Project information

2015 Africa Partnership

Link for Life Project helps local young people visit & support vulnerable children in southern Africa, who have been orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2015 we want to deepen our partnerships through visits to our partners in Africa & then helping those who visit to speak up for those in need.

June 2014 - June 2016

Charity information: Link 4 Life Project

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  • Need


    Many young people in our local community feel disconnected from the world around them. They see the needs of others and have energy & desire to help but don't know what to do. Often young people in the UK can feel bewildered by the pressures of their teenage years. Meanwhile, communities in southern Africa need people to partner with them as they seek solutions for complex social problems. There is a gap between young people in our communities and those in Africa. A bridge is needed.


    Link 4 Life Project acts as a bridge between UK young people who often need a challenge & focus .... and communities in need in Africa. The The Africa Partnerships initiative will help young people to visit remarkable volunteers in southern Africa, and then help them to develop skills to speak up for the needs of those they meet - as well as helping them to understand the complex problems that lead to poverty and need. It's about partnership, not pity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable local young people to visit our partner charities in southern Africa during 2015.


    » Organise and lead visits to Hands at Work in Africa and our other charity partners in 2015

    What success will look like

    Success will be taking 8 young people to visit our charity partners in southern Africa

    Aim 2

    Enable young people to be advocates and leaders for Link for Life Project and it's charity partners


    » Train &support young people before they visit southern Africa and after they return from visiting our charity partners

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing young people who have visited our partner charities- taking on volunteering and leadership roles and speaking up for the people they have met and visited

  • Impact


    The 2015 Africa Partnership will enable more young people to take on roles within of Link 4 Life Project - e.g. volunteering and becoming young leaders. More of our young people who visit our charity partners will stay connected with those charities and those the charities work with. Communities in need in southern Africa will have young people in the UK to speak up for them and continue in partnership with them - and our charity partners will have more people in the UK supporting their work.


    There is a risk attached to any visit to a community where there is a need for development. Some communities face complex social problems and this can lead to visitors from the UK being vulnerable themselves. This can put off young people who want to help.
    All visits we undertake have a detailed risk assessment - we only take young people to places that we have been visited before. Young people are always accompanied on community visits and work with people who speak the local language


    There will be updates via our blog and through social media. We hope to have a regular e mail update of the work of the Link for Life Project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £44,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,000 Visits to Charity Partners in 16 young people will travel to our partners in Africa in two groups accompanied by 4 adults leaders
      £12,000 Leadership costs each group of 8 young people will have 4 experiences adult leaders with them
      £3,000 Training for young people visit preparation and orientation & resources & publicity for advocacy

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Young people's contributions £1,200 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are based in Great Wyrley, Staffordshire, but we are in partnership with people based in the Lichfield Diocese. Our Charity partners are based in South Africa (Mpumalanga and Durban)


    There are two areas of benefit from this project.
    - The young people in our local area will be empowered to take on volunteering and junior leadership roles in supporting our charity partners - and Link for Life Project and those taking part in future visits
    - Communities in need in southern Africa will have advocates and partners within the UK who can help them bring about change in their own community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    A unique feature of this project is that young people get to visit our charity partners and the work they do. This means there is a personal link which gives accountability. Those who give to our charity partners can be certain that their donation has reached those in need because people from Link for Life regularly visit the work that is done.
    Also the project gives young people in our local community a challenge & opportunity to get involved in a project that makes a real difference

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rose Westwood

    Rose is a trustee of Link 4 Life Project. She co-ordinates the links between our partner charities and adults and young people in our local community

    Richard Westwood

    Richard is chair of Link for Life Project trustees. He will be leading one of the two teams of young people visiting our charity partners in 2015

    Wendy Heath

    Wendy is a volunteer leader and will be leading one of the teams of young people who visit our charity partners in 2015.

    Andy Evans

    Andy Evans has recently returned from a visit to one of our charity partners and will be encouraging the young people who get involved