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By Rebecca Tooth - 11 April 2017
Depaul's Statham House in Rochdale specifically works with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from Syria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Afghanistan and Sudan.
An event to welcome new community members and create a network to work in partnership with each other to support residents of Statham House has been organised with Deeplish Community Centre, in partnership with Depaul UK, for tomorrow (Wednesday, 12April) from10am-12noon.
The young people who have arrived in the UK have experienced some very distressing times during their journey. These could include imprisonment and torture.
They have also have to grieve for the loss of family members and many have witnessed them being killed. Staff at Statham house want to support young people to access services to help them address the devastating times they have faced and feel a sense of community spirit and togetherness
The purpose of our event is to help raise the profile of Statham House and the issues and barriers the young people have faced.
We want them to feel welcomed into their local community and to help them to feel reassured that there are many people willing to help and support them.
I am a Progression Coach at Statham House. We help young people by:
• Offering a safe place to stay in a crisis,
• Helping them to take the step from homelessness into stable housing, and
• Providing specialist long-term support to help get lives back on track.
We are pleased to engage with Deeplish Community Centre because they fully appreciate and understand about asylum and refugee communities and the issues they face as newly arrived communities into UK. We will be connecting with Deeplish to support our young people and residents.
Sohail Ahmad, from Deeplish Community Centre, told me: “We are pleased to welcome Depaul residents and young people at our community centre to join in our programmes. We are happy to offer any support and advice to young people through participation into our learning and social activities at Deeplish Centre."
And Councillor Mohammed Zaman, of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “These young people have been through a very difficult time. Some have lost their parents and siblings. Depaul is providing excellent support to these young people and connecting them with communities."
It is wonderful to have the support of the community in Rochdale for our vital work at Statham House.