The Trustees are delighted to announce the development of Sleep Packs. On their tortuous journeys, separated children usually walk in groups at night and sleep during the day, taking turns to keep watch. So, when they arrive, they're nocturnal and unable to settle. Nightmares add to the difficulty of the proper sleep they badly need. We hope the Sleep Packs we provide will help and our first batch is already in Dover. Each has a lavender pouch, a sleep mask, earplugs, a nightlight and a Sweet Dreams card (generously designed and produced by the creative team at Radley Yeldar). If you'd like to know more about or to support Sleep Packs, do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagine having to flee your homeland because of war, terror or persecution. Imagine being a child or young person. Imagine not having your parents with you because they were killed before you left or were unable to leave. Imagine arriving in a strange country, seeking asylum, completely alone. Imagine having absolutely nothing.
Separated children and young people experience the double trauma of separation not only from their homeland, culture and natural environment but also from the adults in their family who gave them care.
'Separated Child' offers emotional, social, financial and physical support to separated children and young people in Britain up to the age of 21. It also engages in educational activities that raise awareness of their needs and encourage positive responses to them.
Trustee Angela Gluck set herself the £he €o$t of Refuge challenge of eating on £2 a day, roughly what an asylum seeker has to live on. She blogged about the experience and also reflects on what it meant in a conversation with Gloria Abramoff, filmed by Tonic Media and Productions.
We partner with The Refugee Council iin a range of initiatives that make a real difference to the lives of separated children and young people.