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Project information

LNK Summer Skills

Summer activities in our community are essential for youth crime reduction. LNK will be organising supervised activities for vulnerable young people, whilst learning valuable life skills, building healthy bonds, trust, cooperation and healthy living. Working as a team for a final skills showcase.

July 2019 - September 2019

Charity information: Lives Not Knives

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  • Need


    Cuts in youth services, budget cuts and up to 40% youth workers losing their jobs. squeezed the work of charities within the community. Small charities like Lives Not Knives are able to respond quickly to these cuts and we have learnt to scale down our service to match our streamlined funds. However, the impact of such cuts lead to an increased rise in youth crime. LNK would like to offer summer activities to solve the problem of the spike in youth crime during the summer holidays.


    LNK will solve the problem by offering supervised activities throughout the summer. Whilst, building positive healthy relationships and learning life skills.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Keeping young vulnerable people safe and off the streets and equipping them with life skills.


    » LNK will be offering positive activities, throughout the summer within the LNK Unit, ultimately working towards a community showcase.

    What success will look like

    Each young person will be assessed for their-Improved Safety
    Improved Trust
    Improved Cooperation
    Improved attitude towards Healthy Living

  • Impact


    Long term changes will be tracked by the LNK youth workers -
    They will track the safety of each young person participating in the programme and involving them in future programmes. This way we can monitor and further build on their trust, cooperation and healthy lifestyle. Keeping each young person on track to a more positive future.


    There is the risk that some of our young people find it hard to commit to regularly attending the LNK Summer Skills programme. However, LNK have dealt with this risk by engaging young people that are already being mentored in Schools and conducting market research with groups of young people to established the types of activities they would like to participate in during the summer.


    LNK publish a Social Value Paper annually, which will report the progress made by the young people on all programmes.
    LNK also keep our donors updated via the LNK facebook page and twitter account.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Youth workers costs Supervising the activities
      £5,000 Workshops 20 workshops/activities
      £500 refreshments refreshments for young people
      £1,000 Showcase Organising the final showcase
      £500 Stationery Stationery and equipment used throughout the programme
      £1,000 Evaluation Evaluation, Monitoring and Tracking of each young person
  • Background


    Croydon has the highest number of reported youth crime incidents in all of the 32 Boroughs of London and has the greatest number of young people living in the borough. LNK are based in the centre of Croydon and the young people we work with feel let down by the education system, unsupported and alone. LNK provide a strong supportive relationship that leads to the young person having a role model, a trustworthy relationship and aspire to lead the young person to better life chances and choices.


    LNK will be working with 50 vulnerable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with multiple complex socio-economic needs.
    Some of our young people may already be known to the authorities, some may be suffering from mental health issues, experienced violence in their home or been involved in criminal activity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    LNK are embedded within the community. They work in partnership with the LA, Police, Community leaders and Schools to actively work at the grassroots level to prevent young people engaging in youth crime. Our mentoring programmes within the schools have excellent results. We feel this is because our mentors are young local people who can empathise with the young people they are working with.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Youth Worker - Letitia Robb

    Letitia will be organising the events and workshops and also be supervising the activities and mentoring the young people.

    Youth Worker - Karen Stacey

    Karen will be recruiting the young people, organising and monitoring the evaluation and mentoring the young people

    Apprentice Youth Worker Abigale Wray

    Abigale will assist both Letitia and Karen with the day to day duties of the programme.