In 2018 we hosted our first ever residential. Looking back over the past year it is clear that we have learned a huge amount, and are continuing to grow as a result. Witnessing our first cohort of Leaders-in-Training put their skills to the test at our 2019 summer residential was a big step, as it was our first opportunity to see whether our vision of a peer-led youth movement would work in practice. Our Leaders-in-Training were inspirational this summer and their desire to continue leading with OSH means that our roots as a peer-led movement have truly taken hold. 2020 shows no sign of slowing down, as we will be hosting our first winter residential at the start of the year. We are looking forward to continue developing our community and training our next cohort of Leaders-in-Training.
The number of participants increased by 72% from 2018 to 2019
OSH has welcomed 25 nationalities on its residentials
There have been 19 languages spoken on OSH residentials
In The Media
“A Jewish helping hand for young refugees on summer camp” - Jewish News, 2018
Feature - BBC Radio London, 2019
Interview - ReviveFM, 2021
What People Are Saying About Us
Youth Work Programme Manager
Over the past two summers a large number of young people from Dost have taken part in OSH's 5 day residential and learned from each other and from the volunteers who take part. The volunteers and core team are really dedicated and professional in their approach and strive to provide the best experience possible for the young people.
The OSH team have created a space where the young people feel safe, supported, stimulated and are allowed to learn and grow and feel a real sense of community and pride in their achievements.
OSH really looks at all aspects of the residential and constantly strives to grow, learn and develop based on what works or doesn’t work, as well as by enabling the young people to be involved in the development of OSH. The team make sure that there is something for everyone, regardless of their interests, their level of English or abilities, which means that everyone feels part of something that is really community-minded and works so well because of this.
During the year between the residentials, six young people took part in the Leadership Training Programme, where they learned different skills and techniques to lead a group, plan activities and keep the other young people safe. They were then able to put these skills into practice in this year's residential. This was a great experience for them and will, or has already, served them well in finding employment and increasing their self confidence.
All the young people who have attended the OSH residentials have really enjoyed them and have all taken something away from them. From working with the young people long term, I can see the benefits to these young people and the increase in group cohesion after taking part, which can only be a positive. I look forward to working with OSH for a long time to come!
Project Coordinator of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality’s Unaccompanied Minors Project, and Support Worker and Communications Manager at the West London Welcome Centre for Refugees and Migrants
This year I have been sending the young refugees and asylum seekers we support at the Jewish Council for Racial Equality’s Unaccompanied Minors Project and the West London Welcome Centre for Refugees and Migrants along to Our Second Home’s residentials, and have seen a very noticeable change in the young people who have attended.
They come back from Our Second Home with tonnes of stories, new skills, and new friends – but most importantly, I have noticed that they come back happier and more confident, since the residentials put a strong emphasis on leadership skills and collective care.
The extremely positive experiences young people have with Our Second Home are invaluable for those who often have very few similar opportunities in their lives. I would highly recommend anyone working with young refugees and asylum seekers to send them on the Our Second Home residentials, for a very special experience they will remember far into the future.
Foster Carer of a Participant
H showed me a video clip from last year's residential and while he was talking about it his face lit up in a way I have not seen all year.
Leader-in-Training, Cohort 1
You amazing people make me confident. Before, really I can’t speak with anyone. … So I get confidence, I improve a lot of things like writing, speaking, about leadership, how to be responsible … I think teamwork, so all things are improving.