Project information

LNK Summer Youth Engagement Programme

We have been mentoring young people, from Pupil Referral Units & Secondary schools who are
at risk of becoming NEET. We would like the funds
to deliver work skill workshops and activities over the summer, that will contribute towards their personal development and employability skills.

July 2018 - September 2018

Charity information: Lives Not Knives

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  • Need


    Youth unemployment, youth gang involvement,
    youth crime, youth anti-social behaviour, lack of affordable and engaging activities for young people, during the summer holidays. In Croydon, 5.4% of 18-24yr olds claim work benefits, 3points above the National Average. We aim to work with the local community to help reduce the numbers of youth unemployment and those at risk of becoming NEET and forge sustainable and lasting relationships between young people in Croydon and the wider community.


    We will be organising activities and projects that will help to keep them motivated and focused, before they begin their next step or enter a new school year. Holding events where young people can learn more about the industry they intend to go in to and actively learn skills related to that industry i.e. music, sports, arts or childcare. We hope that the continued support over the summer, will help them prepare for life after school and reduce the risk of them dropping out of their provision.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage with young people during the summer holidays and keeping them off the streets.


    » » Provide in house mentoring and support. Offering a safe space throughout the duration of the holidays. » Music, Photography, Art etc. workshops.

    What success will look like

    Registers for young people using the service. Producing case studies, progression & achievement reports and an evaluation of each young persons progress, at the end of programme.

    Aim 2

    Preparation for Post-16 provision


    » » CV writing workshop - we will support and help them to produce their CVs and use them to apply for jobs
    » » Employability skills workshop - offering workshops on job skills and educating & preparing 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, i.e. student ID, enrolment form. We hope to be able to keep in touch with the young people who will be entering post-16 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 & dance events, mentoring support
    » » Workshops on ways to manage stress, organisations who provide help, providing coping strategies.
    » » Workshops on building self-esteem and personal development. Creating timelines, setting SMART goals, identifying barriers & challenges.

    What success will look like

    With all of our workshops, we always ask for written feedback, so we know how effective the sessions have been. We will use these to evaluate how successful each session has been.

  • Impact


    We aim to reduce the number of young people leaving secondary education in 2018 becoming NEET. We hope that working within the local community will help us to promote a positive attitude towards young people in Croydon. In preparing them for life after school we will help to shape mature young adults who will contribute to society throughout their lives. We hope that young people not leaving school in 2018, will return more focused and willing to learn, to reduce the risk of them becoming NEET.


    Lack of engagement from young people, not having numbers to run workshops, events etc.. We already have a number of young people receiving mentor support, who will be taking part, as well as taking referrals from schools, pru's and other youth organisations. Lack of support from external organisations, community, local employers. We have already reached out to organisations and individuals that have previously supported LNK or have expressed an interest in wanting to get involved.


    We will use social media, video's and blogs throughout the programme to demonstrate how well it is running. We will also be able to produce progress reports and and can provide a written social value report upon completion.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Internal Staffing Costs Youth practitioners, to offer one on one monitored, personalised support for each young person.
      £1,000 Job Fair Encourage employers to hire apprentices. Opportunity to meet potential employers
      £2,000 Creative workshops Materials to help young people create videos, music, prints etc.
      £4,000 External Staffing Costs To cover the cost of professionals delivering creative and healthy workshops
      £1,000 Healthy workshops Space & costs of Dance, Zumba, Fitness, Sports 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 supporting young people into employment, education & training for the past 4 years. Our space is inviting and is a place young people enjoy coming to. Being in the heart of Croydon means we are accessible to a large number of young people and employers.


    Young offenders, looked after children, young mums, young people at risk of becoming NEET because of socio-economic factors, participation in youth crime, risk of participation in youth or gang crime, young people with low attainment levels, mental health, complex family circumstances and any other participants that need help or support with planning for their future or next steps.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    LNK already works with young people in school & PRU engagement. The practitioners already support the young people who have been referred to us, as needing extra support. As we have already got to know some of the young people, 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. For those who aren't already known to us and wish to take part, we will have 1-1s at initial meet so we know how best to support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Karen Stracey

    Project Manager - Karen will be organising the workshops, creating the timetable and will be responsible for the day to day running of the programme.

    Alisha Bryan-Fidoe

    Mentor - Alisha will be responsible for mentoring and will appoint mentors to individuals and will oversee the mentoring aspect.