Bayswater Foundation is fundraising to deliver a two-week programme this summer for refugees at the University of Nottingham. The programme aims to empower both teenagers and adults through English and break down the barriers faced when trying to access higher education.
The Foundation has already received over £20,000 in donations and has just announced the launch of a Crowdfunder campaign to fundraise another £30,000 which will pay for 100 places on this life-changing programme.
People who have been forced to leave their home country are searching for routine and security when they arrive in the UK but unfortunately, they often experience the opposite. Children and teens are hungry to learn but are put on waiting lists for schools and colleges, losing months or sometimes years of education which they desperately want to catch up on. Qualified professionals end up in survival jobs because they can’t afford to prepare for and take an IELTS test to improve their level of English. Without that test they can’t validate their qualifications here in the UK or enter further education – it is a vicious circle which needs to be broken.
The Bayswater Foundation summer programme will act as a springboard for refugees – not only improving their English but guiding them through the UK education system and job and university application processes which can seem daunting for someone who doesn’t have family or friends to advise them. Participants will be provided with accommodation at Cripps Hall on the university campus with meals included, with a non-residential option for locals in the Nottingham area. The wellbeing of all participants is paramount and therefore a dedicated welfare team will be on site throughout the programme to ensure that everyone has the experience they deserve. The programme will also include cultural and social activities so that both the participants and volunteers can leave not only armed with new skills but also new friends and mentors.