We work with our younger residents to create training and employment opportunities as well as supporting personal development plans. Here are some examples of how we work:
Establishing a small business - run by young people for young people
We supported young residents to set up a social enterprise in one of our estate offices, encouraging them to get involved in community engagement work.
‘You Decide’ youth fund A panel made up of young residents who approve grant applications for projects that will benefit local communities. The panel commissioned 13 projects in 2011 totalling £24,037. All projects funded went through a rigorous vetting procedure designed and developed by the young panel members.
Youth ambassador programme We recruited 14 young people to this programme which provided them with a personal and vocational development plan. The programme supports the young people to develop real work skills while enabling them to establish and manage services in their own estates and communities.
Three of the young people have gone on to further university studies. Another three are employed part time on ambassador project activities and one sits on the board of Hackney youth parliament.
For infomation on how to get involved or join one of our young people projects email SERD@shgroup.org.uk
Teenage voices on first financial decisions
The Money Advice Service has launched a series of short videos with young people talking about how they are making their first financial decisions and how they are coping with the pressures and opportunities this brings.
NSPCC Gangs helpline service
The NSPCC launched a gang helpline service and is urging adults worried about children getting involved in gangs to give them a call.
Anyone with concerns can contact the 24 hour helpline anonymously on 0808 800 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org