The main focus of our work is through a project called BHUMP (Befriending Hillingdon Unaccompanied Minors Project) which was established in 2005. BHUMP initially started as a befriending project and over the years, it has been developed to provide holistic support to young people.
BHUMP offers structured training, practical and emotional support to young people specifically to address issues of isolation and mental-health and to aid community integration.
We are very proud that we have been able to run this project for 15 years in close partnership with Hillingdon Social Services who provide the vast majority of the initial referrals of young people. We partner with local voluntary agencies as well as statutory services to provide a greater depth of activities and programmes.
When these extremely vulnerable young people are referred to us, we offer them a formal one-on-one assessment meeting, set baselines, and tailor a comprehensive individual road map to measure their progress. We follow-up regularly, with weekly or monthly meetings to ensure progress is being met. This creates a regular source of support and structured guidance to carry them through their difficult transition.
We offer a full range of services and structured workshops which impart tailored training. The young people are able to socialise with their peers, in a secure and nurturing environment.
The majority of these young people have experienced trauma and persecution and it is our aim to support them through this most difficult period of their young lives.
You can find out more information about BHUMP by visiting our website www.bhump.org.uk