Project information

The Archway Project

The aims of the project are to divert young people away from crime, reduce re-offending and provide the young people with the qualifications and skills necessary to assist them in securing meaningful employment.

On-going

Charity information: The Archway Project Ltd

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  • Need

    Need

    We are based in Thamesmead, London SE2, which is one of the most deprived areas in England. For example, the area ranks in the top 2% for child deprivation in the country and the top 3% for crime. Social housing accounts for 41% of stock against a national average of 19%.

    Solution

    Archway provides a range of accredited courses and activities for disadvantaged young people aged between 11 and 25 years old. Our courses include cookery & healthy eating, horticulture, robotics, archery, wall climbing, photography, engineering, bicycle repair & off road riding, employment advice and off road motorcycle riding. Our courses are accredited to either BTEC (Business & Technology Education Council) or AQA (Assessment & Qualification Alliance).

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved Health and Fitness

    Activities

    » Off-road motorcycling
    » Off road bicycling
    » Lessons in healthy eating and cookery

    We will survey all of our young participants using 1-2-1, questionnaires and group forums and we will seek feedback from carers, parents, and referral agencies.


    Aim 2

    Reduced social isolation

    Activities

    » Through our various activities, young people who are socially isolated are given the opportunity to develop new friendships.

    We will survey all of our young participants using 1-2-1, questionnaires and group forums and we will seek feedback from carers, parents, and referral agencies.


    Aim 3

    Educational achievement. We offer BTEC in four subjects and a wide range of AQA’s.

    Activities

    » BTEC Level one Diploma in Engineering
    » BTEC Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills
    » BTEC First Information & Creative Technology
    » BTEC Bicycle Engineering Certificate

    We will measure this aim by the number of certificates achieved by the young participants.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Crime rates are reduced and the community is safer, young people are better prepared for adulthood and with a better chance of securing meaningful employment, the cycle of generational unemployment is broken.

    Risk

    Unable to reach fundraising targets.

    Reporting

    Via our Impact Reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £88,069

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      Amount Heading Description
      £600 Safety Health and Safety training
      £9,032 Workshop Cost of running and maintaining workshop
      £11,840 Programme Young people's academic registrations and admin charges
      £66,597 Premises Premises/establishment expenses
  • Background

    Location

    The Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks Thamesmead 5,307 out of 32,482, 1 being the most deprived. Over 70% of households struggle with low/no income; significant age/cultural disparities; benefit dependency; poor housing; domestic violence; crime; substance abuse and family breakdowns are high. Social Housing accounts for 41% of stock against a national average of 19%. Greenwich has the 5th highest unemployment rate of any London borough and 48% of 19 year olds have no qualifications.

    Beneficiaries

    The project is designed for children and young people who are in some way disadvantaged. The term 'disadvantaged' for Archway is broad as over 25 agencies refer young people to us. They can be involved in the judicial system, in care, excluded from mainstream education, socially isolated, have problems at home or have a physical or mental disability. Those with a mental disability primarily have ADHD or Autism, however other problems include cerebral palsey, complex health needs and Tourette's.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our work is carried out in one of the most deprived areas in the country where there are very few organisations left offering purposeful activities for disadvantaged young people. We are proud of our achievements with our members over the last 35 years during which time we have received an award for being 'the most successful organisation in the country for reducing juvenile crime' and our work has been described as 'best practice' by the Mayor of London's Office, and 'fantastic' by Ofsted.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    John Milton MSc (Charity Finance), BSc (Hons) Economics, BA Business Finance

    CEO. Ten years at Archway

    Neil Monaghan

    Operations Manager. Fifteen years at Archway

    Will Page

    Business development Manager. Seventeen years at Archway