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LYRC's mentoring scheme has been successfully working with vulnerable young people in the Borough of Enfield. The Scheme is run through the Youth Offending Services and 3 secondary schools, providing 1 to 1 support with a safe context in which to express their feelings and work through difficulties
April 2011 - March 2012
Charity information: Life Youth Resource Centre Ltd [LYRC]
LYRC is based in Edmonton, Enfield, which is ranked 104th most deprived area of 354 local authority areas in England. Crime rate is above the national average. Knife crime increased among young people from 85 in the previous year to 123. Many of these young people are from single parent homes of low income salaries and fathers do not participate in their lives. The risk of being recruited into gangs have increased with persistent absence or exclusion from school requiring intervention.
LYRC will recruit and train more mentors and youth workers as positive role models and to address some of the issues through personal development programs, workshops on 'Living Safely' - Drugs, Knives/Guns & Gang Culture. We also run other after school activities such as sports, drama, games, life experience days and life skills. The activities are to get the young people off the streets, tools to build confidence, self esteem take responsibility for their own lives and make positive choices.
Mentoring in school and out of school hours
Activities» Provide 1 to one mentoring support in school time Mondays - Wednesdays and out of school support on Thursdays and Fridays
» Run 10 Group sessions during holiday times
What success will look like
Success will be receiving 62 disadvantaged young people over 12 months from 3 secondary schools and youth offending service to mentor through our personal development program.
Run After School Youth Club on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Activities» Drama - Each month Young people work with a relevant theme, e.g. 'Cultivating Positive Relationships' through drama.
» Film Night - a film pertaining to the theme of that month. After watching encourage discussion sessions for young people to participate.
» Life Skills Trips - Worker co-ordinate and lead trips to theme parks, educational places and involve young people in the planning, and decision making
What success will look like
Success will be to have minimum of 20 young people in attendance each week participating in confidence building exercises.
Parent Support Network
Activities» Carry out frequent home visits and help and encourage parents to understand and access the local service providers for them and their children
» Encourage parents to participate in LYRC's monthly Parent Support Network workshops as they are specifically set up to empower parenting skills.
What success will look like
Success will be offering support to all mentees parents and receiving a minimum of 95% of parents attending Parent Evening workshops and being able to access other service provider
Vulnerable young people will be helped to build confidence and develop valuable skills; reduce the number of exclusion from schools; those who are at risk of being involved in drugs, knife and gun crime will be helped to take control over their lives and to bring good changes to family life.
We will demonstrate the success by monthly performance reports. and continue to work closely with YOS and schools to track mentees progress and we will measure success through student and teacher feedback.
There is a risk that Mentors might be unable to carry out duties, due to long term sickness. We have dealt with this by ensuring that our volunteers are adequately trained in multiple skills to go into the schools or support any other children from the Youth Offending Service [YOS]. We have ensured we are able to offer continuing support whatever the case might be.
Donors to this project will receive monthly email detailing Work Plan and activities of the project. They will also be informed of any changes and Program outcomes that have been achieved.
Budget - Project Cost: £12,650Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £2,400 Personal Development Workshops Holding 10 workshops for 30 children from 3 secondary schools and 20 children from Youth Offending S £2,500 Parents Workshops Holding 10 parenting workshops for parents in the local community £2,750 Youth Club Activities Holding 14 sessions of dance and drama as part of youth club activities £2,500 Admin This include printing/stationery/internet/hall hire £2,500 Equipment/Resources Equipment and resources for games at Youth Club
Enfield has a population of 285,100 and have a large population of 0-15's and older people in comparison to the rest of London. Engaging more and more of the young people in positive activities and personal development program are crucial. The children who will benefit from this project live in one of the most deprived areas of Enfield with most parent are very low income earners. This area has been designated by key partners as an area for targeted intervention through Mentoring .
This aim of this project is that Young offenders and those vulnerable to offending will have more confidence and skills to help them gain employment. The project also aims to bring change to the lives of children, their families and the community as a whole, reducing fear and crime across Enfield. NEET young people will be encouraged into further education to raise their career chances. Young people will be given the opportunity to achieve and make progress and address issues of disaffection.
LYRC commenced its mentoring project in 2008 out of consultation with key organisations including the Police Youth & Partnership Team, Asst. Director of Education. To date LYRC has had positive measurable outcomes in the three schools and from the youth offending service where the Mentors are present. An example of target reached in 3 schools – Attendance 70% - 95%, Improved relationship with staff and peers – 80%. More focused lessons and participation - 80%
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Hillary is the Founder and Co-ordinator of the organisation. Main role is liaising with key partners, supervising mentor's work and forward planning.
Ozzie is a trained mentor and is an excellent role model especially working and bridging cultural barriers and supporting the Turkish families.
Yvette is a trained counsellor and is our Family Support Officer who support the parents by holding surgery and co-ordinate the workshop sessions.