Having fled war-torn countries, faced separation and death of family members and, in many cases, survived 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 living in a new country and an unknown culture and 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 can be very stressful. These insecurities affect many to such a degree that opportunities for personal and cultural integration are lost.

All of this puts these children at a very high risk of both physical and mental ill health. There is a danger too that their vulnerability mark them out as targets for political or religious groups and puts them at risk of exploitation.

A sense of physical and psychological safety will often have been fundamentally damaged. These young people 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 integration programme. Our stable home environment provides a foundation where individual experiences of trauma can be heard, addressed and processed with the support of our distinguished team of professionals.

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. We will ensure that their best interest and choices for their future will be upheld and protected.

Enthum House collaborates and works in consultation with established UK charities, local community groups, immigration legal services and Local Authorities.


  • Creates a safe residential community with dedicated and experienced key workers and therapists providing support and stability.
  • Acknowledges and enables inherent resilience and offers personalised evidence-based therapeutic support for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Utilises volunteer befriending and mentoring schemes through established charities; ‘A Band of Brothers’, youth group ‘LIFEbeat’ and ‘Lewes Area Welcomes Refugees’.
  • Integrates young people into local colleges and schools as well as offer intensive English language and learning support.
  • Restores and promotes healthy sleeping patterns, self-care practices and life skills to gain independence and personal empowerment.
  • Encourages participation in local sport clubs, football and after-school activities.
  • Nurtures new skills and interests: film making, DJ’ing, nature-reconnection, bike repair and creative workshops for therapeutic benefit and to create social enterprise schemes.
  • Facilitates cooking and food sharing.
  • Allows time for spiritual/religious practice and worship.
  • Promotes new friendships and community building.

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