Pathways to Independence UK (PTI UK)

We provide an integrated portfolio of specialist services, to young people leaving care and seeking asylum, from point of arrival in the UK through the transition to independence, and / or to other outcomes. 

We hope to develop a replicable model of good practice for agencies and individuals involved in the care of separated children and young people 

One Future Different Pathways 

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One Future Different Pathways

Pathways to Independence Housing UK (PTI UK) is a social purpose business and leading provider of specialist Accommodation, Support, Advice and Training services for young people leaving care and seeking asylum.

We have a track record of success and have worked with Local Authority teams for 15 years, helping over 500 young people make the transition to independence or other destinations. We are committed to their positive outcomes

We lead on UASC Good Practice across the South East and can offer training to external organisations and foster carers on working with young people at all stages of the asylum process including: safeguarding for new arrivals; support through the legal process; specialist advocacy for victims of trafficking; trauma informed approaches to support and triple track planning including working with ARE (appeal rights exhausted) young people and those at risk of detention.

With our specialist UASC knowledge, accredited NOCN Independent Living Skills Training programmes, Person-centred and Co-Production practices and our Outcomes approach, we create bespoke support packages for young people, encouraging empowerment, long-term independence and self-reliance.

Oday's Story

Oday is a young person at PTI UK


How We Work

We are a small, person-centred organisation that cares about young people. We have a history of not giving up and have built productive, long-term relationships with young people who have been unable to settle elsewhere. This comes down to three factors: the strength of our staff, our specialist knowledge and our methods of care

People: Everyone Individual

Potential: Strong not Wrong

Person Centred: Everyone has a voice

Partnerships: Working together

Co-Production: Young people are assets

Participation: Young people are active agents

“My real journey started with Pathways. This is when I felt I could really be the person I wanted to become. Pathways helped me see the bright light, see the pathway clearly. I felt like I was going from zero to something, from dark to light and from emptiness to fulfilment.”


Our Outcomes

PTI UK support young people at risk of experiencing poor outcomes

We are committed to positive outcomes and we work on an outcomes-based approach in order to ensure that young people leave the service more prepared for independent living than when they entered it

We have a proven track record of success and use the outcomes tools and frameworks to set and measure outcomes:  Risk & needs Assessment, Action Plans, Outcome Star, Accredited Pre-Tenancy & Life-skills Training Awards, Exit Interviews.

Our key working sessions use SMART goals and we use Individual Action Plans with targets set by the young people to ensure all our work is informed by the wishes of the young person and they can easily track their own progress.

PTI UK young people tell us the outcomes that matter most to them are that they feel safe; have increased social connections; feel valued and have a sense of belonging in a community and have increased self-confidence and agency. All our work is focused on supporting young people to achieve these goals.

“Pathways are still there for me even though I finished my pathway with them some time ago. They have helped me find my house, find the right courses for university and so much more. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

Short film by internationally recognised photojournalist Howard Davies

Refugees and asylum seekers, including young people at PTI UK, relate their stories of escaping conflict and finding sanctuary in the UK


Get involved

There are lots of ways to get involved in our work. We are always looking for skilled enthusiastic people to volunteer their time, from fundraising to working directly with young asylum seekers.

We run a volunteer mentoring project that has been co-designed with young refugees and aims to increase self-confidence and sense of belonging as part of a community by increasing young refugees social connections in Croydon, Redhill and Brighton

We’re also recruiting Volunteers for PTIUK’s New 10-week Football Project starting January 2019! This exciting new project aims to use the power of football to bring together nationalities, breakdown barriers and allow the young people in our service to temporarily forget their daily stresses and have some fun! See our vacancy page for more information.

If you would like to find out more about how you can support young refugees and asylum seekers please contact us

"The country I come from is a beautiful place, but let me tell you one thing about that place. Every time I remember my country I cry, and all the bad memories flow like a river in my head, and I find it hard to control myself. But always, at Pathways, I have some people who were there for me."

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