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.
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Voyage is launching a video competition to reflect the voices of our young people in a new promotional brochure.
Our promotional brochure will be launched in September setting out how our work impact young people in schools, communities and in their own homes. We are asking for young leaders who have come through our programmes (since 2010) to contribute to this promotional opportunity. We wish to capture the impacts we created with our young people in order to incorporate their voices into our digital brochure. We have commissioned Iconic Media to assist this project who have created a simple steps process to help our young people produce a two minute contribution.
Feel free to email Craig at VOYAGE@ICONICMEDIASOLUTIONS.CO.UK and/or Angela ANGELA@VOYAGEYOUTH.COM to ask any questions you may have about this opportunity. We are here to support you.
All useful entries will get a £15 voucher from an established online company. We hope you seize this opportunity and we look forward to forward to receiving your entries. Hola
Join David and Mona as they host professionals on Friday 1st May at 4.30.
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Whats coming Up
Friday 1st May at 4.30pm – We look forward to hosting Robert Russell from OSTC and Natasha Cox from the BBC to speak about their work and opportunities respectively. On Friday we have:
1. Rob Russell, Global Head of Professional Qualifications, ZISHI will speak about the world of trading and what you need if you wish to get involved as a stock broker and trader. Voyage has a new partnership that will see young people taking up training learning about how to conduct trading deals in the millions whilst keeping a cool head.
2. Natasha from the BBC has an amazing opportunity to sign young people up to take part in a film exploring what young people are doing whilst being on Lockdown.
see Fridays zoom link here
At Voyage we are always striving to stay in touch with our young people no mater what the circumstances are. In these very challenging times we know many of our young people are house bound and could be suffering from boredom, anxiety and maybe down or depressed as a loved one is at risk.
In what ever circumstance you may find yourself in don’t forget to check in with those close to you and let them know how you are and what help you might need. The key thing is to communicate.
We at Voyage want to let you know we are here for you and we want to know how best we can continue to offer support to you at this challenging times. If you a have a minute please complete the attached survey so we can target our efforts to your needs. Please click on the link here for more.
Meantime stay, safe, stay warm and of course stay home.
It gives us great pleasure to announce our partnership with Street Doctors who will be running the final stages of the Stepwise programme starting on Saturday 26th October 2019 at 10am. Its not too late to join us to receive a first aid qualification and be part of a team of professionals who will treat you as an equal as you learn about how to save a life and keep your friends and family safe.
Please make sure you let us know you wish to come along by completing the basic safeguarding information below.
Sign up to our amazing black history month programme starting on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at 12 noon.
Make a video and learn to fly a drone with urban flyers
Participate in debates with our YouTube influencers
Team games, music and food
Limited places so first come first served
The black history month programme has been set up to promote Voyages Leadership Academy which takes place at weekends and evenings.
Our leadership academy is already running lead by an empowering progression programme providing unique opportunities for young people (15 – 17 years). It’s our mission to assist the learning of new skills, gain qualifications and participate in meaningful work experience/paid roles and access leadership weekend residentials and trips to European Countries with our exchange partners.
Leadership is a fundamental part of our work and messaging. Every year, we will recognise the achievements of a select few who demonstrate amazing personal growth and capacity to support their peers and their communities. Individuals will have opportunities to gain the nationally recognised Jack Petchey Award and the Voyage Leadership Scholarship, whereby one exceptional young person will receive a £500 donation to their future academic costs and expenses.
The Leadership Academy will be supported by new corporate partnerships with Legal, medical, financial and public/ private sector institutions who will offer professional mentoring to students will to commit additional time to their progression needs. The Leadership Academy will have three programme strands which are
Staying Safe: learning essential skills and information ensuring young people can remain safe and be agents for change in their community
Youth Voice: Providing young people with real opportunities to make substantive change in their community
Creative arts / Sport: Providing opportunities for individuals to learn keys in a number of disciplines and Arts Awards qualifications.
Our sessions will involve an amazing array of guests from industries of interest and our sessions will be presented with wit, humor and fun and at all times involve a chance to reflect and discuss what you have gained. Exemplary young people will be selected for mentoring, paid work experience and a chance to visit our partners in EU countries.
Join us on 25th September to hear more at 6pm at the Hackney Community College,
The actual programme starts in November and our sessions take place on Wednesday evenings from 4.30 – 7pm and Saturdays from 12 – 4pm).
We look forward to bidding farewell to summer and celebrating success with our young leaders who have recently completed their BTEC level ii certificate in Youth Leadership.
The Summer Barbecue is a chance to bring our 2015, 2016, 2017/18 and 2019 graduates together and help them get to know each other, create an understanding about their individual journeys and build the group into a sustainable Alumni network. We wish to use the summer barbecue to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year whilst connecting our trustees, partners and supporters to the young people we work with.
We hope to use this informal occasion to build a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of our young people and inspire our partners to come up with unique pathways to enable dynamic progression possibilities for our future plans for 2020. The afternoon will include key note speakers, guests and more importantly pay homage to our amazing young leaders who have been exemplary especially those that have acted in various roles (volunteers, project assistants, researchers, award winners) and those that have done great things in thier communities.
Why not come a celebrate success with us by clicking on the link below to sign up.