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30 Year Old  Charity

Threatened with Closure

 

 

The Vince Hines Foundation, a registered charity, 269681, based in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, since 1975, is threatened with   closure if it cannot raise £100,000.  The money is needed for operational costs.

 

The work of the charity has been funded by public donations, trusts and foundations, and fees received from service contracts.  However, the increased in beneficiaries’ demands, necessary capacity expansions,  and unexpected cut backs by funders,   generate a cash flow crisis for the Charity. 

 

The Charity’s community education and training services  specialised in providing  creative and innovative support  to children and young people  who are hardest to reach, on the fringes of social exclusions, some of whom are probably involved with the criminal justice system, and do not normally participate in positive activities, except those offered by the Vince Hines Foundation. 

 

Target Groups

 

A break down of the Charity’s target groups showed:

 

Black – African: 15%

Black British: 30%

Black – Caribbean: 10%

Black Other (Mixed): 20%

White: 20%

White Irish: 5%

 

Brief Summary of Aims and Objectives

 

 The Charity works in partnership with the Hammersmith and Fulham Council,  Connexions London West Partnership, local schools and the voluntary and community sector, and operates a Community Education and Training Centre. 

 

During April 2004 to March 2005, the Charity’s recorded over 2,700 independently verifiable case activities.  There is no similar agency in the Charity’s area of operations. 

 

Many of the users of the Foundation's after- school-activities, are children who had been excluded from school, some are at risk of being excluded and are underachieving academically. 

 

Some of the children and young people targeted will have had long standing or multiple problems to address before any issues to do with learning can realistically be tackled.  Many are not in education, training or employment.

 

Doing Good Work

 

A spokesperson for the Charity said today: “It would be a shame if the work of the Foundation had to be folded because of lack of funding. We have had strong support from members of the community, and have been told regularly by everybody, including our local Council officials, that we are doing very good work, which are needed in the community. But good words are not matched by adequate funding so far.”

 

The spokesperson continued: “The single major and overwhelming obstacle faced by the Foundation is secured long term funding. The work of the Foundation is currently threatened because of inadequate funding.” 

 

 Lesson Learnt

 

According to details of the Charity’s recent report, “One of the main lessons learnt was that  disadvantaged children and young people, particularly those who may be hardest to reach, on the fringes of social exclusion, not in education, employment or training, some of whom may be involved in the criminal justice system, are prepared to participate and respond to positive intervention in their lives. They developed a sense of worth where that had not existed, a sense of belonging, able to socialise and share new experiences and start the process of focusing on their individual circumstances for achieving a better quality of life in future”.

 

Feedback received from young people

 

Based on the analysis of the Foundation’s ‘Beneficiaries’ Service Evaluation Form’, given to each beneficiary and visitor to the Projects’ sites, overall responses to the services on offer were:

 

90% very satisfied

9% fairly satisfied

0.5% neither satisfied

0.5% fairly dissatisfied

0.0% very dissatisfied

 

Impressive success record

 

90% of beneficiaries would have been able to explore and clarify their needs, engage in conversations in both formal and informal settings.

 

75% of beneficiaries would have recognised their abilities to set goals and develop plans of action, obtain life and social skills, information and advice, recognise and work with peer group aggression, hostility and anger.

 

80% of beneficiaries would have been able to build self-confidence, self-respect, personal development, and begin to position themselves to gain the fulfilment of their full potentials as individuals.

 

60% would have showed significant improvement in their academic work.

 

75% of parents participating in the project would have had a better understanding of the school system and able to make informed choices.

 

Findings by Independent Researchers

 

The University of Reading, Faculty of Economic and Social Science, School of Health and Social Care, completed a comprehensive research on the work of the Vince Hines  Foundation.

 

The Head of School, Mr Douglas Badger concluded: “The research outcomes have identified a vibrant, effective Black self-help project undertaking work which has proved useful and helpful to the wider community of the area in which it works.” And recommended that “more resources to provide a variety of training workshops for young people between the ages of 17-25 who are not in education, employment or training.”

 

 

If you would like to support the work of the Charity, please make a credit card payment, or send your donation, to:

 

The Vince Hines Foundation Appeal

 

Donations can also be made on the Charity Aid Foundation (CAF) website:  www.givenow.org/