We are really proud that our book Windrush Elders – Our Memories has received national press attention. We are so proud that our book has opened conversations in communities both near and far about the impact of the governments implementation of the “hostile environment” and how it has affected people from the Windrush Generation. Read more here

Through the creation of the book, 6 young people carried out a series of interviews with elders attending the ACLC centre in Haringey. The Centre was set up over 30 years ago and throughout this time has provided essential health and education services to people of African and Caribbean heritage from North London. Most of the elders interviewed were part of the Windrush generation and recounted unique stories ranging from harrowing tales about family left behind to joyous descriptions of the lives they made in their new homes. Young people were taught skills to convert interviews into fully formed biographies and we were blessed to share the finished product with the members of the ACLC during our Christmas event on the 18th December 2019 alongside our Chair Leroy Logan and the CEO of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Sarah Ebanja.

Much of the press attention received was focused on what young people have learnt through the books development and their interactions with the amazing elders who contributed to our book.

Press attention has lead to Voyage being invited to speak on national radio and has lead to NBC news in America contacting us to get young people opinions on the decision of Megan Markle and Prince Harry to leave the UK and their duties as Royals.

To celebrate Trustee week 2019 we are reaching out to recruit new Trustees to our board of Directors.

We are particularly looking for Trustees who can bring credibility and represent us across London and beyond to investors, foundation schools, Pupil referral units, local authorities and socially inclined business partners and communities. Specifically we are seeking Trustees with a track record of ethical leadership (across sector) who can help us develop and grow. We wish to appoint trustees who can:

  • offer an equivalent of 1 day per month to read papers, be an advocate and attend meetings
  • add real value by helping us to develop and solidify partnerships, new ideas and innovation
  • represent Voyage within a business, political, educational, criminal justice and creative sectors

Our aspiration over the coming years is to move away from the reliance on grant funding by  introducing a strong commercial approach and building sustainable relations within the city of London financial, legal and fin tech districts, whilst working with the executive team to appoint and mentor our young leaders into key positions. Over the next three years we wish to:-

  • Put our young leaders at the forefront of decision making and at the heart of engagement with corporate partners and investors
  • Gear up for more tendering and commission opportunities
  • develop commercial partners to ensure Voyage’s brand synthesises with company values in the corporate world
  • Build new partnerships to provide creative, developmental and progressive pathways to ensure young people break cycle of offending
  • Emerge as a leading provider and service reducing crime, raising educational attainment and facilitating progression into further education, training and employment
  • Deliver our 2019/20 projects and programmes, and generate a portfolio of future work which will grow both our reach and our reputation
  • Enhance the profile and reputation of Voyage’s programmes and interventions in both education and criminal justice system.
  • Evolve our business strategy so it is sustainable and more resilient over the coming years.
  • Appoint new trustees with skills, contacts and time to assist growth

All Trustees will bring to this role:-

  • Credibility and gravitas to represent us with partners, stakeholders, investors, government, business and community sectors engaged with VOYAGE internationally, nationally and locally
  • A passion and commitment to young people taking a lead and developing their voices
  • An excellent yet practical understanding of human resources, legal and management, partnership development, research and political engagement
  • Significant board-level experience of and credentials in governance, leadership, representation and the support and nurturing of internal teams
  • A track record of strategy development, planning, performance management and review of a portfolio of activity with some read-across/relevance to VOYAGE’s mission and remit
  • A level understanding of criminal justice, education, business, charitable and voluntary sectors
  • A two year commitment of 2- 3 days per quarter to progress our priorities over this crucial period
  • An enthusiasm, energy and commitment to reduce disproportionality in the education and the criminal justice system

Interested candidates who wish to apply are required to send in a CV, or Biog and a short supporting statement telling us how you maybe able to assist us. If you would like to discuss your expression of interest before submission please contact Paul Anderson MBE, CEO of VOYAGE by clicking on the contact button below.

We are seeking expressions of interest so please don’t hesitate Contact us for more information or simply complete the short form below.

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..

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.

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.

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.


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


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

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:


No later than Friday 1st March 2019