Project information

Peer Leadership Team and Fun Week

Positive diversionary activities for young people have been proven to reduce anti-social behaviour and increase positive outcomes. Ignite propose to deliver positive activities for young people throughout the summer holidays including a Peer Leadership Programme, sports, games and day trips.

July 2017 - September 2017

Charity information: Ignite Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    Harrow has the third highest deprivation inequality score in London and pockets of concentrated deprivation. Child poverty impacts on health, education, employment, aspirations and risk of criminal activity. Many of our participants can not afford to pay for day trips, so rarely are able to experience new activities. Furthermore, school holidays are often a time at which levels of boredom, youth anti-social behaviour and levels of isolation increase for young people.

    Solution

    Our project will be two-fold:
    1. Peer Leadership Team: for 15 young people to receive one week of training including: safeguarding; detached youth work; listening and mentoring skills. The team will plan and lead the programme of activities for peers throughout subsequent weeks.
    2. Programme of Positive Diversionary Activities: for up to 150 young people including sports, day-trips, games; including a one-week intensive activity programme and 9 individual activity days.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Form a Peer Leadership Team of up to 15 young people to plan and deliver activities for their peers

    Activities

    » Information sessions for young people who are part of Ignite's year-round projects, to initiate interest in joining the team.
    » A day of team building activities for young people who are chosen to be a part of the team.
    » 4 days of training and planning sessions for team members - including health and safety, detached youth work, session planning and budgeting.

    Success will be engaging 15 disadvantaged young people in the Peer Leadership Team, who attend the training week and successfully plan and lead activities for their peers.


    Aim 2

    Deliver positive diversionary activities for up to 150 young people

    Activities

    » Fun Week: An intensive week of activities held in a local park, including team games, sports, craft activities and challenges.
    » 9 individual activity days, including skills development workshops (dance, sports, music), sports sessions and day trips.

    Success will be:
    - delivering Fun Week intensive week of activities
    - delivering 9 individual activity days
    - engaging 150 young people across the activities.


    Aim 3

    Young people reduce negative or life-limiting behaviours e.g. anti-social behaviour, substance
    use

    Activities

    » Fun Week: An intensive week of activities held in a local park, including team games, sports, craft activities and challenges.
    » 9 individual activity days, including skills development workshops (dance, sports, music), sports sessions and day trips.
    » 1:1 mentoring and support for young people from youth workers and their peers in the Peer Leadership Team.

    Success will be:
    - Young people increasing their engagement with positive activities
    - Young people demonstrating positive behaviour changes throughout their engagement.


    Aim 4

    Young people increase positive friendships and reduce isolation.

    Activities

    » Fun Week: An intensive week of activities held in a local park, including team games, sports, craft activities and challenges.
    » 9 individual activity days, including skills development workshops (dance, sports, music), sports sessions and day trips.
    » Opportunities for young people to engage with Ignite's year-round projects to continue friendships and meet other young people.

    Success will be:
    - Young people attending an increased number of positive activities
    - Young people continuing to engage with positive activities after the summer holidays.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Through this project we will particularly aim to impact the young people who are part of the Peer Leadership Team in the long-term. Outcomes we aim to achieve include: 15 peer leaders increase self-efficacy; 15 increase employability skills and employment prospects; 10 reduce life-limiting behaviours/choices. Peer Leaders will be encouraged to critically self-reflect throughout their engagement with the programme, in order to challenge themselves in the situation and on-going.

    Risk

    There is a risk that the project wont engage the numbers of young people we are aiming to. We will deal with this risk through a comprehensive advertising campaign for both the Peer Leadership Team and positive activities – involving youth workers and young people advertising to their friends.

    Reporting

    Due to the short timescale of the project, donors will receive a comprehensive email report following the completion of the activities. This report will detail the numbers of young people engaged in activities, activities delivered, and positive outcomes achieved.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,632

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,520 Peer Leadership Team Training week for Peer Leadership Team
      £3,610 Fun Week A week of intensive activities for up to 150 young people
      £2,502 Activity days 9 activity days for young people
      £2,000 Overheads Management, admin and office costs
  • Background

    Location

    Deprivation affecting children is increasing in Harrow (Harrow Council Children & Families Plan), and statistics show that the highest percentage of children in poverty live in the wards of Wealdstone, Marlborough and Roxbourne; the areas where Ignite focuses its work. Statistics from Metropolitan Police Crime Mapping list Wealdstone and Marlborough in the top three wards with the highest crimes rates in the borough, with prolific anti-social behaviour and drug dealing/using as priority issues.

    Beneficiaries

    Ignite works with at-risk and disadvantaged young people aged 13-24 in Harrow. A large proportion of our current project participants are those who are involved in or at-risk of involvement in gang activity and anti-social/aggressive behaviour. Many of our project participants come from low income, sometimes unstable home situations and often are involved in drugs and other negative behaviours such as high levels of risky sexual behaviour.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ignite has a strong track record of supporting young people to achieve positive outcomes. Outcomes achieved between April 2015 and March 2016 include:
    - 299 young people re-engaged or increased engagement in education and/or employment;
    - 461 young people demonstrated an increase in self-efficacy;
    - 171 young people increased social cohesion;
    - 128 young people demonstrated a reduction in anti-social behaviour.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Michael Luke

    Youth Worker - Specialising in working with young people who are connected to local gangs.

    Darlington Mutsekwa

    Employment Support Worker - Darlington works with young people to recognise their talents and skills, and find employment.

    Angel Myrie

    Employment Support Worker - Angel works with young people to recognise their talents and skills, and find employment.