Helping newly arrived asylum seekers to settle and preparing care leavers for independent living
Bana Children and Young People First
Bana Children and Young People First (CYPF) aims to help newly arrived asylum-seeking young people settle into the UK, and support care leavers towards living independently. We offer semi-independent accommodation advice and support for young people aged 16 - 25 years, working with Local Authority Children Services (LACs) across London and the South East. We have expertise in supporting the needs of young people from asylum-seeking and refugee backgrounds, with established community networks that offer support in legal advice, language skills, and access to employment, training and education.
We understand leaving care is a transitional period in young people lives, it’s important young people get the help and support necessary to make sure they know what happens next, to know who will help them and exactly what they are entitled to. So, we offer a focused, Personal Support Plan (PSP) which best meets the needs of each young person, with the support of dedicated and experienced team members.
We offer modern, shared semi-independent housing in Essex with floating support. Our homes are based in areas with good transport links and close to local amenities.
Every young person has their own secure bedroom, with a wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk (and chair) and Wi-Fi internet access.
We offer guidance on accessing local and sexual health services for young people in care. Our registered nurse is able to offer confidential advice, and signpost services that can help with health issues such as contraception, sexual health, mental wellbeing or substance misuse.
At Bana CYPF, we understand how important factors such as finding a community, getting legal support, and accessing education or employment is, especially for anyone new to the UK.
That's why we're committed to equipping young people with these vital skills for living independently, ensuring they are listened to and empowered to make their own decisions.