2020 Change is a youth empowerment organisation renowned for helping young people realise their true potential and cultivate the right mind-set to engage with today's changing society.
Our multi-award winning program "I Am Change" uses alternative education to help young black people discover and fulfil their potential enabling them to live purposeful lives. We help develop self-confidence that empowers each of our candidates to become the best versions of themselves. We help to create a smooth transition from education to the workforce by offering work experience, internships and ongoing mentoring. "Teaching young people what they don't learn in school."
“4FRONT was established in 2012 to provide a platform for young people who have been impacted by violence to create change. Since then, 4FRONT has pioneered an approach that empowers the young people most directly harmed by violence and the criminal justice system to be at the forefront of a grassroots movement for change.
We fundamentally believe that there is a difference between reducing violence and building peace. Our work centres on healing and transformative justice whilst directly challenging the UK’s addiction to criminalisation, policing and prisons. This approach has been shaped and influenced by best practice from around the world. By amplifying our members' voices and advocating for a holistic approach to build peace, we have transformed the way in which society understands how to support young people who have been affected by violence and shaped the agenda around how to tackle the systemic causes of it. We support 4FRONT members to transform their own lives, whilst uplifting their voices to create change in the system. Our work centres racial justice and empowers members to recognise their strengths and identify systemic barriers to their progress. We specialise in providing culturally specific services, tailored to meet the needs of those with experience of violence and the criminal justice system who identify as Black (which includes those who are Black British, African, Caribbean and Mixed Heritage). We not only acknowledge the impact of racism and discrimination on our members, we actively work to dismantle these systems.”
The project was recently awarded £46,042 to deliver a youth led intervention project for 75 young people involved in and affected by serious youth violence in Barnet over one year.
We guide employers through the welfare to work and criminal justice system and guarantee that if you recruit from A Fairer Chance, you will know everything you need to know to make an informed decision. We design and deliver employment and skills brokerage and training services in partnership with employers.
• Our Employer Account Management team, have on-going relationships with large and small employers across the retail, construction, rail and facilities management and utility services.
• Draw applicants who we prepare, screen and match from London Probation, Working Links, Jobcentre Plus, the Police, DWP Work Programme and also from the voluntary and community sector.
• We deliver training workshops centred on effective employer engagement and how to effectively make an ex-offender ready for the labour market and caseload management.
A New Direction is a London-based non-profit, generating opportunities for children and young people to unlock their creativity.
We work with partners across education, culture and the creative industries, local government and business, to support children and young people to be creative and experience culture, while identifying areas of inequality and campaigning for policy change.
Our vision is for a London where all children and young people can thrive through developing their creativity.
Our mission is to support the capacity of all children and young people to shape culture and be creative.
The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 introduced citizen-led restorative justice in the UK. A referral order is a mandatory sentence where a young person pleads guilty for a first conviction. Subsequent amendments allowed a referral order for a second offence - with a guilty plea - if the young person had not previously received a referral order; for a second time with a guilty plea, and if recommended by the Youth Offending Team under 'exceptional circumstances'.
The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 allows a referral order irrespective of the number of previous convictions or the number of previous referral orders, if the young person pleads guilty.
AOPM is the professional association for up to 6000 volunteers supporting young offenders in the community. We practice community-led restorative justice to deliver the most effective sentence available to youth courts. The purpose of the Association is to advance the performance of volunteers in performing their statutory duty with young people involved in the criminal justice system.
We take pride in the role of community Panel Members. The work is demanding. It challenges pre-conceptions about victims of crime and young offenders. It allows us to see beyond tabloid headlines, which offer all-too-easy solutions to youth crime.
We promote good practice in delivering restorative justice to communities afflicted by youth crime, and advocate the rights of children in the criminal justice system, particularly in respect of access to education for those with restricted engagement in schools.
There is a well-established link between childhood adversity and criminalisation. Many young adult offenders have grown up in disadvantaged communities, been exposed to chaotic home lives, or may have experienced poor schooling and made an early exit from the education system with few qualifications and little prospect of work.
25% of young adults are not engaged in employment, training or education.
They then find themselves surrounded by their peers with similar frustrations as they are pushed out to the margins of society. Yet they want to belong to a community, they want to have a sense of identity, to have friendship, to have status, to have money, so they are drawn into local groups and street gangs and the dangerous world of drug dealing and county lines, before finding themselves in the ‘clearing house’ of the criminal justice system.
Reoffending costs the tax payer £15 billion a year.
The majority of young adults trapped in crime want to change, they want to live crime free and they are also the most likely age group to stop offending as they mature.
The AP Foundation’s 5-step Pathway offers young adult offenders a unique and innovative way out from their life of crime.
Operating principally in the Luton and Bedfordshire area, Att10tive Social Enterprise has been established to deliver training, support and advice to a range of public, private and charitable organisations such as businesses, Schools, colleges and Local Authorities as well as charities and voluntary groups,. They also feature a number of projects and videos which those working in London might find useful.
Our mission is to build cohesion and encourage communities to work in harmony. Through our activities, we encourage people to show respect, consideration and empathy to others particularly those who come from different cultures, ethnicities, religions and areas to themselves.
Our project has the aim of bringing communities and people together, often people from organisations and individuals who would not usually have the opportunity to meet.
In addition running events and projects allows us to provide leadership skills and life skills to the coordinators. Additional life skills include adaptability, teamwork, project planning, critical thinking, communication skills, presentation skills and event management.
An example is Culture Storm which is our first project. People took part from a wide range of places as well as independent individuals The aim of this was to bring people together who would never normally meet. This included people from youth groups, colleges ,the University's cheerleading team, performers and dancers. Culture storm was a riot of performance, music ,dance and film.
Autus is a small charity creating exciting opportunities for growth, learning and work for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
Using our innovative and engaging virtual environment we offer a range of programmes and activities to help build confidence and develop social communication, digital and employability skills. Winners of Youth Employability Awards and London Youth Accredited Quality Mark.
Hillingdon Council's award-winning AXIS project (so named because it supports young people at a crossroads in their lives) is making a real difference to children at risk of exploitation, and is fast becoming a beacon of good practice for local authorities and the police. AXIS collates, organises and applies information in a way that helps to identify young people at risk of exploitation and informs meaningful interventions delivered by skilled practitioners. Data mapping is the 'engine' driving the AXIS programme, and is seen as the future of targeted intervention and joint commissioning to keep more children safe and free from statutory intervention.
As a family and community support network, Aanchal provides a safe place where people find hope so they can believe and say 'I matter'.
We're a women's organisation that assists women affected by physical as well as mental, financial, sexual and emotional domestic abuse. Our guiding principle is that we will never turn our back on a woman in need of our help. And we won't give in to bureaucracy at the expense of real lives. While some statutory agencies turn women away because they don't have the right legal status or their situation doesn't quite fit into the agency's remit, we'll do what we can to help. We take into account and respects the culture, rituals and ways of being, to support people through challenging issues, crisis and stigmas that they will face in speaking out. We understand that every individual we support has the right to live as an equal in society, able to hold up their head with pride, and to be part of a supportive community and know that they are not alone. We are proud to be an inclusive organisation.
We open doors to the many benefits, opportunities and systems that can best help protect people and their children.
We provide emotional and practical support, guidance and tools to allow people to make positive life decisions, to live a comfortable life that is fulfilling for them and their children. We also support them to contribute to the wider world in a meaningful way using the wisdom, access to knowledge and skills they have.
Abianda is a London-based social enterprise that works with young women affected by gangs and county lines, and the professionals who support them.
Our mission is to bring about a culture shift in the way services are delivered to young women affected by gangs and county lines, so that they feel safe to access help; they are no longer a hidden group in our communities; and they are free from harm and abuse
Academy Achievers is a not-for-profit organisation, set up with an aim to improve the quality of life for local young people ‘in and around Newham’ by offering excellent services which provide a range of Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) informal educational, social, emotional, cultural, health and wellbeing and recreational opportunities. In addition, we provide training, consulting and informal advice to our users on a wide range of issues, at the same time signposting them to the appropriate services for further information. Academy Achievers is a place where young people from diverse backgrounds come to socialise, learn, have fun and meet new friends. Our approach is rooted in good multiagency working and close working with communities, in developing and enhancing our program and adapting to emerging needs and new initiatives. To achieve this there are structured programs coupled with different activities including training sessions that we put in place to help support young people between the ages of 5-19, with different abilities and who come from different cultures.
A charitable organisation that was founded in 2014, as a voice for the million or more youths who are currently unemployed in the UK, particularly Black and Minority Ethnic NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training). Our main objective is to help reduce BME youth unemployment, provide employment and training solutions for youth offenders and implement anti-gang initiatives in the community.
Government and independent statistical analysis of UK BME youth unemployment figures, has consistently shown a huge disparity in the employment rates of white and BME job seekers. This problem is particularly acute amongst black youths who are twice if not more likely, to be unemployed than their fellow white job seekers (1/2 unemployed). This trend in BME youth unemployment can no longer be ignored, economically or morally justified. If the youth are considered to be our 'future' what kind of future can they expect to have if this divisive trend is not reversed? The socio-economic implications are too horrendous to contemplate.
Action Isleworth Mothers (AIM) is a community-led outreach support service for mothers and youth directly and indirectly affected by issues connected to serious youth violence in the London Borough of Hounslow.
AIM is a completely free, confidential and independent community outreach service I run (alongside my day job!) to support and empower mothers directly and indirectly affected by the issues around serious youth violence in my local borough of Hounslow. This includes exploitation, fear of harm, the multiple impact of exclusions or incarceration, behavioural and family issues. We do not judge, we listen and we understand.
Action Tutoring partners with primary and secondary state schools to deliver tutoring programmes for pupils in Years 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11 in English and maths. We specifically help pupils facing socio-economic disadvantage who are at risk of leaving primary or secondary school without reaching national standards in their exams.
Action West London is an expanding West London charity, Limited Company, and social enterprise. Our mission is ‘Changing Lives through Employment, Education, and Enterprise’. Action West London aims to deliver its mission by working in partnership with statutory, voluntary, community and private sector agencies across West London. Our aim is to be a key strategic, service delivery and financially sustainable charity and social enterprise in West London. They have partnerships with other charities and organisations, local authorities and public and private sector bodies in the Boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, and Barnet.
Key Objectives are to:
1. Help disadvantaged, unemployed young people and adults secure Employment.
2. Help disadvantaged young people and adults improve their Education and Training.
3. Help individuals set up in self-employment, social enterprise, and business.
Our story began in 2007. We started life as London Active Communities, and our aim was simple: to use sport as an alternative way of engaging and inspiring young people into positive activities.
From the very beginning we have worked in Southwark and Lambeth; but now, thanks to our rapid growth, we reach young people in all 32 boroughs. Our grassroots sports and arts sessions are particularly focused on Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark, Brent and Tower Hamlets.
Partnership is critical to what we do. We’re proud to work with trusted local delivery organisations who have an excellent knowledge base in the areas we operate. Their local knowledge enables us to deliver training and development which is specifically targeted to meet local needs.
The Adab Trust was set up in 2007 to facilitate improved employment outcomes for students from challenging backgrounds. Since inception, the Trust has worked with six universities and supported over 7,000 undergraduates and recent graduates.
Our inaugural programme was the 'Leadership by Example Programme'. This involved high calibre graduates from ethnic minority backgrounds - particularly from modern universities – being put through a six stage employer-led training and selection programme. The selection programme was delivered by one of UK's leading executive search agencies - Odgers & Berndtson – alongside the market leader in psychometric testing - SHL group. Successful candidates were then marketed to employers and in our first year of operation, 45 candidates secured graduate level roles.
From delivering our inaugural programme, we discovered that the principal barrier to most graduates being able to secure their desired jobs; was that they often lacked the soft skills employers sought. To address this, we developed our current programme - the very successful 'Employers in Higher Education (EHE) Programme.
The Employers in Higher Education (EHE) Programme:
This programme aims to create a strong connection between education and employers. This is done by bringing employers onto campuses to deliver a range of creative and innovative training sessions to young people. There are five strands of the EHE programme:
• Masterclass Series
• Problem based Learning
• Guest Speaker Series
• Employability Workshops
We are a women-only organisation, providing emotional and practical support to women in London. All our services are free and confidential.
A large part of our work is crisis intervention – for women who require urgent help and face imminent danger.
AIR Network have over a decade of experience specialising in engaging and supporting society's most vulnerable, excluded and at risk individuals. We work with people who are ex-offenders, face addiction, have mental health issues or who are homeless. We provide free support and a wide range of experiences and activities to promote recovery, reduction in reoffending and achievement of sustained positive destinations.
Many of our staff have faced the same issues that our clients have, it is this insight, experience and empathy which enables us to provide services which are realistic, reflective of client needs and relevant. We know that changing lives isn't just about tackling addiction or offending behaviour or getting a job, it's about building the skills, experiences, support networks, resilience and coping mechanisms to achieve and sustain these changes long term.
Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire is there for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking.
Our members provide meetings in all major towns and cities and are committed to being there for you when you need help. Whatever your relationship with the drinker, you will find other people who have similar stories to tell. You will realise that you are not alone. Listening to the shared experiences of others may help you find the confidence you need to deal with the effects of someone else's drinking. You will find it is possible to rediscover happiness, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
Your anonymity is protected by using first names only. You will not be asked to reveal your surname or any other details about your identity or that of the drinker. Anything discussed within an Al-Anon meeting is treated as confidential, including your presence at the meeting.
We are widespread, with more than 700 groups throughout the UK and Eire alone. If getting to a meeting is not easy for you, you are welcome to join an online meeting. These are organised by the World Service Office (WSO) and accessible via the US website: https://www.al-anon.org
Al-Anon meetings are free. We only accept donations from members towards running costs and literature so that we can be self-supporting. We only give what we can afford.
What we are not:
• Al-Anon is not a therapy group. We don't offer counselling or advice or try to explain your experiences.
• We are not a religious organisation and welcome those of all faiths and none, treating everyone as equals. We discourage discussion about religion, politics and other outside topics.
This is a well-known organisation with a proven track record. The way we work is very simple - it is one alcoholic talking to another - if you want to contact us - either because you want help with your drinking problem or because you are professionally interested in the work we do - please feel free to get in touch using this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For over 30 years, All Change has been bringing artists and communities together, producing original and authentic arts projects and experiences, which develop understanding and make connections between people.
We work with people of all ages and backgrounds, especially those who would not usually have the opportunity to participate in the arts. All our projects are cross art form and interdisciplinary, led by exceptional artists. We are committed to using the arts for social change. We believe that creativity is a valuable life skill and that involvement in the arts can make a difference to individuals and communities. We have seen our work transform lives. Our work reaches people of all ages and backgrounds, especially those who would not usually have the opportunity to participate in the arts. Working with artists, participants tell their stories and express their ideas, creating work which challenges perceptions and exceeds expectations, promoting understanding and making lasting connections between people. Participants develop skills and confidence, and broaden their horizons. We involve people in high quality, powerful arts experiences, which support them to think differently and to instigate change in their lives. All Change delivers a rolling programme of combined arts projects in community settings.
Each project is unique and tailor-made, led by professional artists working in collaboration with communities to explore ideas and create original work. Projects involve combinations of art forms including digital arts, theatre, dance, music, sound, spoken word, creative writing and photography – and result in high quality and original work shared through unique and authentic arts experiences.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime & Violence Reduction is a group of over 70 MPs and Peers, set up in response to the alarming rise in knife crime across the country. The group aims to develop cross-party consensus from parliamentarians around new approaches to tackling knife crime, with particular focus on prevention and early intervention.
The APPG seeks to evaluate policies and programmes aimed at reducing knife crime, gain better understanding of its root causes and the wider context of serious violence. The group aims to develop recommendations for new measures at both acute and preventative stages with a view to reducing levels of knife crime, and work with the cross-party Youth Violence Commission
Where we can, we combine pro bono and community investment contributions with financial support.
All our partners donate to the Allen & Overy Foundation which, in FY19, amounted to £1.59m. This allows us to give grants to over 150 non-profit organisations around the world, providing a comprehensive package of both financial and pro bono support.
Our Global Charity Partnership brings together the skills and resources of the entire firm to have a lasting impact on the work of one charity. As well as fundraising, we use the professional skills of our lawyers and support staff to benefit the charity in the long-term.
FREE ONLINE SELF-HARM SUPPORT FOR 14-19 yr olds.
Alumina is a free, online 7 week course for young people struggling with self-harm. Each course has up to 8 young people, all accessing the sessions from their own phones, tablets or laptops across the UK. The courses take place on different evenings of the week and are run by friendly, trained counsellors and volunteer youth workers. You don't need an adult to refer you or sign you up, and no-one will see or hear you during the sessions – you'll just join in via the chatbox. We want to help you to find your next steps towards recovery, wherever you are on your journey.
Ambition Aspire Achieve was founded in June 2016 by Kevin Jenkins OBE, because of a longstanding desire to provide opportunities for children and young people in the London Borough of Newham and surrounding areas.
Since inception, AAA has delivered a range of services based at the Terence Brown Arc in the Park, an inclusive resource, delivery and neighbourhood play hub for children and young people living in Canning Town. Building on the success of services delivered at Arc in the Park, AAA's second neighbourhood hub, the Glyn Hopkin Abbey Hub was opened in Stratford in the summer of 2018.
AAA now delivers a wide range of projects and services from both hubs and across local communities in Newham. Our work particularly focuses on and supports children and young people most in need, including those with disabilities or additional needs. Our current work includes after school clubs, holiday play and youth activities, youth clubs, disability specific activities, detached youth projects, information advice and support for vulnerable young people, mentoring and personal development programmes, doorstep inclusive sports clubs and outward-bound activities and experiences.
AAA exists to help all children and young people, regardless of background, ability or disability to reach their full potential, to build the esteem to have Ambition, the confidence to Aspire and the skills and self-belief to Achieve. AAA were recently awarded £47,531 to deliver a strategic, grass-roots early intervention community-based project in Newham with the aim of facilitating routes out of gangs for 12 young people and preventing 20 young people from becoming involved in a gang. They have also been awarded £29,750 to deliver anti-knife crime programs and provide positive activities to young people at risk in Canning Town and Stratford.
The Anti-Tribalism Movement is a non-profit organisation committed to tackling tribalism and promoting fairer and more equitable societies.
The ATM’s vision and track record are based on a cohesive and dynamic society where every person’s rights are protected regardless of tribe, clan, gender or political belief.
Anxiety UK was formed in 1970, by Katharine and Harold Fisher as a result of Katharine’s experience of agoraphobia and her desire to develop support for others similarly affected.
Since those early beginnings, we’ve grown to become a national organisation with an international reach, whilst retaining a user-led ethos – being run by and for those with anxiety. Many of our small staff team have their own lived experience and understand the distress, isolation and misery that anxiety can cause. We’re here to help and can support you to find ways to control anxiety instead of it controlling you.
Anxiety and Depression – A Guide To Anxiety / Mental Health Charities And Organisations In The UK
Everyone can experience moments of anxiety which can end up with them suffering from depression from time to time. There are certain triggers associated with anxiety and depression which includes when you are having a hard time whether it's a financial or emotional problem. If you are feeling low, seeking professional help sooner rather than later is vitally important for your overall health and well-being because it would be a mistake to keep things to yourself.
The reason being that the symptoms and negative feelings that are affecting you, could only get harder to cope with, bearing in mind that anxiety and depression can be likened to a physical condition which can be treated successfully.
“Ape Media has been delivering interventions to young people since 2004 and has extensive expertise in working with vulnerable young people and adults aged 10 – 25 years both in the community, pan-London, nationally and internationally.
We have worked with thousands of young people across London, with our main focus being those in the London borough of Newham, who face being disadvantaged including by being excluded from school, those dealing with mental health problems and involvement within the Criminal Justice System.
Programmes have benefited over 15,000 young people (at least 30 per cent working in the creative industries). Our charity key learning includes taking an informal approach to the courses, workshops and activities to ensure our creative and personal development programmes are flexible and remain engaging.”
They have recently commenced a programme to deliver #Rebirthofcool – an anti-knife crime initiative in Stratford for young people.
Arch is a free and confidential service for young people and adults who live or are registered with a GP in Hillingdon. Many people turn to drink or drugs as a way of dealing with negative feelings, such as depression, stress, trauma or anxiety. We work with people at any stage of their alcohol or drug difficulties to provide a single point of access to assessment and treatment, for problems. We recognise the importance of providing treatment for both the substance misuse problem, as well as any associated emotional / mental health issues. Our service includes:
- Assessment and individual personal recovery plans,
- Advice and information on reducing harm,
- Specialist psychosocial interventions,
- Specialist detoxification programmes to manage withdrawal symptoms and safely wean you off drugs and alcohol,
- One-to-one and group therapies aimed at getting to the core of the problem,
- Motivation and support from those that have previously had problems with alcohol or drugs,
- Group activities and social networks, including men and women’s groups, relapse prevention and life skills advice,
- Joint working with employment agencies, training providers and housing associations to help you get back on track,
- Evening and weekend social drop-in and activities with the opportunity to volunteer and build new social networks to help your recovery.
Since 2003 we have delivered over 10,000 hours of development programmes, involving thousands of diverse young talent, and many of the UK’s leading businesses. Our aim has always been to bridge the gap between ambitious socially and ethnically diverse talent and UK PLC, through delivering high-quality, high-impact experiences.
Although our initial intention was to ‘help’ young people from low-income communities, we quickly realised that the incredible talent we connected with had levels of drive, energy and skills that their more privileged peers, who had a monopoly on the best career opportunities, lacked. But, back then, UK PLC couldn’t quite grasp what we could see.
We have designed and delivered hundreds of unique programmes, experiences and partnerships that bring together brilliant diverse young talent and forward-looking businesses. And, in doing so, changed beliefs, attitudes and outcomes. We have genuine and deep expertise, born out of experience, in what it takes for companies to unlock the Diversity Dividend.
Arsenal in the Community has been using the power of the Arsenal name to positively impact the lives of young people since 1985. The team delivers sport, social and education programmes to over 5,000 individuals each week.
Article 39 is a small, independent charity which fights for the rights of children living in state and privately-run institutions (boarding and residential schools, children's homes, immigration detention, mental health inpatient units and prisons) in England.
We take our name from Article 39 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which grants every child who has been abused or suffered other rights violations the right to recover in environments where their health, self-respect and dignity are nurtured.
We promote and protect children's rights in England through four complementary areas of work:
• Awareness-raising of the rights, views and experiences of children – through our own work, and research and testimony published by others, we stay informed of children and young people's views, experiences and priorities and keep them at the heart of everything we do;
• Legal education – we provide a range of legal resources to support practitioners to use the law in their day-to-day work with children and our pioneering rights4children.org.uk website provides children and young people with accessible information about their rights;
• Practice development – we run a national network of independent advocates, with over 320 members, whom we support to give the best help to children and young people through peer discussion groups, online lectures and seminars and specialist resources and training;
• Policy advocacy, research and strategic litigation – using our specialist knowledge and evidence from consultation with children, young people and advocates, we work to influence the development of law and government policy so that children are better protected; and we support and lead legal challenges when this is the best way of protecting children's rights and securing long-term change
Our aim is to ensure the arts are used within the criminal justice system as a springboard for positive change.
We represent a network of over 900 individuals and organisations that deliver creative interventions to support people in prison, on probation and in the community, with impressive results.
We support this transformative work by providing a network and a voice for all the talented and creative people who are committed to making great art with people in the criminal justice system.
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Arts Network is a charity that provides an inspirational and understanding environment for people with mental health support needs, and challenges the stigma of mental health.
We support people to achieve their personal goals through creative activities, exhibitions, and events that enable participants to learn new skills, increase self confidence, and develop relationships.
We constantly seek to battle stigma and discrimination by presenting our work and practice to medical practitioners, key stakeholders, and the general public.
The Nature of the Problem – a lack of Synergy
At present, there is a problem with the lack of synergy in the public and voluntary sector to tackling violence, guns, gangs and other social problems. The majority of agencies tend to work independently of each other without sharing their intelligence and/or resources. This inevitably results in some re-duplication of efforts and an overlapping of efforts among neighbouring community projects. The lack of a coherent, strategic approach lessens the overall effectiveness of efforts to reduce crime and alleviate social problems. Ascension Trust firmly believes that some of these groups could be much stronger by working together- the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. By identifying the best practice and specialisms among charitable organizations that partner with Ascension Trust, vulnerable groups, people at risk and those in need of advice would be referred to the best outlets to help them.
A Holistic Approach to Serious Violence
The main contributory factors to crime have been shown to be: family breakdown; peer-group pressures, poor education, deprivation, alcoholism, mental health and domestic violence. Ascension Trust will partner with agencies that have specialisms in the three main areas of family and domestic violence; education and mentoring; gangs and peer-pressure. The agencies will work together with vulnerable families and individuals in a joined-up manner taking a holistic approach to the problem. This holistic approach to serious violence is the key to impacting the community in a positive way.
The Athena service, run by Refuge, provides confidential, non-judgmental support to those living in the London Borough of Lewisham who are experiencing gender-based violence. Our services support women and girls aged 13 and over, and men aged 16 or over – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or are unsure of their sexuality. The Athena service also supports transgender clients who identify as male, female, as another gender, or are questioning their gender identity.
AVIARD is a compound word created using: AVIATE (to fly) and HARD (to be solid).
We seek to empower young people to adopt AVIARD MINDSETS by teaching them resilience, how to elevate their minds away from challenges and how to focus on making solid, daily progress towards their goals.
To be the premier Edutainment brand for empowering Achievement and Positive Transformation within the lives of adolescents & young adults globally.
Our focus is to partner with influencers, local authorities, corporates, brands and charitable organisations to empower young people (aged 10-19) by supporting:
– Early Intervention
– Raising Aspiration & Attainment
– The Portrayal of Positive Role Models & Narratives
– Improving Pathways to Employment & Entrepreneurship
– Coaching and Life Skills Development
BANG Edutainment is a youth-powered, community leadership organisation based in the heart of Brent. Our Vision is a world in which all young people are valued and inspired to thrive and contribute positively to their communities.
During this challenging time, we will remain accessible and committed to ensuring that the safety concerns of children, young people and families living in Brent, are prioritised. We are extending our reach across the borough by working closely with partner organisations, sharing our experience and knowledge to support those most in need. Our services include Health & Wellbeing, Education & Training, Employment & Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement. We are currently offering an online therapeutic wellbeing service as a modified way of delivering our existing community therapy service.
We provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. We are local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices.
We are currently supporting over 3,000 local charities and projects in communities across the UK. The projects we fund help children facing a range of disadvantages, for example, poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people. BBC Children in Need currently awards grants at six points during the year and funds two types of grants. The Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. Meanwhile, the Small Grants Programme supports projects for up to three years, and includes grants up to and including £10,000 per year.
Brook operates a number of sexual health and wellbeing services across the UK.
Brook is committed to supporting young people and the majority of services are for people under 25. However, in December 2019 we began running all-age sexual health services in parts of the country. We also provide outreach and education services for young people and training for professionals across the UK. You can also explore our clinical services, along with those provided by other organisations, on our Find A Service tool.
They have been recently funded to deliver the football-based ‘Ballers’ program to young people who are most at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of crime and channel them into positive activities.
The website may not yet be online, but contact can be made via Crystal Place Dome, Ledrington Road, London, SE19 2BB, Tel: 07527569128.
“Ballers club is a south London Based Football Academy which helps put players into pro/semi-pro & amateur football clubs. Play in one of our showcase matches against semi pro/pro development teams and get the chance to possibly be scouted. We offer training sessions on Saturday mornings for 6-12 year olds for £1 per session.”
Growing up is a challenge for everyone, but for some it's more difficult than others. We offer practical and emotional support so that young people can enter adulthood with the confidence they need to achieve their full potential.
Leaving home is a challenge for everyone, but young people leaving care often do so without the support of a loving family. Find out how we help care leavers.
How we help children and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Read more about homelessness and the work we do to help young people.
In partnership with employers, schools, colleges and charities, we train and support over 3,000 young people every year through 20 specialist services. Read more.
How we provide direct support to LGBTQ children and young people around their gender and sexual identities.
The Barrow Cadbury Trust is an independent charitable foundation seeking a just and peaceful society which recognises the equal value of all people. Largely working in partnerships with others, we use all our resources – our grants, our people and our name – to bring about structural change, thus increasing social justice and equality.
Founded in 2010 with a mission to ‘inspire and empower young people to overcome adversity and achieve their full potential’ by Seoul Olympian John Bosco Waigo. Basic Sport and Fitness’s (BSF) work aims to address some of key social, economic and educational issues facing young people and their families living in one of the most deprived borough’s in the country (Newham). Over the last years, BSF has achieved unprecedented success through the delivery of a range of creative and ambitious sports initiatives that have engaged and inspired hundreds of young people, nurturing their enthusiasm to become the principal drivers of their own success and providing them with the skills, attitude and knowledge to achieve their personal ambitions through sports. We have a dedicated team of tutors, youth workers and highly committed volunteers, BSF has over the last five years delivered a range of creative and ambitious diverse sports initiatives activities i.e. non-contact boxing, casual football, basketball, together with healthy eating sessions. These activities engage, inspire and nurture young people’s enthusiasm and ability in a way that enables them to become the sole drivers of their own success. £19,090 was recently awarded to deliver a 12-month programme of sports and boxing and workshops to 40 at-risk young people in Newham as a diversionary activity away from gangs and violent crime.
We’re an independent charity whose grants help to connect people and places, empower communities and transform lives in Wandsworth and Lambeth. We fund projects that support local communities, create new opportunities and make our neighbourhoods even better places to live.
We provide training and job opportunities that ultimately lead to sustained employment in the property sector. We work with those who want to turn their lives around and support them to make a real difference. We don’t simply invest money in our employees, we also dedicate our time and support to provide training and opportunities that lead to sustained employment and careers. Our work starts with a person. It’s a disadvantaged person; it’s someone who may not have academic qualifications or experience, but needs an opportunity. The person may have a disability, or a criminal record or any other circumstance which provides a barrier to employment. Regardless of their circumstances, all our employees share the desire to make the most of their opportunity and commit to making a positive change. From the pre-employment programme, to bespoke training and on-site experience, Be Onsite works to prepare employees for a specific job role. We work with employers to ensure employees become fully skilled and are able to move into a sustainable career. As technology in the property industry advances, new skills are required. Be Onsite works with the supply chain and implements bespoke training to help fill the gaps in the workforce.
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. Founded in 1989 as the Eating Disorders Association, our mission is to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that ruin and, too often, take lives.
Beating Time enables people serving prison sentences to find, or create, work when they are released and we do that in a very innovative way…. Currently there are around 85,000 people in prison. Nearly 80,000 people are released annually. Re-offending rates are at an all time high. Encouraging entrepreneurship and facilitating self-employment is an important (and to date neglected) part of the solution to reducing reoffending. We provide integrated programmes in prison which enable people serving sentences to simultaneously develop themselves and a business plan. Our Programmes include 1-2-1 coaching, and business mentoring from KPMG. We organise regular events to showcase the talents and potential of the people we work with to prospective employers. Music and performance are integral to our programmes. Making music, with others, combats the mental illnesses that many prisoners suffer. It also creates optimism and self-belief. It is on this PLATFORM of mental resilience and confidence we help prisoners develop a realistic PLAN for their future. A plan that does not involve returning to jail.
Bede House is a local Southwark charity, with the flexibility to respond to our area's changing needs. Government statistics show that some of our neighbourhoods are among the 10% most deprived in Britain. We therefore strive to offer a wide range of support. Since 1938, we've been working to unlock new possibilities for young and old to live fuller lives. Our services are delivered through four programmes addressing specific needs.
Bede Learning Disabilities
All of our activities, training, volunteering and employment programmes aim to build the skills and confidence of those with a learning disability. Our friendly Centre offers a welcoming space for everyone to expand their horizons, as well as providing respite for carers. We believe that everyone can play their part in the community.
Bede offers young people a special place outside home and school to find friendship and enjoy exciting activities. Our clubs, music studio and holiday adventures are a fun way to build confidence and realise potential, while our youth workers are ready to help when personal challenges arise.
Bede: Ending Domestic Abuse
Bede has 20 years of experience helping those suffering abuse in the home. The experts in our Starfish team offer one-to-one guidance, group programmes, counselling and access to legal assistance. A key feature of our services is that we are available to continue until a solution is achieved.
Bede in the Community
Bede brings Bermondsey and Rotherhithe people together to create new opportunities. Over 90 people are involved with Bede as volunteers, our halls are used by community groups and our teams lead many activities. Volunteers with a learning disability visit housebound neighbours to do small jobs and help one another.
This Trust has a wider reach than these boroughs alone. “We educate young people on the dangers of knife crime and help them to make positive choices to stay safe. Our workshops follow the journey of both the victim and the offender through a series of unique and immersive experiences to show young people how choices and consequences are intrinsically linked. Our workshops change young people’s attitudes to knife crime; debunking the myth that carrying a knife will protect you. They strengthen peer values; ensuring young people give better advice to each other and challenge peers who are carrying (or thinking of carrying) a knife. They work in collaboration to prevent knife crime through collective action. They work with young people, the government and stakeholders. Their resources for practitioners and parents are designed to empower others to work with young people on a difficult and sensitive topic. They campaign for action and justice for those affected by knife crime. They have won numerous awards in recognition of their success. They consistently campaign for change; challenging government, businesses and society to ensure everyone takes responsibility for tackling knife crime.
“We work in partnership to help young people overcome barriers, improve their lives and build a fairer society.
Our strategy, which runs from 2018 through to 2021, focuses our work on building a society where every young person can thrive.
The strategy is the result of six months of research and consultation with our charity partners and the wider voluntary sector with other businesses and with our founder, Berkeley Group. Throughout this process we asked ourselves two questions. What does a truly world class twenty-first century corporate foundation look like? And how can we most effectively serve our communities in London, Birmingham and the South of England?
The result is an ambitious organisational plan, with a clear set of measurable commitments.”
Beyond Recovery is a fast growing new social enterprise already making a proven difference to people with repeat offending behaviour, complex mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems who are involved in the criminal justice system.
Beyond Recovery aims to help people look beyond mere survival and existence, and instead to move forward, with hope, resilience and purpose in life. The impact of this work creates far-reaching ripple effects in communities, relationships, careers, business opportunities as well as complete recovery from previously intractable diagnoses.
The work of Beyond Recovery is based on an approach called the Three Principles, which was recently described as having a common sense simplicity with intellectual credibility [Kessel 2017] – this differs from many other approaches to tackling human problems in one fundamental way: it focuses on teaching health rather than treating illness. The model is rooted in a belief that we all have inner mental good health and teaches individuals how to access and sustain this health.
The Bike Project is a charity that refurbishes bikes and donates them to refugees in London. We sell the best second hand bikes to help fund the project. For refugee women, we run Pedal Power, a supportive and nurturing, female-only cycle training course.
Binning Knives Saves Lives are a community volunteer group run by the 'Knife Man' and local legend Courtney Barrett. Courtney and his gang of volunteers have taken over 1200 knives off our streets and are dedicated to making Londons streets a safer place for our communities.
In BKSL's debut borough in only six months knife crime in Waltham Forest was reduced by 34%, whilst it rose in every other London Borough.
BKSL have taken over 1200 knives off the streets and out of circulation and have enrolled many troubled youths and gang members into ongoing activities and courses which have transformed their lives.
BKSL have also educated and changed the mindsets of many thousands, and provided free sports for children of parents who are on benefits.
BKSL have also take many knives from gang members and helped to turn their lives around by enrolling them into meaningful activities and courses, and giving them ongoing care & support.
BKSL also provide a knife collection service to minimise the number of knives in people's homes, and have united other organisations, religious groups, businesses, and councillors, in the battle against knife crime.
Bipolar UK is the only national charity dedicated to empowering individuals and families affected by bipolar. Peer support is at the core of our work. This means people affected by bipolar helping others. Our integrated service consists of:
• More than 85 peer support groups for people affected by bipolar, facilitated by trained and supported volunteers – many groups have now migrated online
• A moderated eCommunity with over 9,000 active users
• One-to-one peer support provided by telephone and email, recognising that support groups and a digital service will not be for everyone
• Information and resources provided on our website which are used by over 360,000 people a year
• Empowering approximately 1,000 people per month to stay well and we have the ambition to reach thousands more
The Trust has recently taken back the overall management of the Black Prince community hub, having moved on from its arrangements with leisure provider, GLL. It is now looking forward to an exciting new chapter through its commercial partnership with PowerLeague.
These commercial partners sit alongside bespoke community charity organisations such as Fight4Change, Street Games, Centrepoint, School of Hard Knocks, Vi-ability – Change Foundation, as well as the Ethelred Tenant Management Organisation (ETMO), who provide a direct link to the local community.
Since 2015 the Trust has developed its own social outcomes 'strands'. The Trust has designated 5 separate social outcome strands across which BPT and its partners at the Hub aim to deliver social impact. They are as follows:
• Health and Wellbeing
• Equality and Diversity
• Education, Training and Life Long Learning
Bounce Back is a training provider delivering programmes in a wide variety of construction industry skills including Painting and Decorating, Dry Lining, Scaffolding and Aerial Window Cleaning. Our focus is on getting people into paid employment in the construction industry. We are industry-led and train in the skills that we know are needed on site. By responding specifically to demand in this way we are well placed to give participants the best opportunities for employment and achieve our core objective of training and equipping ex-offenders with the skills and qualifications to move into the workplace. Our aim is to provide an end-to-end solution, transitioning learners in the Criminal Justice System into employment in the Construction Industry. In addition to qualifications we also deliver CSCS training in a number of prisons and in the community. CSCS cards are the “passport” into work and without the card people cannot go on site. By obtaining the card prior to release candidates can move straight into work on leaving prison. We seek to fill the skills gap in the construction industry and act as a “go-to” for the construction industry who know they can come to us to get much needed, enthusiastic employees.
Case Management support
We have a team of Case Managers who engage with participants while they are still in prison and support them on release for up to a year, or longer, as required.
Each case manager works with the individual to help them through their journey and into work. They also work with employers to facilitate the transition into work.
We deliver skills training in various locations:
We currently deliver training in HMP’s Brixton, Isis, Wandsworth, Pentonville, Feltham and Leeds. We are always keen to reflect the needs of our construction partners in our training.
In the Community
We train in the community at our Head Office in Westminster in Painting and Decorating and Scaffolding and Window Cleaning as well as CSCS and a number of other skills. We also offer bespoke training courses for partners.
Box Up Crime are passionate about getting young people out of crime each year. Inspired in 2012 from the loss of valued friends due to gang affiliation and crime, Stephen Addison launched the project ‘Box Up Crime’ in 2013. They provides social change though social innovation, using sports – in particular boxing, as a tool to inspire, educate and develop young individuals, specifically those who have been involved in crime.
Sport is used as a foundation to continually create awareness and confidence building with communities. We strive to develop strong relationships with secondary schools within the borough, promising to provide assistance to improve student’s behaviour.
Based in the heart of our local community in Camden, Brandon Centre offers a comfortable, welcoming, and non-institutional setting for young people to access sexual and mental health services.
Our self-referral system means that all young people can access the confidential care and support provided by our friendly and highly skilled team.
Our contraceptive and sexual health service has gained a reputation for working effectively with young people from deprived and disadvantaged backgrounds, and at risk of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, Brandon Centre was one of the first local organisations for young people to pioneer routine screening and treatment for chlamydia, and today, the contraceptive and sexual health service supports over 2,000 young people each year.
Our innovative approach applies psychotherapeutic principles to devise and implement mental health services, and we partner with schools, youth offending services and advice agencies to engage and reach out to high priority groups of young people. As well as individual therapeutic help for young people, we also offer effective intervention for families of young people in serious trouble with the law, and for parents struggling to bring up a teenager whose behaviour is out-of-control.
Our approach combines leading-edge service delivery with audit, research, and the rigorous evaluation of outcomes. This has further enhanced our reputation as an accessible and collaborative provider of sexual and mental health support to young people under 25, helping them to overcome difficulties and become healthy and fulfilled young adults.
Working in partnership with Brentford FC, the Trust offers a portfolio of programmes in education, employability, sports participation, health and community engagement.
Each year, we engage with thousands of young people across west London. Our communities engagement projects aim to inspire and empower young people to achieve their life goals.
• We offer a range of extra-curricular clubs during breakfast, lunch and after-school. Our qualified coaches adapt the sessions to suit the needs of every child.
• The Joy of Moving project is a national school-based educational project for children aged between 9-10, developed in partnership with the English Football League.
• The Premier League's Primary Stars initiative, uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop life skills.
• Super Active Schools is a Hounslow based initiative that encourages primary school children, across the borough, to become more active during school time.
City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates. It was established to make use of funds surplus to Bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £25m per year towards charitable activity benefiting Greater London. The City of London Corporation is the sole trustee of the Bridge House Estates and members of its Court of Common Council form the City Bridge Trust’s Grants Committee. We award grants totalling £20m per year, the majority of which will be awarded through our Bridging Divides scheme which has a number of programmes & priorities. The City has a proud tradition of philanthropy dating back to the Middle Ages, led by Livery Companies and the Mayorality. We are working to inspire, support and amplify great philanthropy i.e. the giving of money, time, skills or assets. Up to 20% of our annual budget is set aside for strategic initiatives which go beyond traditional grant making. These include research, feasibility studies and conferences, and are often undertaken in partnership with other bodies.
Bright Centres was established in 2006 by a group of young undergraduate students in London universities and young professionals who took it upon themselves to give something back to their communities. They were motivated to start the centre to prevent the next generation from experiencing some of the difficulties they encounter while attempting to integrate into the mainstream UK school system. Bright’s ethos of providing a brighter future was localised to the community of Lambeth. Providing exceptional services with a small but dedicated team of staff, the Alternative Provision of Education focused on supporting and assimilating students who felt disillusioned and disenfranchised with mainstream education. Closely supporting schools in the local area, Bright also nurtured the under-represented talented of Lambeth’s disadvantaged community and has been integral in Lambeth’s exponential rise in excellent academic attainment. Through our work, we have averted the exclusion of many young people from school who with support from the centre have gone on to achieve academic success. We also witness the growth in confidence and development of leadership skills in many of our students which enables them to engage positively with their mainstream schools. We have strong evidence that our work is raising the achievement of students which opens up pathways for them to take up positions in further or higher education. Over 85% of the students we supported with level 2&3 went on to higher education or apprenticeship.
Delivered by Catch22 and The Children's Society and funded by The Clothworker's Foundation, Bright Light is a programme that supports care leavers into apprenticeships, or future training or education.
Brilliant Parents knows that most parents are brilliant, but we also know, as parents ourselves, that bringing up children is one of the most challenging and emotionally demanding jobs a parent will ever do. Sometimes it can feel that parenting has turned into a battle, rather than an adventure. Brilliant Parents runs Parenting Courses supporting families across London, working with parents to turn the experience back into something that is positive and rewarding.
For you, the parent, our courses make daily life a little less about conflict and more about fun, by introducing techniques we can help you break a negative cycle with an emotional toddler or a complex teen. Our Parenting groups are run through peer support, delivered with opportunities for you to reflect on your own. Using years of research completed by Parenting Experts, Triple P, Brilliant Parents will help you understand your child's complicated behaviours as well as your own and show you ways to communicate with your child.
British Future is an independent, non-partisan think tank seeking to involve people in an open conversation, which addresses people’s hopes and fears about identity and integration, migration and opportunity, so that we feel confident about Britain’s Future.
We want to ensure that we engage those who are anxious about cultural identity and economic opportunity in Britain today, as well as those who already feel confident about our society, so that we can together identify workable solutions to make Britain the country we want to live in.
The Borough was recently awarded £10,000 to organise daily term-time community volunteer school patrols in Harlesden and organise groups of parents on four estates in Brent to address the issues of knife crime with their children and young people reaching a total of 100 people.
Build on Belief specialises in designing, implementing and running weekend services for people who are struggling with, or are in recovery from their substance use; namely drugs and alcohol. Although some of our projects run across the week, we always work at the weekend. We see ourselves as providing a new and interactive form of mutual aid. Rather than talk about the past, let's get together and build a new future.
These services are open access and offer a wide range of activities loosely based around 'the five ways to well-being.' The various Build on Belief projects do not offer therapeutic interventions, but are socially based befriending services designed to complement the existing structured treatment system. We are strong believers in partnership working, and aim to add a new layer to existing services wherever we work. Most importantly, we do not follow any model of addiction or recovery, believing all to be equally valid and a personal choice.
WHY DO WE DO IT?
Weekends can be a difficult and lonely time in early recovery, especially since traditional treatment providers are usually closed. The experience of addiction often isolates people from family and non-using friends, and one of the greatest challenges in moving forward with your life is making new friends and building a safe support network. Our social clubs with their wide range of activities and friendly volunteer teams, most of whom are in recovery themselves, provide a safe place to take these important steps back into the wider world of normal living.
We understand that for many people addiction is an all consuming experience, and ceasing your substance use can leave a large void in the day to fill. It is therefore really important in early recovery to find new interests. Build on Belief offers a wide range of activities in an open minded and friendly environment, supporting people and giving them the confidence to try something new. People accessing our services often find a sense of belonging that not only gives them hope, but reminds them of family. We have always seen ourselves as a family for people without a family.
Building Foundations Ltd provides short and long term accommodation and support services for young people to enable them to live independently in the community. Their objective is to provide an environment where young people can feel safe, secure and be valued. They are able to support young and vulnerable adults between the ages of 18 – 25+.
Business in the Community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business.
What we do:
We inspire, engage and challenge members and we mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to:
• Create a skilled, inclusive workforce today and for the future
• Build thriving communities in which to live and work
• Innovate to repair and sustain our planet
A website packed with resources. Amongst other things Coram youth projects place young people at the heart of the organisation, co-producing and delivering solutions to the issues they face. With ongoing training and support, they are given the skills and confidence to get their voices heard and effect change. View our short film to find out more. Workshops for 30 at risk young people from Lambeth and Southwark over six months.
COVO Connecting Voices is a charity working with children, young people and parents in the areas of behaviour management, play and parenting skills, and working with residents living with dementia in care homes and day centres. COVO specialises in consultancy and training in educational and community settings. We provide second tier support to statutory and voluntary organisations working with children, young people and parents in the areas of behaviour management, play and parenting skills.
Covo has provided second tier training services in Southwark since 1999, working in schools and community settings. We have been commissioned by the Children Services and Southwark Behavioural & Autism Support Service to provide training and mentoring programs for schools and out of school settings, as well as by the London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Camden, Westminster, Islington, Hackney and Lambeth, and Oxford and Essex.
Since 2013 COVO has focused on developing a behavioural programme for secondary schools. The work has proven to be successful thanks to the innovative approach developed by the team while working in PRU.
Empowering People, Empowering Change
For over 50 years, Cranstoun has supported people to rebuild their lives, inspired transformation and empowered positive change.
Between 2020 and 2021, Cranstoun has supported over 15,000 adults and young people. 94% Housing First service users have been accommodated through the programme. In the past year 94.5% of young people achieved the goals agreed on their care plans. 97% of the people we work with agree that our staff are friendly and approachable. 94% of our people feel Cranstoun has a positive impact on society.
We offer support through our website, national helpline, live chat, group, zoom, telephone or one-to-one in person support. We want to make sure everyone grieving gets the help they need in a way that works for them. We have a specially trained dedicated team of 4,000 bereavement volunteers.
Grieving people need a voice and that's why we're campaigning to make sure they're heard. We'll do whatever it takes to make changes, from campaigning for better business standards to improving bereavement laws – we're determined to change how grieving people are treated.
We want to live in a world where grief is understood and supported. We equip, educate and empower society to make sure all bereaved people are treated with compassion and respect.
In conjunction with cultural activities, the Foundation fulfils its mission through innovative programmes that develop pilot projects and support, by providing scholarships and grants for other institutions and social organisations. For the period 2018-2022, the three priority areas are: – social cohesion and integration, sustainability and knowledge – which are reflected across the whole intervention strategy.
As an independent charity, Cambridge House is committed to promoting change that can improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people who are affected by the systemic poverty, social injustice and inequality in our society.
1. Frontline Services
Objective: To support people to stabilise their lives and progress.
We provide specialist, personalised and integrated services to help people in crisis and support them to build the resilience they need to make recurrence of crisis less likely and improve the quality of their lives:
Social Justice Services
Independent Advocacy – Professional advocacy that enables individuals with serious mental and physical health issues and/or disability to have their voices heard and ensures their rights are protected.
Safer Renting – Specialist advice, support and advocacy for vulnerable tenants of criminal landlords.
Law Centre – Free, independent and expert legal services in housing, employment and benefit law
Education and Inclusion Services
Youth Empowerment – Intensive and wrap-around schemes for excluded 16 to 25 year olds.
Disabled Peoples' Empowerment – Arts, sports, life skills and wellbeing clubs for disabled children and adults.
2. Our Community Hub
Objective: To support active citizenship and community development.
Our building, Cambridge House, provides community anchor facility used by more than 100,000 people a year and offers a focal point for local communities and civic activity, a home for 13 voluntary and community organisations, provides a diversity of co-located social welfare services, and is a space where local people and agencies come together to promote and bring about positive social change
3. Research and Knowledge Exchange
Objective: To support the development of social policy and practice.
We work with research organisations to generate and collate evidence of what delivery strategies are most effective at tackling poverty and social exclusion at a local level and establish opportunities for evidence sharing and knowledge exchange. We are founding members of Locality and the International Federation of Settlements.
Camden Giving is an independent charity ending local poverty and inequality. Based on a notion that everyone has something to give, be that time, skills, money, we channel those resources into support for local people, such as food banks, winter night shelters and activities for vulnerable young people.
Care4me is the Community Directory for the London Borough of Wandsworth, Richmond, Kingston and the surrounding Boroughs, developed and managed by Lifetimes Charity. This provides a much more focussed directory for this area of London than our own website can offer.
Care4me is an online directory of community groups run by Lifetimes Charity. It has information about services in and around Wandsworth.
These range from:
• Advice and Advocacy
• Benefits and Money
• Care and Support
• Caring for Someone
• Community and Getting Involved
• Travel and getting about.
Through our programmes we build networks with employers, educators, and volunteers across the UK to give young people the career support, experiences, and insights they need to kickstart their futures. Each programme is mapped to specific learning outcomes, enabling young people to develop the skills, confidence, and aspirations needed for future career success. As a social mobility charity, we support young people who potentially face the most barriers in education and employment, and whose talents often go overlooked and undiscovered. We measure the impact of our programmes using a set of outcomes designed in partnership with employers and educators, mapped to the level and intensity of each programme. Students assess their Skills for Career Success at key points, which they reflect upon with their mentors in monthly meeting
Caring Heart Foundatio was established in June 2016, with a national scope of operation. It was set up with the aim of caring for the health and well-being of the community. Our Mission is to provide practical support services and empower families and individuals helping them to achieve social integration, good health & well-being through Community Health Promotion Training. Promoting Safeguarding Practice, Community Education, Poverty Alleviation, Counselling and Emotional Support Services.
All our work at Caritas Westminster is underpinned by Catholic Social Teaching, and this is reflected in our values as an organisation. We want to:
• Meet basic human need
• Develop human potential
• Support engagement, social inclusion and belonging
• Promote social justice and fairness
The Cassandra Centre is a registered domestic violence and abuse charity based in Norbury, London SW16, that provides advice, support and counselling services for young people. The charity was set up in 2007 after the tragic murder of Cassandra McDermott by her ex-boyfriend. Cassandra was only 19 years old. The charity aims to raise awareness and educate both young men and women about the risks and signs of domestic violence and abuse and to offer them much needed support and assistance. Our services include, for example, engagement activities; building trust; confidence and self-esteem and we offer one-to-one therapy that addresses complex emotional barriers. We accept referrals from all London boroughs and the City of London, because we feel that domestic violence and abuse cannot be addressed in isolation, as there are a range of sometimes complicated factors that need to be considered, so that our clients can achieve long-term independence.
Robin Lockhart, the Director of Development for Catalyst in Communities (CIC) and Fighting Knife Crime – London began a collaboration early, and are looking to find projects on which they can collaborate in the future. CIC’s experience is vast. Robin himself takes the lead on Engagement and Restorative Practice. He is a fully qualified Youth & Community Development professional with years of experience as a Trainer and Practitioner. He specialises in Youth and Community Engagement projects operating in areas of acute need. He has recently been involved in Young People’s projects in Haringey, Hackney, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Camden, Islington and Lewisham. He received the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards for Europe and the Globe in 2016-17.
But at CIC, they are a team, with a demonstrable ability to change young peoples’ perspectives. They seek to improve wellbeing for young people by helping them to facing up to mental health challenges, violence (to self and others), drug/alcohol abuse, gangs, unemployment, radicalisation, homelessness and addressing these directly through the range of work CIC do. CIC possesses a wide range of experience in community safety and engagement related work. With a particular focus on operational, strategic and technical evaluation CIC use restorative practice in a holistic way that encourages people to build their own capacity for transformation and change in the domains of justice, education, social care and personal life.
Our vision is a strong society where everyone has good people around them, a purpose, and a good place to live. In 2017/18 we supported 64,741 people through our 123 services all over the UK. Our 1,689 colleagues were supported in their vital work by 122 volunteers. We’ve been a charity for 200 years. Today we work across children’s social care, deliver alternative education, get people into work through apprenticeships and employability programmes, build stronger communities through social action, and deliver social justice and rehabilitation services (in prisons and in the community). But we don’t just stop at changing lives on the frontline. We take any surplus and the learning from our delivery, and funnel that into public service reform – investing in new structures and programmes that do things differently and change the system for good. Catch22 changes lives by delivering frontline public services. We then take our experience and the surplus made from delivery, and reinvest it in piloting new ways of doing things. We deliver services for young people, families and adults, across justice, social action, education and into employment. Our strong frontline delivery expertise not only changes lives but, gives us direct insight into how the system is working and what needs to change. In 2021 Community Links merged with Catch22.
We invest in new ideas that will improve outcomes for our service users. We deliver reform through our existing services, in partnership with others and by building new organisations. Catch22’s Review of the Year 2019 is a statement of our social impact and a snapshot of what we’ve achieved.
It demonstrates the impact Catch22 is having on people’s lives up and down the country.
The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood offers links to wide resources to support early years.
They focus on researching, campaigning and collaborating to raise awareness of and action on the transformative impact of early childhood. In our latest report we have identified six practical areas where wider society has a role to play in harnessing this opportunity:
Our early childhoods, the time from pregnancy to five, fundamentally shape our whole lives. Through research, campaigns and collaboration we are working to change the way we think and act on the early years so that together we can build a happier, healthier, more nurturing world.
We believe that tackling the toughest challenges in early childhood and achieving the biggest, long-term impact requires people coming together. We will collaborate with people from across the private, public and voluntary sectors and all walks of life to make positive change.
If you would like to support parents and carers with young children, there are many different volunteering opportunities available, for example:
'Family Line' supports parents and carers via telephone calls, emails and text messages. FamilyLine Volunteers are the first point of contact for those accessing the service and provide a range of support directly.
'Home Start' offers a range of support to families including home visiting and digital befriending.
'Young Minds Parent Help line' volunteers provide support to parents and carers worried about the mental health or emotional wellbeing of a child or young person from the ages of 0-25.
'Baby Banks' provide essentials, including clothing, equipment and toys, to families with babies and young children in need of help. You can find a local baby bank to support here.
'Squirrels is the Scouts' programme tailor-made for 4 and 5 year olds. It is designed to help early years children learn essential skills for life and is open to volunteers across the UK.
Centrepoint provides housing and support for young people regionally in London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East and through partnerships all over the UK.
We aim to give homeless young people a future and we want to end youth homelessness by 2037.
Buttle UK is named after Reverend Frank Buttle, a remarkable man whose hard work and personal sacrifice helped to establish our grant programmes, which have been helping children and young people in need across the UK since 1953.
As the Charity has grown, so has its capacity to make positive change. Nowadays we are involved in research and project work, but at our core is Frank's original drive – giving support and relief through grant aid.
The Change Foundation is an award-winning charity that uses sport to change the lives of marginalised young people. We deliver targeted long-term interventions for the most vulnerable young people through Coach Mentors with lived experience, providing regular sport, personalised mentoring and work-related opportunities.
“Chaos Theory uses violence interruption to prevent the spread of violence in communities. Violence interruption is a peer-led model based on the understanding that violence is a disease and if left untreated, will continue. One violent attack tends to lead to another. We recognise that in order to address the core roots of violence we must address the conflict that occurs within communities and amongst groups. To do this, you must be highly trusted and credible people. Our team are able to reach those most difficult, challenging individuals that most others would not.”
Formed in 2010, the Chelsea Foundation brings together the Football in the Community and the Education department along with the clubs, and other charitable and community activities, including our international work and anti-discrimination projects.
As one of the world’s leading football social responsibility programmes the Chelsea Foundation uses the power of football and sport to motivate, educate and inspire. We believe that the power of football can be harnessed to support communities and individuals both at home and abroad.
On top of our outstanding football development programmes, the Chelsea Foundation works on a broad range of initiatives focusing on employment, education, social deprivation, crime reduction, youth offending and much more.
An online magazine that offers a wide range of opportunities for children and young people including assistance in education, health and arts and in the youth justice sector.
CYP Now #Chances4Children campaign is giving practitioners, teams and leaders a platform to share the innovative, collaborative and heroic work that is taking place every day to improve the lives of children, young people and families.
Children have been largely spared the devastating health effects of Covid-19. Yet, the pandemic lockdown has disrupted many aspects of children’s lives, from school closures to rising food poverty. The trauma and isolation it has caused could have damaging effects on their wellbeing and life chances for years to come. The pandemic is hitting disadvantaged children the hardest, with analysis suggesting the crisis could wipe out a decade of gains in narrowing the attainment gap. CYP Now #Chances4Children campaign aims to:
• Raise awareness of issues that prevent children and young people reaching their potential
• Champion practice and initiatives to tackle issues from which others can learn
• Support children’s sector leaders in their work to support vulnerable groups
• Provide a platform for children and young people to share their hopes and aspirations
• Ensure the needs of disadvantaged children remain at the forefront of policymakers’ post-pandemic recovery plans.
The Office of the Children's Commissioner for England is a non-departmental public body in England responsible for promoting and protecting the rights of children as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as other human rights legislation, such as the Human Rights Act 1998. The Children's Commissioner was established under the Children Act 2004 to "represent the views and interests of children", and the office was further strengthened by the Children and Families Act 2014 providing a legal mandate to promote and protect the rights of children. The Children's Commissioner also has a duty to speak on behalf of all children in the United Kingdom on non-devolved issues, which include immigration, and youth justice in Wales.
Right now in Britain there are children and young people who feel scared, unloved and unable to cope. The Children’s Society works with these young people, step by step, for as long as it takes. We listen. We support. We act. There are no simple answers so we work with others to tackle complex problems. Only together can we make a difference to the lives of children now and in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.
Children's Rights Alliance for England is a London-based pressure group. Since 2015 it has operated as part of the children's charity Just for Kids Law. CRAE was set up in 1991 after the UK ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in order to monitor the UK Government's commitment to upholding the document. They aim to protect the human rights of children in the UK by lobbying government and others who hold power. They also bring or support test cases and use regional and international human rights mechanisms. They provide free legal information and advice to young people, raise awareness of children’s human rights, and undertake research about children’s access to their rights. As such they are a member of The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services ,which is an England-wide organisation which supports and promotes the work of youth groups and charities. CRAE publish an annual review of the State of children's rights in England.
Church Urban Fund is a charitable organisation set up by the Church of England in 1987 designed to assist in deprived and impoverished areas of the country. Operating in partnership with faith organisations working at the local level, the charity aims to provide a range of support to help these groups to serve their communities.
CTIB drives commitment by each church and denomination to deepen its fellowship with the others and, without losing what makes each interestingly different, to work with them towards a greater visible unity.
To help the churches live as Churches Together, a number of small organisations have been created to ease their way. There is one in almost every town or community to help them to work together locally. There are others in the regions and for each of the four nations of Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England. And there is Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
Many areas of work are best tackled for Britain and Ireland as a whole, rather than in the separate nations. It is also important for those involved in similar activities in different parts of Britain and Ireland to keep in touch even when working separately. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland is the instrument that facilitates that process.
We are supporting people to resolve their advice problems and change their lives for the better. We do this on a free, confidential and impartial basis by:
• Providing advice and information services to support people in resolving the problems they face
• Supporting the improvement of policies and practices that affect people's lives both locally and nationally
• Clients and Beneficiaries first
• We work for the public and place the interests of our clients and communities at the heart of our high quality advice, information and support.
• We collaborate with other organisations and partners for the benefit of our clients.
Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good.
We are the home of community organising in the UK. Our diverse member organisations include schools, churches, mosques, synagogues, parents groups, health practices, charities and trade unions.
We help these members to develop leaders, so they can participate in public life and hold politicians and other decision-makers to account on the issues that matter to them.
Community organising is democracy in action: winning victories that change lives and transform communities.
Our vision is for a healthy democracy with civil society at its heart.
Community Organising is based on the principle that when people work together they have the power to change their neighbourhoods, cities, and ultimately the country for the better. We work with people who want to transform the world, from what it is to what they believe it should be. To do this we listen to our members, asking them about their concerns and developing strategies to improve our communities. We ensure that civil society is at the negotiating table alongside the market and state, so that our communities are included in the decisions that affect them.
The Citizenship Foundation inspires young people to take part in society as equal members.
We help them to understand the law, politics and democratic life. We promote participation, we help teachers to teach citizenship and we work with young people on issues that concern them.
We want society to be fairer, more inclusive and more cohesive.
We want a democracy in which everyone has the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take part as effective citizens.
We are a charity that exists to give everyone the equal chance to change the future.
Imagine a society where everyone reaches their full potential. Where the future is not defined by the past or determined by the place a person starts.
Based in East London, we are a charity working with young people, women and families to give them the skills, experience and qualifications they need to achieve their ambitions. And through what we do, we help change society.
City Sikhs is an award-winning progressive Sikh charity, which strives to build a cohesive and inclusive society in which individuality is respected and diversity is celebrated. We provide a space for people to connect, learn, contribute and share and help people develop their professional careers through networking and mentoring.
Clean Break uses theatre to keep the subject of women in prison on the cultural radar, helping to reveal the damage caused by the failures of the criminal justice system. Through our unique work, we raise difficult questions, inspire debate, and help to effect profound and positive change in the lives of women with experience of the criminal justice system.
Since 1979, Clean Break has been the only women’s theatre company of its kind, and we continue to inspire playwrights and captivate audiences with our ground-breaking plays on the complex theme of women and crime.
Through theatre workshops and projects in prisons and in the community, which build confidence, resilience and wellbeing, we transform the lives of women who have experienced the criminal justice system or who are at risk of entering it.
Our mission is to improve individual lives and contribute to safer communities, by providing employment opportunities for people with convictions to enable them to reach their full potential. We work in direct partnership with prisons around the country – public and private. Our offer is simple and effective. We can support ex-offenders into work anywhere in the country, via our national Employers Directory. Our partner prisons can offer work-ready residents the opportunity to become Clean Sheet Members, by completing our Membership Module. We give our partner prisons monthly statistical feedback on their former residents’ progress, as we share a common aim; to break the destructive and expensive cycle of reoffending. Our partners in the community already support people with convictions in other aspects of their life, such as housing. Once their clients are work-ready, they are referred to us to become Clean Sheet Members.
This website has links to arts, cultural, and health based projects. It champions assistance for families and those with special needs. It works to support the criminal justice system to produce good outcomes.
“Clinks supports, promotes and represents the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system to ensure it can provide the services people need. Our priorities are guided by our members. Read about Clinks and our members here.
Our work areas below detail the variety of work we undertake to realise our vision. We provide information on the challenges facing the sector, what Clinks and our members are doing in these areas, our current projects and sources of support.”
Cloudesley is an independent charitable trust that makes grants to people, organisations and churches within the London Borough of Islington. With a current grants budget of £1million a year, the charity is able to have a significant positive impact on Islington people’s lives. Through our health grants programme we give grants to address physical and mental health issues and financial hardship. We give small grants to Islington residents who have health problems, or who are disabled and in financial need, and also fund organisations and projects that support them. Our church grants programme supports the Church of England churches in Islington, helping to repair the buildings and maintain services within them. We work closely with other local funders and are one of the core partners of Islington Giving.
CodeAtt is a renegade 'London First' Project. Our city has specific and far reaching issues around social inclusion, poverty and crime whilst simultaneously being the global leader in banking and technology innovation. CodeAtt exists to bring these realities together by identifying undiscovered potential in our communities, refining and fast tracking that potential into well paid careers in London's banking and technology sectors. We are real people creating real opportunity for real change, and at the heart of what we do is our belief in Achievement Through Tech. Partnered with New Futures Network.
We believe in a future where everyone has a real opportunity to lead a thriving life.
CodeYourFuture (CYF) is a UK based non-profit organisation that trains some of the most deprived members of society to become web developers and helps them to find work in the tech industry.
CYF students are trained in full-stack web development by volunteers from the tech industry, putting a strong emphasis on collaboration and product development through tech projects.
CYF graduates work in companies like FT, BBC, STV, Ticketmaster and startups like Adzuna, Sensible Object, tlr and WeGotPop.
The Colindale Communities Trust is a charity committed to developing sustainable services and projects that improve the economic and social wellbeing of people who live in and around Colindale. We work together with local people and a range of partners to support and empower the local community.
We currently manage the One Stop Shop community hub on Grahame Park.
Comic Relief predominantly funds registered charities. We will ask for evidence of registration during the application process.
We will always prioritise applications from organisations that are registered in the country where the work will take place. Applicants are welcome to include partner organisations not registered in the country, but must be able to clearly demonstrate the added value of all partner organisations included in the proposal. We do also fund other types of organisations. In these instances, the governing documents of the organisation must clearly outline the organisation’s social purpose, demonstrate that any profit or assets are used for this social purpose, and show that an asset lock is in place. We will ask for a copy of your governing documents as part of your application.
The aim of CAV is to address the causes of violence, with a community voice, joined-up thinking and through evidence-based priorities that influence policies, actions and support projects that really work by:
1. Articulating and promoting the needs and aspirations of the local community in relation to stopping group and gang violence
2. Influencing both strategically and operationally, the Police, Haringey Council (and other Local Authorities) Statutory, Community Partners and other concerned groups in relation to stopping group and gang violence
3. Engaging community, voluntary and statutory partners in developing a collective offer of support to help stop group and gang violence
4. Developing projects and accessing funding to deliver activities which will lead to a reduction and stoppage of violence.
CAV was recently awarded £38,840 to deliver a two-pronged approach to supporting victims and perpetrators of knife crime in Haringey via a phone line and outreach service reaching 200 people, and a family-style mentoring program for four at risk young people.
Community Bridges is a non-profit organisation building positive communities that nurture health and wellbeing. Signposting and storytelling on our website, podcast and social channels help our community check in quickly and regularly with their wellbeing and take care of themselves. We map organisations and bring you the health stories, tips and services you need to care for yourself.
Everyone experiences challenges with their health and wellbeing, and it can be hard to fit self-care into your day. Living with a health condition is common: 30% of the UK population live with one or more. So is living without sufficient meaningful connection: 45% of adults feel lonely sometimes or often in England. Loneliness and disconnection both cause and worsen health conditions. Disconnected communities cost £32 billion every year. GP's can not solve loneliness and disconnection. The community we live in and the behaviours we engage with every day can. We must develop supportive environments and connected communities, so everyone has the tools to work towards better health.
Community Match Challenge and Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.
£90m of the government's £750m VCSE sector support package is being made available to launch the Community Match Challenge and to support the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.
Youth violence is currently one of the biggest issues in the UK. A key focus for Community and Economic Regen has been working in neighbourhoods most affected by youth violence to support communities to reduce the impact of violence and have a voice. Paul Bragman and Sian Penner have been working with a range of groups and communities across London and beyond to help tackle youth violence. Both, Paul and Sian have extensive facilitation and support experience in the field of serious youth violence. The approach they take is to focus on challenging power imbalances as well as addressing the needs of the community; both of which are fundamental for community development. The aim of this approach is to have:
• A more successful community response in managing the complexity of youth violence.
• A shared and collective approach to stopping the issue from increasing.
• Increased support for those involved or affected by youth violence.
Compassionate Mental Health is working with a network of people across the UK and internationally to transform mental health services, and radically change the conversation around mental illness.
OUR VISION is of a world where more people recover after a serious mental health crisis, and people have access to a range of compassionate services to help develop positive mental health and wellbeing.
OUR MISSION is to be a beacon for those going through tough times, and to work with a network of people and places across the UK and internationally to transform mental health services, and radically change the way we talk about and treat mental illness.
OUR APPROACH is to work with a range of partners across the UK and globally to call for a more integrative approach to mental health – one that relies less on diagnosis and psychiatric drugs, and more on empowering the person, communities and social networks. Our activities are shaped by a belief that recovery after a mental health crisis is possible, and that good mental wellbeing can be achieved by strengthening and empowering communities, activating social networks, and providing access to inspiring opportunities and education.
ConnectSport is a not-for-profit directory of organisations using sport and physical activity to generate positive social outcomes. Whether it's improving physical or mental wellbeing, engaging with disadvantaged or isolated individuals, challenging discrimination or reducing crime and creating community cohesion, we connect you to the local and national organisations using 'sport for change' across the UK.
This is an excellent website, full of resources of the kind supported by fighting knife crime- London, and a first port of call for those interested in the contribution sport can make to changing lives.
Our mission is to engage and inform children and young people to provide them with choices supporting their individual learning and personal development.
We provide a safe, caring, youth-led space for disadvantaged young people where they can learn, develop and build towards a brighter future. Having started out 20 years ago as a grassroots local effort to tackle problems faced and expressed by local children and young people, we have developed into an established local charity with a strong track record, supported by a number of long-term funders. Most of our beneficiaries come from the Caledonian and Barnsbury ward. This area contains six pockets of poverty (Super Output Areas) which are amongst the 20% most deprived areas nationally and are sandwiched between the new Kings Cross Central Development and the leafy roads of Barnsbury. We are currently working with approximately 170 young people.
Coram’s Fields and Harmsworth Memorial Playground is a children’s charity that serves as a safe place for all children to come and play. As well as a seven-acre park and playground situated in Bloomsbury, London, we also have an after school and holiday programme and a sports programme for children up to 16 years, a youth centre for 13-19 year olds and an Early Years programme which includes a Nursery and Under 5s Drop In. The park is free to the public and gets up to a thousand children daily during the summer, especially from the diverse local community of South Camden. As a charity we are committed to being a safe and secure space for children to come and play.
We're an award-winning social enterprise training at-risk young people to repair cracked iPhones as an entrepreneurial route away from gangs, crime and anti-social behaviour. We engage young people with enterprise to support them to realise their potential, take responsibility, and make their first steps towards employment. We do this by harnessing the alluring elements of gang culture - income, belonging and self worth - and positively incorporating these into our programmes. In this way, we're able to illuminate enterprise as a credible route away from crime and into work. There are too many young people in our society who feel pushed into crime to provide for their families. It's because our system is broken. This crime can become violent. Knife crime offences resulting in injury have increased by 22% in the last year, and 85% of violent offenders are aged between 16 and 29. These young people are 4 times more likely to be victims of crime. Trapped young people need credible options and a way out.
Create Streets exists to make it easier to develop and steward gentle density, beautiful, prosperous places with strong local support and which residents will love for generations.
Create Streets exists to help solve the housing crisis and to help neighbourhood, communities, landowners, councils and developers create and manage beautiful, sustainable places of gentle density that will be popular, are likely to be correlated with good wellbeing and public health outcomes and which are likely to prove good long term investments based on the historical data of value appreciation and maintenance costs.
Our goal is to make it easier to co-create beautiful, sustainable, prosperous, economically and socially successful places with strong local support and which residents will love for generations. We also take an active part in the debate about the planning and design in the UK and beyond to help landowners, communities and governments support the creation of sufficient homes and places in which people can flourish.
Crest Advisory is a company which specialises in criminal justice, providing analysis and expert advice on crime trends, the police, courts, probation and prisons. Founded in 2011, Crest’s services have been used by chief constables, police and crime commissioners, technology companies and criminal justice agencies to help them model demand, assess performance and develop policy. It also conducts independent research on criminal justice issues, funded by trusts and charitable foundations, and offers communications support to a wide range of organisations. The subjects Crest has carried out research about in recent years include the underlying causes of serious violence; the rise of ‘county lines’ drug dealing gangs; and the impact of Covid-19 on the criminal justice system. We study issues in depth, searching through data, uncovering evidence, listening to the views of people with experience in the sector. We’re always interested to hear about ideas for future research and we welcome contact if you might need support with a project. More details about the reports we’ve published and the work we have planned are on our website.
Whoever you are, wherever you live, from communities to companies.
By phone and online, 24/7, 365 days a year.
We also share advice on how to protect the people you care about from crime, so everyone can feel safe.
After receiving your call or a completed anonymous online form, we create a report that brings together all the information you gave us, making sure it doesn't contain any information that could identify you.
CVA’s principal activity is to promote charitable purposes for the benefit of the community in Croydon and its surrounding areas. CVA carries out its leadership role by promoting a bigger role for VCOs in the life of the borough and by supporting local people to represent their community’s interests and to negotiate on its behalf. CVA’s mission statement focuses the organisation on “building stronger communities for social change by supporting citizens to take active roles in their neighbourhoods and by championing community organisations that nurture and celebrate local strengths." As the key local umbrella infrastructure body serving all Croydon’s communities, we run a wide range of services for small groups, social enterprises, larger charities and volunteers at all stages of development.
Whether it's joining a community network, volunteering, catching up with the latest news for the sector, or our property service, you will find this information on our website, where you can read our CVA Theory of Change 2019.
CVA has five strategic aims:
• To empower Croydon’s communities
• To strengthen volunteering in the community
• To support the growth and development of community organisations in Croydon
• To advocate on behalf of Croydon’s community organisations
• To work in partnership across the VCS and all sectors
For the first time in history, the Black and Sikh communities will be working together on an issue that impacts BAME communities. Kaurs Legal UK are PROUD to announce the launch of our new project '"CUT IT OUT", in collaboration with #fazamnesty.
This project is aimed at knife crime prevention in the BAME communities through engagement, empowerment and inspiration. Through this project, we hope to provide the youth with opportunities, knowledge, and support to prevent them from choosing a life surrounded by knives and gangs.
The purpose of this project is not only to prevent knife crime but to provide those youngsters with a safe space where they can come and express their concerns, and to give them the choice of opting out of the gang life.
We will be providing various informative virtual workshops, events and opportunities for them. We will assist them with any educational difficulties and obstacles they are facing in fulfilling their full potential.
Our objective is to greatly increase the number of people in prison studying Further and Higher Education.
DWRM works with universities to offer a much wider range of degree courses than are currently available to students in prison. We focus on the provision of study materials, tuition and greater participation in a learning community so as to properly engage students.
As there is currently very limited support for prisoners on release, this tends to mean students are unable to complete their course or sit the required exams. Such students become disillusioned and often lost in terms of continuing with their education. We intend to bridge that gap by providing post release support to enable students to attend university campus to complete their degree.
Although our initial focus is on Higher Education, we plan to adopt a flexible provision which will incorporate Further Education and Apprenticeships. This option to "earn while you learn" is highly suited to people leaving prison and we are keen to promote this progressive opportunity, with the support of appropriate partners.
A well-established South London charity with broader outreach. “We aim to restore the hope, optimism and self-esteem of youths aged 14 –24 in South London so that they can:
• Lead healthy lives
• Stay in school
• Grow up to become independent productive adults
• Have lofty aspirations and work to attain their innate potential”.
The DTT was recently awarded £39,437 to deliver an intense mentoring and development program to 45 young people, mainly from BAME backgrounds in Southwark over 12 months.
Our purpose at Down Tools is to create more awareness about knife crime, causes, risks and consequences. We want to educate our youth on the effects of carrying knives and how serious it can become.
We provide a learning platform along with guidance on how schools can use it. The content ensures that children become stimulated and remain engaged.
The platform presents information in a format that children can relate to and reinforces the facts surrounding knife crime, including the reasons people carry knifes, how quickly both the life of the perpetrator and victim can change for ever and the lasting effects of those left behind.
At Down Tools, we believe in a preventative approach, one that educates children and allows them to make informed choices and rebuff knife crime.
We are working alongside many charities across the UK who share our common values.
Down Tools Community Interest Company Regd No. 12601386
At Empowering You we deliver blended learning and development journeys. Based on your business objectives, we will co-design a programme to bring about the desired outcome for you, your team or organisation. Previous participants and clients have highlighted the key differentiators of our programmes as being:
the integration of 1-1 coaching to embed learning; through action and accountability
the highly experiential nature of our workshops
the support and shared experience of a cohort of fellow professionals and leaders
the effective use of co-facilitators to bring different perspectives, styles and focus to the learning
the involvement of senior leader speakers and experienced mentors
We offer regional and national open programmes that offer participants the opportunity to network, share experience
and learn from each other in a safe and facilitated group setting. These are open
to participants from any organisation.
"I believe in community, and the ability of art to bring people together, to educate, to enlighten or just open up avenues that allow everyone to let their hair down or up, and express without fear. This is why I give my time freely to engage in workshops that do exactly that, especially where it concerns the under privileged"
"I like to collaborate on a good project, one that requires improvisation, imagination and risk. I have partaken in a few exciting projects and I have consistently left each situation with an expanded mind and a smiling heart"
EVAW is a leading coalition of specialist women’s support services, researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms.
Established in 2005, we campaign for every level of government to adopt better, more joined up approaches to ending and preventing violence against women and girls, and we challenge the wider cultural attitudes that tolerate and condone this abuse.
Ealing Community and Voluntary Service (ECVS) is a registered local charity and has been supporting voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups in Ealing for over 30 years. We also offer a support service to voluntary and community groups in Hounslow. We offer a wide range of practical support services to VCS groups:
• Advice and help with funding bids
• Help with recruiting volunteers
• Training and skills courses
• Group development advice, such as becoming a registered charity or help with starting up a new group
• Model policy documents, which most funders now require
• Free stats you can use in funding bids, which most funders also now require
• Help and training around safeguarding children
• IT tips and advice
• Information on service discount schemes and savings available to VCS groups.
All children deserve the best possible start in life. Too many children face the kind of disadvantage that affects their development and threatens their future health and happiness. Early intervention can play a part in offering these children and their families the support they need to reach their potential.
East London Business Alliance builds the connection between businesses and local communities, bringing the time, skills and resources of the private sector, to help build the capacity of local organisations, support young people in education and place people into employment in London. ELBA makes community investment easier, more effective and more rewarding, whether through face to face activity or on-line.
The Trust’s vision is to make a positive difference to people's lives. We aim to achieve this by providing the highest quality mental health and community care to our local communities. Achieving our vision means always staying true to our values and working together as a team with our patients, carers and partners.
We are always looking for ways to improve and deliver the highest quality services. Placing a high emphasis on research and innovation means we are constantly looking to find, and regularly implementing, new and better ways of treating people to help them keep healthy and well. Our main priorities in delivering our vision and values are:
- Among other services the Trust has a corporate Safeguarding Children Team to support mental health directorates in City and Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton, addictions services in Bedfordshire and a Wellbeing Service in Richmond. It also has a Safeguarding Children Team to support Community Health Services in Newham.
- The Trust is an active member of six Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) – those in City & Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton and has representation at their executive boards and sub-groups.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. The EEF isn’t just a grant-funder, nor just a research organisation. What we are is a charity with a moral imperative – to support teachers and senior leaders to raise attainment and close the disadvantage gap – which roots its response to this educational challenge in the best available evidence.
We aim to:
• raise the attainment of 3-18 year-olds, particularly those facing disadvantage;
• develop their essential life skills; and
• prepare young people for the world of work and further study.
We do this by:
• summarising the best available evidence in plain language for busy, time-poor teachers and senior leaders. Our Teaching and Learning Toolkit is now used by 70% of secondary schools.
• generating new evidence of ‘what works’ to improve teaching and learning, funding independent evaluations of high-potential projects. We’ve tested over 190 high-potential programmes with over 1.3 million children and young people and our most promising programmes have enabled students to make +3 months of additional progress in a year.
• supporting teachers and senior leaders across the country in using this evidence to achieve the maximum possible benefit for young people. We work in partnership with a network of 37 Research Schools across the country.
Elevate 2 Success
To educate Elevated Minds with ideas that will benefit youths, to contribute to media and design.
Being able to impact change in the community. Helping improve the world by creating positive activities for youths.
Gaining vital information from a first-hand source which will improve, communication, concentration, behaviour, confidence and belief of success for all youths involved. Giving students the chance to recreate not only their futures but all youths in the community. Teachers can always learn new skills, it makes sense to learn from the people we are passionate about trying to understand and help. Working as a collective, we are bound for success.
The work of Elevate 2 Success is to give advice and ideas to the Elevated Minds (EM) team by sharing thoughts regarding the development of future projects whilst enhancing and developing your skills. This will be done by advertising the work of Elevated Minds CIC through Social Media design, hence, devised by youths, for youths. You will be given an opportunity to contribute to an Elevated Minds project design and the content of future programmes, written specifically for young people. E2S will be led by the Trainee Coach and supported by our Apprentice Mentor.
We are solely focused on supporting children, young people and families who are victims of serious crime.
We help them cope with what has happened, support their recovery and provide services that enable them to put events behind them, move on and fulfil their life’s potential.
Embrace works with law enforcement agencies and safeguarding professionals in a variety of ways. We forge meaningful partnerships with organisations to deliver help. Our range of emotional, practical, specialist and cheer-up support services make a big difference in brightening young people’s lives after the devastating effects of crime.
Education Employment Training Group offers one of the best UK's services when it comes to training and employment. We work with a number of organisations who require work experience opportunities for their learners. As well as giving advice to employers who would like a greater understanding on how apprenticeships work. Also, there are many other sectors that we are involved in, for example: - Mentoring - Work Experience - School Work. It should also be mentioned that all training is fully funded if you're not in education, employment or training. We have a wide range of courses available, take a look at our website for some more information about what we can offer for you.
Rooted in our local community for more than a quarter of a century, our services have supported hundreds of community & charitable groups, and thousands of volunteers.
We share our knowledge, skills and expertise, and we learn about the needs of local residents from everyone we work with.
We help to build connections and strengthen participation; and we support anyone who wants to take part in building a resilient and inclusive local community.
We provide opportunities for people and groups to share, to learn, and to take positive, effective social and community action.
Entrepreneurs Unlocked recognises that people with criminal histories can develop their talents and gifts to enable them to flourish and become a positive contributor to society. With almost 2 in 3 adults with custodial sentences of less than one year re-offending within 12 months of release and the total cost of re-offending in excess of £15billion per annum, ways to reduce its impact on the individual and society is of value and benefit to all. Its mission is to engage with individuals in custody and the community and provide a range of programmes to nurture and develop their talent to enable them to live a crime-free future as an individual, employee or self-employed person.
Epilepsy Society’s vision is a full life for everyone affected by epilepsy. Why not connect with us today? Together we can make a real difference. The Epilepsy Society is the largest medical charity in the field of epilepsy in the United Kingdom, providing services for people with epilepsy for over 100 years. Based in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, UK, its stated mission is "to enhance the quality of life of people affected by epilepsy by promoting research, education and public awareness and by delivering specialist medical care and support services." The Epilepsy Society has close partnerships with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the UCL Institute of Neurology, both located in Queen Square, London.
There is something special about seeing a young person overcome the inequality of opportunity or circumstances outside of their control. In each of our students we’re hoping to plant that spark of aspiration, to nurture a sense of hope that they can direct their own future, and to enable them to reach their goals. We want to see a society where no young person is disadvantaged, sidelined or disempowered by the circumstances of their upbringing. Instead, we want to see vulnerable children accessing the same opportunity and carrying the same aspiration as everyone else, so that they can fulfil their potential and enrich and advance our world.
We’re doing this by:
• Building a different kind of teaching community, one made up of resourceful, resilient, caring tutors, who are ceaselessly driven by the profound impact they can have on young lives.
• Enabling these tutors to provide effective, empathetic, life-changing tuition to children living in care and disadvantage.
Escaping Justice is a charity founded by criminal justice professionals to support victims of crime including the murder of a close relative or a personal attack. Their website provides useful links to other organisations who are working in this field. Several of them are highlighted elsewhere in the database contained within the www.FightingKnifeCrime.London website.
The Evelyn Oldfield Unit is an independent, membership-based, charitable organisation. Through our projects and services, we have helped improve the lives of those from migrant, refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds. From advice and guidance and practical language skills to supporting the growth of their community organisations.
Every Child Needs a Mentor (ECNM) was founded in 2009 by entrepreneur and award-winning mentor Herman Stewart. ECNM was created to ensure high-quality mentoring reaches every child—regardless of their background or abilities. Whether you’re a parent, school or an organisation working with young people, we are confident that we can help you with your children’s well-being and mental health. With our track record of successfully supporting young people, we know our methods work. But that’s not all; we’ve developed an award-winning mentorship framework, delivered both in-person and online.
We work with children aged between 9 – 18 from various backgrounds and ethnicities. Our work has been highly regarded by school leaders, parents & young people. Ofsted has recognised our work as a ‘high-quality provision for mentoring’. We have had many success stories and testimonials, working with young people that other services were incapable of engaging or supporting. Therefore, we are confident that our person-centred methodology will achieve results with young people who access our mentoring support.
We are a charitable organisation whose mission is to prevent interpersonal violence, in particular domestic violence and abuse. Our core activity is working with perpetrators to address the root causes of this. We also provide advice, support and counselling to survivors of domestic abuse and violence.
Everyman Project is a counselling service. We are an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). We work both with individuals needing support and with public sector agencies who make referrals to us or wish to develop joint services.
Our main focus is working with male perpetrators of domestic abuse and violence.
For male perpetrators, we have developed a two-stage model based on principles of counselling. This is a 30-week programme which starts with a suitability assessment, followed by 13 weeks of one to one counselling and then 16 weeks of group counselling. We help break into the cycle of abuse and violence by challenging and supporting perpetrators to take responsibility for their actions and stop altogether their abusive, angry and violent behaviours.
Fusion21 is a social enterprise specialising in efficient and impactful public sector procurement through a framework approach that has social value running through everything we do. As a member, you'll experience results-led solutions and transformative support for your community.
We work with like-minded public sector organisations, partners, and suppliers to build up communities and motivate sustainable change where it's needed most. Our team of procurement and social value specialists is driven by a passion to make a difference. Consequently, our members benefit from our specialist knowledge and determination to help you procure more efficiently and meaningfully.
Faces in Focus is a young people's Counselling Service for 11 – 25-year-olds who mainly live, study or work in Southwark and Lambeth.
Young people can refer themselves or be referred by another organisation or agency. We provide counselling for:
• Past Trauma
• Psychological mental health conditions
• Common conditions may be:
• Depression or Anxiety
• Alcohol or Substance abuse
• Phobia conditions
• Abuse (Sexual, Domestic, Violent, Gang & Psychological
Faces in Focus is a member of Youth Access – the national membership organisation for young people's information, advice, counselling, and support services (YIACS).
Half of all lifetime mental illness is present by age 14, contributing to economic and social costs of mental health problems totalling £105.2 billion in 2009/10.5
Over a million 16-24-year-olds fail to get the advice they need to resolve their social welfare problems each year, costing the exchequer an estimated £1bn each year.
According to the ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment, Southwark is a youth unemployment hotspot with 1 out of 4 young people being NEET.
FbRN’s vision is of faith communities working with others to address the needs of people living in areas of social and economic deprivation.
FbRN is a national independent multi-faith practitioner-led network supporting faith based social action. Networking: events, information, publications, resources. Building capability: training, consultancy, quality, standards, religious and cultural literacy. Research: building and disseminating an evidence base for good practice. Advocacy: engaging with policy leaders, creating the policy agenda, enabling grassroots voices to be heard. Programme development: pilot programmes, facilitation of innovation, joint contracting.
Sector leadership: co-ordination on key issues – refugees, peace-building, poverty, environment, well-being.
• To advance the understanding of nine major faiths and change attitudes by providing more information and facilitate discussion.
• To promote good relations by creating networks and project delivery between different faith communities and wider society.
• To help faith groups contribute to social policy areas through being a centre for research, debate and engagement.
• To advance leadership, capacity and resilience in faith communities through training and resources.
• To tackle hate and extremism through proactive and reactive means.
Families Anonymous in the UK first started in London in 1980. It is a world-wide fellowship of family members and friends affected by another's abuse of mind-altering substances, or related behavioural problems. FA has groups, spread throughout the country, which meet regularly. Any concerned person is encouraged to attend the meetings, even if there is only a suspicion of a problem. The Fellowship is a self-help organisation with a programme based on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions first formulated by Alcoholics Anonymous.
There are now some 50 groups in various parts of the country.
The aim of the group is to help the family and friends of people with a current, suspected or former drug problem by providing mutual support and to offer a forum where experiences and anxieties can be shared. In the group members learn to come to terms with the problem that is disrupting their lives. Attending meetings helps members adopt an honest and consistent approach towards the addict. This in turn often brings him/her to realise that he/she needs help to live without drugs. Experience has shown that help for the family and friends means important help for the drug-dependent person.
Family pressures can sometimes be difficult to manage without emotional support and guidance to help. Many people feel confused by what information is available or struggle to access services close to home.
Our free FamilyLine service tackles these issues in a new and innovative way by using a network of volunteers from across the country to support family members over the age of 18 through telephone calls, email, web chat and text message.
The service aims to:
• provide both immediate and long-term support
• help with practical information and guidance
• provide emotional and listening support
• help with understanding and accessing relevant services and information
• provide regular one-to-one befriending support to service users feeling isolated
• access to short term telephone counselling
• a referral into our many projects across England and Wales, where relevant.
We use a team of trained volunteers with the knowledge and experience of family issues to support service users via telephone, text, web chat and email.
We are here to provide a listening ear, answer particular parenting questions or help with guidance around more complex family issues. We can also provide longer-term support through regular sessions with our Befrienders and Counsellors. All support takes place via telephone, text message, web chat or email and is free.
Family Lives was formally registered as a charity in 1999, and operated under the name of Parentline Plus. The charity's original formation as Parentline was founded in response to the tragic child abuse case of Maria Colwell in 1973, who was killed by her step-father. The parents that founded Parentline believed that there needed to be a dedicated organisation supporting parents, before they reached crisis point which could result in abuse. A merger in 1999 between the National Stepfamilies Association, Parentline and Parent Network built on the collective experience of these three charities, to provide a range of national and local services to support parents and families across the country.
To create a more socially just society in which the child welfare and family justice systems support children to live safely and thrive within their family, while strengthening the family and community networks of those children who cannot live at home.
We offer different models of low cost 1-2-1 counselling, psycho-educational services and offer a holistic approach to bring about an improvement to people's mental health and family wellbeing.
“The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life. Our vision is a society in which women and girls in all their diversity are equal and truly free to fulfil their potential creating a stronger, happier, better future for us all. We’ve been advancing women’s equality since 1866 when at just 19, Millicent Fawcett collected signatures on a petition for women’s votes. She went on to lead the constitutional suffrage campaign and made this cause her lifetime’s work, securing equal voting rights 62 years later. Today we continue her legacy of fighting sexism and gender inequality through hard-hitting research. Our national campaigns shape the debate and drive change - and they are only made possible through the support of our members.”
An online resource to tackle Gang culture and County Lines
The site also provides direct assistance. If you’re involved in something that you don’t want to be or know a friend who is, please contact Fearless and talk to someone. Fearless is completely anonymous and nobody will know you have spoken.
If you think someone you know is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
This site also provides links to online training. The training is suitable for anyone working with young people. In the past we have trained Safer Schools Officers, teachers, sports coaches, school nurses, Safer Neighbourhood Teams, youth workers and YOT workers.
Fegans provides professional therapeutic services to primary and secondary schools throughout England.
Affordable, accessible and effective support for children, parents and school staff.
Most schools are struggling with issues such as extreme anxiety, exclusion, behavioural challenges, self-harm, eating disorders, depression or children who have simply withdrawn into themselves. Often schools struggle to find solutions for children who are facing these issues within the context of the normal school routine.
Fegans can be that solution.
We can provide qualified psychotherapists at reasonably short notice to work within a school and address some of those issues that can be so challenging for schools to resolve.
Fight 4 Change is a registered Sport for Development charity (registered charity 1143318), using sport to inspire and educate young people and adults to make a positive change in their lives. Our programmes use a range of sports including boxing, martial arts multi sports and fitness training to support, mentor and progress marginalised young people since 2009. Our theory of change incorporates our specific methodology and evaluation process to promote social change. This allows us to create an honest picture of the steps required to reach our long-term goals. We use sport and physical activity as the tool and catalyst for positive change, with impact on the young person occurring through every one of our 5 stages. Empowerment – inspire and motivate. Physical activity/sport & Education – up skilling and tool kits. Mentoring – guidance & Progression – job opportunities, higher educations, apprenticeships.
They have recently been awarded £30,000 for their Fight for Peace primary violence prevention program to deliver sports and personal development to young people from communities affected by crime and violence. This project aims to assist young people with a history of or at risk of involvement in gangs, violence and knife crime to become more integrated into their communities and mainstream society through regular participation in pro-social programs. “Fight for Peace uses boxing and martial arts combined with education and personal development to realise the potential of young people.
Fight for Peace supports young people in communities affected by crime and violence by creating new opportunities for them and supporting them to make the most of existing opportunities.
In addition to providing new opportunities, our Theory of Change is based on the assumption that a young person’s behaviour, situation and the choices they make, are dependent on the way they see themselves, how they relate to others, and how they see their future. Fight for Peace creates an enabling environment within which this personal growth and development can take place through our five pillars methodology and by living our values.”
We invite you to learn about the fantastic work we have started in the city to tackle youth violence and build mental health resilience.
We are proud to help to connect young people aged 13-25 to their purpose by introducing them to new opportunities.
We are passionate about challenging the over representation and under representation of BAME young people in key sectors including, mental health, criminal justice and education.
We do this through our pillars which are:
Business and Enterprise
Each Pillar represents the areas where First Class Foundation will have influence and opportunities for the target group i.e. training and support in business and enterprise.
Fitzrovia youth an action in Camden is leading youth action charity. We empower Camden's young people to create positive change in the community and in their lives.
We support local disadvantaged young people in developing projects which address to issues they care about, such as community cohesion, healthy living, conflict, drugs, and alcohol. We also work in partnership with a wide range of local businesses to provide are young people with mentoring and work experience opportunities.
Forward empowers people to break the often interlinked cycles of addiction or crime to move forward with their lives. For more than 25 years we have been working with people to build positive and productive futures. We believe that anyone is capable of lasting change. Our services have supported thousands of people to make changes to create better lives with jobs, family, friends and a sense of community. We incorporate two social enterprises under our umbrella.
Through BLUE SKY SERVICES we are providing a high quality and affordable Grounds Maintenance Service and directly employ those with histories of offending and substance misuse. Our achievements are widely regarded as bringing significant demonstrable social impact in communities through the simple concept of breaking barriers and getting people back into employment.
With a growing coverage, we have significant relationships with several major companies and local authorities.
Some key facts about Blue Sky Services:
• Re-offending costs the taxpayer £13bn annually.
• We help over 200 ex-offenders every year.
• 43% of our leavers secure onward employment – over half with their commercial clients.
• We hold one of the highest scores for reducing reoffending (Ministry of Justice Data Lab).
In order to continue our great work and increase the employment and training opportunities we offer, I am reaching out to those who may be able to help with us gaining new business to help our Enterprise grow.
The Vine Community's Mission is to build opportunities in underserved communities that help tomorrow's leaders shape the future. By connecting today's leaders with mission-led organisations, we are transforming our society by making innovation open to anyone, anywhere.
Founded by James Kaguima, The Vine Community brings together a network of changemakers ready to lead and transform our society by making innovation open to anyone, anywhere.
• Get access to experts and resources
• Exclusive events, funding & job opportunities
• Connections to expand your networks
An ever-changing menu of events can be found here. Keep up to date by clicking on the link.
We deliver sixty FREE Schools Workshops across the UK each year, working with over 1,000 young people. Our workshops take our industry-leading training to the door step of Schools.
We deliver twelve FREE Taster Workshops each year, providing in excess of 300 people with the opportunity to experience what Actor Training at Fourth Monkey is all about from our London base.
A commitment to deliver five FREE regional auditions across the UK in collaboration with theatre venues and colleges, delivering on our commitment to make auditioning for actor training genuinely accessible to all.
For several years now Fohof has been conducting focus groups, online surveys, conferences, informal community meetings, seminars, and interviews with parents of families bereaved as a result of knife crime, It became very clear that there was a need for an early prevention strategy to counter gangs grooming young people. The NSC centre was born to educate parents to help them identify when this signs of active grooming, and then report to NSC centre.
Fulham Football Club Foundation is a leading community charity building better lives through sport. With more than 20 years of experience, we use the power of sport to provide meaningful education, employability, health, inclusion, environmental, and sport programmes.
At the heart of our work is a commitment to empowering the most vulnerable members of the communities in which we work, including Lambeth, Merton, Kingston, Hammersmith & Fulham and Surrey. The charitable arm of London’s oldest club, we are proud to work with an average of 12,000 unique participants per season.
Our partnerships play an important role in helping us achieve our aims and deliver programmes of the highest quality, with demonstrated returns for society.
Through a front-line delivery of practice-led services, we work with boys and men to help them become dynamic and healthy future men. From structured school programmes and youth hubs to individual one-to-one sessions and outreach work, we provide the vital support and advocacy that changes boys and men's lives for the better.
Our schools work supports boys as they go through key transitions in their lives, inspiring them to make positive choices for their futures.
Our work in communities offers support to boys and young men through outreach and intervention, as well as youth hubs that offer a space for young people's personal and social development.
We advocate for boys and men through influencing policy and practice, whilst addressing the stereotypes around masculinity and engaging in the wider conversation of what it means to be a man.
Delivered by Catch22, Future Pathways is an employability programme for young Londoners that supports them into sustained work, apprenticeships or education.
Young Londoners who take part in the Future Pathways programme will receive:
- Dedicated employment advisor for 12 months
- Tailored journey designed to overcome personal barriers
- Confidence and motivation building sessions
- CVs and cover letter preparation
- Job search and application coaching
- Funding to upskill
- Interview prep / mock interviews
- Interview clothing to keep
- Better off calculations
- Hidden job market top tips
- Financial support for first month in work
- WorkStar created and updated to monitor soft skills
- In-work support for the first 6 months
Visit our website for more information on participant criteria.
Galop is an LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity. They provide advice and support to those who have experienced homophobia, biphobia, lesbophobia or transphobia, sexual violence, domestic abuse and hate crimes, among others. They also provide an advocacy service for those in the LGBT community who have had issues with the police/legal system. Their webiste also provides factsheets and further information.
Gendered Intelligence, established in 2008, is a registered charity that exists to increase understandings of gender diversity and improve trans people's quality of life.
We are a trans-led and trans-involving grassroots organisation with a wealth of lived experience, community connections of many kinds, and a depth and breadth of trans community knowledge that is second to none. We believe everyone can be intelligent about gender! There are multiple strands to our work. For more information about who we are go to our about us section or see below.
Gendered Intelligence run trans youth groups in London, Leeds and online for a range of ages from 7 to 30. We also run groups specifically for young trans people of colour and transfeminine young people, as well as extra projects such as a swimming group, Nature Connections and Youth Board.
Our youth groups are open to all young trans people, no matter how you identify or whether you are questioning your gender. We use trans as an umbrealla term and are fully inclusive of non-binary individuals; please don't worry about not feeling 'trans enough'.
There is no fee to access our youth groups. We can reimburse travel for at least £7 per person at every session if the cost of travel would prevent you from getting to the groups.
At the youth groups you can:
• Meet other young trans, transgender, non-binary or gender questioning people, socialise, make friends, have fun and get some support
• Find out information about coming out / disclosing, transitioning, your rights as a trans child, teenager or young adult, how to negotiate life post-transition, and more
• Have a safe and supportive space to explore your gender identity if you're questioning, be yourself if you're not out, or have an opportunity to chat about trans stuff.
We're a Charitable Social Enterprise owned by our staff and founded on our purpose and values to provide a different, fairer and better way of doing business. Our purpose is to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of local communities.
As the UK's leading provider of both Leisure Centres and Libraries we operate over 400 locations all helping to make a real difference to local communities and local people.
Every penny that GLL makes is reinvested back into the business to support our social purpose.
In 1993, Greenwich Council needed to find a new way to run its leisure centres because of public spending cuts and together, we came up with a new model. The first of its kind in UK leisure. GLL was born.
Seven centres were transferred to us, and success quickly followed. We created jobs and added new services to existing leisure centres. Since then, we've built lots of new facilities in the UK and our membership has gone from about 7,000 to more than 850,000 with 58 million visitors a year.
In 1996, we began expanding outside Greenwich and now run all kinds of community services and spaces across the UK - from Belfast to Bromley, Carlisle to Cardiff.
What do we do?
We exist to make community services and spaces better for everyone. That means providing affordable access to quality community leisure and fitness facilities. We manage more than 270 public sport and leisure centres, 113 libraries in partnership with 50 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations.
Where are we heading?
GLL is now almost 29 years old and we're as excited about the future today, as we were back in 1993.
At GLL we don't just run Leisure Centres, Swimming Pools or Lido's or Gyms, we provide for the whole community running Libraries, Theatre's, Children's Centres, Playgrounds, Nurseries and so much more. All of which we run in our charitable, community focused way.
We believe our values and purpose have never been more relevant and hope we can continue to make a difference in as many communities as possible across the UK.
Founded by Sheldon Thomas, Gangsline is a non-profit organisation established in 2007 to provide help and support to young men and women involved in gang culture. We work with individuals from the deprived parts of our communities and with deeply entrenched social, educational, spiritual and family issues. Central to our ethos and success is a proactive, spiritual and non-enforcement led approach to gangs, and the gang violence embedded in our local communities.
Gangsline’s beginning came as a result of receiving a small funding grant to support individuals and families who were fearful about the involvement of people they knew in gangs. Since then Gangsline has expanded from an information and advice service to a highly successful and respected outreach and mentoring service, under the name Targeted Against Gangs (TAG).
Today Gangsline delivers its unique services by providing a proactive and reactive approach that offers support and exit strategies to young men and women involved in gangs, and an effective prevention service to young people on the peripheries of gang activity. Our specialist outreach response team – all of whom are ex-gang members themselves – are uniquely placed to access and work alongside even the most high risk gang leaders and members.
Since its inception Gangsline has effectively addressed the root causes of why young people turn to the ‘comfort’ that gang membership provides. These reasons may be incomprehensible to mainstream society, but issues such as family breakdown, anger, the consequences of societal rejection, emotional hurt, unresolved conflict, a (missing) sense of belonging, the dangers of the disillusioned and the despair of struggling parents and absent fathers have all had a massive contribution to the choices made by many of our socially excluded young people. In response to the presented issues, Gangsline has a no holds barred approach that focuses on notions of responsibility, morality, positive thinking, anger management, self- belief, leadership, success and purpose.
We identify young people who have the motivation to launch their career, and dedicated mentors work with them to ensure they complete the programme successfully
66% of graduates remain employed one year after placement
84% of our employers say that Generation graduates perform better than average|
Many employers struggle to find entry-level staff with the right technical skills and personal attributes needed to perform in the role. Generation sources, trains, and energises new recruits who can create value for your business from their first day on the job. Generation also works with employers to customise programs based on your specific needs.
We want a society in which single parent families are treated equally and fairly.
To get there, we provide information to help single parents support themselves and their family. And we campaign and influence policy to reduce stigma against single parents, and make services more accessible to all families – whatever their shape or size.
We make maps that help direct aid.
We have a passion and vision to inspire and support long-term sustainable development by mapping the gaps in self-empowering opportunities for people at the ground level, so that international donors, development NGOs and government agencies can clearly see where they need to put their energies.
Global MapAid or simply "MapAid" is a social enterprise working with local people, to help them identify & map local solutions (hotspots) for their development, to help prevent disasters. The maps benefit policy makers, donors, non-government organisations and corporate social responsibility organisations, by focusing efforts where most needed. Additionally, some of our maps are designed for use by vulnerable people.
We aim to prevent & divert young people from crime, antisocial behaviour, exclusion from education and ‘care’ through building positive relationships, education, diversion activities and community cohesion. They specialise in using sport as a tool to engage and create change. They teach Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Yoga & Fitness. They also offer a mentoring programme.
Our vision is a world where local communities can easily share their skills, expertise and time with each other - without intermediaries, silos or middle men. Among our many project we
• Have created a community service in Southwark which supported 447 unemployed local residents into jobs in the Shard
• Are collaborating with business networks to build a hyper-local labour market for the South Bank
We use tech to connect people (and their skills, abilities and interests), with opportunities around them.
Our matching tech can be used to connect volunteers with opportunities to support their community, build flexible labour markets to connect people with good part-time work, or digitally enable the service delivery of charities or local authorities.
We work with a variety of public and private partners - from NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and foundations, to corporates and business networks.
But what underpins all of our work is a desire to enable everyone to thrive, by better connecting people with good opportunities.
We believe in empowering individuals and communities to be a force for good. But what unites all of our work is a belief in the transformative power of community - and the opportunity to connect government, employers and individuals to build it.
Good People has many corporate partners listed on the website.
Good Vibrations is an award-winning national charity using communal-music making to support people in challenging circumstances with additional needs.
Good Vibrations has worked in prisons and young offender institutions since 2003. We see the destructive effects on people of living within our overstretched, under-resourced criminal justice system. We want to understand how people can be better supported before, during and after their contact with the criminal justice system.
Through communal music-making activities we help people to develop musical skills and:
- Improve their well-being
- Become more engaged in learning
- Develop confidence and motivation
- Develop transferable life and work skills
- See themselves with positive self-identities and positive futures
- Our core values are:
- Supportive environments
- Sustainable approaches
- Respecting and valuing all
- Evidence-based approaches
- Critical reflection
GoodGym is a fast growing social startup which channels the energy wasted during exercise into social good. We connect runners, or those who want to get fit, with physical tasks which benefit their community. GoodGym is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in East London.