New Young Peers Scotland (NYPS) are a group of young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees living in Glasgow.
The group is partnered with Glasgow Clyde College where they all at some time studied ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), Ypeople, and Glasgow Social Work Department. Together with support from these partners, this group has come together to create a peer-to-peer mentoring network which supports other young people who find themselves arriving alone in Glasgow and are unable to speak the language.
The film below was created in partnership with Filmmaker Simon Bishopp and independent researcher Dr. Katja Frimberger. You can also access the online portal containing learning tools for film making and animation by clicking here. The project received funding through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund to create films with the New Young Peers.
Already having developed a guide to arriving in Glasgow, the New Young Peers were recently awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund. They will use to develop a Mental Health First Aid Kit to further help and improve the lives of other young asylum seekers and refugees who do not have a support network to get them through difficult times.
To read more about NYPS check out these articles which have featured their work at iriss.org.uk.