Get involved in activities
Have the confidence to try new things. Do lots of activities in the community. You will get involved in cycling, volunteering and arts and music activities. You’ll learn about different celebrations, religions and cultures.
You will coordinate a Refugee Week event where you’ll meet Muhammad Ali and you’ll shake his hand. You’ll tell him “Your hand is very big”, he’ll say “I’m a boxer, and I’ve never seen a brave man like you”.
Don’t give up hope
It will take a year to get refugee status. Even though you don’t know what will happen to you right now, don’t give up hope. You still have the opportunity to build your life while you’re here.
Community is your family
Don’t give up on your community – try to get to know them and the culture and understand what’s happening around you.
At first it will be difficult but after a while you’ll get to know your classmates and hang out with them after school. Your foster mum will have a young boy your age and you’ll become good friends – you’ll play games and talk after school.
Get to know the country and be willing to get to know people – you’ll travel all around the UK and get to know lots of people from different backgrounds.
I have been in the UK over half my life. I’m a Londoner now.
Everyone’s situation is different but I do my best to share what I know to make things easier for other people who are in a similar situation to me when I first arrived.
From what I have learnt in life, you never know what might happen to you. You never know when you might find yourself in another place, so it’s best not to plan too far ahead. Be open-minded about your future and be positive and motivated to do the things you want to do in your life.
Hamid is part of Coram’s Young Citizens programme, a voluntary programme for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. They have released videoswith advice for other young people on starting life in the UK. They share their experiences and top tips on getting into college, learning the language, getting a bank account and more.