Link for Life Partnerships & Young Leaders 2016
Link for Life Project enables young local young people to connect with & support vulnerable children in southern Africa who have been orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2016/17 we want to help young people visit our partner charities in Africa and empower them to speak up for those in need.
January 2016 - July 2017
Link 4 Life Project
Many young people feel disconnected from the world around them. They see the needs of others and want 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 for Life Project seeks to be a bridge between UK young people who often need a challenge & focus .... and communities in need in Africa. The Young Leaders & Partnerships 2016/7 initiative will help young people to visit and learn from remarkable volunteers in southern Africa. It will 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.
Enable local young people to visit our partner charities in southern Africa during 2016/7
Activities» Organise and lead visits to Hands at Work in Africa and our other charity partners in 2016/7
» Enable one of our exiting young people to volunteer with Hands at Work in Africa for a 10 month period... September 2016 - July 2017
Success will be taking 6 young people to visit our charity partners in southern Africa and enabling one young person to undertake a 10 month volunteer program with our partners
Enable young people to be advocates and leaders for Link for Life Project and it's charity partners
Activities» Provide training for young people before and after their visit to our charity partners in southern Africa, enabling them to speak up for those in need
» Run a feedback event to which the local community, school colleagues, parents, church members and existing supporters are invited to come.
Success will be seeing young people who have visited our partner charities- taking on leadership roles and speaking up for the people they have met and visited
The Link for Life Young Leaders & Partnership 2016/7 initiative will see more young people in significant roles (e.g. long term volunteers, trustees, team leaders) of Link for Life Project and its partners. 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
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 (www.linkforlifeproject.blogspot.com) and through social media (Facebook 'Friends of Link for Life Project' & Twitter @link4liferw)
Budget - Project Cost: £24,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £14,000 Partnerships Take 6 young people to visit the work of our charity partners in South Africa in July 2016 £8,000 Young Volunteer Enable one young person to undertake a 10 month volunteer program with Hands at Work in Africa £2,000 Training & advocacy Fund key training for leaders and train young people to speak up for those in need
We are based in Staffordshire, but we are in partnership with people based throughout the Lichfield Diocese. Our Charity partners are based in South Africa (Mpumalanga and Durban)
There are three areas of benefit from this project.
- The young people in our local area will be empowered to take on leadership roles in supporting our charity partners.
- the local communities from which UK young people come will have motivated and energized community members
- 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.
A unique features of this project is that young people 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 is a trustee of Link for Life Project and co-ordinates the links between our partner charities and adults and young people in our local community
Laura visited Africa with Link for Life Project on 3 occasions, is part of our steering group &hopes to volunteer with Hands at Work for 10 months
Visiting Africa with Link for Life has pushed me to want to do more for others and completely changed my outlook on what I want to do with my life