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The Vince Hines Foundation

Community Education and Training Service

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Proposals and Budget Projection for 2008-2010

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“Projects to provide life coaching and mentoring for children and young people who are hardest to reach”

AaDI Research findings 2007

Introduction - Needs identified

The Vince Hines Foundation is a registered Charity and UK Learner Provider.  The Charity’s traditional values during its operations in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham since 1975 are to maintain strong interest in consistent activities and better facilities for children and young people, as   intrinsic to the individuals, families and communities. 

Social Inclusion, diversity and equal opportunities

 

The Foundation’s inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity policies are implemented by  ensuring that equal opportunities and social inclusions are practiced and observed to being done, giving each beneficiary good quality service delivery, based on the Foundation’s Charter of Service Users’ Rights, Equal Opportunity, Health and Safety and Risk management, policies.

 

Fallen Victims

Within the past eighteen months 27 children and young people between the ages of 15-19  were murdered by other children and young people in London. Other major British cities, including Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester have their counts of murdered children and young people, as a results of gun and knife crimes, among others.  The majority of these were children and young people of the African and Caribbean Community, including those of mixed heritage.

This type of occurrence is a new phenomenon in post war Britain. There is evidence to suggest that this trend is likely to continue for sometime in the future if urgent and consistent actions are not taken now to understand, contain and defuse the motivations for children and young people killing themselves on our streets. See recent research findings at:  http://www.ubol.com/index_files/Page1688.htm

Stakeholders and Partnership

All stakeholders have a responsibility to work jointly in finding solution. The Vince Hines Foundation worked at the grassroots, supporting community development for the past thirty two years. Most of its beneficiaries are people from the African and Caribbean communities, particularly those between the ages of 12-25 years old. During this time the Foundation built up expertise in offering services to those in need, in the area of positive activities for children and young people. Partnership working is one of the core policies of the Foundation in providing services for members of the Community.

The Vince Hines Foundation, with thirty two years of expertise in this area, has identified a need for additional positive activities for vulnerable African and Caribbean children and young people, including those excluded from school

 Responding to needs

The Foundation has been re-structured recently, mindful of the enormous challenges ahead working with children and young people who are still engaged in significant anti-social activities.

Based on overwhelming need, the main goal of the Foundation is to continue working towards removing barriers to social mobility brought about by peer pressure, social isolation, inequitable distribution of resources, marginalisation, lack of sense of belonging and self-esteem, lack of stable family backgrounds, discrimination and  low education achievements. This state of affairs is more clearly visible in the local African and Caribbean communities.

Some current challenges faced by children and young people 

Growing numbers of teenage pregnancies

Peer pressure

School drop outs

Drug use, Gun and Knife crime

Social, sexual and reproductive health problems

Lack of suitable info to make informed decisions

Lack of adequate parental supervision

Lack of self-esteem

 ‘Another Way’ Proposals

On the strength of the above, a programme for renewed actions is put together, via the Vince Hines Foundation Children and Young People Personal Development Programme. This is in order to assist families in alleviating current difficulties being faced by their children and young people in this regard, along the basis of life coaching and mentoring.

‘Another Way’ Project

An Outline

Name of Parent Organisation:

 THE VINCE HINES FOUNDATION

Name  of Project:  ‘Another Way ’

Aims: 

Supports  vulnerable children and young people, with their peers and within their families, schools, colleges  and communities, with an emphasis on those who are hardest to reach and at risk of been involved in the criminal justice system, including those of African and Caribbean  backgrounds, refugee groups and the disabled.

Invest in prevention as potential diversion from anti-social behavior and crime, particularly amongst the most deprived residents. Many of the children targeted will have had long standing or multiple problems to address

Involves children and young people in the assessment, planning, implementation and review of all activities in which children and young people are targeted. 

Activities to activities aims:

Outreach,   non- residential activities, one-to-one information and advice, workshops, including the arts, sports and group discussions, Web  design, video and radio  streaming. Organise ‘informal discussion’ with groups of young people, in  workshops, on social housing  estates, in the parks,  to address issues of – – ‘How to manage our Anger’; ‘why the gun and knife are not the answer’; ‘Is it better to talk about it ?’; ‘Tolerance and respect – how to agree to disagree ?’ ‘Can young people influence elected representatives?’ A ‘street-wise’ strategy of encouraging young people to contribute positively to decisions-making affecting their lives. Engage families.

Children and young people will have opportunities to engage in constructive voluntary work and community engagement. Close liaison with parents, schools, colleges, youth justice groups, voluntary and community groups,  local authority education department and children trusts. Participants will have been helped to  face the challenges of growing up by making positive decisions  and prepare them for work in the future. ‘Another Way Project’ recognises that children and young people today face many challenges. 

Who are the target groups?:

 Vulnerable children and young people, with their peers and within their families, schools, colleges and communities, with an emphasis on those who are hardest to reach and at risk of been involved in the criminal justice system, including black minority ethnic  and refugee groups and the disabled. Many of the children and young people targeted will have had long standing or multiple problems to address,  namely anti-social behavior and crime, particularly amongst the most deprived residents,  age group  12-21 years.

How many will benefit ?: 

A minimum of 50 children and young people between the ages of 12-21 years during the first year; 100 of the same during second year and 150 during third year.

Where will the Project be based?:

The programme will be delivered in West London initially. Hammersmith and Fulham  and Ealing   are target boroughs. The Project will be based at the Priory Community Centre, Acton, Ealing. It is hoped that   ‘Another Way’ Projects  will be introduced and implemented in each local borough where there is a need, on the basis of partnership working with local stakeholders.

 How will the Project be funded?:

The Project organisers expected joint funding, via public and private funds, donations, service contracts, including appeals, grants, charitable trusts and foundations. 

What is the duration of the project?: 

The Project will commence as soon as funds are available  and lasts for three years, initially, with an option, to extend to five years, after a successful independent evaluation of services delivered during the previous three years.

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‘Responding to the challenges’

> To support vulnerable children and young      people, between the ages of 12-21 years, with their peers and within their families, schools, colleges  and communities, with an emphasis on those who are hardest to reach and at risk of been involved in the criminal justice system, including those of African and Caribbean  backgrounds, refugee groups and the disabled.

> To invest in prevention as potential diversion from anti-social behavior and crime, particularly amongst the most deprived residents. Many of the children targeted will have had long standing or multiple problems to address.

> To involve children and young people in the  assessment, planning, implementation and  review of all activities in which children and young  people are targeted.