£25,000 over one year was awarded to School of Hard Knocks, a national charity using rugby, boxing, fitness and life skills training to improve the confidence, motivation and soft skills of unemployed adults and school pupils at risk of disengagement. This grant will provide drop-in sports, lunch and advice sessions at Black Prince Trust, to engage young unemployed Lambeth residents on employability skills training including sports and one-to-one advice/mentoring.
£25,000 over one year was awarded to Bright Centres for their Moving On project. This project will provide workshops to help young people from local secondary schools and from the after-school club build employability, team-working and communication skills. It will also provide opportunities for corporate volunteers to meet up directly with the young people. Additionally it will broker opportunities for school pupils to access work experience and 18-25s to access graduate employment opportunities in the City.
£37,998 over two years was awarded to Rising Stars Support CIC which aims to assist personal development, improve employability and support young people into education or employment through Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training. This grant will provide weekly training for NEET young men and women with one-to-one mentoring and employment advice delivered during and in between sessions.
£49,994 over two years was awarded to Options 4 Change who provide training, advice and advocacy for low-income Lambeth families including those affected by gangs. This grant will enable the project to deliver group training, one-to-one advice and advocacy for primary school pupils who are excluded or at risk of exclusion and their parents. Training will be based on the Pathway Manual Programme – a tool kit focused on developing aspirations and life skills.
£50,000 over two years was awarded to Centrepoint towards their Lambeth Works Programme. Centrepoint run Camberwell Foyer which provides supported housing for socially excluded Lambeth young people aged 16-22. Lambeth Works has two elements. 1) Workskills Programme - works intensively with 10 residents of Camberwell Foyer through mixture of 1:1s, workshops and work placements. 2) 1:1 support for 100 NEET young people referred by Lambeth Job Centres and provide support with CVs, applications and offers guaranteed interviews for selected individuals.
£73,380 over three years was awarded to Raw Material Music And Media Education for their Raw Sounds Training & Progression project. Raw Sounds provides music performance and production workshops for people with mental health needs. This grant will support a Progression Mentor who will co-ordinate accredited training, mentoring, volunteering opportunities and appropriate progression routes for young Raw Sounds members enabling them to enter volunteering, mainstream training and/or education, and paid employment.
£73,794 over three years was awarded to St Matthews Project for their Kick Start project. This football-based project provides accredited vocational/employability training in sports plus work experience and well being workshops for NEET young Lambeth residents focusing on young offenders serving community sentences or recently released from Youth Offending Institutions.
£74,886 over three years was awarded to Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO) for their Step Up Plus project. This provides one-to-one advice, employability training including CV and interview skills plus ESOL and construction tuition for Latin American and Spanish/Portuguese speaking migrants. Although a small number may be unemployed the vast majority will be assisted to progress from low paid, insecure work into better jobs.
We have made a grant of £18,190 to Future Frontiers to continue delivering its bespoke careers coaching programme to Year 11 pupils at Lilian Baylis Technology School. Coaching is delivered by university students or corporate volunteers, followed by workshops and assemblies designed to develop an ethos of aspiration and achievement across the year group.
£20,000 over one year to Pegasus Opera Company for their Music Mentoring Programme. This provides extra-curricular singing workshops plus one-to-one and/or small group mentoring for low income pupils at Evelyn Grace Academy. Workshop participants will form a pupil-managed choir which will give end of term performances and will also have the opportunity to undertake an entry level Arts Award. In providing of enrichment opportunities in singing that low income pupils would otherwise struggle to access, its aim is to lead to improvements in soft skills and broader educational engagement.
£22,070 over one year to Art4Space for their Why Art Matters project. This will deliver accredited art courses from its community art studio to low-income primary school children aged 7 – 11 from the Stockwell area, in partnership with local schools. Each session focuses on a different skill – painting, mosaic, ceramics, sculpture, fabric collage and design and pupils will design and create a final piece of artwork.
£24,972 to Beyond the Classroom for their Girlhood to Womanhood project. The project supports female pupils from local secondary schools who are struggling to develop confidence and well-being to develop their resilience and leadership skills using the performing arts. Pupils will design and deliver their own theatre production and facilitate workshops for their peers on the issues they view as key to their transition to adulthood.
£25,000 over one year to The Creative Society for their Creative Job Studio. This will provide one-to-one mentoring and advice, training and networking events with potential employers for young people aged 18-30 who are either unemployed or low paid and seeking to establish sustainable careers in the Creative Sector.
£32,652 over two years to Tutors United towards piloting small group tuition in literacy and numeracy for primary school pupils with English as An Additional Language plus support to help their parents better engage in their children's study. Sessions will begin while pupils are in Year 5 and continue as they progress into Year 6 in the project’s second year. University students are trained and employed to deliver tuition to pupils supported by the Programme Officer who will work with parents.
£45,000 over three years to Ebony Horse Club for their youth project which aims to provide opportunities, raise aspirations and develop core life skills in young people (aged 12 – 18), primarily from Brixton. It consists of a range of activities including: teaching of riding lessons, volunteering, providing dedicated youth work activities such as workshops and putting on trips away from the centre.
We have awarded £71,384 over three years to the Institute of Imagination for their Lambeth Sparks project. This project will equip 100 disadvantaged Lambeth children aged 7-12 years with creative and digital skills, improving their confidence and ability to think creatively and independently. The project will work with schools, professional individuals/artists or community organisations in Streatham Hill, Loughborough Junction and Vauxhall to recruit children and deliver extracurricular activities locally.
£75,000 over three years to Thames Reach towards support with in-work progression for low paid workers, many of whom have a history of homelessness, addiction and mental health issues. Thames Reach will provide one-to-one employment support, training in basic skills, digital skills and online job search/applications
£75,000 over three years to High Trees Community Development Trust for their employability support programme which includes one-to-one coaching, basic skills training and “taster” work placements to assist young, low income lone parents to enter employment or to progress to better paid, more secure jobs.
£18,000 over one year has been awarded to Vauxhall City Farm for their school- related programmes. Rooted is a new programme working with pupils who are excluded or at risk of exclusion and Soil is a new programme working with pupils with special needs who are struggling to engage with learning at school. Course content can be adapted to reflect the particular needs of individual pupils.
£24,663 over one year was awarded to South London Refugee Association for their Step Ahead project. This provides educational support for young asylum seekers through personal development activities and assistance with homework at a twice weekly youth club, plus one-to-one casework supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children aged 14-19 to (re)engage with education.
£24,821 over one year was awarded to Young Futures to extend the post of Deputy Manager in order to deliver a tailored education and employment programme to vulnerable young women leaving care (aged 16 -21). These women all live at Yvonne House, Young Future’s Lambeth based residential therapeutic unit which opened in July 2016.
£25,000 over one year has been awarded to Walworth Garden to fund 15 unemployed low-income Lambeth residents to undertake accredited Level 2 training in Work Based Horticulture including a range of work experience in Walworth Garden’s commercial teams. Project staff provide employment advice and also organise additional interview skills training and volunteer mentors who support with literacy and numeracy.
£25,000 over one year was awarded to Hatch Enterprise for their Young Enterprise Programme. This project will work with 24 young Lambeth people who are at either idea stage (Launchpad) or start-up stage (Incubator). They will be supported with indepth workshops and 1-2-1 coaching/mentoring. This project also offers 12 weeks of follow-on support via mentoring to keep entrepreneurs focused
£25,325 was awarded to Advising Communities. £20,325 was awarded to employ a part-time Debt Caseworker to provide specialist casework and support to indebted Universal Credit (UC) claimants in Lambeth. This would tie in to and complement Advising Communities existing Universal Support service within Lambeth (funded by Lambeth Council), which assists people with their UC claims and support them in developing digital and personal budgeting skills. A further £5,000 was approved to support action-research by Advising Communities on the impact of the roll out of UC in Lambeth over 2018/19. This would link in with £5,000 already approved by United St Saviours Charity for research in Southwark.
£17,500 over one year to Alford House to part-fund their Targeted Youth Support worker. He provides independent support (through group work and 1-2-1s) to young people and their parents/carers through avoiding permanent exclusion through family support, representation and advocacy and supporting families to overcome barriers to the young person's engagement in education. Alford House was established 130 years ago and provides a wide variety of youth activity (including a fitness studio and a music studio).
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