Dost was founded in 2000 by Yesim Deveci, to help young refugees and migrants arriving in the UK get into education. Throughout her 13 years as Director, Yesim’s experience of doing casework, advocating for and providing therapeutic support to the young people she worked with expanded the role of Dost to the more holistic ongoing support that we provide today. Seeing what worked best over the years helped her to develop The Dost approach. This relationship-based model has been proved to have a transformative effect on the lives on the young people we work with and it continues to underpin everything that we do.
Yesim is now leading the way for the next generation of those who will be working in the third sector in the near future, as a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial studies at the University of East London.
Swaliha presented a brief history of her professional journey so far and some of her experiences at Dost, ending with a real case study so that she could reflect with the students on what she has learned in practice. The presentation was well received by the students, who are preparing their final coursework – a reflective essay on their own journeys and what they’ve learned while on placement – with several staying behind afterwards to continue the discussion.
I was moved by the level of thoughtfulness in the room. As well as asking questions about what it was like working with unaccompanied refugee children, we also had a good discussion around how we might create lasting change by consulting with the system at large. I was also moved by the effect that sharing a current case study had on the students, some of whom became very emotional as I shared experiences endured by a separated refugee child.
It was my first time sharing my journey with others so in order to make it relevant for the students, I tried to think back to what it was a like being a student myself who had dreams of combating social justice and contributing to society. To this end we discussed the value of volunteering in areas of work we are committed to, while on the path to employment.
“It was great to have Swaliha come and share her journey with the students, so they can see just one of the paths that they could take when they complete their placements, and sharing the case study is a great reminder that the learning is ongoing in practice and doesn’t end when they finish their degrees! They really enjoyed listening to Swaliha and many were keen to ask more questions about professional practice even once the lecture was over.”
If you would like any member of the Dost team to present to your organisation or university, please do get in touch. We can present on any topic within our range of experience, to meet your needs. We also have existing presentations on:
- Age Assessments – Professional Considerations and Impact on Young People
- Asylum Process/ Uncertain Journeys
- Mental Health and Resilience With Separated Young People
- Dost’s 360 Approach
All of our consultancy and training work is underpinned by our approach, and we aim to include input from our young people wherever possible, to ensure that the content remains up to date and relevant, and continues to engage the very people we are trying to serve.