£15,000 over one year to the Gipsy Hill Federation for their SHINE on Saturday Programme. This is a Saturday school providing ‘alternative and creative’ learning designed to boost attainment in English and Maths for underachieving primary school pupils in years 4, 5 & 6. The programme features small classes grouped by ability, is based at a school and runs 10am-3pm, for 30 Saturdays over three terms, working with pupils from Kingswood, Fenstanton, Elm Wood and Paxton Primary Schools. This project is co-funded in partnership with the Shine Trust.
£15,177 over one year to Nature Vibezz, a new social enterprise which aims to connect low income urban communities to nature and to advance education through the provision of outdoor learning. This grant pilots weekly environmental education and Forest School sessions for Lambeth-resident pupil premium pupils at Crown Lane Primary School. Sessions take place at The Lodge on Streatham Common which is leased by Lambeth Council to the school as a hub for outdoor family learning.
£24,916 over one year to Tree Shepherd for their Start Out Start Up project. Tree Shepherd is a social enterprise based in Brixton that aims to enable low income people to gain entrepreneurial skills and become self-employed. This grant will help 15 young Lambeth residents with their business ideas. The project will involve partner work with youth agencies to target and recruit the candidates. Beneficiaries will be offered a 4-part enterprise training programme. There will be networking events and post-course support. There project also offers dedicated business clinic support and welfare guidance and support via partner organisations.
We have awarded £36,510 over two years to Rising Stars CIC. This is a new social enterprise that aims to assist personal development, improve employability and support young people into education or employment through Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training. This grant enables weekly training for young men and women based at Blackfriars Settlement with one to one mentoring and employment advice delivered during and in between sessions.
£46,000 over two years has been awarded to Ebony Horse Club. EHC aims to improve the life skills, education and aspirations of disadvantaged children and young people by providing horse riding, mentoring and advice, training and volunteering opportunities. Our grant funds the Youth Worker’s post and enables continued development of the employment/educational advice and support provided to young people at EHC.
The Governors have approved £55,861 over three years to Football Beyond Borders. FBB uses football to inspire young people to achieve their life goals. The grant funds weekly football themed literacy sessions and football coaching for pupils struggling with behaviour and attendance in Henry Fawcett and St John’s Angell Town primary schools and Elm Green secondary school. Pupils who meet targets for improved behaviour and attendance will be rewarded with special trips, for example to high profile matches, teams and stadiums.
We have given £65,000 over three years to The Reasons Why Foundation. RWF helps young ex-offenders and people with high risk of offending into employment. RWF uses Neuro Linguistic Programming and Cognitive Behavioural tools to enable each individual to understand and manage the triggers for their offending. The grant will help pay for a part-time case worker and part-time volunteer co-ordinator to build the skills of beneficiaries in Lambeth through an intensive programme of training, mentoring and caseworker support.
£66,000 over three years has been awarded to West London Mission. It allows them to appoint a Lead Money Champion at St Luke’s Hub. This post will add additional capacity to enable additional key-worker support where advice/signposting by itself is insufficient. S/he will offer 1-1 support appointments (typically over a 3-6 month period) to people referred by the wider network of Lambeth Money Champions (volunteers trained to have initial conversations with people about their money worries, offering useful tips and signposting to the help and professional advice they might need). S/he will also facilitate a weekly peer support group.
The Governors have awarded £68,564 over three years to Status Employment for their Lambeth Employment and Achievement Project (LEAP). The organisation was established in 1991 and assists people with disabilities and mental health problems to find and retain employment. This project is for an “early intervention” approach towards providing one to one advice, employability skills training and additional social/recreational activities for young people aged 18-30 with mild to moderate mental health issues.
We have awarded £75,000 over three years to Stockwell Partnership for their Lambeth Migrant Debt and Employment project. This grant responds to rising demand from Spanish and Italian speakers by expanding the remit of the current Portuguese Advice Project to provide debt and budgeting advice to 48 low income residents and employment advice and training to 12 NEET young people aged under 30 each year.
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