Paiwand

Advocacy

Our advocacy service offers free and professional advice on benefits, housing, debt and immigration across Ealing, Harrow and Barnet. Specifically, we:

  • Assist with filling in forms, translations, phone calls as well as referrals to other specialist organisations and solicitors.
  • Offer advice about, and assistance applying for, welfare benefits, loans and grants;
  • Support clients in terms of finding housing and resolving problems with existing housing;
  • Help to resolve disputes with landlords or debt agencies, etc.;
  • Provide after basic immigration advice, OISC level 1 (This includes applications for travel documents and for Indefinite  housing, benefits, etc.);
  • We provide the above services in Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Arabic and English.

Information and advice on housing, benefits and entitlements, health, education and employment are available at the following locations:

Supported Accommodation

We provide supported accommodation for unaccompanied minors and refugee youths (aged 16-18), with support from our team of qualified Key Workers who encourage the young people to gain the necessary skills to transition into independent living. We aim to:

  • Provide the young people with support and prepare them for a transition to adulthood;
  • Work in partnership with local authority services and other agencies;
  • Enable the development of life skills and knowledge of British society and culture through a formal preparation for independence programme;
  • Acknowledge and celebrate culture and ethnicity;
  • Encourage young refugees to support themselves through education and training;
  • Commend young people’s personal achievements;
  • Ensure that each young person’s pathway plan is implemented and monitored through an internal care plan;
  • Support asylum seeking young people within the framework imposed by immigration law.
  • Education

    Paiwand’s Education Project works in partnership with voluntary organisations, local authorities and mainstream schools in order to test a new model of high quality, sustainable supplementary school provision that raises the attainment of targeted disadvantaged children in critical National Curriculum subjects, such as Maths and English.

    We run three Saturday schools, two in Harrow and one in Barnet, through which we support over 350 children and young people from low income families from the London boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon and Westminster.

    Our Saturday schools are open between 10.00am – 3.30pm on Saturday mornings during the 33 term weeks in the year.

    We offer classes in: Maths & English Language, Dari, Pashto, music & drama.

    We enrol from 6-16 years old.

    Fees: £25 for one child, £25 for the second, £20 per each additional child.

    We also provide Saturday study support in Maths and English every week from 9:30am-12:30pm at each school. We aim to:

    • Boost students’ exam grades;
    • Provide tailored academic support;
    • Create a space for students to ask questions they were unable to ask in class.

    We also offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes.

    Mentoring

    Paiwand’s Young Refugees Mentoring Project aims to address the specific needs of young refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors in Northwest London who are in need of one-to-one and group social, academic and community support. Our mentors speak a range of languages including Dari, Pashto and Arabic.

    The Project works with vulnerable young refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors, aged 6-19 years old, in Northwest London (Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Harrow). The large refugee communities residing in these boroughs point to a clear need to address the wellbeing of the young members of these communities. The young people referred to our project are often at particular risk of the following:

    • Academic underachievement;
    • Social/school exclusion;
    • Being NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training);
    • Radicalisation;
    • Involvement in gang and criminal activities (including drug misuse);
    • Mental health and emotional struggles.

     

    In response, the Project aims to support, encourage and productively challenge young people to define and work towards their personal goals. Specifically, we work to:

    • Support young refugees in defining and making positive steps towards their own stated goals;
    • Ease those who have been expelled from school back into education;
    • Work with children who are members of a gang, or in danger of joining one;
    • Encourage community members to get involved and volunteer for the project.

       

      To find out more please visit Paiwand’s Website (You can click on the link below to be directed to it)

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