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.

With the kind support of the City Bridge Trust Voyage is proud to launch its new 10 week day release cognitive programme which has been enhanced with accredited skills training and supportive one to one and group mentoring. Horizons Plus will be delivered in partnership with Hackney Community College and has been especially designed for BAME young people between 15 and 19 years and is accessible by referrals ONLY.

Our Information day/ Launch takes place on Friday 9th June 2017 at Hackney Community College (N1 6HQbetween 1pm – 3pm. The open day is your chance to learn more about the programme, meet the team and understand our operational model. Hackney Community College course leaders will be on hand to talk through skills training qualification and show off the College’s state of the art teaching facilities in Motor mechanics, building trades and painting and decorating.

Horizons Plus – is a dynamic challenging reoffending programme that combines our innovative therapeutic sessions along side an evolving byte size accredited work based learning course designed to transform offending behaviours, build confidence whilst supporting effective compliance to young peoples bail and sentencing orders/ conditions. The programme will be offered for two cohorts in the summer and one in the autumn.

If you are interested, please sign up and register here. Further more feel free to share this with colleagues and anyone else that you think could benefit from our new programme.

On Saturday 25th February the South Hackney Leadership Academy was honoured to host Pure Yinkz and Uncle D engaging our young people in a range of educational and thinking activities. 2 truths and 1 lie was a great game which lead to a discussion regarding how they got into the media industry. They also spoke to the young people about the importance of staying focused and not getting involved with toxic peers.

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Voyage is proud to announce its support for a dynamic programme called The Ubuntu Police-Youth Roundtable. This is an innovative new project developed in partnership by the Tutu Foundation and Youth Futures and funded by the Mayors Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Sir John Cass Foundation. Their mission is to improve relations between the police and young people through the philosophy of Ubuntu.

The project is seeking 50 young people from 10 inner London boroughs to act as ambassadors who will be trained to lead and facilitate their own round tables in their communities. The programme launch will be an inspirational event 18th March 2017 at Hackney Community College designed for young people to get to know more, become part of a new team of Ubuntu Ambassadors and understand projects requirements, including renumeration and long term benefits.

This will be an opportunity for you to,

  • Interact with other Ambassadors from the 10 participating London Boroughs,
  • Participate in facilitated exercises
  • Meet with and listen to inspirational leaders

At the launch event, you will receive a comprehensive information pack which has been designed to empower you and enhance your role as an Ambassador and help you to inspire your peers to participate in the Round Tables.

To find out more and sign up simply click here.

The South Hackney Leadership Academy hosted the amazing Street Doctors Stepwise programme over two days in Hackney. Young people learnt about how they can help someone who is bleeding, how to assist if someone is concussed and in shock. The workshops focused on real life case studies and young people found it shocking to hear other young people would rather take phones out and record an incident rather than use it to call for help.

Young people were also introduced to young trainee doctors who shared their personal journeys about going into the profession and what it takes to sustain themselves whilst studying. Young people gained so much from the programme some are much clearer about their educational pathways and one is defiantly going to become a future doctor.

In total 12 young people complete their 1st Aid at work Certificates. Much love, thanks and praises go out to Jo Broadwood and her fantastic team of committed and highly trained Doctors. Special thanks to Ray Douglas Gangology

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Voyage has recently joined Wisla which has created a more active sociable Network app where you can communicate with and mobilise supporters and volunteers through the use of growing a “Crowd” around meet-ups, events, etc. In essence, we want to turn a passive online like on Facebook, into an active offline engagement. We have signed up to this so click on the link for more how this can help your charity to raise funds and increase engagement of your supporters. Why not SIGN UP today.

Voyage is proud to be part of a new, powerful and hugely influential “do for self” movement called Blaksox. As part of this Voyage was invited to present at the Legacy Gala which took place on Saturday 3rd December 2016. The Gala Event was monumentus, visionary and a hugely important land mark occasion celebrating Blaksox first year of operation. The event amongst other things (music, fashion, comedy) acknowledged contributions from black professionals from many different walks of life and in particular Voyages very own chairman Dr Leroy Logan MBE. Leroy was awarded a fantastic glass Legacy Obelisk for his outstanding contribution to community work as both a serving senior Police officer and after retirement.

The Legacy Gala was attended by Voyage trustees, staff team and young people who can be seen thoroughly enjoying the evening, celebrating and networking with industry guests from different parts of the country and abroad.

In acknowledging this very special event Voyage sends a special message of thanks to Viv Ahmun, Lee Jasper and Patrica Lamour and the countless Blaksox members who work tirelessly hard behind the scenes to make the Legacy Gala the success it was.

We look forward to consolidating year one and building on this for year two and all our love and blessing goes out to the growing Blaksox family.

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Voyage CEO went to see a powerful theatre show this weekend in Tottenham (T Chances) called “So you think I’m crazy..??“. The theatre piece was written and directed by Ekanam Hinds (Know My Mind) and was supported by an excellent cast. The cast played multiple roles which all eloquently worked to highlight the serious issues that affect our mental health and in particular what can tip us over the edge. The play discussed many themes including a failing health system, race disproportionality and set out how the insipid nature of mental health can tear apart families, communities and lives. Mr X (lead character) reminded us of the many people we have known and still know in our own lives and in particular how easy it is to end up in the broken and poorly funded health care system. A health system that is more often than not supported by professionals who care but are also finding it hard to cope with the demands of the work and of course thier own lives. So you think I’m crazy asks questions of others but also asks questions of ourselves.

The highly entertaining and thought provoking show will be next at the Bernie Grant Centre of the 2nd December 2016. Check out the website for more.

Voyage wishes to extend its thanks to cast member Ehireme Omokko for the invite and we look forward to discussing themes from the play, creative youth engagement and animating legal workshops in the future.

Keep up the great work you are all doing.

Bless and thanks xxxxx

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Voyage is proud to announce its new partnership with ACE Dance Birmingham, Bijlmer Park Theatre and Untold in the Netherlands. 3 of Voyage’s SHLA graduates participated in the international conference Best of Both worlds to explore the importance of incorporating cultural heritage in youth work. Young people and professionals contributed to workshop debates and symposia looking at the strengths of this approach. Krysten one of our youngest members was quoted for an inspiring statement in front of 200 people “its important to value cultural education as its like giving young people a book without pages.”

Voyage will be forging relations in Zuidoost Amsterdam which is home to over 100,000 people from over 150 diverse communities and cultures to develop our practice, explore potential for youth exchanges and deepening our impacts with our young leaders.

Huge thanks to Ian and Gail Parnel from ACE for the invite to Amsterdam and to Oluwatoyin Odunsi for this powerful transformative opportunity.