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Project information

Entrepreneurship fun workshops for young people

Deprived children need financial education and soft skills in order to improve their employability, social mobility and reduce their likelihood of engaging in crime. The sessions will be delivered by a renowned author and speaker who was awarded Mosaic Entrepreneur of the Year by Prince Charles

July 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: Education & Skills Development Group (ESDEG)

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  • Need


    We work with BMER children mostly Somalis. According to a 2016 study, Somali youth offenders are over-represented in Feltham Young Offenders Institute because of: 1. perceived lack of legitimate opportunities for making money 2. academic failure
    According to the Prince’s Trust Youth Index 2014, lack of positive role models is driving young people to join gangs.
    Deprived families cannot afford to go on summer holidays so children spend their time in the estate where they are introduced to crime


    We will run entrepreneurship workshops for 8 hours/day, 3 days per week for 6 weeks in summer where up to 30 children/day will be taught by positive role models using games and fun activities about running a business, designing products, managing money, employability and soft skills, honesty , resilience and creativity etc. The sessions will be delivered by Sabirul Islam who is an accomplished young entrepreneur
    We will provide healthy food based on

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Teaching children about entrepreneurship and soft skills through a role model in fun workshops


    » 3 days / week workshops for 6 weeks incorporating fun educational games, arts, sports to teach financial education, creativity, business, teamwork

    What success will look like

    At the end of the sessions, children will fill out a simple feedback form highlighting what they learnt. We expect children to feel empowered towards success and avoid crime

  • Impact


    The project will reduce likelihood of young people drifting towards crime because it targets children who live in estates in rough areas and are at risk of joining gangs or getting involved in crime.

    Our workshops will keep children safe and will teach them soft and entrepreneurship skills which could change their future for the better

    Families are invited to inform us of their children's progress and our tutors will monitor children's progress in our supplementary school during school year


    1- Safeguarding risk
    2- Children not learning

    2 experienced tutors with safeguarding training will attend the workshops to ensure the safety of all children

    The tutors will also help children if they are struggling with any concept. Children who attend our supplementary school will be familiar with our tutors which will make them more comfortable asking questions. Our tutors will ensure that children are learning and developing in a safe and fun environment


    We will provide a report with detailed expenditure, pictures, videos, feedback from children and families we will assess impact from the project and lessons learnt etc.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,737

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 Entrepreneurship workshops An 8 hr workshop costs £500/day X 18 days
      £4,320 Tutors 2 tutors X £15 per hour X 8 hours per day X 18 days
      £2,160 Healthy Eatwell food £4/child X 30 children per day X 18 days
      £90 Stationary £5/day X 18 days
      £1,167 Central costs 7.5% of budget to cover: bank charges, training,insurance, internet, telephone, web hosting, admin
  • Background


    ESDEG targets local deprived areas like Southall and Northolt. According to IMD 2015,these are among the 20% most deprived areas in England. Further, Southall wards rank highest in the Ealing crime domain


    Disadvantaged BMER young people mostly Somalis and their families

    Local schools will also benefit. This project is based on feedback we received from a local school that informed us that children need to see more positive
    role models. We worked with local schools for many years on improving children's attainment, aspirations, self-confidence and behaviour

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are unique as a grassroots charity that is deeply embedded within the community. Most of our staff are from the same community that we serve. Some of our staff used to be volunteers and now they work for us. Some of our service users became volunteers and staff members.

    In partnership with schools, we have been running a successful mentoring project and a supplementary school project benefiting about 140 child every year. We are familiar with the children, their schools and their families

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr. Sabirul Islam

    He will deliver the entrepreneurship workshops He is an accomplished entrepreneur, author and a motivational speaker

    Mr. Mohamed Ahmed

    Managing Director of our charity. He has extensive experience and networks in the community and local schools

    Mr. Ahmed Hadhoud

    Mentor and tutor who works with many children in the area in their local schools and in our supplementary school