Behind the Scenes: Interview with community leader Ornela

Interviewer: Lisa, SLRA volunteer; Interviewee: Ornela Ornela is an active youth client who regularly joins our Youth Club and supported our campaign “Taking Care”. Ornela joined our 4-Week Community Organising Course in February facilitated by CitizensUk. I interviewed Ornela on the phone. What is/was your motivation to join the community organizing course?  “First of all, […]

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The Power of the WE  

Community Organising Course with Citizens UK  During February, around 30 people we work with, joined our community organising course facilitated by Abigal and Elsie from Citizens UK. Every Thursday morning the whole group met online for 2 hours to learn about what community organizing means, what different kinds of power and leadership there are, and […]

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Social Tuesday

written by Hannah (ARSP intern) On Tuesdays the Woodlawn Centre next to the SLRA office becomes a social space for migrants and asylum seeker. Last year, we started the Social Tuesday. On this day of the week, we offer drop-ins for ESOL (Englisch for Speaker of Other Languages ) and community lunch. In the morning, […]

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Report Launch: ‘Taking Care: How local authorities can best address immigration issues of children in care’ 

written by Francess and Lisa On Care Day – the 18th of February 2022 – we finally launched our report together with Coram Children’s Legal Centre: ‘Taking Care: How local authorities can best address immigration issues of children in care’. Last Friday, more than 80 people from local authorities, organisations, charities, and interests joined our webinar.  […]

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Youth Participation

Francess Horton interviewed by Lisa Merker In the beginning of this year, the Department for Education published an independent review of Children’s social care. The evident was that children and young people in care with immigration issues were not focused on, in this review. Together with Coram Children’s Legal Centre, we do a yearlong project […]

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Youth Group Enjoys Weekly Adventures

In the last three weeks, the youth group was busy exploring London and going on many adventures!   It’s tradition that over the summer break, SLRA staff and all of the young people who attend the Youth Club sessions, head out on different trips, instead of participating in regular activities. This year, the young people had lots of exciting days-out planned: from London Zoo and ice skating in Streatham to exploring the Natural […]

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New Project at SLRA

written by Francess, Youth Participation and Policy Officer In January 2021, the Department for Education launched its independent review of children’s social care which was set out to radically reform the care system to improve the lives of England’s most vulnerable children, so they experience the benefits of a stable, loving home. In this document, […]

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What is better than going kayaking on a hot June day?

On a lovely Thursday in half-term, eleven young people and staff members met in the morning to start their journey from Lambeth to South Hackney to go on a new adventure. Our destination was the Labernum Boat Club at the Regents Canal.   Labernum Boat Club is a voluntary organisation ran by local people. On their website, it says they aim “to provide opportunities for the personal development of children, young people and […]

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