As someone with considerable experience running and sustaining charities for over 20 years I must say that I have become deeply concerned about how organisations like us will survive post the COVID19 pandemic. I have become a little confused about how we should explore the continuation our services (during and post lockdown) and how this could affect the vulnerable young people (13- 21 years) we work with. I ask this question as Voyage typically:

* engages young people through centre based, referral and outreach work in the community.
* relies on a mix of trust, foundations and donations for funding its work
* relies on working with proffessionals who often work in front line services as a main day job
* works with some of the most disadvantaged (but amazing, gifted and talented) under 21s in north east London

These factors alongside how to respond if there are other outbreaks in the future are forming more serious conversations with my staff, my board of trustees and ultimately with our beneficiaries. Now I wish to open this up to other leaders in a similar position.

Just when I thought these considerations are for our charity, I got a big shock after reading about the Charity so White campaign and realising this is not just a worry for us but also a equally an issue for the entire BAME charitable sector.

I was grateful to read @charitysowhite are now meeting key funders and asking important questions and so far they have found that funders:

* Actions to date are not matching urgency of the situation, with 9/10 BAME VCS organisations set to close in the next 3 months.
* Surface level action such as better marketing of funds will not suffice. In the long term issues of power and trust need to be addressed, in the immediate response we call for ringfencing and decision making led by BAME infrastructure to deal with these issues.
* The importance of monitoring where funds are going through race equality data – specifically looking at leadership & governance, whether funds are going to BAME-led organisations, not just organisations claiming to work with these communities.

These crucial sustainability factors mixed with real questions about how we should carry out our work in communities when:

* many key funders are redirecting funds to support COVID19 affected communities
* youth organisations maybe ill equipped to facilitate social distancing and handing our PPE
* many of our very own young people will have families suffering from the pandemic both here in the UK and abroad in motherland countries and may need alternative forms of support embedded into their services

These factors forced me to send a distress call out to other bame led youth organisations (on linkedIn) to explore these questions and more to hopefully bring some of us together to discuss strategies that reduce our chances of closing down. I got a huge response and as a result I hope to be joined by a number of CEOs, COO’s and chairs from youth charities to discuss. I look forward to these discussions and presenting the outcomes to anyone interested.

I intend to get out there (on my bike) to visit some of these London based youth charities and find out how they are doing and somehow link the feed back to a report I will inevitably produce in a few months time.

If you want to join on Thursday evening 21st May 2020 at 6pm on Zoom please click on the link here or below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87920502887?pwd=TXJ2NU0vK1k1UkZJa1pGOWJ5SlJJUT09

Further reading here

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/10/equality-watchdog-urged-investigate-impact-on-bame-people-london-mayor

Dear VOYAGE family,

As always, the health and safety of our beneficiaries, partners, trustees, staff, volunteers and members of the public is of paramount important to us. With the current global concern around Coronavirus (Covid-19), we hope you are staying safe and finding time to help others who are in less fortunate circumstances. We are deeply concerned with the wellbeing of our community, so please remember to wash your hands or partake in social distancing if you can.

We thought to produce this message to assure you that we are keeping a close eye on the situation and were are actively listening and taking advice from our college hosts, the government and our NHS delivery partners.

Due to the current circumstances, we have decided to reduce our engagement work with young people until we get new information and we see and feel greater public confidence and desire to interact with people in public spaces. We aim to continue to carefully monitor official information on a daily basis, and regularly speak with our strategic partners to stay abreast of any risk concerns. We will be writing to our young people, teachers and referral partners to let them know about the changes we will be making with regards to the implementation of our programmes.

By way of a general update

In the UK, the cases of coronavirus have strongly increased from only 2 cases back in Jan 31st to currently, 1,391 positive cases and 35 deaths. Five days ago there were four confirmed cases in City and Hackney, which share a health authority. On the London Underground, where there is an extremely high density of people crowded into each carriage, previous research has suggested a link between commuting and the likelihood of catching respiratory illnesses. Read more here.

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, we will stay in touch with New City College and we aim to provide updates on their decision whether to close the college premises.
We appreciate this gives us all a level of uncertainty, but Voyage will of course inform you of any significant change to our planning due to Coronavirus.
For advice and information regarding Coronavirus/Covid-19 we would advise that you visit the websites below.

Should you or any of your family be suffering from any cold like symptoms feel free to use the following links to get any support:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 

Kind regards,
Team Voyage

Voyage is seeking to recruit a powerful new role that will help Voyage move towards the next phase of its growth and development. Should this role sound like you don’t hesitate to call us and enquire ASAP. We wish to express our vision for this role and we are working hard behind the scenes to secure the partnerships and investment to make this a longer term role and amazing opportunity for the appointed candidate.

Title: Head of Programmes
Responsible to: CEO
Duration: Six month contract (with extension possibilities)
Attendance in Office: part time 3 days
Days/ hours of work: Flexible
Pay rate pro rata £28,000 – £32,000 (depending on experience)

Background
Based in Hackney, Voyage has delivered interventions, bespoke mentoring and structured programmes (including our leadership-focused BTEC) to 11 to 19 year olds across London over the last 12 years. We provide a unique service to schools, alternative provisions and community groups, serving disadvantaged young people (predominantly BAME) who are at risk of being excluded, participating in risky behaviours and developing harmful relationships. In line with our Strategic Plan, we aim to expand our presence across London, offering targeted services to larger cohorts and ensuring that we provide beneficiaries with the training, skills and opportunities to transform themselves in to mature, capable and confident individuals who become positive agents in their community.

To help us achieve our expansion goals we wish to appoint a Head of Programmes (HOP). The HOP will help us create a coherent delivery framework, ensuring that we evolve our workshops and interventions into a more expansive programme of work supporting the longer term educational, behavioural and employment development of our beneficiaries. We aim to combine our projects with opportunities for young people to engage in employment/ volunteering, social action and play a raised role in the strategic direction of Voyage. We are seeking an effective project manager who understands how to work with large groups of diverse young people, understands effective ways of engaging with different stakeholders, can manage project delivery spaces (community groups, youth clubs and schools), understands how to develop and embed valuable evaluation tools in organisational practice whilst also gaining the respect of a valuable delivery team and our Youth Advisory Board. Our Head of Programmes will be tasked with overseeing a small but growing internal team (including interns) in addition to overseeing a team of freelance facilitators. The HoP will be part of the Senior Leadership Team and will report to the CEO.

Contract
We aim to offer a part time 3-day week flexible contract for 6 months with lots of potential to expand into two-year contract by the summer 2020. We wish to make an early appointment and we are taking expressions of interest with a view to interviewing and making an appointment in Mid April 2020.

Next steps
Should you be interested kindly send your latest CV outlining your project management youth and community work experience. Your CV MUST be complemented by a one-page cover letter outlining why you believe you are suitable for the post and any past experience demonstrating this.

Both document must be sent to mailto:jennifer@voyageyouth.com and arrive no later than Friday 27th March 2020 by 12 noon. Applications received later will not be accepted.

We will shortlist suitable candidates and aim to write to successful candidates by Friday the 3rd of April 2020. Interviews will take place on Thursday 9th April 2020, where candidates will have to complete a short exercise based on an important area of our work. We aim to involve young people in our recruitment, which may take place as part of the process.

We anticipate we will be oversubscribed for the role and we will only be writing to candidates we wish to short list. If you are unsure in anyway and want a conversation kindly call the office on 0207 613 8343 and ask for Jennifer we will try our best to encourage you to apply.

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..

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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