Preparing For Employment

Working with young people aged 16-24 to get them ready for the world of work

For young people who are refugees, getting into work, let alone a career they are inspired and motivated by, is hard. They face enormous barriers and systemic challenges, and often their confidence has taken a big knock.

Our Future First employability programme aims to help young people aged17-24 in NW London to overcome these barriers and find long-term work opportunities that are right for them.

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Future Preparation

  • Employability workshops
  • Tours of businesses
  • Personalised careers guidance
  • 1:1 sessions with an experienced pathway adviser

Future Enhanced

  • Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Work experience
  • Continued 1:1 support and guidance

Future Unleashed

Focused support to ensure young people attain long-term employment or education


Alongside our direct support of young people, we work with businesses to educate them on the refugee community and the potential of investing in young people.


We are looking for organisations in all different sectors to become involved in Future First, and help young refugees to get into meaningful employment. There are a number of different partnership levels available, from simply hosting tours to offering work experience or apprenticeships. Contact for more information

Supported Accommodation

A place to call home for young refugees alone in the UK, with some extra help

Paiwand’s Supported Accommodation service helps unaccompanied minors and former unaccompanied minors aged 16-21 to gain the life skills required to transition into adulthood.

We have three Supported Accommodations across NW London, collectively housing up to 20 young men. Each resident is assigned a Paiwand key worker who works closely with their social worker and other professionals to support the young person’s progression through their pathway plan.

These houses become ‘home’ for our residents, not least because of the support and care they receive from Paiwand staff, and the friendships they make with other residents. Our residents have differences in nationality, language and religion, all of which are recognised and celebrated through our work.

We offer a range of support and workshops through a tailored care plan which focuses on four key development areas:

  • Developing independence and key life skills
  • Health and well-being
  • Education and future planning
  • Learning about British culture and systems

We also provide support to vulnerable asylum seeking residents going through a daunting immigration system.

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What Our Residents Say...

I love living here, my best friends arehere and my key workers understand me.”


"I’ve met people from Eritrea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Iran – and more places too! We have different food, different culture, different skin colour. We are friends"


"When I arrived in the UK I didn’t know if I should trust my key worker. I was nervous and confused but she was so friendly and made me feel brave. Now, when new boys come and live with us they ask ME for help"


Uniting A Community Through Mentoring

Young refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants have often experienced trauma, war, separation from home and relatives, and often arrive in this country unaccompanied after travelling through several other countries over many months.


These experiences make them more vulnerable to academic underachievement, social exclusion, gang and criminal activities, radicalisation, mental health and emotional struggles.


Our team of committed volunteer mentors act as positive role-models for young refugees living in NW London. Our strategy is focused on working with local volunteers to empower young people to define and make positive steps to reach their own goals. We currently have three streams of mentoring support:

  • Schools: mentors meet in school settings and provide academic mentoring
  • Community: mentors focus on integration, wellbeing and adjusting to UK life
  • Employability: mentors provide practical careers guidance and motivation

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Become a mentor and make a big difference to the life of a young refugee or asylum seeker. Contact

Youth Groups & Trips

Being a young refugee or asylum seeker in London can be an isolating experience. At Paiwand, we have a host of activities designed to bring young people together.

Our regular programmes offer young people an opportunity to build new friendships, improve confidence, learn new skills and increase aspirations. We do this through weekly groups and one-off trips, including:

  • Weekly Girls Groups
  • Weekly Boys Groups
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Mixed sport (running, yoga, circuit training)
  • Young leadership training
  • Life skills workshops (sexual health, nutrition, budgeting, mental wellbeing, drugs)
  • Residential trips
  • Theatre trips
  • One-off trips (climbing, bowling, museums, cinema, aquarium, Brighton and more!)

We aim to lower the risk of social isolation for young people, and support them to become engaged and happy individuals.

If you are a school, college or youth organisation who would like to arrange a workshop for your group please contact We also have trainings available for staff (including mentors, social work students, educators).

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