Project information

LNK Summer Youth Engagement Programme

We are currently working in Pupil Referral Units, with young people, at risk of becoming NEET. We would like the funds to be able to work with them during the Summer, providing work skill workshops and activities that will contribute towards their personal development and employability skills.

June 2017 - September 2017

Charity information: Lives Not Knives

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  • Need


    Youth unemployment, youth gang involvement, crime amongst youths, lack of affordable and engaging activities for young people during summer. In London there are 217000 young men and 141000 young women are out of employment, actively seeking provision. There are also over 500,000 "inactive Neets" who are not seeking any opportunities after they finish school. We aim to work with the local community to reduce the number of NEETS and bridge the gap between young people and the wider community.


    We will be offering a space for young people to get involved in projects that will keep them motivated and focused, before they begin their next step.Holding job fairs and events where young people can learn more about the industry they are intend to go in to and actively learn skills related to that industry i.e. music, mechanics, sports or childcare. We hope that by the continued support they will be prepared for life after school and reduce the risk of them dropping out of their provision.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engaging young people during the summer holidays and keeping them off of the streets.


    » Provide in house mentoring and support and offering a safe space throughout the duration of the holidays.
    » Music, Media and Art workshops for young creatives. There is only one College south of the river that offers TV & Media courses.

    What success will look like

    Daily registers for young people using the service, case studies, progression reports, achievement reports, final review of each young person.

    Aim 2

    Preparation for Post-16 provision


    » CV writing workshop - we will support and help them to produce their CVs
    » Job skills workshop - offering workshops on job skills and educating them on what is expected of them in the work place.
    » Job Fair/Events - we will bring together local employers to educate the young people on their chosen industry and provide practical experience.

    What success will look like

    Evidence of post-16 provision. We hope to keep in touch with the young people and monitor their progress.

    Aim 3

    Promote health & well-being


    » Provide activities that promote a healthy lifestyle and physical, emotional and mental well-being. Including sport events
    » Workshops on ways to manage stress, organisations who provide help, providing coping strategies.

    What success will look like

    With our workshops we always ask for written feedback, so we know how effective the sessions have been.

  • Impact


    We hope that with this project, we will be able to reduce the number of NEETs from the 15-16 year olds that will leave mandatory education in 2017. We also hope that by working within the local community we will be able to promote a positive attitude towards young people in the borough. In preparing them for life after school, we will help to shape mature young adults who will continue to contribute to society, throughout their lives.


    Lack of engagement from young people and external organisations


    We will use social media, video's, blogs and can provide a written social value report upon completion.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Staff costs Youth practitioners to offer one on one monitored support for each young person
      £1,000 Job Fair Encouraging employees to hire apprentices
      £3,000 Creative Workshops External professionals will help young people create videos, music etc
  • Background


    The Lives Not Knives unit is based in Centrale Shopping Centre in Croydon. It was first opened in 2013 with the support from Croydon Partnership and has been for the past 3 years supporting young people into employment.


    Young offenders, looked after children, young mums and other young participants that need help or support with their future.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Lives Not Knives already works with young people in school engagement. The practitioners already support the young people who have been noted by Youth Offending Team or the Council as needing extra support. As we have already got to know the young people personally, we will be able to engage with them on a personal level. We already have background knowledge which will help us to support them effectively.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alisha Bryan-Fidoe

    Project Manager - will be responsible for the day to day running of the project and organising the activities and workshops.

    Jack Kew

    Case/support worker - Will support and engage with the young people regularly.