£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.
£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.
£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.
£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.
£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.
£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 to Mosaic Clubhouse for their Young Adult Support Worker. Mosaic Clubhouse works with people using secondary mental health services but views them as members who co-deliver the service alongside paid staff. This post assists young people (aged 16-30) that Mosaic previously struggled to engage, to move into employment or education by accessing training and work experience at the Clubhouse and with external partners.
£24,993 over one year to Ripe Enterprises for its Basic Skills College project. This aims to support unemployed young people via a tailored package of support so that they can improve literacy and numeracy skills and learn how to cultivate social networks that will develop them as individuals, advance their capabilities and ultimately improve opportunities for progression into work and lifelong learning. The provision will be delivered at St Luke's Hub (North Lambeth), Kennington Business Centre, Rosendale Community Centre (towards the south of the borough) and through on-line platforms.
£25,000 over one year to Centrepoint for its Workwise programme. This project is for Lambeth young people who are homeless and/or unemployed. The grant allows It to increase its focus on 1:1 support as this has proved effective in moving young people into employment. The project operates from Centrepoint's Camberwell centre.
£40,000 over two years to 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning for The Factory project, led by 198 with partners Raw Material, Photofusion and Hatch Enterprises. It offers young people help and opportunities to move into careers in the creative and cultural industries.
£68,525 over three years to Lifelong Family Links for its Life Skills and Employability Project. This project will work with young people who have a learning disability and are not in education, employment or training. They will be supported over a full year to develop their independent living skills before taking part in community participation and preparation for work activities.
£75,000 over three years to Creative Sparkworks for its Learn2Film2£arn project. It provides accredited vocational and employment skills training with paid work experience in the film industry. The programme will build on previous experience of delivering commissions by providing young people with enterprise training and experience in all aspects of running the new “Lambeth Walk Films” social enterprise.
£72,759 over three years to Toucan Employment for their Lambeth NEET (not in employment, education or training) employment project. Toucan is a well established specialist employment charity providing training, work experience and assistance with applying for jobs to people with learning disabilities. Toucan also works with employers to identify appropriate jobs and provides regular in-work support to both clients and employers for as long as required.
£15,673 over one year to The Camden Society (TCS) to help it continue to deliver its ProWork project at Lambeth College. Specialist employment staff work to prevent students with learning disabilities from becoming NEET by supporting them to develop the skills and confidence to progress from college into work. Our grant funds an Employability Advisor increasing the capacity of the project. The advisor will continue to work with students who are in their final year of college but will also work with Lambeth young people with learning disabilities who are already NEET and referred by the Job Centre.
£35,400 over three years to Turney and Lansdowne Secondary Schools. The project offers accredited vocational and functional skills training and work experience at Roots and Shoots for sixth formers autism and complex learning disabilities. Pupils will undertake training in either horticultural or retail skills with Lansdowne pupils working towards AQA Unit Awards and an ASDAN Certificate or Diploma level qualification while Turney pupils will work towards a City and Guilds qualification in Employability and Personal Development.
£15,000 over one year to the Irene Taylor Trust for their 'Making Tracks' Lambeth project. This is a preventative creative music programme targeting young people aged 16-25 who are not in employment, education or training and facing challenging circumstances. They will take part in an intensive week-long music course culminating in production of a CD and a public performance and then take part in a variety of follow on sessions and one-to-one support.
£75, 312 over three years was awarded to Oasis Children's Venture for their Rise & Sh9 project. This is working with 25 low income Lambeth residents aged 14-25 each year who are not in education, employment or training (or at risk of becoming NEET). It will provide a range of volunteering opportunities including accredited training, supervision and mentoring across the organisation’s adventure playground, nature garden and go-karting projects. This grant also includes an amount to enable Oasis Children's Venture to pay their membership fees so that they can register as a Living Wage Employer.
£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.
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.
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.
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