Advocacy and Support Team

The Advocacy and Support Team provides advice, drop-in activities and support services for young people in need. The Drop-In serves as a multi-purpose space for young people requiring personalised, specialised support in a safe and welcoming environment.

Working with young people between 16 and 24 years the Drop-In provides advocacy, advice and support for young people at the KRAN Refugee Youth Hub – Unit 1 Wincheap Industrial Estate, 34 Simmonds Road, Wincheap, Canterbury, CT1 3RA on:

Monday and Wednesday afternoons as well as all day Friday, and at the Shepway Youth Hub in Folkestone on Tuesday afternoons.

The Drop-In provides a social space for young people to attend, to help themselves to tea and coffee, hang out with friends, to develop their computer skills, and more generally to support one another.

The Drop-In project team respond to a plethora of issues by supporting young people with:
– Completing forms;
– Advice on housing issues;
– Contacting and mediation with agencies (requiring payment of outstanding bills, etc.);
– Writing CVs;
– Support with applications (jobs, courses, legal etc.);
– Clarifying legal and health documentation;
– Follow up and mediation with support services regarding education, health, housing, etc.;
– Signposting to other relevant services;
– Emotional support;
– Accompaniment to individual appointments where necessary;
– Any other issues that arise and can be supported through the Drop-In.

In response to needs presented by the young people, the Drop-In also provides additional youth activities designed to engage and empower young people with skills and positive coping techniques and support in both education and social development outside of a formal classroom setting. ESOL classes on a Monday afternoon and Creative Art sessions on a Friday provide young people, often not in formal education, employment or training with the opportunity to practice their English grammar and conversation using fun and interactive mediums. Guitar classes for a small group of young people are also underway every Thursday evening for the more musically inclined whilst various workshops tailored to increase the young people’s awareness of their rights and entitlements, the asylum process, methods of positive coping and human rights more generally run on Wednesday afternoons.

The Drop In  ‘provides support and advice which is not readily available for these young people elsewhere…given their situation, the young people are more likely to go to KRAN as they are not a statutory agency’       (local stakeholder)

For further information about volunteering please see our volunteering page; for any other enquiries please contact Aleksandra Bardon on 07709 243044 or aleksandra@kran.org.uk