Life is richer when we work together

RefugeeYouth is an organisation of young people rather than a service for young people.

We use the creative arts to connect with young refugees and explore the issues affecting them.

We help them to learn vital new skills, build confidence and become leaders in their communities.

With our support, they are better able to further their education, get work and take action to bring about change in our communities.

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Keep up to date with us through our blog on the News page!


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RefugeeYouth is a place where we can make friends, have new experiences and learn from each other

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Creative activities help us to explore our inner feelings and cope better with difficult circumstances

Who are we?

RefugeeYouth is a national charity that aims to combat the alienation that young refugees in the UK can experience, by supporting different opportunities for their development, inclusion and integration into the wider community.
Our diverse range of activities include:

  • Weekly social nights
  • Creative skills workshops
  • Sports activities
  • Leadership development
  • Residential workshops
  • Women’s circle
  • Fun, food and friendship!

We have more than 400 members from 40 countries. Let’s see what some of them have to say…

Getting involved in RefugeeYouth motivated and inspired me. I realised there were young people who were proud of who they were and who wanted to help others, and I wanted to be part of that.
Abdul, Young refugee
It was really professional and fun. I felt safe and encouraged, not pressured, to join in. It was a great workshop, absolutely superb. The skills and confidence of the leaders were excellent.
Workshop participant
Being part of an organisation that asks us to get involved in making the world a better place makes a big difference to our lives and makes us feel good about ourselves.
Young refugee

Youth leadership is at the heart of all our work

We run a range of different projects, including weekly youth groups, arts events, summer programmes, advocacy projects and research projects. All our activities offer opportunities for young people to take the lead.

National Network

RY has grown from our London base. We have a base in Leeds, and run events, workshops, research projects, and day and residential trips across the UK.

Refuge In Films

Refuge In Films is a space where young people can address issues of representation of refugees and migrants in media in their own voices.


APOW - Amazing People of the World - is our Croydon-based weekly workshop, run for local young people with the Refugee Council.

Women’s Circle

Through activities such as drama, dance and sports, young women can gain new skills in a friendly and non-judgmental environment.

Arts Night

We run weekly creative skills workshops at our premises in Oval, London. Activities include music, dance, painting and film making.

Leeds Dynamix

Leeds Dynamix information to follow soon

RefugeeYouth is a place where we can discover our creativeness, get stimulation and learning, and gain acceptance.