Voyage is proud to be a delivery partner of R4NR which is an exciting new programme designed to kick start employment for young people from black communities in the environmental and conservation sector.

Voyage will be offering a bespoke mentoring service to the young people recruited by over 40 conservation charities and voluntary sector organisations. The mentoring will be lead by Duane Maddison supported by Shakara Mbandaka, Maxine Stephens and Neils Fossberry.

We will be working closely with Action for Conservation, Generation Success and SOS UK.

What is Race For Nature’s Recovery 

Race for Nature’s Recovery is a new employment initiative that’s pioneered by a group of environmental organisations and diversity recruitment champions. Our objective is to diversify the environmental sector and support the creation of new, fulfilling jobs for 16-24 years from predominantly BAME and other underrepresented backgrounds in UK environmental charities and organisations. 

We will also be supporting the host organisations to build their own capacity so they can better support these voices in their work. 

What are we trying to achieve with this initiative? 

We already have 35 organisations signed up to take part in the initial phase of this employment programme and together we’ve so far helped create 118 jobs that young people will be starting from this month onwards. That’s a great start and will enable us to begin making the cultural and organisational changes needed to improve diversity and create a more inclusive workforce in the UK’s environmental sector.

What are the challenges

we are driven by the harrowing stats around the initiative. e.g.

  • 118 young people will be supported into roles during the scheme over the coming months
  • We’re aiming to place 150 young people during 2021
  • 35 UK charities and organisations have already signed up and we hope to welcome others to the programme over the next year
  • RSPB, Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth, and ZSL London Zoo are just a few of the organisations already signed up to offer roles
  • We intend for over 50% of these placements to turn into full-time roles
  • Every role pays the Real Living Wage or above

Key stats about the industry

  • The environmental sector has the second least diverse workforce of all UK sectors
  • Only 3.1% of professionals working in the environmental sector identify as minorities, compared to 19.9% of all occupations identify as minorities



We look forward to hosting our young people as mentees and our corporate partners at mentors on our second wave of training in Jan 2021.

Please complete the very very short survey below so we can be sure who will be joining us on both sessions on the 21st January 2021 at 4.30pm and 6.30pm respectively. Please complete this survey no later than the 20th January.

Quick sign up - mentees & mentors

  • This helps us determine our numbers for meals.

The training takes place online via zoom so please click on the Zoom link below at the specified times.

We expect young people will join us from 4.30pm to 6pm.

adult mentors will join us on the same link from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Voyage invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Mentor and Mentee training session Time: Jan 21, 2021 04:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 858 4286 5017
Passcode: 655027

If you are a graduate of our programmes in 2018 and 2019 we invite you to sign up to receive additional Free support and access to resources to help our young people stay on top in these challenging times.

A recent study exploring the impact of the Corona Virus pandemic on our young people revealed our young people have fallen behind on their studies and have lost confidence in their academic performance. We found many suffer from anxiety, depression and some express suicidal thoughts. We have heard these and we have chosen to respond by offering more targeted support to our young people.

To minimise the impact of these finding Voyage has chosen to

  • adopt an equipment loan scheme so our young people can access PCs, laptops and data in order to continue to studying and achieving as the lockdown continues
  • develop a hardship fund young people can access to secure additional items that help them study and gain access and insight into next steps at College or Uni.
  • offer access to specialist tutors who can help young people catch up on key subjects so as to maintain and exceed their predicted grades
  • offer access to professional mentors from our ever growing list f corporate partners from the city of London

So if you are one of our graduates or you have been part of our Summer and Black History Month programmes please sign by completing this survey to get additional support and stay on your path.

We are here for you. 



The Voyage mentoring scheme aims to support young people as they gravitate towards higher education and their professional lives. Ensuring that all our young people access a mentor is one of our responses to COVID as were have seen how the pandemic has affected confidence, performance and how to navigate important transitionary steps. As a result, Voyage has developed a mentoring scheme to improve retention and provide greater guidance to our young leaders. It is important that we use mentoring as a mechanism to increase our young leaders understanding of different industry areas, enabling them to migrate to adult life successfully. This will be achieved through our team of professional mentors who are all being trained to improve young people’s academic, professional, and personal capabilities.

Our project is supported by Black Men for Change, the GLA and contributions from our corporate partners.

Should you wish to join us as a mentor or if you are young person seeking support from a mentor please sign up and complete the following

Professional adult (Mentor) sign up here

Young person (Mentee) sign up here.

Should you be interested in knowing more about our project please call the office on 02076138343 or email

Mentoring 2020 sign up

Join our mentoring scheme to ensure you rise to counter the recession and mass unemployment.
  • This helps us determine the specific gender of your mentor.
  • This helps us determine the type of mentor you can access.
  • This helps us determine who is available to support you as some mentors have limited availability.
  • This helps us determine the period for your mentoring.


Join us for an amazing 5 week programme of creative fun engagement and immersive learning with sector leaders and professionals. Learn about our unsung creative heroes and heroins and how they did their work and the challenges they had to overcome to achieve success. All sessions will be infused with talks on how to access industry, how to make documentary how we maintain our health and well being despite the challenges. All sessions will involve industry professionals

BBC and Chanel 4 Journalist Seyi Rhodes, Thomas Bird Set Designer, Ibby Njoya and host or create specialist from a new creative network called The Shoal Collective. The Black History Month programme consists of

WORKSHOP 1 3rd October Basics of photography and basic of documentary making

Taking through the process of taking a photograph, how to use a camera. Choosing your subject and developing a concept.

WORKSHOP 2 10th October Basics of Moving images and how to animate these

An introduction to film-making ,How to craft a moving image and the way film is used today.

WORKSHOP 3 – 17th October Basics of set design

Talking about the history of set design, black theatre designers, production designer and set designers

WORKSHOP 4 – 24th October

Basics of set design and talk about the industry and the freelance industry


Bringing together all the skills the young people have learn over the past four weeks to create a series of images


We look forward to seeing you all here tomorrow at 1pm for our end of Summer BBQ.

The event is held at the NCC college at Falkirk Street, N16HQ

We are using the BBQ as an occasion to reunite, reconnect and to say a fond farewell to summer and hopefully a hello to a new normal..

There will be loads of announcements about our future work, mentoring dates, residential trips and work experience opportunities.

Join us for flowers, food, music, dance and great company.

Be there or be no where!!!!

Join us on Wednesday at 4.30pm to hear from two junior doctors (volunteers for Streetdoctors). Join us to hear about how they became doctors and challenged themselves to join a profession that is hard to access, especially as you must be prepared for ten or more years of study and workplace training.

We will be joined by Emanuel and Katie who will join us to explode myths and tell us there story about how they overcame the odds to join a profession they both loved.

Voyage 3 day Summer University - Sign Up

We are focused on engaging YP aged between 15 years - 18 years ONLY.
  • Please tell us the one main reason why you want to sign up.
  • We wish to understand any support needs so we can consider what activities we at Voyage can offer you from September 2020.

Voyage is planning its work and life after lockdown and we are now putting the final touches to our first ever socially distant Summer Scheme we are calling a Summer University Scheme. We aim to host the summer University on Wednesday the 12th August and runs daily until Saturday 15th Aug 2020. Summer University sessions will run from 10am and finish at 4pm.

Our summer scheme will include motivational talk, careers advice, workshops tasters on

* Entrepreneurial challenges with prizes
* Trips to the seaside or Paint balling and laser tag
* Creative immersion day

Be sure to sign up as we will have limited place this year.

We look forward to seeing you here.

Operation Smiles sign up form

Minimum details required
  • Please let us know your first, last name and your age
  • One choice only please.
  • Tell us what role you wish play as part of Operation Smiles
Voyage is proud to announce its new project developed in association with Arena Flowers called Operation Smiles. .

Operation Smiles is an up cycling volunteering project designed to redistribute unsold flowers to individuals in need in Hackney, Haringey and Tower hamlets. The project has been developed to get young people out and active to help them get some valuable work experience to support their educational pathways as well as ease the boredom and frustration many have experienced as a result of the lockdown.

The project is lead by a volunteer team of our young leaders who will be trained in outreach, safeguarding, area mapping conservation, bouquet preparation and customer care and be on hand to deliver FREE bouquets of flowers to local people in need every Saturday for 6 weeks. The project is now in its planning stages and we aim to start delivering flowers direct to homes from Saturday 11th July and schedule deliveries between 10am-4pm.

Our aim is to bring smiles to the community and to aid the recovery of struggling individuals massively impacted by the pandemic. We aim to deliver to the elderly, parent carers and those suffering from the traumatic effects of violence, people with special needs and those trapped care homes and hostels.

We simply aim to give out free flowers to local people in exchange for a smile using a door to door delivery service.

This is the first of our programmes established with new found partners and we aim to build more project like this to demonstrate how we can work effectively combining valuable skills development with community service.

Email us for more information.