On Friday the 20th of July Voyage was proud to celebrate the graduation of over 100 young people that successfully completed our unique accredited course “Young Leaders for Safer Cities (YLFSC)”. The formal Graduation ceremony was held at Hackney Town Hall, which saw families, friends, teachers and many special guests joining us to celebrate an important milestone in the lives of our 15 year old students.

Our course successfully engaged young people in over 150 hours of structured leadership activities (including a residential weekend, workshops, taught sessions and inspirational presentations) resulting in them achieving a BTEC level ii Certificate in youth leadership. Our young leaders come from 12 secondary schools located in 6 inner London boroughs with over 60% of our students coming from Hackney were we are based. Our programme equips students with knowledge, awareness and skill sets of how to identify a leader, how to help others if they are injured and in particular how the media and law operates at their disadvantage. Our programme reduces the need for young people to join gangs, reduces post code conflict and helps young people build effective relations with law enforcement whilst encouraging their friends and families to do the same.

Our graduation evening was hosted by Pure Yinkz and Uncle D supported by guest appearances from “Still Shadey” and spoken word artist “Charles” capturing audiences with their personal stories through performance. Our special guest included amazing people who contributed to our programme such as Jennette Arnold OBE, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Jo Broadwood/ Rebecca Long (Street Doctors), Siddo Dwyer (Young Labour), Janet Hills (Black Police Association), Lee Jasper (Blaksox), Leee John (artist/ musician), Rashid Nix (Green Party), William Wilson (Met Police) and Dr Leroy Logan MBE via video message. Our guests shared some warm words with our audience and helped us acknowledge 15 exemplary young leaders awarded for distinctive achievements for helping others, sustaining attendance and other leadership qualities.

The evening was designed to show case and test our emphasis on young people taking over our operations as the event was entirely produced, managed and ran by our gradate team of young leaders. The graduation event has helped us sustain trusting relations with our students who now wish to take part in our graduate scheme (South Hackney Leadership Academy) which starts the 6th October 2018.

Should you wish to know more about our programme kindly get in touch with us at esther@voyageyouth.com

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Privacy Policy

Voyage Privacy Policy

Last Updated 01/05/2018

Introduction

Voyage (“we”/”us”) respects the personal data you share with us, or that we receive from other organisations, and we will keep it safe and secure, and will only use your data fairly and how you would expect it to be used following this privacy policy.

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information we receive from our supporters.  Voyage value our supporters and we will be clear when collecting your data and will not do anything with it that you wouldn’t reasonably expect. By collecting personal data from our supporters, we are able to make better decisions, fundraise more effectively, and therefore teach lifesaving skills to more young people who are at risk of violence.

Where we collect personal data from

There are a number of ways that we may collect your personal information:

  1. You give it to us directly

We collect your personal information when you make a donation, join one of our teams, sign up to one of our events, opt-in to our newsletters, or communicate with us.

  1. You give it to us indirectly

If you make a donation to us through an online giving platform such as Just Giving or BT Donate then these third parties will collect your data, and you should check their Privacy Policy when you use them to make sure you understand how they will process your data.  When using these sites, you have the ability to opt-in to hearing more about the work of Voyage, and we will only process your data for that purpose if you choose to opt-in.

  1. Your personal information is available publicly

This may include, social media depending on your privacy settings, Companies House, publications such as newspapers and other websites etc.

What personal information we collect and what we do with it

As a supporter, we will usually collect:

  • Your name
  • Your contact details (email address, postal address)
  • Your gender
  • Your mobile and land line

If it is appropriate we may also collect:

  • Your date of birth
  • How you found out about our work
  • Your motivation for supporting us.

We will use your personal information to:

  • Communicate when our sessions and events are taking place
  • Keep you up to date with our work
  • Process your donation
  • Keep a record of your relationship with us
  • Make sure we know how you would like to be contacted

We use this personal information on the basis that it is necessary to run our charity and our programmes effectively, and as it is necessary to inform our supporters about our work (although, if required by law, we will only send you messages with your consent).

Volunteers

If you volunteer for Voyage, then we may collect extra information about you (e.g. references, criminal records checks, details of emergency contacts, medical conditions etc.). This information will be stored for to meet our contractual obligations to you or other legal obligations, to protect us and for safeguarding purposes. Where this information is particularly sensitive (e.g. medical information), we use it only to meet our charitable purposes, and will only disclose it outside Street Doctors with your consent.

Recruitment and employment 

In order to comply with our contractual, statutory, and management obligations and responsibilities, we process personal data, including ‘sensitive’ personal data, from job applicants and employees. This data can include, but is not limited to, information relating to health, racial or ethnic origin, and criminal convictions.

Keeping your personal information secure and who has access

We take appropriate controls to make sure that your personal data is protected.  We also make sure that your data is only accessible to trained staff and volunteers, all of whom follow our Data Protection Policy. We use third party providers for some services, for example to store and manage our databases, who use personal information only on our instructions and our behalf.

We only retain your personal information as long as we have a relationship with you (e.g. as long as you are a supporter, volunteer or we provide services to you), and for an additional period to make sure we can comply with any legal obligations and to defend our rights.

Keeping your data up to date

We try and keep our data as up to date as possible.   Please do let us know if your personal details change.

Your rights 

  • You have the right to know what data we hold about you.
  • You can make a request to find out what data we hold about you by contacting us.
  • You have the right to have a copy of all the information we hold about you, and in some circumstances to have your information sent to a third party (the right of ‘data portability’)
  • You have the right to change your preferences or to have your personal information corrected or deleted,

If you want to exercise these rights, or if you object to any way in which we use your personal information, please just let us know by contacting us.

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Changes To This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of 01 May 2018.  We may update or change our Privacy Policy at any time.   If we make any significant changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you either through the email address you have provided us, or by placing a prominent notice on our website.

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It gives me the greatest pleasure to update you about Donata Miller.

Donata is a graduate of Voyage Young Leaders For Safer Cities Programme (YLFSC). Since joining our programme in 2014 Donata has gone on to do amazing things with amazing people, places and organisations. Donata also features as a guest contributor to our articles when she went on a study placement to China and learnt Mandarin.

Donata is a totally selfless person helping us at graduations, assisting our events and now look she is the curator at the London Transport Museum. Well done Donata, we look forward to you becoming an artistic director and of course coming back to Voyage to continue to inspire our young leaders. Click here for more about Donata.

Stay blessed.

It gives me great pleasure to announce Voyage has secured an important validation milestone for its new criminal justice programme Horizons Plus.

This significant milestone now means our Horizons Plus Programme is recognised as robust, coherent and provides a plausible description of the logic that lies behind it. This massively supports our broader theory of change and works towards ensuring young people stand a reasonable chance of progressing into mainstream life and education.

Horizons Plus is a dynamic and challenging reoffending programme that combines our innovative therapeutic sessions alongside an evolving suite of optional bite-size accredited work based learning workshops. These two elements have been brought together to transform offending behaviours, build confidence and skills in partnership with Hackney Community College.

Voyage wishes to thank John Stephens and Duane Maddison (Horizons Coordinator) for working hard to produce and shape a theory of change and put it into practice. We also wish to thank Project Oracles Evidence Hub Mary McKaskill Senior Analyst for supporting us through all the important stages of this validation process. We are not stopping here and we intend to continue working on the next stage of the validation process.

Thanks to all those involved.

As the CEO of Voyage I attended a symposium in the House of Lords on Tuesday 10th October 2017 to celebrate the impact and progress of the Police and young people round table series taking place in 10 London Boroughs.

The Symposium was a great chance to hear about the work of the Tutu Foundation in partnership with Youth Futures and Voyage who joined forces to connect young people to the project from across London. Chaired by Rt Hon Lord Mcnally, Angela Herbert MBE opened the symposium with a thought-provoking resume of factors exploring resilience, leading with authority and developing supportive structures to ensure young people speak truth to power responsibly and sustainably. Other contributions came from the Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Sir Hugh Orde, Rt Hon Tim Loughton, Patrick Williams (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Joseph Duncan from Youth Futures.

It was moving to hear the stories of the young people who are leading the process recruiting, training and facilitating these roundtables. It was humbling to hear how this work has began to uncover some of the tensions in local communities and how the austerity cuts act as a fuel deepening local divisions. What was powerful was seeing young people in action and being motivated sharing their stories with the Police and other young people whilst demonstrating their belief in the power of change, transformation and young people taking a lead.

The symposium ended with young people awarded certificates acknowledging their amazing contribution to the project. A massive note of  thanks go out to our amazing young leaders Kheron, Timmon, Blair, Ajoa, Esther and Gideon for being exemplary at all times and encouraging their peers to do the same.

More information about the project can be found here..

A big thanks to Alex Zalewska for her great photography skills.

 

 

 

 

We had the amazing pleasure of being invited to attend the grand launch of @alexispeskine new Power Figure collection at the @octobergallery. https://www.artsy.net/artist/alexis-peskine

Inspired by visits to Senegal (West Africa) Alex Peskine has knocked in thousands of individual gold leaf coated nails (set at many different depths) to provide a powerful and sheen to his silhouetted power figures. Produced in just under 4 months in Dakar and Paris these amazing and gazing images are seeking a deeper connection with our ancestors, history and culture whilst exploring the black experience of the present day. This body of Sankofa inspired introspective work reminds us we are all power figures. The evening was introduced by the irrepressible and talented artist @Zakove http://www.zak-ove.co.uk.

 

I write this blog after receiving a heart felt hand written thank you letter from one of our wonderful Brunel Interns this morning. The letter was on my desk so i was able to read it the moment I got into the office. The letter summarised their learning journey and the opportunity the internship afforded to them. What was striking about this letter was that it  demonstrated how much interns actually got from the experience, how small words of motivation can create big strides and how that begins to chart a course to greater success and personal achievement. I was also struck by how much our interns actually learn from other young people around them which I know helps them to see themselves more clearly and gives them a chance reflect on their actions, behaviours and choices. This is something we all need to more of…

Im totally sure when our interns get to that job, that place of comfort and peace in their lives they too will realise that you “GET what you GIVE” and when you give with care and love the results can only be amazing. I too learnt so much from their presence here and I know this will make our work stronger and help me develop even more possibilities for future interns.

We have now said our goodbyes and I will miss our interns as the office is a lot quieter now but I will do my best to find ways to bring them back to Voyage in the not too distant future.

A huge heartfelt thanks to you all.

Paul Anderson CEO MBE

 

 

On the 10th of July, a group of our young leaders met up with Rebecca Delsol and Mike Shiner authors of “Stop and Search: The Anatomy of a Police Power”. We discussed a possible collaboration on a research project around the subject of Stop and Search. Different themes and questions were discussed such as:

  • How are Police complaints handled and how we introduce youth and community involvement in the process
  • How can we introduce more fairness in the way police interact with young people?
  • Why are particular types of clothing and communities associated with carrying a knife or violent crime?
  • Can we blame the police for who they target?
  • Are females stopped and search more than males?
  • Can police go about Stop and Search differently?
  • Should Stop and Search be scrapped altogether?
  • Why are black people more likely to be stopped and searched?

We had a lot of interesting comments from our young leaders, one comment from the group was that girls tend to lead boys astray which cause them to get in trouble with the police. We also had a comment saying we cannot blame the police for judging clothing, when a lot of people who carry knives wear a particular type of clothing. We naturally came to the conclusion that although Stop and Search may not be the most effective method for reducing knife crime, it certainly can help get knives off the street, one of our young leaders talked about how it’s important to perform Stop and Search because people are actually carrying knives on our streets.

This was a great way of discussing the issues surrounding stop and search and police, as our young leaders have first-hand knowledge and experience. In terms of our next steps, we will be confirming the research project and nailing the key themes we want to focus on. We will then send them our research themes, which will potentially highlight more issues and even create solutions as it will provide a perspective that isn’t often seen. We’re grateful to have received a report from the Criminal Justice Alliance called “No respect: Young BAME men, the police and stop and search” written by Peter Keeling, who has represented a number of key recommendations for the police around the theme of Stop and Search. We intend to use elements of the research findings to develop our own research. We will continue to develop the idea with both Rebecca and Mike and present the research at regional conferences.

Voyage is proud to support Hackney’s work improving access and removing barriers to services ran or delivered by Hackney Council? Hackney Council and Hackney CVS are seeking vocal BAME parents from the Borough to contribute to their Parents Open Space sessions exploring the issues that will be presented to a top team of Council officers and councillors to action.

Hackney Council, Hackney CVS and Parent Champions are working in partnership to come up with solutions that will eventually close the gap between services offered an those accessed by parents from BAME communities.

These sessions will be facilitated by Voyage CEO and our young leaders on the 24th June and 29th June 2017.