Governors have approved a grant of £60,000 over three years to London Youth's Build-It Project. It provides training, mentoring and work experience in construction for NEET young people. Trainees achieve industry standard certificates, CSCS cards and Level 1 qualifications in construction and are able to progress to employment or further training. The funding will help support 60 low income Lambeth residents aged 16-25.
£60,000 over three years has been awarded to the Ben Hollioake Learning Centre to fund an after school programme run in partnership with Surrey County Cricket Club at The Kia Oval. It will provide tuition in literacy, numeracy, IT and cricket to primary and secondary school pupils from 15 local schools. This funding is to enable 50 Lambeth Year 6 pupils from low income households to benefit from the project and improve their academic performance.
£60,000 over three years has been awarded to Springboard's IntoWork programme. It will provide 15 NEET young people each year with five weeks of employability skills and accredited vocational training, a two week work placement in the hospitality industry with a guaranteed job interview. The offer of continued mentoring to those with jobs will help them sustain employment and other candidates are assisted into education, further education or training.
A grant of £27,839 over one year was awarded to Clapham And Lark Hall Collaborative (a schools cluster consisting of Allen Edwards, Clapham Manor, Heathbrook, Macaulay, Triangle and Lambeth Academy). This grant will help fund a new Literacy Rescue project which begins in September 2015. It takes the core principles and the structure of Reading Recovery and weaves them into a new intervention.
A grant of £12,712 over one year was awarded to Jags Foundation for its C.A.R.E. Programme (Choosing Another Route: Empowerment). This programme incorporates drama and peer support to explore themes such as sexual violence and peer bullying. JAGS aims to deliver this in La Retraite Secondary School, targeting young women aged 12-18 who are showing signs of disengagement from school and who have been identified as vulnerable to sexual exploitation and/or at risk of becoming involved in gang culture and youth violence.
A grant of £15,373 over one year was awarded to the Irene Taylor Trust for its Making Tracks Lambeth Project. Young people will take part in an intensive week of creative music workshops, working together to learn instruments, write and create their own original music, culminating in a live performance to the local community. They will then participate in a series of follow-up music sessions, working towards gaining an accredited Arts Award. Pastoral support and bespoke guidance to further development opportunities will be provided by the project staff and via the Princes Trust and Beth Centre (the project's two referral partners). Over the course of a year, 40-60 low-income Lambeth-resident NEET young people will take part, over 4 cohorts (10-15 individuals per cohort).
A grant of £18,298 over one year was awarded to Home-Start Lambeth's Start Right Project. The project will provide specialist volunteer support to 20 vulnerable parents on a low income with at least one child under the age of five where barriers to the children’s development and achievement have been identified by referrers (social workers/health visitors). Volunteers will work with the families for 2 - 3 hours per week to identify where changes may be needed and help them develop strategies to help them do so. Volunteers will spend time playing and interacting directly with the children, aiding their development. They will teach strategies for behaviour management, model play, showing parents the importance play has on preparing the child for school as they can experiment with imagination and social situations. Volunteers will introduce them to educational activities such as songs, rhymes, and reading stories.
A grant of £19,908 over one year has been awarded to Timewise Foundation. The project aims to work with 40 Lambeth mothers living in low-income households to help them move closer to and into work. It is a parent-focused employment programme that offers careers support, signposting to local training and support services, and job matching into quality part time and flexible jobs. Activity will be focused on local children’s centres in key areas in Lambeth and will build on existing partnerships. The project will also provide capacity building support for staff at children's centres and local community organisations to up-skill them to continue motivating and encouraging participants move towards work.
A grant of £20,000 has been given to Trees for Cities' Growing Skills in Lambeth project. This is a pilot apprenticeship programme as part of its existing horticulture training programme. It will recruit two low-income Lambeth resident NEET young people as Horticulture apprentices, providing paid employment and on the job training. An additional two NEET young people will take part in a six month traineeship programme, receiving accredited horticulture training alongside practical work experience and job search support. Training will be based at TfC’s operational base in Ruskin Park, Denmark Hill. Apprentices and trainees will also undertake placements on projects across London, targeting areas of deprivation where greening projects have significant impact.
We have made a grant of £20,000 to the Reasons Why Foundation. It will part-fund a Lambeth Caseworker who will work with 45 young ex-offenders delivering: need assessments, individual training and progression plans, fortnightly key working including employment support, skills development workshops and oversight of the weekly mentoring delivered by volunteers. The project uses neurolinguistic programming and cognitive behavioural tools to enable each individual to understand and manage what triggers their offending. Participants are supported for a minimum of six months.
A grant of £20,000 over one year was awarded to Street League for its South London Academy. This is a structured ten week football and employability programme, designed to help unemployed young people aged 16-25 get into employment, training or further education. The academy runs for 10 weeks (Monday to Thursday) and uses a bespoke, football-based curriculum to develop leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. Young people undertake training and qualifications in functional skills (English and Maths), employability skills, and are also given one-to-one careers advice, assistance with CV writing and mock interview sessions, alongside football activity. The Academy will take place at Oasis Play Centre in Stockwell (with football activity at Myatts Field and Kennington Park, and after care support at Street League’s Oval based head office).
£20,000 over one year was awarded to Spires, a homeless day centre based in Streatham. The proposal is to continue partfunding a Volunteer Coordinator to develop and deliver both Access to Volunteering Training Programme and Adult Volunteers Skills Course. The courses are open to those people who are homeless, insecurely housed, unemployed (often on a long-term basis) and other economically disadvantaged Lambeth residents. The project aims to increase the employability of participants through addressing key skills gaps in order to gain new skills, achieve relevant work experience and build on confidence, listening and self-esteem
£59,970 over three years was awarded to Photofusion. This grant is to part fund the Community Programme Manager. The post is responsible for fundraising and co-ordinating training for hard to engage young people including young offenders, refugees and pupils from low income backgrounds. As well as providing a range of photographic and digital media training courses, Photofusion also offers a Work Skills course focused on developing employability plus one-to-one assistance with job/course searching.
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