Having fled war-torn countries, faced separation and death of family members and in many cases being survivors of abuse as well as trafficking and various other dangers on their long journeys to Europe, the trauma these lone children suffer is deep and complex in nature.

Challenges continue upon arrival as they must cope with the stresses of living in a new country and culture unknown to them as well as engage in the complicated asylum process whilst learning a new language – all without the support of their parents and family. The uncertainty of the asylum claim outcome, and the risk of being removed to their home countries at the age of 18, affects many to such a degree that opportunities for personal and cultural integration and contribution to their new communities are lost.

All of this puts these children at very high risk of both physical and mental ill-health. There is a danger too, whether or not their isolation, loss and bereavement mark them out as exploitable by oppressive and aggressive political or religious groups.
These young people’s sense of physical and psychological safety will often have been fundamentally damaged. They may feel unable to trust anyone, or even themselves. The slow rebuilding of a sense of inner and outer safety is a major element in any trauma recovery and forms the basis for Enthum House’s person-centred integration programme. We will provide a structured and stable “ home” environment where individual experiences of trauma can be held, addressed and processed with the support of our distinguished team of youth workers, therapists, mentors and teachers. By building on their inherent resilience we are offering the exploration of personal talents through creative workshops and vocational classes with a focus on cross-cultural bridge building.

Enthum House’s mission is to support its young people to face their vulnerabilities to loneliness, radicalisation and possible removal by enabling and inspiring them to realise their individual potential and to ensure that their best interest and choices for their future will be upheld and protected.

Enthum House will collaborate and work in consultation with established UK charities, local community groups, immigration legal services and Local Authorities.


  • Create a safe, sustainable and responsive residential community with dedicated and experienced key workers and therapists providing support and stability.
  • Acknowledge and enable inherent resilience and offer personalised evidence-based therapeutic support for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms where needed.
  • Volunteer befriending and mentoring schemes through established local groups; A Band of Brothers, LIFEbeat and Lewes Area Welcomes Refugees.
  • Integration of young people into local colleges and schools as well as intensive English language and learning support.
  • Restore and promote healthy sleeping patterns, self-care practices and life skills to gain independence and personal empowerment.
  • Participation in local sport clubs, football, yoga and after-school activities.
  • Encourage new skills and interests; film making, dj-ing, nature-reconnection, bike repair and creative workshops for therapeutic benefit and to create social enterprise schemes.
  • Cooking and food sharing.
  • Time for spiritual/religious practice and worship.
  • Promoting new friendships and community building.

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