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July 2013

We attended the Annual Community Awards Ceremony at the King’s Fund in London for the country’s most successful community programmes. The awards are organised by the Howard League for Penal Reform.

We were one of six short listed projects in our category from all around the country.

We were proud to receive the runner up award in the Children and Young People Category for our successful programme ‘I am… Somebody’ designed to reduce re-offending.

The awards were presented by Sir David Brewer, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and former Lord Mayor of London.

May 2013

Now delivering NOCN Health and Fitness Level 3 accredited courses

Our ‘I am…Somebody’ engagement programme has been shortlisted for a prestigious Community Programme Award 2013 for our work on reducing
re-offending for Havering Youth Offending Service and YoungAddaction Havering. These awards are for the country’s most successful community programmes.

April 2013

We have been commissioned to deliver workshops and team building sessions in schools as part of the Skills 4 Change agenda

Our ‘I am...Somebody’ programme is now included as part of alternative education provisions for Yr10 & 11

November 2013

A young person on our ‘I am… Somebody’ programme has received an Award for Most Improved Student at the Havering FE Awards Ceremony on the 6th November. Prior to being on our programme he always treated education as ‘optional’

The photo shows him receiving his award from Ashley John-Bapiste who himself overcame a difficult childhood to go on and achieve a degree in History from Cambridge University. Ashley also gave a keynote inspirational speech to students during the Awards Ceremony about his early life being brought up in foster care and children’s homes.

Teaming up with the LSE (London School of Economics)
In November last year Mike Lane linked up with some students from the LSE through our shared involvement with the Howard League. We supported the LSE Team to deliver their ‘Careers and Confidence’ course for disadvantaged students at BDC (Barking and Dagenham College) The 6 week course was delivered at both BDC and the LSE in London with support from Mike Lane.

The LSE Team wanted to provide support and mentoring to the BDC students, who clearly didn’t have the same advantages in life that got them to the LSE, to achieve their own ideal career ambition. The BDC students identified their career goals and the LSE Team searched for appropriate work experienced placements and apprenticeships. Whilst the BDC students were at the LSE in London, the Team had arranged for specialist speakers to talk and run workshops about CV writing and interview techniques.

The inspirational course, which finished on the 3rd of April, was a great success the Team achieved both work experience placements and job opportunities. For the BDC students it was an uplifting experience to set them ona more positive journey towards their career ambition.

The LSE team will continue to work with us and BDC.
April 2014
LSE session at BDC
CV workshop at the LSE
July 2014
We have received Lottery Funding for our ‘A Chance to Shine’ engagement programme which supports young with risk factors in their lives that impact on education, family relationships, employment prospects and their interaction with others in the community.
We are appointed as a Havering Alternative Education Approved Provider. Which includes our                  ‘I am… Somebody’ early intervention programmes for up to 10 students and our ‘Support 4 Change’ one2one intervention. Both designed to reduce risks of exclusion, overcoming barriers to learning and addressing underachievement.
April 2015