Your class makes me feel safe and part of something good. I can forget my missing of my home, my mother. I can forget feeling alone and scared. I thank you, each of you, you make me happy, you make me forget, with you I feel safe, it is so good what you do for us, for me, I thank you
— Akbar

Play for Progress (charity no. 1166328) delivers and develops therapeutic and educational music and arts programmes, advocacy, and well-being support for traumatised and socially-isolated unaccompanied minor refugees based in London.



We develop strong relationships with traumatised and socially-isolated unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers and refugees by delivering weekly therapeutic and educational music and arts programmes.



We help young people in the midst of complex cases out of crisis by providing emotional and practical support.



We connect, collaborate, and share knowledge on best-practices with external communities and networks to ensure our young people can develop routes for long-term success.

It is just so amazing, I love when all the sounds come together! I can’t thank you enough!
— Jin

Our Work…



Students’ confidence and creative voices

Personal, social & practical skills

Trusting, reliable, positive relationships with adults and peers alike



Abuse of young people within the system resulting from lack of oversight

Deterioration of mental health in some young people who are on long waiting lists for assistance



A stable and dynamic community that adjusts to address different needs

Supplemental support for survival, education, and connection


Students harness tools to overcome adversity, trauma, and stress

Guide the arts and therapeutic industries in utilising best practice when working with this vulnerable community

Today is the first time I am happy.
— A new student after experiencing his first Allies in Art gig night.