On Saturday the 17th December Voyage celebrated Christmas, the new year and Kwanza with our South Hackney Leadership Academy students.

The afternoon was a chance to acknowledge the contributions from our graduates who have demonstrated leadership, perseverance and hard work taking part in our challenging sessions since the start of the SHLA in April 2016. In this period our young leaders have undertaken

  • presentations to Police conferences, Funding committees and health organisations
  • undertaken additional qualifications with our partner organisations
  • taken part in workshops and learnt new skills and how to use them
  • volunteering and work experience opportunities
  • additional qualifications with our partners
  • participated in a weekend residential programme
  • participated in a 2 day EU exchange programme with Dutch colleagues

This was achieved whilst undertaking mock exams, making important education and career choices and experiencing many personal challenges along the way. Our gathering was a chance to give due praise and acknowledgement to our students who we will continue to support by helping them to access new opportunities and improving their pathways to success.

We look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Lots of love and light…

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Voyage is attending IARs Research and Youth Leadership awards on 8th December 2016 after hearing two if our young leaders have been short-listed for the IARs Peacemaker of the Year Award. Our two Youth Coordinators Esther and Ajoa took the time to nominate three names of which two were shortlisted.

Hackney based Krysten White and Lamin Tarrawally have made outstanding contributions to their communities, their schools and of course to Voyage over the last year and we wish them all the success with this nomination.

The Voyage team will be attending the IARs event to see if Krysten or Lamin scope up an award. We also hope to make new contacts at the event as well as celebrate with the IARs team.

Well done Krysten and Lamin and we wish you well.

Good luck..

On Thursday the 3rd November 2016 Voyage participated in a “Police Encounters Project Board” Conference focused on the controversial Police practice of “Stop and Search”. The conference looked at stop and search trends, best use of the Stop and Search scheme (UK wide best and worst practices) and some of the governments current thinking. Whilst the conference set out lots of statistics, debatable impacts it was was very light on any significant policy shifts towards a more equitable approach. For example there was no appetite expressed for the procedure to totally abolished, yet there seemed to be a move towards the Police adopting a more intelligence based approach. Very little was shared about what this actually meant in practice and in ways the public could really get excited about, so we intend to maintain a watchful eye.

The Conference was attended by senior Met and British Transport Police officers, stop and search community leaders (Ken Hinds now the National Stop and Search lead community rep) and a host of voluntary sector and academic partners including Stopwatch.

Voyage was invited to present its paper “Over policed and under protected” produced for a National Black Police Conference 2014. Our very own Youth Coordinator Ajoa Akuamoah confidently presented the paper highlighting a dichotomy not feeling adequately protected in our communities, increasing knife crime trends against a historic backdrop of tension and poor relations between the Police and young black communities.

Our paper was well received by the conference and we have now shared the 15 point recommendations with Detective Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock. DCC Hanstock has agreed to explore how some of our recommendations can be taken forward within the Met and British Transport Police and we look forward to assisting the process further.

Voyage wishes wish to thank DCC Hanstock and his team for giving us an opportunity to present and we look forward to shaping ongoing dialogue, policing policies and procedural practice to improve community relations, make Police more accountable and stopping discriminatory Police practices.

Read more about stop and search here and some of the slides from the conference.

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 Voyage is a ground breaking charity working with young people across London to address issues of low educational achievement, youth violence and in particular stemming the hugely disproportionate numbers of black and minority ethnic young people ending up in the criminal justice system. We aim to tackle this through our increasing range of workshops, projects and programmes with professionals who can help us motivate and inspire progression for young people and become part of our dynamic team.

To this end we are looking out for committed professionals and affinity groups who want to give back to the community through our South Hackney Leadership Academy and be on hand to attend our growing Saturday programme supporting our

  1. Industry Insight days – by sharing your experiences about your unique story of access, qualifications and work experience
  2. Thematic discussion days – Black History Month, Women’s week, refugee week and other developmental days thorough the year – speaking on these to inform
  3. Visits to places of interest – such as theatres, festivals, museums, public speaking events – By offering invitations, discounts and access
  4. Civic Engagement – You may have avialable space on your committee, forum or working group for young people and you want fill this gap with young leaders from London’s diverse community?
  5. If any of this appeals and you can help us in anyway please don’t hesitate to make contact. we are friendly and committed to our work and we hope you can join us make us more effective.

Voyage pays full travel and meal expenses for all contributions received in our programmes.

More about SHLA here

The SHLA will offer a thought provoking and inspiring developmental programme combining our respective SHLA themes of learning; Leadership, Work-based learning and creative arts as specialisms to provide a solution-orientated initiative. The programme will be delivered by Voyage’s freelance tutors alongside strategic and operational partners who are invite to animate our themesThe SHLA will reach out to its graduate community and offer access to its unique programme to over 65 young people aged 15-17 years made up of multi faith boys and girls

Please complete the form below to receive an information pack.


Voyage is pleased to be working in partnership with Hackney Community College to ensure our students access higher education opportunities. Voyage is keen to support the drive to engage graduates from the inner cities and connect them to opportunities which can transform their lives.

We look forward to attending and supporting our students prepare for access whilst inspiring their education choices and learning journeys. The event takes place at Hackney Community College on Wednesday 19th October at Hackney Community College. Its an all day event but do come early. Click here for more.

See you here.

As a Graduate of Voyage and member of our SHLA

You are invited to a short yet focused gathering to get more information about the following activities we are planning as part of the SHLA over the coming months. We will be planning the following so please click on links for more.

If you are interested in any of these why not come and see us Hackney Community College on today this Friday 16th September 2016 at 5pm.

We want to be clearer about who is interested and to set dates for your dairies.

we look forward to seeing you here.



Voyage is proud to announce its partnership with Street Doctors and their Stepwise accredited peer education programme empowering young people at risk of violence. The programme encourages young people to learn, share and teach emergency lifesaving skills, whilst whilst getting useful career guidance and mentoring. Voyage will be synchronising Stepwise with the activities of our South Hackney Leadership Programme in the coming weeks and months, so don’t forget to sign up.

A big thanks to Ray Douglas for offering this fantastic opportunity to our young people and we look forward to keeping our youth safe whilst inspiring them to take up positions in the health sector.

Voyage is proud to announce the screening of a new film by Wayne Cambell one of Voyage producers. Questionable Prejudice explores the effects of choices we make and shows the many sides of prejudice from different cultural perspectives. Screening takes place on Thursday the 15th Sept 2016 at 5pm  @Camden Odeon.

Voyage is proud to announce its first ever Reunion Barbecue link up event for past and present graduates. The Barbecue will be taking place

On Sunday 21st August 2016 from 1 – 5pm.

at Hackney Community College – Falkirk Street, London N1 6HQ

The afternoon will be your chance to reconnect with old friends, meet the team and of course enjoy free food, music as well as contribute to our open mic and talent spot. Why not email us to let us know if you coming along.

We will be joined by up and coming London MCees such as



Come and get yourself made up by taking part in our nail, henna, tattoo and make up bars and contribute to our surveys measuring our impacts.

We will also be giving away fantastic prizes from our kind donors.

We look forward to seeing you here.

Get the flyer:  Voyage Graduate Reunion BBQ 2016



We are proud to announce the opening of our first session of the South Hackney Leadership Academy on Saturday 25th June 2016.

Our fantastic tutors engaged local young people using creativity, leadership and work based learning workshops to help our young leaders prepare for bigger steps in life. Young leaders expressed their views about the programme which helps us to continuously strengthen the programme and create lasting impact. We look forward to seeing them again on 30th July and at our summer scheme 8th – 12th August 2016.