Voyage is responsible for the creation, development and implementation of a powerful yet innovative programme designed to challenge re/offending behaviours, mindsets and attitudes using cognitive behavioural approaches. Our criminal justice programme typically runs for 8 – 10 weeks as an outreach programme called Horizons. Horizons is delivered in the heart local communities in association with our referral partners. Horizons is specially designed for groups of BAME young people in the criminal justice system who want to turn their life around, but feel they need some additional support to do this. Contact us for more information.
What makes Horizons special?
There are many programmes that sound like what we do but, none have quite achieved our success levels, our ability to sustain the programme, expand and deliver it using a highly structured and consistent approach. That way our outcomes and impacts are achieved and always replicated wherever we are working across London.
Our Horizons programme resources are regularly updated with relevant music, film and media clips (so young people can relate and begin to empathise) providing the inspiration for session debates, role play, interactive quizzes and games. Each session builds on the previous one and explodes myths around media, social media and social exclusion and we particularly focus on how laws (and doctrines) criminalise attitudes and behaviours which are often mis understood by statutory agents and law enforcement. We also empower young people to understand race, racism and disproportionality in relations to crime and offending which, helps young people get a bigger picture of youth offending, education and justice. Our materials draw on up to date case studies designed to challenge notions and assumptions, build resilience and improve decision making. This is powerfully achieved whilst highlighting the negative affects of short term criminal acts and misdemeanours and how these impact on communities, affect families and ultimately limit hope and squander opportunity.
How has Horizons progressed?
Introducing HORIZONS PLUS
Supported by the City Bridge Trust and Hackney Community College, Voyage has birthed a new programme, HORIZONS PLUS, offered as an in reach programme here at our base Hackney Community College from June 2017. This great news requires Voyage to actively seek partners to commence a process of referral. This comes after a robust youth screening process, usually kick started with a presentation to Her Majesty’s Prison Youth Offenders Instituion, Young Offenders Service and Pupil Referral Unit teams before youth engagement begins. Early exploratory visits to London Boroughs help us set out how the programme will operate, our reporting requirements, course expectations as well as how to create ideal conditions for successful participation. Voyage agrees its work with boroughs through a clearly developed memorandum of understanding before sign off.
All interested parties are encouraged to make early contact with Voyage to discuss how we can help whilst fulfilling any requirements of young peoples court orders, community sentences and any mainstream education obligations.
Horizons Plus – a dynamic and 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 and skills in partnership with Hackney Community College. Our new Horizons Plus programme will start off operating as a summer intervention in August 2017 and one day a week (Fridays) starting in November 2017. Horizons Plus is designed to ensure young people participate in line with their statutory obligations, court orders and other sentencing compliances.
Horizons is still available as an outreach programme in your borough. Contact us for more information.
What will Horizons Plus offer my young people?
Horizons Plus will introduce a curricular approach to its structure, involving our influential team of mentors and specialist from Hackney Community College’s professional team of experinced trainers from a variety of work-based learning specialisms (including the Robert Levy Foundation)
All young people will receive daily travel costs, a hot meal and refreshments throughout the day.
City and Guilds subjects we are discussing with Hackney Community College are as follows:
- Construction – brick work, painting and decoration, tiling and plumbing, carpentry and joinery.
- Engineering – car, motor and bicycle mechanics.
- Performing arts – dance, music production, mixing and DJing, circus arts.
- Catering– introduction in food hygiene and basic cooking skills.
- Business – personal branding and learning about leadership skills.
- Fashion and textiles – design, patterning and cutting.
Our newly structured 10 week programme is followed by an ongoing mentoring in the form of a weekly ‘Job Club’, where young people can continue to access specific advice and support. The Job Club is designed to help young people:
- Implement their personal development plan commitments
- Receive ongoing sign posting support (housing, benefits, education and health services)
- Participate in a host of leadership workshops e.g. CV clinics, speaking up and speaking clearly, developing personalised branding, personal hygiene and health awareness, entrepreneurialism and interacting with employers and visits to places of interest.
There will be ample opportunities for sessions to be offered using one to one and using group work approaches.
The Horizons Plus programme and subsequent workshops will be delivered by our highly respected and experienced team of tutors and mentors, who are regularly trained, DBS compliant and offer a coordinated partnership approach designed to underpin partner service objectives.
Horizons Plus will go live from June 2017 so please make early contact.
Mentoring – Voyage offers a dedicated mentoring service for individuals and groups. This service is accessed by referrals only and our aim is to assist the reintegration of young people into mainstream life which includes school, college, home and their community.
Contact us for more information.