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Thriving Families – Online Tuition for Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers

We started developing Thriving Families in March 2020 and we launched the project in November 2020. Many of the refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant communities we support faced substantial barriers to supporting their children’s home learning during lockdown and school closures. Through the research we carried out we identified the main barriers that our clients faced around home learning. We have created Thriving Families as an urgent response to the worsening educational inequalities resulting from Covid-19, based on the recommendations from our research.

We are deeply concerned that the educational inequalities resulting from school closures will prevent young refugees and asylum seekers from being able to fulfil their potential. We are providing Year 7-11 pupils at schools in Leeds with IT equipment and linking them with volunteer tutors to deliver weekly one-to-one online tuition. Online tuition gives pupils from refugee backgrounds an opportunity to catch up and improve their academic outcomes.

Become a volunteer tutor!

Do you have the skills or experience to become a  volunteer tutor?

Would you like to support a young refugee or asylum seeker and help address educational inequalities? 

We are looking for volunteer tutors to spend 2 hours a week supporting young refugees and asylum seekers through online tutoring. 

If you are interested please look at the Volunteer Tutor Role Description for more information. 

Please send your completed application form to URP’s Director, Kidist at

Volunteer Tutor Role Description

Volunteer Tutor Application Form

This role is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. DBS checks can be arranged and paid for by Unleashing Refugee Potential

Donate to our crowdfunder!

We are raising money through GoFundMe to provide young refugees and asylum seekers with free online tuition. As a thank you, you will receive a free ‘Thriving Families’ tote bag; designed by young refugees who won our Thriving Families Art Competition. 

Please visit our GoFundMe 

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