Action for Children is a large national charity with a long history of supporting children, young people and families. We have a presence across London, with a range of work including young carers services, short breaks for children with disabilities and services for children in care. We are keen to use our nationwide expertise working with children, young people and families in areas such as youth employability and training, supporting families to be work ready and helping young people with disabilities access the job market through the Building Better Opportunities funding, and are interested in being either a Lead or Delivery partner.
Betknowmore UK mission is to develop and deliver support and education services to address problem gambling and addiction. To facilitate this, we have launched Gambling Support Hubs (GaMS) in Islington and Newham. The GaMS Hubs services include an outreach mentoring programme called ACT, a tailored 1-2-1 outreach programme for gambling addiction. We also provide workshops, specific to client need, and information services, such as posters and leaflets. We focus on partnership building and our partners already include drug/alcohol agencies, mental health services and housing associations.
Blue Sky is an award-winning charity that solely employs ex-offenders for 6 months and offers them a package of rehabilitation support whilst with us (training, housing support, mentoring and jobs brokering). We operate over 20 commercial contracts around London and anticipate having more than 100 vacancies to offer ex-offenders this year alone. We have a track record of successfully delivering ESF programmes in the past – notably being part of London Probation’s PIANO programme where we achieved all the employment and training outcomes assigned to us. We are also currently a specialist provider to Reed and A4e on the DWP’s
Centrepoint works with over 500 young people across our 33 London services. Every young person who arrives at Centrepoint receives a health and learning assessment which then informs support plans within our Support Model approach comprising health, learning and key workers. We work with young people to address their health needs. Centrepoint has extensive experience of the issues that homeless young people face. Support is tailored for each young person. We deliver a functional skills programme including qualifications in Maths, English and ICT. We run the Workwise programme, a sector-based work academy and progressed 70 young people into employment over the last year. We deliver a Sports and Volunteer programme which motivates young people who are furthest away from the labour market who arrive in crises with high level needs to progress onto EET activities. The results of our family mediation pilot project in Lewisham showed that 82% of young people improved their family relationships.
Construction Youth Trust is a charity helping young people in England and Wales to build better futures by giving them access to training, education and employment opportunities in the construction industry.
We support young people whose journey to work may be challenging due to barriers such as financial circumstances, lack of awareness of opportunities, low self-esteem, gender or ethnicity.
We inspire and support young people with a passion for construction through education, practical work experience and employment brokerage.
We work in partnership to deliver free courses that provide practical work experience as well as careers advice.
Sound record in track delivery in enabling people with mental health problems into work, training and mainstream social inclusion. We have a unique and holistic model combining information advice and guidance with hands on practical skills/volunteering experience whereby service users run the daily business functions of the clubhouse thereby gaining real work skills. We also have a range of flexible employment opportunities in in house enterprises and through external partners and have a track record in exceeding mainstream employment contracts including those with local authorities and ESF. We work with those both closer to the job market and those who are far away from it with excellent results.
HSC is a voluntary home-visiting programme in which trained volunteers offer support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under five who are experiencing difficulties. It trains and supports volunteers to enable them to give their valuable time and parenting experience to support vulnerable families in their homes throughout Camden when they are least able to get out in the community. Families who are referred are matched with a volunteer who visits weekly for three to four hours and who aims to increase the confidence and independence of the family. The home visiting is on a one-to-one basis for as long as needed which may be up to a year or more. Priority is given to supporting families living in the most deprived parts of Camden and the most difficult-to-reach and isolated families across the borough are targeted.
For the year 2013/14 HSC supported 130 families (a 16% increase on previous year). This included 263 children (194 under five and 69 older siblings) and 209 parents.
As the education business partnership for Hackney, Camden and Islington, Inspire! brings its extensive network of local and City-based employer contacts, excellent relationships with schools and colleges and a wealth of contract management experience to any partnership arrangement. We have successfully run a number of programmes engaging pre-NEET and NEET young people (aged 15-19), consistently exceeding funder targets / profiles and receiving praise for best practice and high quality of delivery. This includes the ESF/SFA funded GLYP04 programme – for which we managed delivery across the North London cluster – which recruited 503 young people against a target of 413
The London Youth Support Trust (LYST) helps young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to start and grow successful businesses and develop their skills for work. The Trust provides business space, advice, support and mentoring. We do this within our centres, which are intentionally located in deprived London communities. By enabling our young clients to work where they live, we help them develop local enterprise and create employment opportunities in their communities. We bring enterprise expertise and our support is provided within enterprise centres where we have on-site advice and personal support for our clients.
New Challenge was established in March 1997 as a private, not-for-profit organisation and has a long and successful track record of working with disadvantaged individuals experiencing multiple barriers to accessing skills and employment We have successfully delivered a number of ESF co-financed projects with a focus on helping participants improve their employability/vocational skill and succeed in securing sustained employment. We have a highly successful careers advice and guidance service that supports over 500 customers per month in West London. We are accredited to deliver BTEC and NCFE IT User and Workskills qualifications and we also offer a successful employer engagement and job brokerage service.