The plight of the asylum seeker and refugee has been misunderstood. PCC want to help you to understand that there are people arriving here alone, who are under the age of 18 yrs. They come from all over the world, where there is war and unrest. Many are suffering from trauma having experienced and seeing awful things happen to their families and communities. Others are brought to the UK through exploitation and the numbers of people being trafficked are increasing.
In 2002 PCC opened its first home to accommodate such people. We found them to be desperate and appreciative of a listening ear, help and support. They need a voice in a society that is in danger of alienating them. Media headlines painting a very different picture of the real reasons as to why they are here.
PCC welcome unaccompanied minors and we help them to access facilities and support that will enable them to start rebuilding their lives and build a future. They want to understand our culture, our city, our communities and feel a part of it. They want to learn basic life skills such as language, cooking and personal everyday needs. When they are firmly footed in these areas they can begin to concentrate on further education and also understand what pathway of life they will need to follow to achieve their personal aims, whatever these may be.
PCC want these young adults not to be misunderstood but to be empowered in what London has to offer with all its opportunities. To become fully intergrated and contribute to society. This is their aim too.