On Saturday the 17th December Voyage celebrated Christmas, the new year and Kwanza with our South Hackney Leadership Academy students.

The afternoon was a chance to acknowledge the contributions from our graduates who have demonstrated leadership, perseverance and hard work taking part in our challenging sessions since the start of the SHLA in April 2016. In this period our young leaders have undertaken

  • presentations to Police conferences, Funding committees and health organisations
  • undertaken additional qualifications with our partner organisations
  • taken part in workshops and learnt new skills and how to use them
  • volunteering and work experience opportunities
  • additional qualifications with our partners
  • participated in a weekend residential programme
  • participated in a 2 day EU exchange programme with Dutch colleagues

This was achieved whilst undertaking mock exams, making important education and career choices and experiencing many personal challenges along the way. Our gathering was a chance to give due praise and acknowledgement to our students who we will continue to support by helping them to access new opportunities and improving their pathways to success.

We look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Lots of love and light…

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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 is attending IARs Research and Youth Leadership awards on 8th December 2016 after hearing two if our young leaders have been short-listed for the IARs Peacemaker of the Year Award. Our two Youth Coordinators Esther and Ajoa took the time to nominate three names of which two were shortlisted.

Hackney based Krysten White and Lamin Tarrawally have made outstanding contributions to their communities, their schools and of course to Voyage over the last year and we wish them all the success with this nomination.

The Voyage team will be attending the IARs event to see if Krysten or Lamin scope up an award. We also hope to make new contacts at the event as well as celebrate with the IARs team.

Well done Krysten and Lamin and we wish you well.

Good luck..