Activities and clubs

Our activities are:Karate

The work aims to improve the quality of life of children and young people from refugee/migrant (Albanian speaking) backgrounds.  The project aims to address difficulties and issues faced by refugee children and to combat the disadvantage and discrimination they experience.   Specific aims are to:

• enable Albanian speaking children to take part in a leisure activities and provide opportunities for respite from responsibility for family members

• to overcome fears and mistrust amongst refugee parents that prevent children engaging in activities outside the home and family

• reduce isolation by providing opportunities for Albanian speaking children to meet with other young within their community and wider community

• enable young Albanian speakers to develop a sense of identity and feel proud of cultural heritage

• reduce the stigma felt by Albanian speaking children about their ethnic identity

• enable Albanian speaking children and young people to access mainstream provision and services

• make their voice herd

• promote role models through different events and awards

• and enable them to undertake take the leadership roles

• prevent young people from engaging in  crime and antisocial behaviour

Children and young people are the future of the Albanian community in the UK. As they learn to feel pride and a sense of ownership of their dual heritage as Albanian young people growing up in the UK so we learn to celebrate and build on the future of the Albanian community in this country. Shpresa has included children and young people in its consultations and planning throughout its history as an organisation. Children and young people are actively involved in agreeing the values and directions to inform Shpresa’s work with young people. Every year Shpresa  hold Children’s and Young people congress where young people from all the 5 boroughs come together to evaluate the work done and make decision for the future development

Aiming high
Children’s congress report

Our work with children and young people currently includes

  • • Dancing
  • • Kickboxing
  • • Football
  • • Selfdefence
  • • Jack Petchey Award
  • • Peformances

We work in partnership with a number of partners and our work has been supported by a number of funders.

Our young people have their say on how we develop the project further. We as an organization take the evaluation very seriously. We undertake internal evaluation quarterly and external evaluation done yearly.

Comments from young people who have benefited from this work include:

'It has been great to be part of Shpresa, we don’t get just activities to attend, we decide what we want and we are exposed at all the times with new opportunities. For me the training on Leadership has been great and very challenging and has enabled me to get involved at the “City safe” campaign and as a result of my involvement at the youth centre activities now I am playing a key role at mentoring at my school.” (Izmir 16)

Fabion aged 16yrs started kickboxing at 14yrs old.  He brings his younger brother with him each week. 

'Before he started kickboxing he was in special education within school due to his disruptive behaviour. He had problems managing his anger and “was getting into trouble”.  He is now working towards GCSEs and plans to attend university'

He takes part in lots of other sports and says he has much more confidence.

'They teach you to be careful, that you may hurt someone so I don’t fight on the street anymore… if I am angry I wait till I come here and talk to my friends and coach and punch the bag'

There are a number of projects that young people  who won the jack petchey Award have had a lead on such as Our dreams show, “2 busy to get 2 trouble”  etc. (Story coming soon)

Look at the photo galery (coming soon)
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