Fortune is a group for young adult asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who find themselves in the UK often after very difficult and traumatising experiences and journeys. It is one of many projects run by Pan Intercultural Arts to help those who are marginalised and disadvantaged.
Because their experiences, including settling in a new culture and new language, are so hard, these young people often find that they face isolation, anxiety and depression. These in turn make inclusion into their new society difficult and they often fall short of realising their potential.
Fortune is a safe space where these young people meet regularly and enjoy creative games and exercises which improve their English, help them rediscover their creativity and take pride in their ideas. They create scenes, videos, poems, raps and perform these to their peers and occasionally to the public. They make new friends, meet others from different cultures, visit theatres and museums and can be signposted to help with health, legal and career issues.
Fortune helps them become more resilient, happier and more valuable members of their new country.
John Martin, Artistic Director, Pan Intercultural Arts, said: “We are delighted that we have established a partnership with CEMEX so that Fortune can help these young people develop in their growth and new journey. We look forward to accessing CEMEX’s experience so that they can confidently enter the world of employment and imagine new careers for themselves. Thank you CEMEX!”
Andlyn White, CSR Specialist for CEMEX, added: “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to help Pan Intercultural Arts and the important work of their Fortune group. We hope our support will help young people, who have already been through so much, feel at home in the UK and confident and excited about the future that awaits them.”