November 10, 2016
We’re looking to expand our team of incredibly talented trainers and we’re hosting an info evening to tell you more about it. We held our first one on 3rd November and it was a huge success with many people in the room from a variety of industries.
Want to know what being a part of Youth at Risk as a trainer might mean or feel like? Click here to find out. Or want to know what being a part of the training team on a community residential might involve? Click here.
Our next info evening will be held on 30th November in London and if you’re interested, we’d love to see you there. Please contact Ashley@youthatrisk.org.uk if you would like to sign up. Spaces are limited so don’t delay!
We are so thrilled with how our BBC Lifeline Appeal was received this September and are so grateful that we rose over £11k. It’s really exciting to see donations still coming in and that people are still talking about it.
We love to see new partnerships forming and opportunities showing up because of it. It’s opened many doors for us and has given another platform to showcase our work.
If you’ve not yet seen it or want to share it with others, please feel free. You’ll find it here on our homepage.
We’ve just been recommissioned to deliver training for first year students at Nottingham Trent University after their year one programme created such positive results. We look forward to telling you more after their second group get started at the end of November
More university news sees us also recommissioned by SOAS as well as beginning a new relationship with Canterbury Christchurch University, beginning with some staff training in December.
Back in Belfast: we’re massively excited to be continuing the transformational work we started last year in partnership with Hydebank Wood Secure College in Belfast. We are delivering further training for up to 60 prison officers in December.
We’re feeling very grateful to our wonderful corporate partners Octopus Investments. They are holding a charity event for all four of the charity partners (including YaR) at Chinawhites on the 9th November. All supporters can bid on the auction, click here for details. Look forward to reporting back on funds raised.
September 8, 2016
Will you be watching our #BBCLifelineAppeal this Sunday? Our #TakeAStand campaign will be broadcast at 5pm on BBC One 11th September and we cannot wait to share it with you. Last month we announced that it will be presented by the amazing Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.
YaR Ambassador Dave features in the film. You can see him talking about the campaign by clicking here.
We are so excited to have this opportunity and now the week of broadcast is finally here we’re doing all that we can to promote it. We would love for you to invite as many people as possible to watch our short fundraising film #TakeAStand and donate. The success of this campaign really does depend on people like YOU! We know from previous lifeline campaigns that charities benefitting most are those that really spread the word and raise the profile through their networks. We really do need your support; it could make a significant difference to the number of young people we can work with in the year ahead.
Please get involved by liking and retweeting our Twitter posts – @YouthatRiskUK, tweeting yourself about the broadcast and sharing the news wherever you can.
To give £10, text DONATE to 70121
The University of the West of Scotland is committed to providing a diverse range of learning experiences for students to access during their time at the University. We’ve recently delivered a second workshop for students in partnership with staff at UWS. The Coaching for Transformation programme was specifically designed to support a student’s journey towards completing the UWS Change Maker Award, with students gaining credits for participating.
Students fully embraced the programme and are now working with students from other campuses to provide support, as well as working on their set goals for the next 6 months.
“This programme has enabled me to journey in my thinking to a place that I thought was not possible for me” – Kimberly (Student)
“The [programme] has been life changing, all inspiring, it has opened up my mind to new possibilities” – Ann (Student)
It was great to have some of the Ambassadors together this month, getting to know each other over a sandwich and sausage roll in Regents Park. During the picnic, we caught up with Dave, Gary and Hubert.
Dave completed a programme in Sutton in 1996 and Gary completed our New Bucks programme in 1997. Watch them share their memories of the last 20 years with Youth at Risk.
Hubert is another of our graduates. He has previously spoken of his experiences at presentations to some of our partners in Northampton. Click here to get to know him and hear why he is thankful for Youth at Risk.
The ambassadors are working on some great ideas and we are looking at ways to keep our supporters involved. Keep an eye on our YouTube page for new videos of the team sharing what they have been up to. We cannot wait to see them get stuck in.
Amira, Neil and Mark recently visited Belfast to meet with key people in the criminal justice system. Amira gave us her thoughts on the meeting with Richard Taylor…
“I recently met Richard Taylor, the Governor of Hydebank Wood Secure College. I was totally blown away by the way he talked about his students, the young men who have been sentenced to serve time in Hydebank Wood. He talked about these young men like any proud Head Teacher would talk about their A* students. Richard is willing to challenge the current way of thinking and working with young offenders – he has created an environment where 100% of students attend education or training; they have free movement around the secure college: relationships between students and prison staff have significantly improved.
I am excited about working alongside him and his team to continue to challenge ideas and embed the transformation that has occurred at Hydebank Wood”.
One of our talented young people in Suffolk is looking for an acoustic guitar, with strap to around the neck, for an Open Mic night this month. If you know anyone that could lend or donate one please contact Ashley@youthatrisk.org.uk ASAP.
August 10, 2016
Barnardo’s report about the lack of mentors for young people in care highlights concerning gaps in support available across the country. The challenges faced by young people are huge; inconsistent mental health support, increased sexual exploitation and grooming, frequent recreational drug use and the absence of stable role models. It is easy to see how young people often become seduced by gangs, crime, violence and even paedophiles. Properly trained, high quality mentors can make a huge difference. The long term savings generated by effectively supporting young people through the formative teenage years are well established. Government should commit the resources to properly fund mentoring and ensure a quality structure of support is available for young people.
Click here to read the report in full
August 1, 2016
This month we’ve been joined by the BBC who have been filming to put our #TakeAStand campaign together and we’ve really enjoyed it.
They began filming on Day 5 of our West Suffolk community programme where young people were taking a stand for who they are and then went onto the celebrations in Hackney as young people performed and completed their 9-month transformational journey. BBC finished off by filming two of our inspirational ambassadors who shared their experience of Youth at Risk.
We’re so grateful to have this opportunity to raise money to reach out to more young people. We want to continue our work in Hackney over the next 3 years, build greater communities and include a residential. A residential programme involves taking young people out of their current surroundings to provide an intense personal development course giving them the best opportunity to experience our work. If you don’t already please follow our Twitter @YouthatRiskUK where you will soon find out who our celebrity presenter is and how you can get involved and donate.
Click here to see some behind the scenes footage.