Voyage is proud to announce its new partnership with ACE Dance Birmingham, Bijlmer Park Theatre and Untold in the Netherlands. 3 of Voyage’s SHLA graduates participated in the international conference Best of Both worlds to explore the importance of incorporating cultural heritage in youth work. Young people and professionals contributed to workshop debates and symposia looking at the strengths of this approach. Krysten one of our youngest members was quoted for an inspiring statement in front of 200 people “its important to value cultural education as its like giving young people a book without pages.”

Voyage will be forging relations in Zuidoost Amsterdam which is home to over 100,000 people from over 150 diverse communities and cultures to develop our practice, explore potential for youth exchanges and deepening our impacts with our young leaders.

Huge thanks to Ian and Gail Parnel from ACE for the invite to Amsterdam and to Oluwatoyin Odunsi for this powerful transformative opportunity.

Voyage is working in partnership with Ian and Gail Parnel leaders from ACE Dance Birmingham to present a UK youth perpective at a EU Conference in South Amsterdam Holland in late October 2016. The conference is titled “Best of Both Worlds” and the programme poses three important questions for young people and youth practitioners. These are:

  1. What is the African diaspora and why is there a development psychological need for young people with an African background to consciously to go with the cultural-ethnic past.
  2. How do you as a youth worker methodically work the best? Develop political consciousness or pedagogical awareness, or both?
  3. What are the possibilities and limitations are there in the local youth policy for this?

Voyage will be attending the conference with three young leaders from its graduate programme South Hackney Leadership Academy (some have never been on a aeroplane before) attending to share their unique perspectives, debating key issues and most of all exposing themselves to new cities, new challenges, raising consciousness and voices whilst meeting like minded young people. This is a fantastic opportunity for Voyage to get out of London, meet new EU partners, shape dialogue and begin solidify professional links across the seas.

A special mention of thanks to Toyin Oluwa Odunsi who kindly brokered this partnership. Much love and thanks. xxxx

Watch this space for more!!!


Voyage is proud to announce we have started a productive conversations with Aaron Sonson from Stop and Search to explore how we can collaborate with each other. Aaron has a great app that can really help young people in those moments when you may feel you have lost power whilst being stopped by the Police. The app gives you 10 important steps and a chance to record your interaction. The app includes a great map tracking localities helping us to understand hot spots and putting us in a stronger position to hold local Police to account.

We look forward to building a productive relationship with Aaron and his team and why not download the app and try it out.

We salute the Stop and Search CiC..

Voyage was pleased to finally hand over a beautiful all glass trophy to Romario Dale one of our finest young leaders from our 2015 programme. Romario was awarded with Excellence in recognition of his outstanding contributions whilst participating in our programme Young Leaders For Safer Cities. Romario never failed to demonstrate his talents and gifts for sports and holds the Voyage record for upside down press ups.

We look forward to seeing Romario at our SHLA programme in the autumn and watching Romario take his leadership skills to new heights.

Keep up the great work Romario and stay blessed.

The Voyage team wishes to thank the many local businesses that donated some of their fantastic products for us to issue as prizes for our graduate link up Barbecue taking place this Sunday at 1pm. Voyage received over 30 different items (from a huge organic basket, jewellery, fashionable clothes, accessories and Ghanaian chocolate) now being wrapped into 16 prizes for our raffle.

Special thanks to @DarkSugars, Utter, @bricklanebookshop , the Laden Show, @The_Grocery, One O Eight, @idriselba, Superdry, MAST and Kick for your support.

Voyages Chair (Dr Leroy Logan MBE) and CEO paid respects to Hackney Community College Principle Ian Ashman. Ian was given a fantastic wave goodbye at a celebration reception held at Hackney Community College for his tireless service to Hackney and further education. Ian was joined by his senior management team, students, Meg Hillier MP and other key note speakers who spoke highly about Ian’s contribution to the colleges impressive list of accolades.

Ian has been a wonderful supporter of our work at Voyage and we wish him well and even more success in his new role as president of the Association of Colleges. Keep up the great work Ian and we look forward to staying in touch.

Voyage is proud to announce and welcome two new recruits to our team this week. Esther Talabi and Ajoa Akuamoa are both from Brunel University and have been appointed to develop our Summer family event taking place at The Warren on the 21st August 2016 and our South Hackney Summer Scheme for our leadership graduates starting on the 8th to the 12th August 2016Please help us welcome Esther and Ajoa and if you wish to contact them simply click on their names and send them an email to say hello.

Voyage wishes to thank Catherine Davis and Khadijah Mohammad from Brunel University for doing such a great job behind the scenes promoting our programme to students and of course referring Esther and Ajoa to us this year. 

Our warmest regards and best thanks.

Voyage has written to our new Mayor of London to congratulate him on his amazing election victory and to thank him for gracing us at our Graduation event last December. We celebrated the evening with over 200 guests and an illustrious cast guest speakers such as Jennette Arnold OBE, Mr Addai (Grandfather of Marcel Addai), Kevin Iles (Chaucer Trust), Stephen Greenhalgh and compared by the Mighty Action Jackson. All sharing this momentous occasion with our graduate young leaders and their families.

Voyage looks forward to re-establishing relations with the Mayors Office and creating an exciting and unique partnership that makes London’s streets safer whilst creating exemplary and distinctive young leaders in the process. We salute you Sadiq.

Voyage is off to a specially devised Outward Bound leadership weekend in Aberdovey in Wales with 13 committed young leaders. Our young leaders will not only get to know about themselves, their peers and the stunning Welsh scenery they will also be designing and shaping our all new South Hackney Leadership Academys policies and programmes. We look forward to sharing their stories on our return. SHLA is launching in May 2016.

Voyage wishes to thank Gail Babb, Michael Buffong and Christian from Talawa Theatre Company for coming along to an extra special session improving the presentation skills of our young leaders held on Wednesday 25th Oct. The Talawa Team took young leaders through a dramatic interactive presentation workshop session exploring body language, posture and voice. Talawa encouraged confidence, audience awareness and the importance of understanding the silent language of movement and communication without words. We look forward to creatively collaborating with Talawa in the future..
Thanks Talawaimages