“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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“We believe that every young person should have the skills, attitude and opportunity to realise their potential through a successful and rewarding working life. However, the futures of far too many young people are determined by their birth and background, not potential. That's why we work across the UK to open up the world of work and provide authentic employer experiences for over 69,000 young people every year.”
SMBP currently runs programmes to include students from Belfast, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Norwich, Oldham and Reading, successfully unifying efforts to promote social mobility in the legal and accountancy professions through partnerships with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, ACCA, the ICEAW, CILEx, Law Society of Scotland, Law Society of Northern Ireland, The Bar Standards Board, The Faculty of Advocates, ACCA, ICAS, Into University and the Sutton Trust.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Greenhouse Sports is a registered charity that was founded in 2002 by Michael de Giorgio.
Our Vision: Every child has a fair chance to succeed.
Our Mission: To deliver intensive sports coaching and mentoring to help develop the Social, Thinking, Emotional and Physical (STEP) abilities of young people from disadvantaged communities.
Recruiting young people aged 16-30 from Catch22's networks, we support them in gaining an insight into the world of work and the energy industry. This is part of the wider Grid for Good programme, which includes:
- Events to inform young people about National Grid and the wider energy industry
- Peer networking and industry taster sessions
- Work readiness training
- 12-week career mentoring programme
- 2 weeks work experience
- Access to job opportunities – including apprenticeships and internships – within the energy industry
- Strong alumni support network for people who have been through the programme.
Growing Against Violence (GAV) is a charity that aims to protect young people against peer-to-peer violence and exploitation both on the streets and online. The charity grew out of a partnership with London’s Metropolitan Police Service and since 2008 GAV has delivered workshops to over 197,000 young people in over 940 schools.
GAV sees violence as a disease that is preventable rather than inevitable and examines the causes of violence using a listening and investigative approach that teases out issues specific to local communities. The charity follows the World Health Organisation’s ‘public health approach to tackling violence’ using data to identify risk factors for violence and the delivery of evidence-based violence prevention workshops. The Board and Senior Management have personal and professional expertise in violence prevention. This unique partnership brings together senior professionals from health, law, policing, academia, accounting, IT and the private sector to provide effective governance and enable the charity to thrive and expand.
HASVO is an independent not for profit organisation that is dedicated to supporting ethnic minority residents in Harrow. The main focus is support for the Somali Community in Harrow. HASVO is the Centre for the Somali Community in Harrow and aims to strengthen the links between all community groups within Harrow. We undertake projects that encourage communities to live and work together. Our aim is to build the capacity for individuals and groups to live more effectively within the wider community.
For over two decades we have supported the voluntary and community sector to be at the heart of providing solutions to Hackney’s problems.
As an important local organisation and umbrella body for the sector we are committed to making Hackney a fairer place because we believe everyone should have the best start in life and the best opportunities to succeed regardless of their background, race, social class, gender, sexuality or disability.
We see our role interchangeably as enabler, facilitator, champion and servant to local communities.
Hackney Quest was started by a small team in 1988 to provide positive activities for the community’s young people. A Borough which suffers significant deprivation, Hackney has always had a large number of young people in need of positive engagement, to help them to develop skills and reach their potential. Young people have remained at the core of what we do, but through the years we have broadened our activities in recognition of wider needs in the community. Young people can only flourish when their parents and carers are well supported, and everyone benefits from living in a strong, unified community. It is with this in mind that we have developed our community services, including parenting and nutrition classes, education support, confidential listening and signposting, and community volunteering. Many of our community activities take place in the Frampton Park Youth & Family Centre, which we have run as a second centre since 2012. Thanks to the long term commitment of our staff, the variety of services that we offer, and the all-through support that we provide, we have a uniquely warm family atmosphere. All our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries are part of a strong, tight-knit, caring community. Despite the many changes that Hackney has gone through over the course of Hackney Quest’s 28-year history, poverty and deprivation remain major issues: the area surrounding Hackney Quest remains in the top 10% most deprived areas of the country. Many other problems, such as crime and educational disadvantage, stem from this. Through all of our programmes and activities, we remain dedicated to helping the young people and families in our community overcome these challenges in order to reach their full potential.
The Hard Calls Save Lives campaign is led by five mothers, who have lost their sons to knife crime. It is supported by Crimestoppers and the Metropolitan Police. In the campaign, the mothers describe the sons they lost and the calls they had to make following their son’s murders. They are calling for people to call the independent charity, anonymously, with knife crime information.
If you have information about knife crime and want to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers. Their service is available via phone and online 24 hours a day, seven days a week 0800 555 111.
Calling to report knife crime information is hard but there are harder calls – visit www.hardcallssavelives.co.uk for more information.
Haringey Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations (HAVCO) is the umbrella organisation for the community and voluntary sector in Haringey. As the biggest organisation for non-profits in the borough, HAVCO is a strategic leader, using their influence to gain greater recognition for the sector and bridging that impact with local government policy. HAVCO is working to help everyone in the community, to ensure all voices are heard. This is made possible through the establishment of effective networking and with collaboration within the voluntary and community organisations and external partners. The primary purpose of HAVCO is to improve the quality, standards and capacity of the infrastructure support to members.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of most community groups, sharing their talents and gifts for the benefit of others. A biennial award ceremony supported by local businesses rewards this by awarding gifts selected from valentinesgiftideas.co.uk, in a night of special celebration.
Since 1883, the Harrow Club has been anchored in the local community working with some of the most marginalised young people in West London to provide accessible and high-quality opportunities, enabling them to maximise their life chances and to enhance their personal development. We are not afraid to work at the most challenging fringes of our community in order to make the greatest impact.
Through creative, cutting-edge projects delivered by an experienced, committed team, we provide learning opportunities, routes to employment and critically increased resilience and well-being for young people aged 8 to 21.
Heart n Soul is a leading arts organisation with learning disability culture at its heart. Heart n Soul is an award-winning creative arts company and charity. We believe in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities, providing opportunities for people to discover, develop and share this power and talent as widely as possible. We also have a lot of fun! Support our Taking Part programme and help us change the lives of people with learning disabilities now.
We exist to bring an end to modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims, restoring lives, and reforming society.
Our outreach teams, self-help groups and community education initiatives empower people to protect themselves and their families from predatory traffickers and their recruiters.
Our specialist teams work closely with police to identify victims of modern slavery, build bridges of trust with them and remove them from exploitation and into safety.
We work with victims to overcome trauma and rebuild their lives. We offer tailored restorative care initiatives and offer support to meet vital needs, including survivor-centred aftercare.
We train professionals to spot the signs of trafficking and to respond, and campaign for policy change. We help businesses protect their operations and supply chains from modern slavery.
Hope not Hate is an advocacy group based in the United Kingdom. It campaigns against racism and fascism. More recently, it has mounted campaigns against Islamic extremism and antisemitism. It is a self-described non-partisan, non-sectarian third party organisation.
Working with the support of partners such as JPMorgan Chase, Catch22 is advancing its vision to address the UK employment crisis and empower those furthest from the job market to take a positive first step.
It is one of the first programmes to address both unemployment and underemployment; where work is either low paid, unstable or without opportunities to progress.
Receive a one-to-one career advisor, pre-employability support, inspiration sessions from those in professional careers, technical training options, and in-work support for up to 6 months.
Horizons will also provide access to laptops and connectivity support for young people where digital exclusion presents a barrier. Contact us now to start your journey!
Hyde Housing takes a holistic approach to support vulnerable people. The target age range is 18 years and over.
Hyde Housing offers:
• Regular Drug & Alcohol support
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Crisis Intervention & Prevention initiatives
• Going For Gold program
• Sexual Health Advice
• Offending behaviour
• Independent Living skills
• Money management
• Anger Management
• Benefit Advice
• Education and Training
• Legal Advice
• Work Experience Opportunities
This is an interactive map of all London Boroughs providing direct links useful information about each,including opportunities for volunteering. It does not provide the information of a kind specific to the aims of www.fightingknifecrime.london butit may prove a use full starting pointer further borough research.
Think-Tank. Interests include access to a decent job, with fair pay, security and the ability to make provision for old age is the backbone of a productive and fair economy.
IPPR has launched the London Progression Collaboration to boost apprenticeships in the capital.
Imkaan is a UK-based, Black feminist organisation. We are the only national second-tier women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls i.e. women and girls which are defined in policy terms as Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ (BME). The organisation holds nearly two decades of experience of working around issues such as domestic violence, forced marriage and ‘honour-based’ violence. We work at local, national and international level, and in partnership with a range of organisations, to improve policy and practice responses to Black and minoritised women and girls. Imkaan works with its members to represent the expertise and perspectives of frontline, specialist and dedicated Black and minoritised women’s organisations that work to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. Imkaan delivers a unique package of support which includes: quality assurance; accredited training and peer education; sustainability support to frontline Black and minoritised organisations; and facilitation of space for community engagement and development. Our research activities support the ongoing development of a robust evidence base around the needs and aspirations of Black and minoritised women and girls, as well as promising practice approaches to addressing violence. Imkaan is at the forefront of programmes and initiatives relating to forms of violence that disproportionately affect Black and minoritised women and girls.
Immediate Theatre’s purpose is to use theatre and the arts to help people engage with issues and concerns and to imagine the process of change. The term “immediate” implying the “right here” on your doorstep and the “right now” of what is happening today. “We believe that the arts have an intrinsic role to play in society and that it should not be banished to institutions but be happening everywhere.
• To provide inspiring participatory theatre programs enabling people to reach their potential and prevent exclusion and social isolation.
• To create performances which explore social issues, engage people in the process of change and influence decision making.
• To improve health and wellbeing and increase life skills and employability through engagement in the arts.”
Impetus transforms the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by ensuring they get the right support to succeed in school, in work and in life. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have done worse at school and work for decades. But, with the right support, every young person can succeed. We’ve developed a new approach to get them that support.
We are a driving force behind great charities, helping them deliver the right support to more young people.We find what works by combining the lessons from our charities with our own research.
We share this learning to influence policy and resources so that all young people get the support they need.
Inside Connections Support CIC aim to empower marginalised individuals through Education, Training, Employment and Housing for a range of individuals who have been marginalised by homelessness or affected by leaving prison, the care system or the military.
We provide training for people aged 16 and above covering a wide range of disciplines, from functional skills to vocational qualifications.
With newly acquired qualifications, or previously attained knowledge and skills, Inside Connections are here to assist you in to your next career opportunity.
We provide many layers of bespoke support services; for care experienced young people, homeless, individuals with convictions, ex-service personnel and many more.
The Mobile Network Supporting Service Users
Perfect for individuals in or exiting custody, care or the armed forces, those in support groups and vulnerable individuals. “It’s time we had a specialised smart phone service to help our people. That’s why we’ve designed a mobile phone range aimed specifically for prisoners and their families at an affordable cost: £24.99 which includes:
• the phone device
• a £10 bundle
• 4 free numbers should user run out of credit
These 4 free emergency numbers could include Probation, Support worker, Key Workers, Carers or family member. As a returning citizen myself I know how vital this mobile service would be to prisons, probations, young people’s care homes, Veterans, homeless etc. to keep them in contact while on licence or isolated - especially with the difficulties they’ll face when released into a Covid-19 world. And as we run the network, we can even identify the subscriber with their name such as HMP Prison name.
Software features which work only with this mobile service: https://icmobile.co.uk/monqi
• Live Location Tracking & Geo-fence Alert
• 4 Free Call numbers for emergency use when credit is used
• Pre Block Numbers, Approve contacts & View Call log
• App Control, Remove all Social Media Sites from our Devices at any time
• Free Family Chat and Talk “It’s time we had a specialised smart phone service to help our people.
• Anti Cyber Bulling Alerts
• Selection of top-up bundles
We work with many prisons especially Category D establishments and with those on ROTL. Up to 3 weeks ago, 120 completed our 2-3 week courses; 88% are now in full-time employment with 45% of the work force still serving prisoners with up to 18 months left of their sentence.
Inspire!, the Education Business Partnership, is an independent charity that links businesses and their employees with schools and colleges to inspire, support and open doors for young people from Hackney, Camden and neighbouring boroughs. By bringing a diverse range of employee volunteers into the learning environment, we provide young people with employability skills, prepare them for the world of work and give them access to a world of choices and opportunities that may otherwise have remained out of reach. Inspire! works in partnership with local and City businesses and their employee volunteers to achieve this goal. We also run programmes to re-engage young people struggling to access mainstream education, both within local schools and through our own Inspired Directions School.
Inspired Futures was created to develop as a charity organisation focused on young people, the progress of their education and life opportunities. Our focus also includes the improvement of their local communities and the general population, through core principles, positive values and experience – an integral part of our service delivery.
Inspired Futures began as a voluntary organisation in 2016 supporting our local communities and from an outpour of requests made by young people who have been inspired by our staff and volunteers.
Our Staff has delivered personal development programmes, engagement projects, mentoring, youth advocacy and events across London and the world to support young people, adults, families and communities.
Inspired Futures focus and aim is for all members of a community, organisations, corporate and small businesses, education institutions, front line services, Local and National Government – to come together using various strategies to improve the lives and opportunities of our young for a brighter future, where every individual is valued and considered.
Our personalised programmes are created using our extensive knowledge, skills and experience in corporate and charitable sectors. Inspired Futures also collaborates with influential organisations/persons to help achieve our vision to inspire young minds, lives and communities. An example of one of their projects is ‘The Plain and Simple Truth’ – a cohesion project to be delivered to young people in various schools and includes a thought provoking talk by trained and experienced facilitators to colleges, PRUs and educational provisions across Greater London.
Young people aspire to be what they see around them in their everyday life but it’s difficult to aspire to a future that you never see and don’t know exists. Inspiring The Future changes this.
We believe that every young person can be whatever they want to be – wherever they live, whatever their parents do, whichever school they attend and however they identify themselves.
We show young people exciting futures. We give them the opportunity to meet face-to-face a wide range of role models doing interesting, exciting jobs to inspire and motivate them. And we help them to understand that by aiming high, working hard and making an effort in school or college they can realise their dreams. How do we do it? Using our online match-making platform, we connect schools and colleges with appropriate volunteers from a range of sectors and professions that match their particular requirements.
The charitable aims of the Inter Faith Network are:
“.....to advance public knowledge and mutual understanding of the teachings, traditions and practices of the different faith communities in Britain including awareness both of their distinctive features and their common ground and to promote good relations between persons of different faiths.”
Through its meetings and its advice and information service, IFN, with its member bodies, helps make better known and understood the teachings, traditions and practices of the different faith communities in the UK and the pattern of their inter faith work and builds good relations between people of different faiths in the UK.
Through its Inter Faith Week programme, and through other ad hoc routes, it also works to develop greater understanding between those of religious and those of non-religious beliefs.
Jags Connect is an online self-help community for parents, carers and teachers affected by serious youth violence.
We were born from one family's loss but have grown to support all families in search of brighter futures. We believe in empowering parents, carers, and supporters as they lead our children to safer lives.
We aim to support the local community to dramatically reduce youth violence in South London by 2030.
We aim to do this by:
1. Providing trustworthy information on youth violence for parents, carers and teachers.
2. Building a thriving ecosystem of organisations combating youth violence.
3. Signposting at-risk youth away from harm's way.
We do this by providing:
1. Consolidating resources.
2. An online community forum enabling inter-community support.
3. Early interventions, empowering parents, carers and teachers to recognise the signs and intervene before the incident occurs.
4. Advice and support from a range of partners and community teams.
They have recently been awarded £30,000 for their ‘Aim Higher’ – a project to steer at-risk youth away from gang culture, knife and gun crime, through workshops augmented by sports programs.
“The Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF) was established in 2007 by the former professional footballer, media personality and social activist Jason Roberts as a means to put something back into the community he came from, and to underpin his belief in equal opportunities, rights and representation for individuals regardless of background or circumstance.”
Initially focusing on the Stonebridge Estate in the London Borough of Brent, where Jason grew up, and in Grenada, where his family originate from and for whom he played as an international footballer, the Foundation originally focused on football based social inclusion projects – projects that offered participation and playing opportunities to young people who otherwise had little chance of accessing coaching or opportunities to progress as players. In 2014 the Foundation underwent a significant review of its activities, restructured its organisational management and has since implemented a comprehensive national programme in the UK, offering grass roots projects across London and the South West of England for young people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. JRF has also developed accredited training packages in Equality and Diversity Awareness as well as sporting qualifications that are delivered across the country…”.
We exist to help children and young people overcome all the difficulties they face, from problems at school and issues with immigration status to trouble with the police.
With rising deprivation and public services under pressure, our work is more important than ever.
Juvenis is an exciting new charity offering bespoke support and training enabling young people involved in the criminal justice system to turn around their lives and engage with employment, education or training. We exist to benefit disadvantaged young Londoners at risk of criminal involvement by enabling them to improve their life chances and contribute positively to their communities. Our aims are to act as a resource for young Londoners aged 10- 25 by providing advice, assistance, mentoring, recreational and educational activities as a means of improving their conditions of life, helping them to develop their skills, capabilities and to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals; equally advancing their education and enabling them to gain employment. Our vision is a future where all young Londoners have more than one chance to fulfil their potential.
KCSC is the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s recognised voluntary sector ‘infrastructure’ organisation.
We support voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) through the provision of training, advice and information. We also facilitate the voice of the local voluntary and community sector (VCS) and represent the sector at a strategic level.
Key 4 Life is a British charity launched on 14 June 2013 to help reduce youth reoffending through the delivery of a rehabilitation programme to those in prison and those at risk of going to prison. Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson, the England and Bath Rugby players, have pledged their support to Key4Life, the young offender rehabilitation charity. The charity tries to assist young men in prison who may be having difficulty in not returning to a life of crime and becoming some growing static of reoffending youth in the UK. Since the charity started the 23 young adults that Key4Life have worked with, 8% have reoffended which is much better than the national average of 74%.
Khulisa is a charity working to change the system, change perceptions and change lives. Our programmes are proven to reduce crime by improving the wellbeing, resilience and aspiration of excluded children and prisoners across the UK. We do this by supporting, inspiring and empowering excluded people instead of villainising, neglecting or further punishing them, which is an approach that has failed for far too long. Khulisa – ‘to nurture’ in Zulu – represents our South African heritage and our core belief that everyone, no matter their background, has the capacity to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment. We believe that schools, prisons, communities and government need a much more joined-up approach to help people escape the cycle of social exclusion and crime, which is why we are Britain’s only charity offering behaviour change programmes, training and research services at all key stages of the criminal justice system, giving us an unrivalled breadth of expertise of what works to reduce crime. With this, we are pushing for policy changes, so that we better support our schools, prisons and communities to reduce social exclusion and crime, and create a safer, more inclusive society.
KnifeCrimes.Org is an Online Knife, Gun & Gang related information Resource...Violence Reduction, fewer Victims by Changing Attitudes.
We are a National Registered Charity providing peer support to families and friends affected by Serious Violent Crime or Bereaved as a result of Homicide. Involved in training, education, research and raising public awareness to achieve better rights for victims. Their website provides some useful links to police and other organisations supporting victims.
LDN UTD is the first UK esports organisation to unite with social responsibility. We’re the organisation for esports. We develop incredible players from all backgrounds and offer them a platform to play at their best. Meanwhile we use our profile and position in the esports community to raise awareness and funds around the most important issues in the world today. To date, we have addressed knife crime in London, isolation as a result of lockdown and racism, participation in sport, nutrition and diversity. This is just the beginning. Join us on the journey.
Lankelly Chase has a vision, shared by many, of a society where everyone has the opportunity to live a rewarding life. We believe that we’ve all got a shared humanity and given the right conditions, everyone can thrive.
As an independent foundation we’re working in partnership with people, across the UK, to change the systems that perpetuate severe and multiple disadvantage. Our mission is to get to a place where people want to, know how to and are free to create systems that are effective in responding to the interlocking nature of severe disadvantages such as homelessness, drug misuse, violence and abuse and mental ill health.
Recently awarded £30,000 to deliver the ‘Improving Prospects’ program, with specific anti-weapon content, in schools in Harrow, Newham and Waltham Forest.
“Leap supports young people aged between 11 and 25 to make changes in their lives by gaining a greater understanding of themselves and their relationship with conflict. Many of the young people we work with have grown up in care, are not in mainstream education, are at risk of gang involvement and exploitation, or are caught up in the criminal justice system.
To have the greatest impact we also design training sessions and larger programmes for those who work with young people like local council workers, youth workers, prison officers and other voluntary sector workers, as they are best placed to offer support when conflict arises.
We don’t just stop there, we research into issues facing young people today to develop our understanding of conflict and its causes. This supports policy and practice changes that have a real impact.
Finally, great leaders and great teams are excellent at managing conflict constructively. We provide management training to all types of organisations which helps build strong teams and spark innovation. This is part of our social enterprise model and generates vital income that allows us to support more young people.”
Legacy Youth Zone is part of a network of similar independent youth organisations that all share the same principles developed by the charity OnSide Youth Zones, which is developing 21st century youth facilities across the UK.
Young people need our help now more than ever before and in Croydon this is no different. Our young people deserve a world-class place to go that is inspiring, safe and affordable. Croydon Youth Zone, is part of a network of established Youth Zones with over 25,000 members in Wirral (The Hive), Wolverhampton Youth Zone (The Way), Manchester (The Factory), Oldham (Mahdlo), Wigan, Carlisle, Blackburn and Bolton. OnSide also expects to open Chorley (Inspire) in 2018 and Preston Youth Zone in 2018 as well as Barking and Dagenham, Barnet and, of course, Legacy.
What Makes Legacy Youth Zone?
As an OnSide Youth Zone, Legacy will be built on the following foundations:
• A private sector-led board, heading up an independent local charity
• A sustainable funding model
• A four-way partnership between the private sector, local authority, young people and the community
• A function, inspirational building design based on how young people engage, socialise and participate
LET'S TALK, set up by Peckham-based Community TV Trust, is a four year project spanning 2019-2022, with forums and film screenings in schools and youth clubs. In 2021 LET'S TALK has been focusing on the positive story of attempts by young members of the Black community to build better relations with the Police. Four teenagers lead the way. The three latest videos document this unexpected initiative.
See also our LET'S TALK Video Report 2020 for a full breakdown of how last year's Forums panned out.
In early 2019 and 2020, LET'S TALK ran Forums providing young people with professionals to talk to. Film Screenings in the Autumn of 2019 showed young people what their peers were saying and doing, such as The Movement Factory and their production "One Road, Two Paths". A powerful musical about knife crime created by pupils at Harris Academy Peckham has now been performed at Bold Tendencies with the Multi-Story Orchestra.
LET'S TALK confronts social dysfunction by listening. From a Panel of professionals listening to young people comes positivity, as LET'S TALK Panel members pass on their findings to our elected representatives and policymakers and take back fresh thinking into their own work.
The next phase concentrates on Family, which some say is in crisis – affected by poverty, unemployment, not to mention youth violence and knife crime and the Covid-19 pandemic which has intensified isolation and mental health issues. So LET'S TALK!
Academic research confirms that community engagement in schools is a very important facet of the educational process. If we are to steer our children away from crime, and involvement in violence and drug offending, we need present them with alternatives and the confidence to explore them, then this must start in schools from a young age. This website engages the work and aspirations of over 190 schools, including many in the Greater London area. If you’re an individual or organisation… Do you want to partner with, donate to or volunteer at a local school? Then simply create an account and search for local schools in your area. Every LetsLocalise partner school has its own page on which you’ll be able to see the various ways you can help out. Be assured that LetsLocalise is a trust-enabled platform, meaning we you’ll have to verify your identity before pledging but schools can be confident everyone using the system is authentic.
If you represent a corporation – Do you want your CSR programmes to be added to our database of corporate social responsibility initiatives? E-mail us directly at email@example.com.
If you’re a head teacher, Teacher or PTA – Refer to our ‘For Schools’ page. There, you’ll see a list of all the different LetsLocalise services you and your school can use to enhance pupil learning.
We are a charity, seeking to educate young people under the topics of Health and Crime, including knife crime. Exploring their decisions, misconceptions and experiences, to positively enhance their futures.
At Let's Get Talking we work directly with young people in many places such as Schools and Youth Clubs, currently we are working our way through London delivering resources and workshops to the most in-need areas. We are an expert medium for exploring adolescent issues, this is achieved by a method of learning conversation and discussion without pressure.
Being a charitable organisation we bear no ties with schools or authorities, making young people feel confident and comfortable when speaking and conversing with us and among themselves, no judgements are made and conversation, no matter how sensitive, is allowed to be freely spoken about.
They are currently delivering their ‘Talk About It’ program in four schools in Barking & Dagenham. “Characterised by renewed hope, developed confidence and improved skills, the programmes that we offer give people the chance to grow, expand their horizons, and become agents of change in their own community. We focus on empowering and enhancing the lives of those people most isolated and vulnerable, building their confidence and helping them to learn new skills, so that they may fully live their lives and become a part of their community. Regardless of the programme, we aim to operate with both a sensitivity and flexibility of response that many people find lacking in services offered by monolithic and sometimes distant statutory bodies. And the range of public-sector-funded programmes that we deliver have their impact and value increased further through the variety of additional volunteer-led services that are offered by both ourselves and the other members of the LifeLine family. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We believe that no one should be left isolated from their community. We know of the increasing pressure that many families are facing, and of how traditional services have trouble even reaching certain groups. It is because of this that we are focused on maximising the resources we have, to provide smarter and more effective services to the community. One key way we achieve this is through building partnerships that can allow competence, co-ordination and creativity to flourish. These partnerships are essential in ensuring that people don’t fall through the gaps. We have always sought to work with others, not only within in the voluntary sector, but with private enterprises and public sector bodies, in order to provide the best possible solution to the challenges we find. And many of LifeLine’s senior management are involved with the shaping of policy, sitting on boards and committees — both local and national — in order to help develop better ways of working.”
Lifetimes is proud to have handed out over 962 care packs to individuals experiencing homelessness in South London. It has been great working with such committed organisations both big and small. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the organisations who have hosted a donation box, the individuals who have donated items directly or those who have given money via our Just Giving page. We look forward to reaching out to more people in need.
“Lives Not Knives is an organisation dedicated to reducing knife and gang related crime in Croydon and elsewhere in London by:
• Using a Mentoring and Befriending approach that is dedicated to helping young people at risk.
• Supporting young people into employment, education and training.
• Focusing on training for young people in schools to ensure they are safe at home, at school or college and in their social and leisure time activities.
• Providing safe places for young people to meet, socialise and make friends in a relaxed environment.
Lives Not Knives focuses on work with young people aged 11 to 24 who have been referred to the organisation by teachers, parents and agencies or who have referred themselves to LNK. We are Croydon based but work across London with schools, colleges and other partner organisations to reduce the risk of gang related violence to young people. Our approach is preventative; we work with young people through our youth mentors who are trained in explaining the dangers of association with gangs, and working with small groups and individuals who are at risk. We are a youth led organisation, we listen and act on the views of our expert youth mentors who are familiar with the real world of gang culture and this forms the basis of our work in Croydon and elsewhere.”
Local Trust was established to deliver Big Local, a unique initiative that puts residents across the country in control of decisions about their own lives and neighbourhoods. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, it provides in excess of £1m of long-term funding over 10-15 years to 150 local communities that have historically missed out on lottery and other funding. Big Local is generating new and important learning and insight around the potential and limits of localism; the challenges of long term, place-based funding; and the limitless potential of local people to transform their own futures. We’ve just launched our first ever arts programme, Creative Civic Change, a joint initiative with the Big Lottery Fund and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which will enable communities to transform themselves through arts and creativity. Our research project, The Future for Communities, shares findings from an 18-month research project asking ‘What needs to happen for communities to feel and be more powerful in the future?'
Our mission is to bring to young people, from disadvantaged backgrounds, a network that is usually only afforded to middle class young people. LVN helps to build the networks of vulnerable young people, by asking adults to donate one hour of their time to help inspire the hopes of the next generation – We call this ‘The Power of an Hour’.
We have worked with educationalists and behaviour scientists to create a series of engagement programmes that maximise on the power of an hour. LVN help young people build networks by offering both a signposting app to ensure young people are aware of all the support available and, that enables them to build industry insight and knowhow.
Locality supports local community organisations to be strong and successful. Our national network of over 600 members helps more than 400,000 people every week. We offer specialist advice, peer learning and campaign with members for a fairer society. Together we unlock the power of community.
The London Anti-Crime Education Scheme was created in 1994 with one sole purpose in mind, to inform and educate young minds of the consequences of choosing to commit crime. After experiencing 20 years in various penal establishments, Charles, the founder of LACES, has dedicated his adult life and work to communicating the bleak and harsh reality of a life of crime, with the hope of showing others the futility of wasted years spent in prison. The principal behind LACES is to tutor young people or those at the beginning of a life of crime, and to facilitate the successful reintegration of young offenders back into the community. As a reformed criminal for the past almost 20 years, Charles has, with the support of local people, been able to compile an anti-crime education programme, visiting schools, colleges, young offender institutes and other establishments. Research has shown that people are influenced throughout their lives, especially through their developmental and adolescent years, by a variety of factors. It is these factors that may lead an individual towards or away from crime. Charles’s programme shatters the illusion of glamour that can often be attached to crime. Through powerful imagery and raw, brutal honesty, Charles relays the demeaning and degrading reality of the criminal justice system — from arrest, progress through the courts to imprisonment. Through this early intervention with children and young people at risk of offending, it is hoped that those young people who attend the programme will ideally choose not to offend or reduce their offending in both type and frequency. LACES is unique in the fact that it focuses solely on the damage and effects which befall the perpetrators of crime.
LBFN is an active, informal network of people from local religious and intercultural groups in London promoting social inclusion, religious harmony and learning.
We share our experience and expertise in working with public agencies (borough councils, police, NHS) and academic institutions to make a positive impact on the lives of our local communities, particularly those who rely on public services. Our areas of interest include health and wellbeing, peace building, links with Europe, crime, safety and resilience, intersectionality and multifaith spaces.
We provide funding for charities and not-for-profit organisations to deliver projects and improve services. Our aims are twofold: to alleviate the effects of poverty, and to improve the health and well-being of Londoners, in particular people with mental and physical illness, long term health conditions and/or disabilities.
The Charity is established to relieve poverty, sickness, disability and infirmity among persons resident in the area bounded by the M25 London Orbital Motorway, by supporting and working with other charitable organisation and by providing grants.
Our experience has shown us that communities often characterised as poor and disadvantaged are rich with ideas and assets. Charities, social enterprises and groups that spring from the communities they’re trying to help often have a deep understanding of the gaps that need filling. They know what works, how to gain trust and build lasting relationships. We work across the Capital and specialise in supporting grassroots organisations who often don’t attract mass public support. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the groups we support and base our decisions on the merit of ideas and the talents behind them.
We've been working in the community for over 20 years, and have a unique window into how complex social problems are being tackled at local level. We're expert at directing funds into small, under the radar community groups.
We know that London’s civil society (and the communities they serve) have been affected in a myriad of ways by the covid-19 pandemic. Many organisations have had the dual negative impact of loss of income and increasing need – all whilst trying to navigate ‘the new normal’ when delivering their services. As a response to this crisis London’s funders have been working together to provide a coordinated funding to support groups responding to the needs of the capital's communities. The single application point for charities and community groups enables organisations to access funding from multiple funders in a fast and efficient way. It has been designed based on insights from groups working with Londoners, to ensure that it is flexible and responds to these needs as they emerge over the coming weeks and months.
London Plus facilitates the London CVS Directors Network, which represents organisations providing local infrastructure support to charities and local community groups across the majority of London boroughs.
There are 29 infrastructure organisations in the network who support over 20,000 voluntary and community organisations across London.
London Funders is the membership network for funders and investors of London’s civil society. We’re here to enable funders from all sectors to be effective. We’re focused on collaboration – convening funders to connect, contribute and cooperate together, to help people across London’s communities to live better lives.
This is the first pan-London service covering all 32 boroughs. The LGE service transcends borough boundaries to create a consistent service across the capital. The service is designed to complement and enhance existing local services across London, and fill in the gaps in provision. The LGE service provides traditional one to one caseworker support from a trauma based approach, as well as meeting the complex and specialist needs of the client group, including mental health support, employment support, family support and housing advocacy. LGE empowers young people to move away from gang lifestyles by providing support to exit, developing new skills, and providing the opportunity for social reintegration into the community through support, guidance and practical help.
London Sport exists to make London the most physically active city in the world.
We are supported by Sport England and the Mayor of London, and work in partnership with London’s Local Authorities and a host of agencies to support less active Londoners to build physical activity habits that support their health, wellbeing and prosperity.
London Sports Trust aims to inspire positive change for disadvantaged young Londoners through the power of sport, training & life-skills to improve life outcomes as well as physical and mental health. We believe in young people's capacity to aspire and achieve to maximise their potential despite the barriers they face. Our main aims are to:
• Inspire change in young Londoners & parents by educating and cultivating positive change through the power of sport.
• Help disadvantaged children and their families to achieve their goals in life, sport and education.
• Improve life outcomes and employment opportunities through our programmes.
It is a sad fact that some sections of society are more disadvantaged than others. This is why we target our work in what are statistically some of the most deprived areas of the country, working closely with those traditionally seen as hard-to-reach e.g. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, refugees, asylum seekers, young people not in employment, education or training (NEET), offenders and others. Women and young people are often not given the priority they need, particularly within certain communities, so as an organisation we dedicate our resources to work with them.
For many of these individuals and communities, there are usually multiple problems affecting their access to opportunities such as lack of adequate educational attainment or poor health. Thus, we focus our project development and delivery across the following themes:
• Keep Communities Safe
• Improve Health & Wellbeing
• Provide Sporting Pathways
• Youth Services
• Develop People’s Skills
• International Development