Canterbury Learning for Life Project (Formerly the Riverside Project) provides young unaccompanied asylum seeking children aged 16 to 18 with 20 hours of classroom based activities per week.
This is the only project for young refugees and asylum seekers in Kent to provide a comprehensive programme of life skills, literacy, numeracy , social and cultural studies regardless of ability throughout schools terms and holidays.
Priority is given to those without a school or college place, but many choose to attend after they have started college for the extra support. Young asylum seekers in foster care who are awaiting for a school place are also welcome to attend if numbers allow. Places are open to young people living within daily travelling distance of Canterbury town centre.
The Project is located at the Baptist Church in Canterbury and is open Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Once enrolled, the young people are expected to attend regularly and for full sessions. The project aims to be open for 50 weeks per year and therefore provides activities throughout the school holidays.
Activities include: English Language practice (reading, writing and speaking—at all levels), everyday maths, food hygiene and cooking, personal health and safety, current events and British culture, sports activities, ASDAN accreditation, art, music, gardening, introduction to I.T and volunteering – at events, conservation etc.
Emphasis is placed on filling in the gaps in a young person’s knowledge, to help them cope with independent living. Importance is given to fun activities that improve confidence and help a young person engage with the wider community. The young people may also have the opportunity to participate in trips to sites of special interest in the area, such as Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle, and in special arts, sports and cultural projects offered to them by outside organisations.