children at After-school Club in 2013 and each session had an average attendance of 30. 11 of the attending children classified as newly-arrived.
We delivered our advocacy service to 99 people in 2013. 82 were of Somali origin, with the others originating from Eritrea, Pakistan, DRC, Afghanistan, Algeria and Somaliland. There were 669 advocacy sessions, 162 of those being a follow-up to an initial appointment. Again, word of mouth proved particularly effective in that 73 of the 93 referrals came about in this way, with the remainder made by KKF clients. Benefits and housing were the topics most discussed.
We’re pleased to say that we’re now providing support to refugee and asylum-seeking families in the London borough of Croydon as well as Wandsworth, Lambeth and Merton. Looking ahead to the next 5 years, we are implementing an agreed strategy to build on last year’s successes. We aim to provide specialist support for separated children, including psychological support. Our Outreach service will be expanded and we will be developing our monitoring and evaluation systems the entire organisation. Identifying the main areas of concern for our advocacy clients, we will be deepening our knowledge of housing and benefits policies. Last but not least, we will be devoting time to training some of our beneficiaries as volunteers.
Here’s to another great year!