Parents and Carers

VOYAGE works with you to help your family

Teenage years are an extremely testing time for young people. They are also a phase of stress and concern for their parents, guardians and carers.

It’s important to point out that VOYAGE works with you to help your teenager to cope with the challenges of adolescence that affect all young people – as well as any additional problems that may arise.

We want to help to prepare young people to become independent adults who are able to think for themselves and make effective choices and decisions.

Our programmes start when young people are 14 or 15, an age when they are becoming more independent and are more likely to be going out of the home on their own, with all the temptations and choices that implies in a city as busy and bewildering as London.

If you are a parent or guardian and you are concerned that your child is in need of the guidance and positive influence of a VOYAGE programme, you can contact us directly to refer them to us.

Why refer a young person?

Are you concerned about your child under-performing in school? Would your child be served with an engaging and challenging programme changing attitudes to education and people in authority? Our programmes are focused on ensuring that young people understand how they can strive for more and interact with positive role models.

Are you concerned with people that your child is interacting with and would rather they were immersed in an environment of young people keen to be positive forces in their community? Our projects, challenge young people to stand up and be counted for rather than follow the herd. Moreover, our programmes and workshops are guided by our incredible staff who have several years of training and experience and can relate to young people in amazing ways.

Does your child have significant potential, but not served with interactions and experiences that challenge and expand horizons? Our projects are infused with incredible partners and successful professionals, so that young people understand the opportunities that they can have in life. Our young leaders are exposed to University life, work with BAME professionals and take part in capacity building exercises with industry leaders.

“One of the biggest things I see in my area is the pressure to be in Gangs. I see a lot of this because young people have nothing to do when they are kicked out of schools. When I joined Voyage, the team pushed me to do even better than I was doing. The advice they gave us was about not following friends and living up to stereotypes that are around about black people”.

“Now I really want to go in to the medical field. When Street Doctors came, it made me like it really more and I want to be a doctor”

Selection criteria for our YLFSC programme

Parents should be aware that Young Leaders for Safe Cities is our flagship programme, which can be accessed by students in Year 9 – aged 14 or 15.

We work with you and with schools to ensure the best possible outcome for a young person whose family requires support and who needs guidance to ensure they are not led astray at this impressionable age.

Voyage Programmes


Community Safety and Leadership Workshops

Know Your Rights

A series of workshops in schools and community organisation to spread knowledge of UK laws and police operations. We believe these procedures drive a wedge between young people from all backgrounds and the police and we want to change that.

Violent Crime

A powerful workshop delivered in schools, guiding young people of all ethnicities through scenarios, film and discussions to help them improve their reactions, decisions and choices. We aim to change young people’s attitudes to, and perceptions of, crime and raise awareness of the impact of violence.

Young Leaders for Safe Cities
Young Leaders for Safer Cities

Leadership Initiative

Young Leaders for Safe Cities (YLFSC)

An accredited BTEC course for people aged 14-15 taught in groups of up to 25. The YLFSC programme, developed by the VOYAGE team, aims to:

  1. Nurture young leaders to support and improve their communities; to tackle crime issues; and to improve community services from local providers. We want young people to be inspired to influence and shape local services.
  2. Help young people learn about leadership, citizenship and community social responsibility.
  3. Ensure the voices of young people are listened to and help to build and sustain relationships with others from across London.
  4. Provide support for progress from school to higher education, training and the world of work.

South Hackney Leadership Academy (SHLA)

The SHLA offers access to this unique programme to about 45 young people aged between 15 and 17. The academy provides a compelling framework that encourages educational progress and builds skills and confidence.

We bring together graduates of our YLFSC programme and young people from the local community and beyond for a high-quality, well-run course.

There is a need for programmes that both fill the gaps left by disappearing youth provision and combat the spectre of youth-related violence.

We demonstrate progression opportunities and engage professionals who can inspire our young people by demonstrating the possibilities ahead of them.

Young Black Positive Advocates

VOYAGE now has hundreds of graduates from its programmes who we encourage, through this open network, to share their experiences. That way they can continue to guide and inspire each other – and the next generation.



VOYAGE developed this unique personal development course to assist those aged 16 and over who are deemed at risk, are on managed exclusions or have limited educational options. It is a 10-week programme with optional mentoring to follow.

Young people who complete the course show significantly reduced levels of re-offending patterns and behaviour and greater resilience to peer pressure.

They have improved attitudes to study, work and those in positions of authority and, as a result, improved career prospects.