Stories

Each one of our young people has a powerful story to tell, of how they have found hope and are building their futures. Whilst at Baca they grow into confidence and independence through being in a safe place. They experience new skills in education, sports, and through holistic mentoring, developing and growing into inspiring young adults.

Young Person’s Story

Art Therapy Case Study

Zamir (not his real name) is from Eritrea and chose to attended our in-house art therapy session because he was having nightmares. When he was drawing, Zamir started to talk about his home and family. The art therapist spoke to him about how drawing is a way to express thoughts…

Young Person’s Story

Sports Case Study

Paul (not his real name) arrived at Baca this year. He has fully engaged with all the activities since his arrival, although at times he has struggled with his confidence. The boys in his house enjoy playing FIFA on their games console, but they really enjoy the real thing. One…

Young Person’s Story

Educational Story

Arif (not his real name) is from Sudan and travelled through Libya and France before arriving at Baca at the end of 2018. On arrival Arif spoke no English and had very little education in his home language, this made learning a second language even more challenging. Arif also couldn’t…

Young Person’s Story

House Case study

Salma (not her real name) moved on from Baca in the summer of 2019. Salma’s social worker said she was “very pleased with the positive steps Salma had taken towards independence. She has been a delight to work with and we are pleased that she has been able to move…

Young Person’s Story

Dilshad

Dilshad (not his real name) was supported by Baca for over two years before he left in 2013. He recently got back in touch, he is married, has a baby, and owns his own business. Dilshad thanked us all for everything we did for him all those years ago and…

Volunteer’s Story

Rothley 10K run

Despite the weather I had a great time running the Rothley 10k. I wanted to do something to support Baca and the young people they work with. Getting sponsored to run the £10k was my way of helping. Hannah, Nottingham…

Volunteer’s Story

David – Residential Cover Volunteer

Yesterday evening was great – N did some writing and reading. He came downstairs later and we played some checkers. M came back after seeing S and E, so I introduced him to Tortellini and he spoke to me about his mum. This evening we are planning on watching a…

Volunteer’s Story

Katharine – Education Mentor

We ended up having a general conversation for most of the session – talking about what is happening re. ongoing teaching for him and our sessions coming to an end. We talked about college, home and activities. He asked me questions which showed progression including follow up questions demonstrating his…

Volunteer’s Story

Jamie – Residential Volunteer

The boys all had a fun time together as a house last night. The boys are great. We managed to cook and eat together, F and N helped cook veggie burritos and it went down pretty well!…

Volunteer’s Story

Helen – Holistic Mentor

Making yarn from old t-shirts with my pal @baca_charity this evening. Slicing up these well-loved Loughborough uni sports tee’s was very satisfying and we’re excited to crochet using the yarn next week!…

Volunteer’s Story

Giselle – Holistic Mentor

I had a great time with S yesterday. She told me that she saw a video of the recipe on the internet and thought it could be fun to make it. She didn’t know that it was an Indian dish and after I said this to her, she put some…

Young Person’s Story

Sports

We currently care for a number of boys from Sudan and Eritrea, one of these boys Rana (not his real name) loves football. He has developed his game through both the outdoor sessions, but also the futsal sessions indoors. At one of the futsal sessions in October we joined another…

Young Person’s Story

Education

Daniel (not his real name) comes from Iraq, he had no English whatsoever when he arrived and added to this he had no literacy skills in his mother tongue, which made the prospect of learning a new language much harder. Daniel was therefore unable to join WQE College, Leicester last…

Young Person’s Story

Tobogganing

Seban (not his real name) arrived at Baca in early 2018. He has fully engaged with all our activities since his arrival. He had only been at Baca a few weeks when we took the young people tobogganing. He loved it, and during the day he said to his support…

Young Person’s Story

Trip

Our young people really enjoyed two of our recent trips to Waterworld, Stoke and Aqua Park, Rutland. They had such a great time that several of the young people now go swimming more regularly in Loughborough. For Anna (not her real name) swimming has really helped her cope with her…

Young Person’s Story

Bacalona

As part of refugee week, our young people took part in a 7 a side football tournament with other local refugee groups. We had ten players, so operated a rotational system to give everyone the chance to play. The Baca team reached the final, and were thrilled to win on…

Funder’s Story

Amherst School

Baca was voted as the school’s Charity of the Year between September 2017 and July 2018. Representatives joined a morning assembly and spoke about the young people the charity helps, it really inspired the pupils and staff with their fundraising through that academic year. It was great to support such…