Befriending Hillingdon Unaccompanied Minors Project (BHUMP)

Befriending Hillingdon Unaccompanied Minors Project (BHUMP)

BHUMP (Befriending Hillingdon Unaccompanied Minors Project) a peer befriending project was established in July 2005. Its purpose is to address the needs of vulnerable young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees in Hillingdon aged 16-21 whose lives have been affected by political violence and displacement and to aid them to overcome their difficulties and their personal development their lives and hence aid their integration into society.


BHUMP offers friendship, practical support and training to unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees in order to combat their isolation and aid integration in the community. It is a partnership with; London Borough of Hillingdon Social Services who provide referrals of young people. The partnerships with LBH is of great value, well established and enables us to jointly work to provide more ways of supporting asylum seekers and identify gaps in social welfare provision.


BHUMP provides Weekly Befriending Sessions with UASC, working with Volunteers. Young people are provided learning opportunities via structured activities to gain new skills enabling them to reach their full potential.


The purpose of BHUMP is:

  • to provide a service for young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees aged between 16-21 years who are in receipt of statutory support from Education and Children’s Services, London Borough of Hillingdon
  • To help young people to overcome their difficulties and develop their lives and hence aid their integration into society.
  • To provide a supportive group environment
  • To promote inclusion through an awareness of local services and facilities.
  • To provide an integrated and cost effective service through working in partnership with other local organisations in Hillingdon.
  • to complement existing services provided by social services and other local voluntary organisations to empower young people to be able to meet their own needs within a supportive framework.

Befriending is at the heart of what BHUMP stands for and is integral to creating a safe and comfortable environment for refugees and asylum seekers to explore their options and work towards positive futures. The majority of these young people have experienced trauma and persecution and it is BHUMP’S aim to support them through this most difficult period of their young lives.


BHUMP aims to:

  1. Empower young people to develop an improved support network, new skills and friendship in the community.
  2. Lower the sense of isolation and alienation for young asylum seekers in Hillingdon and improve their integration into British society.
  3. Young asylum seekers to have increased confidence and self-esteem enabling them to reach their full potential.
  4. Increase young asylum seekers access to social and leisure opportunities and public services achieving a better degree of integration in the community.
  5. Enhance the development of knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures
  6. Provide support and training to young people involved at all project stages
  7. Empower young people to make decisions, giving them meaningful choices and involving them at every stage of Project Planning.
  8. To respond to needs and aims of young people to establish a long- term engagement which will be of outmost benefit to the young people, the local community and hence Britain as a whole.

How do I get involved?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete the attached application form and email back to:


Volunteer Application Form