Project information

Youth Project – Vauxhall

This project will help disadvantaged youth in the area to gain social skills and improve their educational and life chances for a better career so that they can come out of youth crime and gang culture.

Ongoing work

Charity information: London City Mission

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  • Need

    Need

    Vauxhall in the borough of Lambeth is the 4th most densley populated area in Britain. It also has one of the highest youth population ratio. As a result housing is in short supply and it has the highest murder rate of any borough. Gang activity and violent crime are prevalent in parts of the area. The increase in Knife related deaths in the area in 2018 was featured on national news several times. London City Mission want to alliviate the rising problems through its local community projects.

    Solution

    Our community and youth projects in Vauxhall engages young people in positive activities, where they have an outlet for creativity. These include after-school clubs during term-time and drop-in sessions during the holidays, providing activities such as homework clubs, film clubs and games. Young people also have an opportunity to talk about issues in their community, the pressures they face, their hopes for the future and explore issues of faith with staff who are approachable and supportive.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide sport related recreation for youth from low-income households under pressure to join gangs


    Activities

    » After school football club Recreational activities such as computer games
    » Film night Homework club

    What success will look like

    Improve life chances - Regular attendance at football club activities will ensure youth are given an alternate to a life fueled by violence and crime.


    Aim 2

    Mentoring for youth


    Activities

    » Discussions around poverty and peer pressure Discussions around faith an d morality On-going mentoring from staff
    » Lunch club every Fridays

    What success will look like

    Help young people to understand their potential and opportunities in life through homework club and discussions around their future.


    Aim 3

    Christmas Community Meals


    Activities

    » Provide community meals during Christmas time which brings proverty stricken areas of the community together for a meal and time of celebration

    What success will look like

    Bring 80 to 90 people in the community together to celebrate life at the Christmas season, who may never get such opportunities because of their poverty.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Improve young people's sense of values, emotional stability and providing a positive, supportive environment will help them to understand their importance, that they are worthy of time and attention, regardless of their social status or community background.

    Risk

    Young people not engage with the project.

    This is mitigated by offering a range of activities for the youth and building a good rapport with them so there are opportunities to feed back on activities.

    LCM staff have already been active in the community for many years and have built a relationship in the community.

    Reporting

    An update showing how funds have been used.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Refreshments After school club
      £4,000 Equipment hire Equipment and facilities for activities
      £12,000 Staff Hiring staff and volunteers for support
  • Background

    Location

    The projects are located in Vauxhall in the London borough of Lambeth, perdominantly consisting of the white working class and immigrants from West Indies and Latin America. It has one of the highest crime rates in the London Boroughs.

    Youth ratio is one of the highest in the UK leading to unemployment, gang culture and related gun and knife crime.

    Beneficiaries

    Young people between the ages of 11 and 18

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    London City Mission is a Christian charity working in Vauxhall for decades and its staff have steadily built relationships with people in the area. We have a rich history of providing practical support in areas of great need, helping people to reflect on their lives and explore faith.

    The Vauxhall Christian Centre is used as a base to connect with everyone in the community especially the young people. Staff run many activities each week providing support through a variety of activities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Kevin Croft

    He is able to communicate well with young people from different backgrounds and has been working in the area for many years.

    Jennifer Garibay

    Her experiences in life and years spent working with young women has had a major impact in the lives of people in the area already.

"50% of family life in the area we work in is made up of broken families and single mothers with children and youth needing a lot of help."

Kevin Croft