Mobile Youth Service With the lack of governmental support for the current 200 to 300 unaccompanied minors in the regions of Calais and Dunkirk, RYS focuses its daily work on providing legal support, highlighting the needs of unaccompanied children to the state and supporting those who are sleeping rough.
How we do it? Connecting and checking in with children who are outside of state care Informing children of their right to immediate state protection and accommodation at local children's services Providing information on legal routes to third countries (where they exist) Advocating for children's rights, when these are denied by the state Running outdoor activities and trips that provide respite and support the building of trusting relationships Promoting healthy coping strategies among children who are in unimaginable living conditions Providing fun lessons and activities including languages, science, maths… and lots of Lego building!
Safe Space and Youth Empowerment Velos Youth provides a relaxed and welcoming safe place for young people to come during the day. This space offers basic services such as food and showers, and facilitates, through a team of local professionals, access to specialist NGO and state-run services. Caseworkers take a holistic approach to the wellbeing of young people, making internal and external referrals to protection, asylum, accommodation, employment and education services; protecting and advocating for this vulnerable groups rights. To learn more, visit the Velos Youth website :www.velosyouth.org