As the CEO of Voyage I was so proud to take one of our high flying students to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister (Theresa May) and interact with some of Uk most amazing youth organisations and young people. Divine our graduate and myself were blown away by the guest list and seeing some good old friends from different parts of London enjoying the evening. We attended with Lucie Russell the new CEO of StreetDoctors who kindly shared this opportunity to present our unique working relationship and partnership supporting young leaders in the community.

I asked the Prime Minister who we could work with on issues of police accountability building trust and confidence? The prime minister said she “didn’t know who at this stage” but was quick to remind me she intends go back to parliament to continue her work in this area. After speaking about these issues I managed to introduce The Prime Minister to our partner Street Doctors and our most valued supporters Amna and Divine. It was clear The Prime Minister was interested to hear about their stories and it was great to feel her commitment to continuing her transformative work improving Trust and confidence. After our chat we we wished her well and commended her for bringing the attention of excessive use of stop and search by the police as a Home Secretary. I will be following this up with her successor and hope we can build on what the Prime minister has started to improve accountability and justice for young people.

Do you think the new prime minister should follow Theresa’s lead??

Voyage was invited to support the proposed development of a Civic Innovation Hub by the Healthy Living Centre in Shoreditch. Our graduates were commissioned by TSIP to carry out action research in the local area to find out if there is an appetite for the proposal and what key aspects of its operation had the most appeal to local people.

Our 5 students were trained on action research principles, customer care, dealing with people with less time and were able to generate over 60 contributions over the course of a few hours in Hoxton Market. We discovered

1. most local people have never heard of the Healthy Living Centre
2. the Hub should have a strong focus on reducing crime and mental health
3. the Hub should priorities business support and career development
4. it was also expressed that local community organisations “sometimes” really work well together to address challenges.

Please do help us by completing the survey here… https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2VMW8PB.

Voyage sends a massive thanks to TSIP and Hackney Healthy Living Centre team..

Introduction
The ‘Climbover Project’ was created to make good use of youth work to prevent young people from involvement in negative and potential criminal behaviour in addition to supporting the reintegration of young offenders. Organisations from Lithuania, Croatia and the United Kingdom have worked together to create special initiatives which not only serve the needs of marginalised youth, but ensures that they play a significant role in programme development.

Context
All of the parties involved in the project are greatly concerned with the social exclusion and limited future prospects of certain young people. The nature of crimes and activities carried out by individuals in Lithuania, Croatia and United Kingdom vary, but practitioners universally face challenges with developing solutions and preventative work. There is a strong international evidence base demonstrating that investment in preventative services has a positive impact on levels of crime and the opportunities for young people. The Climbover Project is integral because it ensures that organisations across Europe can share best practice and evolve prevention frameworks internationally.

Outline
As part of our two-year exchange programme funded by the EU, Voyage facilitated a two-day series of events (23rd & 24thof May 2019) alongside European partners. The overall aim of the two days was to inform practitioners about programmes, policies and approaches (delivered by the state and voluntary sector) in the UK designed to prevent young people from being marginalised (preventative and rehabilitative). Over the two days Voyage immersed and inspired our European guests about how organisations in the London Borough of Hackney collaborate to reduce the negative impact of young people engaged in or on the peripheries of crime. The 2 days had the following structure.

Day 1- A foundation day designed to introduce guests to the the formal structures which exist in a local authority and how the different agencies (police, schools, youth offending teams and youth workers to support a young person deemed at risk. Voyage saw this as an amazing opportunity to encourage guests to think about the balance between local authorities offering supportive work and punitive measures. Contributors included:
Francesca Fadda Archibald – Prevention and Diversion Team leader with the youth department in the council, outlining Hackney Borough’s Youth strategy
Shelli Green – Youth Offending Team Associate Practitioner outlining preventative frameworks and restorative justice approaches.
Simone Nyarko – Consultant Social Worker focused on Contextual Safeguarding
Community Police Officers providing holistic support to young people directly in schools.
Richard Brown – Executive Head at New Regent’s College, Hackney’s vocational college and Pupil Referral Unit.

Additionally, we engaged with voluntary sector organisations including the Wicker’s Charity, an organisation providing structured support to children and young people, enabling them to pursue meaningful lives.

Day 2 – Partners engaged in a number of internal workshops, building upon the 1st day and learning about the approaches used by Voyage to support vulnerable young people. Voyage facilitated a number of workshops challenging participants to underline the most significant differences between practices in the UK and their respective countries.
The second half of the day was focused on partners creating projects and solutions to challenges in their communities. Voyage’s Lead Tutor in Reducing Offending, provided an outline of the steps needed to develop constructive projects, using the Voyage example as a template and individuals were tasked with creating structured projects recognising the challenges and resources in their environments.

Aims of the two days:
Participants should be clear about the ways in which local authorities in London develop strategies to combat youth violence and support vulnerable individuals.
Participants should understand the collaborative process utilised.
Individuals should recognise the emphasis on prevention across all statutory and community sectors.
Participants should understand methods to create projects for engagement with young people, with a better understanding types of methodology for planning, participation and evaluation (e.g. Theory of Change).

Next Steps

Going forward, we will produce a multiplier event, involving a series of workshops with our Hackney Partners later in the year. The aim of the event will be to create a structured project designed to keep vulnerable young people safe and engaged during the summer, when they are more likely to participate in risky behaviours. We will work with a number of practitioners and stakeholders across the borough to develop methods to reduced gaps in provisions provided to young people. This will involve collaboration with Youth Offending and Gangs Team, the HCVS, police teams and voluntary sector groups. Ultimately, we will strive to develop a localised partnership exploring which will offer structured and more responsive peripatetic services to young people.

We are delighted to announce our amazing work experience programme here at Voyage.

We will be running a broad range of opportunities starting in late July right through to September to coincide with your availability on completion of A levels and other higher levels of study by this period.

We intend to offer some expenses for your involvement and we are signing up graduates Wednesday 3rd July 2019 at 5pm.

If you have already completed this for before you are already on our list and we hope to see you on wednesday evening.

As a quick heads up we intend to involve you as possible assistants in our achieve project, communications, graduation event, running our summer scheme.

We look forward to hearing from you and should you not be able to attend please do register your interest by completing this short and simple form below.

Best again and we hope to see you soon.

We look forward to hearing from you and should you not be able to attend please do register your interest by completing this short and simple form below.

Best again and we hope to see you soon. work experince flyer

March 2019 saw the most recent edition of the Hackney Youth Awards, an event hosted by Young Hackney celebrating the achievements of exceptional young people who have achieved incredible feats over the last year. Categories ranged from achievements in Sport and Arts, to recognition for volunteering. In 2016, Philip Granville made a commitment to make the awards an annual celebration to recognize the impact that young people are making in the borough. For Voyage leadership is a fundamental part of our work and from the moment that young people enter our programmes to the moment they leave, they recognise that they have the capacity to be agents for change in their communities. Consequently, we were incredibly proud to have two of our young leaders receive awards. Sophie Eziulo won an award in the ‘Overcoming Adversity’ category and Mateenah Adeleke was the recipient of the ‘Community Impact’ Award.

We can’t boast enough about the achievements of these two as Mateenah led in a project improving an outside space in Hackney Wick and has gained a position on the Youth Parliament. In her role Mateenah strives to ensure issues like community safety, disability awareness and housing agendas include a youth voice. Sophie became a peer first aid facilitator, meaning that she can teach First Aid to others and has endeavoured to make Voyage an inclusive and welcoming organisation to scores of young people in Hackney.

Unfortunately, we hear so much about young BAME individuals being victims and perpetrators of crime and we don’t see enough examples of amazing young people like Sophie and Mateenah. Given this we want to thank Young Hackney for hosting this event and more importantly, Sophie and Mateenah for being true examples of Leadership we wish to see more in our community.

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Voyage is pleased to announce it has recruited a team of 10 facilitators and tutors who will be trained to deliver our unique Young Leaders For Safer Cities and Horizons programme as part of Voyages growth and expansion agenda. The training was delivered by Voyage lead Tutor Adetunji Adesoji, David Okoro and Voyage’s CEO Paul Anderson setting out the training requirements using five important stages of interactive training delivery. The training included feed back from our young graduates who observed the training and contributed to some of the interactive workshops on both days.

1. Day 1 – focused on exploring our YLFSC and Horizons course curriculum and understanding the units delivered at weekly sessions. This included what we see in our young people, how we engage with parents and teachers and how we build on the taught subjects using our own lived experience.

2. Day 2 – With our existing team new tutors will learn more about our values, approach and how we will embed our newly designed theory of change and how we use the information to shape course delivery and provide additional support to young people with special learning needs.

3. All facilitators and tutors will undertake a mandatory 4 days of shadowing our existing team and these sessions will culminate micro teaching is when our new recruits will work alongside our existing team of tutors, support young people and be assessed on their observation and teaching skills.

4. Graduation for our Tutors is on 20 July is when our new team will be formerly appointed as Voyage facilitators and tutors.

5. All our new tutors will join us to deliver our Summer University programme starting on the 5th August and our Graduate programme for our YLFSC 2019 cohort on the 11th September 2019.

Using a participatory workshop approach the first day of training helped to acquaint our new recruits with the course units helping them to dig deeper into our course resources and materials and how the course units breakdown into over 150 hours of taught study. The training day ended with a question and answer session with Voyage graduates who helped highlight the importance using cognitive approaches.

Our new recruits will return on Saturday the 23rd of March to participate in phase 2 where they will meet the existing team, understand our theory of change and participate in a solution orientated workshop session.

Going Forward
Voyage is expanding its work across new areas in London and with more at risk young people and remains committed to ensuring its facilitators and tutors are regularly trained. We wish to ensure our staff adopt the important principles of contextual safeguarding, being trauma informed and have the ability to risk asses our young people using our unique risk category banding system underpinned by our Theory of Change.

Voyage is expanding its work across new areas in London and with more at risk young people and remains committed to ensuring its facilitators and tutors are regularly trained. We wish to ensure our staff adopt the important principles of contextual safeguarding, being trauma informed and have the ability to risk asses our young people using our unique risk category banding system underpinned by our Theory of Change.

If you wish to sign up to our Young Leaders for Safer Cities Course and you are in  year 9 or in year 10, simply complete the sign up form below and you will receive an invite to the course start day which is now 8th April 2019 for induction week which finishes on Wednesday 10th and residential begins on the 12th to the 14th April. Our taught sessions then start on 27th April 2019 and take place every two weeks after this.

You will note that all students are expected to attend Hackney Community College at 9am on session days and 10am during induction.

We also send reminders for each sessions so make sure you send accurate information to sign up.

 

Background
Voyage is seeking to expand its work with young people to reach new areas across London.

A growing demand for our services means that we need to increase the number of well trained tutors, mentors and facilitators we currently employ to teach on our (YLFSC or our Horizons) courses and know your Rights Workshops. In addition to this, we are also seeking inspirational people who can offer one to one, and group mentoring to children and young. If you are interested in joining our team of highly respected facilitators, tutors, trainers and mentors, please do not hesitate in making contact with us; we would be delighted to hear from you.

Key competencies
We are seeking colleagues with demonstrable experience of engaging, supporting and developing young people in different settings (schools, youth clubs, in the community). If you are a learning mentor, a teacher, work with young offenders, or have a strong therapeutic background we would like to hear from you.
We are an incredibly diverse organisation and we are keen to appoint people with unique stories, styles and approaches to supporting young people who come to us with a vast array of life experiences.
Candidates will be required to provide evidence of a minimum of 5 years experience in any of the following areas:

• teaching experience at secondary level
• In the role of a youth worker, social and or community worker
• In the role of a mentor, tutor and or teaching assistant at secondary level

All candidates are expected to hold a current DBS certificate.
All candidates expected to have a demonstrable understanding of safeguarding principles

Application and shortlisting
All candidates are required to submit a CV and a short personal statement setting out why you think you may be suitable for this role. Should you be short listed you will be invited to participate in our training days. These take place on:

• Saturday 9th March from 10 – 4pm – New tutors only
• Saturday 23rd March from 10 – 4pm – new and existing tutors

Training and development activities
On training days Voyage will cover travel and meal expenses for all days and all existing tutor will be paid in accordance with Voyage usual regime. All new tutors will be expected to attend both sessions and participate in:

• shadowing existing tutors for a minimum of 4 sessions when our YLFSC starts in April.
• delivering a micro teach of a session

SATURDAY 9th MARCH

Aim: 1 day focus on recruitment of young people; setting out the teaching materials; marking and assessment; strategies for encouraging young people to work collaboratively to support each other.
• Module breakdown of Young Leaders for Safer Cities (YLFSC) course
• A run through of the programme from Induction day to YLFSC Graduation
SATURDAY 23rd MARCH

Aim: updates to the course, contracting, safeguarding and all other in house arrangements

• Workshop on our new Theory of change and how we operationalise surveys
• Workshop on Safeguarding and reporting
• Workshop on introducing wellbeing into our session planning

Time scales and Deadlines

Whilst we cant guarantee everyone will get a place on the first session but we aim to connect with you and notify you about any other further training opportunities.

Please submit CVs and personal statements to the Voyage CEO and complete the information as set out below:

paul@voyageyouth.com 

No later than Friday 1st March 2019

 

It was amazing to be part of an amazing project called the Wolves Lane Horticultural project in Haringey North London,

Our young leaders took part in celebrating the centres fundraising achievements along side one of London top MCs Jhus. Jhus was an amazing and inspiring young man. He was so inspired by the work of Wolves Lane he came down to show love to the local community. The young people attending went crazy listening to Jhus who wasn’t fazed or intimidated. Jhus showed an amazing spirit of candour and demonstrated his passion for the community, horticulture and the environment. The event was organised by the wwwublele.org Team Aisha and Ahmed who are both amazing young leaders. We had such a great time. Check out the film and support the Wolves Lane initiative..

 

It give us great pleasure at Voyage to showcase an amazing film produced by Leee John  the lead Singer of Imagination (band from the 80s) and his team whilst hosting our Graduation event in July this year. Leee and his team kindly donated the film as part of his broader plans to adopt Voyage as his charity in support of his new album Retropia. We thought to share this with you first.

Its a great film and really presents some useful information about Voyage and why our programme and impact is so unique.

Enjoy