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Knights Youth Centre annual report 2007/08

  1. 1. the programmeMONDAYSFOOTBALL Under 13s 5.00 –6.30pmINTERS School years 8, 9 and 10 7.00 – 9.00pmTUESDAYSJUNIORS School years 4, 5, 6 and 7 6.00 – 8.00pmWEDNESDAYSGIRLS @ KNIGHTS School years 6 - 11 6.00 –8.00pmINTERS (OFF SITE) School years 8, 9 and 10 7.00-9.00pmTHURSDAYSFOOTBALL Under 13s 5.00 – 6.30pmSENIORS School year 11 - under 20s 7.30-10.30FRIDAYSJUNIORS School years 4, 5, 6 and 7 6.00-8.00pmannualreport2008
  2. 2. a note from the chairmanDear friendWelcome to our 2007/08 annual report. This has been a good yearfor the Knights Youth Centre in which we have performed wellwhilst also addressing some difficult challenges.This report tells the story of the continuing strength of ourapprenticeship scheme (now entering its fourth year) and thecentre’s growing reputation with Lambeth Council and otherpartners – all of which springs from our ability to deliver a reallyeffective service in an extremely challenging area of south London.Seeing our older young people and apprentices grow in confidence about their futuresand ability to contribute is an inspiration to us all.This report tells another story too. As I am sure you are aware from both national andlocal media, street violence and young people’s disengagement with society is becominga real concern. Knights came face to face with this issue when a group of over twenty-five young people decided to camp outside the centre every night, for weeks on end,intimidating our parents, workers and young people. It felt at times as if we were underattack and that this group was determined to see us close down.To call this period a challenge would be understatement. However, with the hard work ofthe senior team and fantastic energy of our Senior Youth Worker, we have seen thisgroup turned around and become fully involved in our senior sections. This is realtestament to the value of the work we are doing and our capacity to engage with someof the most challenging young people in our community.On consideration, this report is actually a series of ‘stories’ – some from us, others frommembers, trainees and partners. I hope as you read through each of them you feel thatthe Knight’s Youth Centre is an organisation you want to continue supporting and feelproud of. Thank you for your continued support.Chris SaundersChairman annualreport2008
  3. 3. early knightsthe membersIt’s certainly been a busy year for the EarlyKnights members. A partnership forged withRichard Atkins Primary School saw us picking upthe children from the after school club at 5pmand bringing them over to Knights - a real help inboosting the number of regular members toroughly fifteen per week. With the extranumbers we were able to expand ourprogramme and offer a wider variety ofactivities to our young people. You will read later in this report that Early Knights will fromthehorse’smouth be coming to an end this summer. In preparation, we have spent some time consulting our young people on “I enjoyed it. I had fun this change to help work out how we can best on the computers and accommodate each of them in the future. There was a eye-toy.” mixed response: as expected, most expressed sadness Shaidon, 7yrs as there are no other youth clubs in the local area for 6-8 year olds, while some others did not feel as “Early Knights is great! I get to use the PC and I affected as they were eagerly looking forward to am not allowed at making the transition from Early Knights to Juniors. home. We get to make food.” the staff Kyra, 7yrs The current Early Knights team is made up of four TYLAP Trainees, one TYLAP Apprentice and the TYLAP “I like playing Assistant Coordinator. With such a big and ‘fresh’ team computer and we have been able to come up with some new and colouring things. I like innovative ideas. Relationships have continuously the name ‘Knights’ because when you grown stronger and a friendly and supportive working leave its night time.” environment has evolved. Joshua, 7 ½yrs the future “The children look Early Knights will go out with a bang. We are planning forward to Wednesday to run a one week combined summer project with the nights. I got good Juniors section involving various on and offsite feedback from activities, including visits to London Zoo and the swimming.” London Aquarium. We also aim to run a cake sale and Sandra RAP’s worker possibly a sponsored walk or sports day – look out for us being in touch for donations!annualreport2008
  4. 4. juniorsthe teamThe new first and second year TYLAP trainees were again the mainstay of our Juniorsteam, enthusiastically taking on the new responsibilities and challenges of providing thequality youth work that we are striving for. Their contribution has been fantastic. the highlightsThe very highest of highlights from the last year was theperformance of the members’ dance group, which reallywas testament to what young people can achieve whenthey dedicate themselves to something in the rightenvironment. Practicing every Tuesday eveningthroughout the winter, it was amazing to see the groupgradually become more inspired each week as they gavetheir all to create something special together.Their efforts culminated in a presentation evening on the final club night beforeChristmas. We invited an audience to come along to see how the commitment and effortof these members had resulted in two show-stopping performances.Dancing on the stage in front of at least fifty people in total (including about fifteenparents) was a new and daunting experience for the group, but also hugely rewarding.Thanks go to Denis for his enduring dedication in spurring the group through practice sessions on cold, dark nights and the performance itself. Such was the success and ‘fame’ of the group, it looks like other members will take inspiration from the performances and will want to try and match their achievements as a part of future dance teams. Another (if not so glamorous) highlight was our cake sale. Over ten parents and friends turned up during the course of the evening to support us, which gave us therare opportunity to talk with them in-depth about the club – its past, present and future– and what we are looking to achieve with Juniors. It was also an encouraging eveningfinancially as we raised £115, including donations from absent friends. Thanks again goto Pat & Audrey who helped us out by providing other snacks and drinks.the futureA five day joint summer project with the Early Knights is planned and we also lookforward to a potential trip to Wey Island and hopefully a week’s venture to CarrotyWood in Kent during September. annualreport2008
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  6. 6. intersIt’s been a challenging year for Inters in which a significant rise in negative and anti-socialbehaviour by some of the older young people at the centre in the summer of 2007seriously affected our ability to attract members to join us on Wednesdays. At the time,it proved to be a gauntlet which many current and prospective members were notprepared to run - and understandably so.The team worked hard to preserve an environment that was attractive to young peopleand provide reassurance to parents and carers and, in part, the events of that summerplayed a role in our decision to restructure our service delivery.It is no secret that young people in the transition between primary and secondary schoolcan sometimes fall away from a youth centre. The restructure will seek to address thispoint by extending Juniors to include Year 7 (first year of secondary school), to providestability and familiarity through this time of change in a young person’s life. Inters willnow be available for young people in school years 8 to 10.Enough of the theory. Here’s what’s been going on…Despite the shortage in numbers, there were nevertheless a number of memorablehighlights throughout the year. These included the old favourites such as climbing BoxHill, a week in Georgeham, swimming, using the computers, football and pool.These activities were complimented by somerelatively new and - dare we say it - urban mythstatus activities. One such activity was PAL. No,not the dog food, but Photo A Landmark. PALconsisted of a team of members finding twentylisted landmarks around the City and West End ofLondon. Once they had identified the landmarks,members were divided into teams and driven toeach by either Rob or Stu. With a deadline of10pm, the teams had to take a photo ofthemselves at each landmark before making theirway back to the centre. This generated a surprising amount of interest andcompetitiveness and, to this day, there is still debate on who won! (“For the record, myteam did. Not that it was a competition in the first place, of course” - Stu)The team’s hard work and creativity has paid dividends and we are pleased to say thatyoung people have been returning to Inters. With the restructure and ongoingcommitment from the team, we are confident that this upward trend will continue. annualreport2008
  7. 7. seniorsA mixed year for Seniors has, to an extent, mirrored the Knights experience as a whole,in that our successes have presented challenges and our challenges have broughtsuccesses.In contrast with Inters, Seniors has seen a massive surge in the numbers of membersattending. Whilst it’s always positive to see more young people show an interest injoining, this development brought its own very specific challenges.Since last year’s report, Knights has engaged witha large group of up to fifty young people twice aweek - Seniors and Workshop Nite. Unfortunately,a number of this group brought with them rangeof issues that proved a very real threat to the day-to-day activities at the centre. We are happy tosay that, having attended the club for a fewmonths, a growing number of those young peopleare becoming positive peer role models. Seeingsome fruit come from their labours has been amassive boost for the team and much deservedreward for their efforts.One of the by-products of the problems Seniors has faced over the past twelve monthshas been the prospect of some of the existing members being indirectly squeezed out.The team had to work hard to maintain relationships with these young people, and thecreation of the Boyz Ting programme supported this effort (see later in the report).Another success was taking 25 young people – the majority of which hadn’t been before– to meet the challenge of Box Hill. As usual, it was a dark, cold and slightly wet night andmost of the young people had little or no comprehension of what they were about to do.We can’t print the phrases uttered by some of the members when they were confronted fromthehorse’smouth with the stark realisation of the climb! Sometime later all the young people, including a few who had been wearing highly unsuitable slip-on shoes, made it to the “We all made it to the top the hard way, bringing with them a great sense of top, taking with us a great sense of pride pride and personal achievement. and personal achievement” Seniors is alive, kicking and generating a positive vibe at Stu Thomson the moment. The team and most of the members want to keep it that way.annualreport2008
  8. 8. stu’s viewEach year I come to write these articles for the Annual Report; each year it’s a greatopportunity to pause and reflect on what’s been and gone - and what is to come.As will be highlighted elsewhere in this report, we have had to face some tough,challenging and sometimes dangerous situations at Knights over the last twelve months.There have been moments when, quite understandably, staff morale has been lowerthan I can remember in my eight years of service. It hurts both personally andprofessionally when members of the Knights family are put at risk, assaulted orintimidated by young people we are trying to help. There were times last year when thevalley was dark and it was hard to see the mountain tops, let alone get there.But…we are extremely fortunate to have a team of committed and passionate peoplewho journeyed through the valley and who are now climbing the mountain. Knights isstrong. It has had to be.The media seems preoccupied with the negative image of young people, especially inSouth London. We live and work to make a positive difference to young people and,without places such as Knights - run by people who seek to demonstrate love, grace andforgiveness - there is little hope.Don’t despair. Within the chaos, stress and seemingly ever-present reality of aggressionand violence, the good guys are winning some of the battles. Many of the articles in thisreport are testament to that.There is a huge amount of potential in the current vision of the Knights team. This isbeing mirrored by some key young people taking on additional and informal positiveroles. All of this provides great inspiration as we take on the challenge of restructuringour delivery for the first time in more than a decadeand focus on strengthening the service rather thancreating new projects.It has been another eventful year and as alwaysthere are many key folks to publicly thank. Thanksto Ros, Ella and Megan (my girls), Michelle and theTYLAP posse, Rob, Dave, Rev. Dr Bob Mayo (whogets me thinking on another level), Jenea (forsticking it out) and Alan (for the curries).Grace and peace. Stu Thompson, Senior Youth Worker annualreport2008
  9. 9. empowering young peopleAngus Johnson, Chief Executive of the Clapham ParkProject, discusses how he sees Knights and the role ofTYLAP in the local community.Clapham Park Project (CPP) supports and part-fundsthe Trainee Youth Leader Apprenticeship Programme(TYLAP) at the Knights Youth Centre.CPP is keen to work on this partnership with KnightsYouth Centre because we feel that the TYLAPscheme is a good practice model of community basedlearning. This alternative approach to learning isparticularly applicable to those young people deemedhard to reach, who may not attend more formalinstitutions such as their local colleges.TYLAP provides a good combination of theoretical and practical learning and equipsresidents with the key skills to become future youth workers. CPP supports TYLAPstudents through one-to-one tuition sessions and we feel that TYLAP provides realopportunity for young people in the Clapham Park area. Similarly, we are also convincedthat the TYLAP-trained youth workers provide a real benefit to all Clapham Parkresidents.We have enjoyed providing work experience for many of the young people on thescheme, offering them the opportunity to gain the practical skills needed in their chosencareer. The ethos of our youth programme is all about empowering young people andthe TYLAP programme reflects this approach. With all the negative stories we read aboutyoung people in Lambeth it’s refreshing to support a scheme which shows youngresidents in a positive light.We would like to continue working with Knights Youth Centre on this fantastic scheme inthe future because we feel that Knights is providing an excellent service for many of theyoung people living in Clapham Park.Angus JohnsonChief ExecutiveClapham Park Projectannualreport2008
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  11. 11. what’s in a name?On average we are exposed to over a thousand ‘brands’ each day. These brands could befashion labels, football clubs, banks, computer game makers...the list is almost endless.We might see an advert for their products on the television, drive past one of theirbuildings, receive a letter from them in the post or get handed a leaflet in the street.Of those thousand however, how many do we actually remember? Most of us will onlyremember a very small fraction. Recent research has shown that, of those thousand, weonly discuss about twelve with our friends and family a day. Only one per cent oforganisations that we come into contact with actually manage to have enough impact onour lives to make them memorable.To stick in the memory, these organisations say something whenever we come intocontact with them that somehow conveys what they do and stand for in a way thatresonates with us. Distilling a whole organisation – its products, people and philosophy –into something attractive and bite size for people to see and warm to day-in day-out issomething that takes a lot of thought and effort. Getting it wrong or right can createreputations, or destroy them. There’s no reason Knights shouldn’t think in a We decided Knights offers: similar way about what it stands for and how it trust – a home – equality – variety – communicates those values. With every poster commitment – passion – a chance – we pin to a board, every greeting of a parent exercise – support – alternatives – picking up a member and every fund-raising community – team building – event we hold, we are subtly passing messages diversity – respect – space – variety to the outside world about who we are and - reliability – care – opportunity – what we are offering young people. confidentiality – challenge – stretch – communication – build – In light of all this, we held a session with optimism – a family – youth – faith Knights management and all the TYLAP trainees at Woodrow in November last year tohave a collective think about how we define what Knights is, what it does and for whomin 2007. We also had a think about what a Knights ‘mission statement’ might look like –and how we might put it into action in our daily work. For an organisation that is overseventy years old and with such a breadth of ideas and perspectives in one room, thiswasn’t as easy as it sounds.Everyone soon got stuck into the task, seeming to relish the opportunity to take a stepback from their individual responsibilities and think more widely about the role Knightsplays in the lives of young people.annualreport2008
  12. 12. It was fantastic to witness in one room the passion and drive that so many young peoplehave for Knights and youth work more generally – a palpable commitment to making adifference. Trainees and senior management together initially brainstormed theirperspectives on Knights’ core offering, with themes like equality, opportunity andproviding a challenge regularly coming up in discussion. The group then went on to thinkabout the young people that attend Knights: who they are, where they have come fromand what they are looking for in a youth centre. We also brainstormed ‘the typicalknights leader’ – including drawing pictures. We decided not to include these images inthe report...By the end of a session in which a huge array of ideas had been bounced off the red wallsof the meeting room, we were in a position to try bringing it all together. We divided intogroups to come up with brief Knights ‘mission statements’ or slogans. Some are listedbelow to give you an idea. Be warned – some are more cheesy than others! “Your utopia – we offer a range of indoor and outdoor activity full of enthusiasm and enjoyment” “Providing voluntary services that make a difference to young people for seventy years, and still going strong” “Your club – a safe haven where you can relax, be challenged and supported” “Our passion is yours – if you want it to be” “Knights offers great opportunities to have fun, meet people and jam (relax)” “Together we are stronger” “Learning from each other – each one teach one”We aren’t planning a new advertising campaign – it isn’t about that. But it did serve as avaluable reminder for trainees, leaders and management alike that what Knights standsfor can shine through in even the smallest things that we do. Most encouragingly for usall, it was a vibrant session brimming with ideas, perspectives and enthusiasm in whichthe drive and vision of the current trainees at Knights was clear to see. annualreport2008
  13. 13. partnershipsAs always in the voluntary sector the need to develop strong, effective and productivepartnerships is crucial to the sustainability and development of the service we deliver.Below are some of our partners whose support has made a monumental difference toKnights this year. • High profile BBC Children in Need continues to support Knights through part-funding Stu Thomson’s salary. • The Clapham Park Project’s ongoing support of TYLAP and other local initiatives is priceless. • Coutts Bank is a new partner who has been generous enough to support this year’s Georgeham holiday. • The Jack Petchey Foundation continues to support Knights through the Achievement Awards which promotes young people’s achievement. The Foundation is providing valuable funds to TYLAP. • The Lambeth Children’s and Young People’s Service is a long- standing partner. It has just awarded Knights £80,000 to develop the Seniors and Girls work for the next three years. Knights will also be applying to secure further funding from LCYPS for its work with 8 – 13 year olds and targeted work with 14 – 19 year olds this year. • London Action Trust have been empowering and enabling a large number of the team to be trained in Peer Mentoring. • London Active Communities have been working with Knights to deliver the Boyz Ting programme. • Proving Ground Safety Solutions provided - and continue to provide - Knights staff with very specific and relevant training in managing conflict and aggressive, violent behaviour. • The flexibility of the Safer Neighbourhood Team in their support of our work with some of the more difficult young people has been invaluable over the last twelve months. • The Tudor Trust has seen TYLAP’s potential and its support has enabled Knights to sustain the service. • The Walcot Foundation (Lambeth Endowed Charities) continues to support TYLAP, but it is also working in partnership with Knights to implement a Lambeth-wide apprenticeship scheme aimed at young people not in education, employment or training or who have left care.annualreport2008
  14. 14. Thanks once again to you all for your invaluable support. girls @ KnightsactivitiesEach Friday at precisely half past seven we have opened the doors to an average of tengirls for Girls Night. We have run a varied programme, taking in everthing from quizzes topool, and even indulged ourselves with pizza and chinese food.One standout activity however was when we took the girls down to the Threshold Centrefor a session on ‘Identity’. This was a real success as it offered each of them something asindividuals but also allowed them to participate in activities with other young peoplefrom the local area.staffSadly, last term we lost Jenea, one of the key membersof the team, due to other commitments. Karis andAthena however have coped very well in keeping thesession going with the assistance of one of TYLAP’s fromthehorse’smouth “I like girls’ nightTrainees. The staff continue to maintain great because we get to haveprofessional relationships and are putting their heads fun without the boys!”together to come up with new ideas for evening Keisha, 11yrssessions and streams of funding that could beinvestigated. “We get to play pool. At Junior’s the boys always interrupt!”forthcoming Events Melanie, 13 yrsWe hope to run more off site trips over the summer,and are seeking funding for a weekend trip to Center annualreport2008
  15. 15. Parcs. Fingers crossed! We would also like to give our girls the opportunity to see thetheatre production of ‘Into the Hoods’ and will be looking into the potential for gettingsome discounted tickets.annualreport2008
  16. 16. cash mattersAs with previous years we have split our report on finances into two sections. The firstdeals with the finances of the main centre, the second with TYLAP. The actual accountsfor the year ending the 31st March 2008 have been passed to the auditor for checking asalways. Once audited, copies will be provided on request.Last year we advised that the expenditure for the centre had exceeded income byaround £6,000. This year our income has exceeded expenditure by just over £9,000. Asignificant proportion of this positive variance relates to monies being received whichhad been owed from the previous year and / or grants coming in that have not been fullyspent yet.However, our coffers have swollen over the past year by a couple of thousand whichhas allowed us to transfer £2,500 into our minibus fund account. This was set up a fewyears ago to help us purchase a new van towards the end of the current decade - moreon this next year.As always we are blessed with support from all our partners and friends. Special thanksgo to BBC Children in Need, Clapham Park Project (CPP), Lambeth Children’s and YoungPeople’s Service, The Elizabeth & Prince Zaiger Trust and Jack Petchey.Moving onto TYLAP, for which our income and expenditure is easier to predict than themain centre’s. During the last year our expenditure of £111,663 came in 1.5% underbudget, whilst our income was 3% under budget.Due to the tremendous support provided by CPP, Jack Petchey, Garfields, the WalcotFoundation and Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund we have been able to providean excellent programme in 2007/8 and our funding for the next 12 months is also secure.However, we currently only have 50% of the funds needed for the 2009/10 period andtherefore further work and prayer will be required.Special thanks should also be made to Fredrik Brorson (Michelle Marquis husband) whoran the Stockholm marathon last year to raise funds for TYLAP.With regard to our budgets for 2008/9 we are pleased to report that we expect to havesufficient funds to finance our activities for the next 12 months. Overall our totalexpenditure is now just under £240,000 – itself an indication of the extent of the servicewe deliver and support we need and receive.Once again, thank you all for your continuing support. annualreport2008
  17. 17. raisin’ Rwanda one year onRose Gakwandi, Coordinator of the Mwana Ukundwa Association, looks back at Knights’trip to Rwanda last year and gives us an update on recent events.A team of young people and two youth workers visited the Mwana Ukundwa Associationlast year. The staff and beneficiaries enjoyed their stay and we still talk about it! We areso grateful to the support the team provided to AMU, and so impressed by the way they raised the money. May God bless them for each step they make for the benefit of needy children in Rwanda. So much was accomplished when the team was here. I would love to start by talking about the relationship and sharing love with not only the staff but also the beneficiaries (Rwandan children). This very crucial especially in an association that works with poor and HIV infectedchildren with low self-esteem, who feel abandoned and discriminated. Through theinteraction, the Rwandan youth learnt a lot about the team’s experiences and theculture. I hope the team also learnt some of our culture.Apart from that culture experience, the team helped us a lot in our morning devotion, bysharing, singing and giving testimony. This was very powerful in terms of the youth andstaff. As a Christian organisation we do believe that the foundation of everything is theword of God. When people come to know Jesus Christ, He can also meet their needs, puttheir lives in order, hence protect them against HIV, he can heal all illness. In addition tothis we learnt from the team the good methods of sharing the word of God with childrenand youth in a more attractive and creative way.Sport is one of activities that our children and youth enjoy. Children and youth in primaryschools and vocational training were so excited to play with the team. They playeddifferent games: volleyball, basketball, football and others. This is also a social activitywhich means a lot to Rwandans. AMU encourages sport activities amongst children andyouth because we believe is very important not only for physical growth, but also forbuilding peace and reconciliation in a post-genocide period and also for psychologicalbenefit.We highly appreciated the sport equipment brought by the team. We do have the teamsof volleyball, football and basketball in AMU and in the school we support. Our team didnot have uniform and they would play with their casual clothes, one team would havethe top (t-shirt) as to differentiate themselves with the other team. With the uniform weannualreport2008
  18. 18. were given by the team we no longer needed to do this. We even lent the uniform to theschool where they are invited to take place in completion.This year in June our football team were invited to participate in the Eastern Cuptournament and they used the uniform. We can’t miss also to mention that the camerasKnights brought help us in taking the pictures to be used for fundraising and reportingour activities. The AMU football team prepare to participate in the Eastern CupI would love also to appreciate the visit they paid to two child-headed households and dosome building there. This was very touching to the family members and the communityaround them. We hope that many teams will be sent to Rwanda and continue in thissense.use of moneyAs I mentioned, AMU was impressed by the fundraising carried out by the team beforethey visited AMU. No words can thank people who walked miles and miles to supportneedy children in Rwanda. 6,261.34$ was paid into AMU account from Knights YouthCentre. The amount was used as followed: • 50 high school students received schools fee and school materials: 5,000$ • 100 infected children were fed every Saturday for 5 months: 1,000$ • The remaining was used for administration: 261.34$ Total 6,261.34$ annualreport2008
  19. 19. AMU is so grateful to the Knights Youth Centre for the above support, and all theactivities they accomplished during their staying. We are looking forward to furtherpartnership.May the Lord bless the work you are da road: developing positive youthAn increasing number of young people think life ‘on da road’ is the way ahead. For many,this choice ends up with a prison sentence or becoming a victim, sometimes resulting inthe tragic loss of life. Almost 40 young people have been killed by other young people inthe last 15 months, many in South London. The media reports about young people andincreasing gun and knife culture plaguing our streets might convince some that there isno hope.It is our job to redress the balance by being proactive and positive, nurturing thepotential of young people. We are therefore developing a range of programmes whichwe hope will together provide a positive, relevant, accessible and credible alternative tolife ‘on da road’. • TYLAP is demonstrating that young people – whatever their background - can become a positive influence within their community. • Boyz Ting is a new project which works with young men aged 13 – 16 focusing on behaviour management, communication skills and self confidence through a ten week programme. The Boyz Ting project has made a positive start and has been delivered in partnership with London Active Communities. The programme includes group work, team building, residentials and trips. The plan is to extend the Boyz Ting project to run throughout the year and to include 16 – 19 year olds. • Our Senior Outreach Project will seek to develop and challenge young people’s lifestyles through empowering individuals (and groups) to take ownership and responsibility for the decisions they make and promoting community and citizenship. The project will also encourage leadership and volunteering opportunities. It is our plan to launch the Senior Outreach Project in September, but this is subject to securing funding.annualreport2008
  20. 20. • Girls@Knights has been delivering a programme for three years now. We have applied for funding to recruit a part time qualified Young Women’s Development Worker. This post would revolutionise the programme but also provide professional support to the other Knights programmes.STOP THE PRESS – We have just received verbal confirmation that Knights has beenawarded £80,000 from Lambeth Children’s and Young People’s Service for the next threeyears to deliver the Senior Outreach Project and to develop the Girls @ Knightsprogramme. annualreport2008
  21. 21. four years on, and TYLAP is still growingTYLAP is now half way through its fourth year, and is moving on in leaps and bounds. Wecurrently have a part-time co-ordinator, a part-time assistant co-ordinator, fourapprentices, a student youth worker, sixteen trainees and one detached supervisor.This growth has helped us become more ambitious and stretch further into thecommunity. Over the past year for example we have strengthened our relationships withlocal organisations and currently have three apprentices working for a few hours a weekin two local schools. They take on a wide range of responsibilities varying from helpingout at after-school clubs to running dance projects.Nevertheless, one of the ongoing challenges for TYLAP is securing funding for both ourshort and long term plans. This is something everyone involved has responsibility for andwe are constantly applying for appropriate new sources of funding. There is still a longway to go to secure financial stability for the next few years.Now that TYLAP is maturing, we are looking for new ways of raising public awareness ofwhat it is and does. We have, for example, developed a new promotional DVD which was‘premiered’ at our recent recruitment and launch day. This will help us to promote ourproject during this year’s recruitment drive will hopefully also be a useful resource whencommunicating with our funders and other working partnerships – such as the ClaphamPark Project and Clapham Youth Centre.Because of TYLAP’s ongoing expansion, last year it was decided that we needed our ownpremises. This year we moved into the wing of Knights (it is perhaps ironic that it used tobe known as the skills wing) and now have space for offices, a training room and a staffarea. TYLAP is now clearly visible as an organisation linked to, but separate from, Knights.Upon entering TYLAP you are welcomed into a staff area with comfortable seating anddrink-making facilities. We also have office space for seven workstations - so all theTYLAP staff can work hard, no excuses!annualreport2008
  22. 22. One of the main benefits of moving premises is that we now have access to a trainingroom, with a projector and pull down screen. This is a great help especially for thepurposes of our Introductory Studies course, which we can now run from ‘inside’ TYLAP,and also as we prepare slideshows and presentations.All of the staff at TYLAP would like to thank everyone involved at all levels from grassroots to management for all the help and support which has been provided over the pastfour years. The future looks bright: we are confident that the programme will continue toflourish and look forward to continuing to work with you all over the coming weeks,months, and years. leading in training One part of the TYLAP programme is devoted to constantly finding new and exciting placements for our trainees that will provide them with new experiences that will stretch and enrich them. We recently found Sharna Gayle – one of our trainees – one such placement. Sharna joined a course run by the Prince’s TrustTeam at the Oval Cricket Ground. The Prince’s Trust programme is a challenging twelve-week personal development course for 16-25 year olds. fromthehorse’smouth It’s been a challenging experience for Sharna, but one she has relished and enjoyed. Sharna herself explains: “The Prince’s Trust course consists of a work placement, community project and two residential projects. Having completed this course I gained a City and Guilds Certificate in Personal skills, Team work and Community work. Overall, the course has helped me to broaden my horizons and put into perspective what I want to achieve in life. It has helped me build my confidence and meet new people. I would definitely recommend this course to all young people.”Feedback from Sharna’s main supervisor on the course, Hannah Leadbeater, shows theremarkable breadth of experience such placements are giving TYLAP trainees: “Sharna was a committed and valued member of the team. Whilst on the course, she helped repaint a community hall and arrange a day out for guests of the Robes Project, which helps homeless people. The skills she developed through such work are invaluable, and her organisational and communication annualreport2008
  23. 23. skills were crucial to the success of the team. She also demonstrated compassion whilst dealing with other members of the community. “During the final week of the course, Sharna and the rest of her team gave a presentation to an invited audience at the Oval. Sharna spoke confidently and eloquently about her achievements over the three-month programme. This is a testament to the progress she has made during the course, and to the bright future she has ahead of her.”Glowing endorsement. Congratulations to Sharna, who continues at TYLAP volunteeringas part of the team at Clapham Youth Centre.the TYLAP fresher: Gary Ashbolt“ Since TYLAP began, one of its many aims is to provide its trainees with the eventual possibility of securing a place on a degree course at University.I have the great privilege of being the first TYLAP trainee to make full use of thisopportunity and, with the guidance and support available to me from the TYLAP team, Iwas able to successfully apply for and get a place at University. I am now in my secondyear of a BA Honours Degree in Education, Culture and Society at Goldsmiths, Universityof London.The great news is that since I enrolled at Goldsmiths, TYLAP has helped five more youngpeople to start degree courses. We’ve got students spread across the country fromLondon to Manchester! There are also four apprentices who are currently going throughthe process of applying for degrees, all related to youth work. They have alreadyreceived offers from three great universities - Goldsmiths, Roehampton and Kingston.annualreport2008
  24. 24. It’s great that those of us who are already on degree courses can support those at thebeginning of the journey whether that be helping fill out application forms or givingadvice for a first day on campus. ”We hope that, as TYLAP goes from strength to strength over the next few years,even more young people will choose university. Whatever they choose, we lookforward to supporting them both in their degrees and careers in youth work.Gary Ashbolt annualreport2008
  25. 25. another launch night to rememberAnother year, another successful TYLAP launch night. On Friday 25th April 2008,prospective new recruits for next year’s programme attended in numbers to speak withstaff, current and previous trainees – and fill out application forms.Michelle Marquis, an ex-member of the club and currently the TYLAP Co-ordinator, isalready looking forward to next year’s programme. “I am so pleased with the amount of young people that turned up at the launch to find out more, and those who completed application forms on the night. As always, I am so proud of everyone on the TYLAP team both past and present – everyone did a fantastic job. “As with many – if not all – of Knights’ successes, it could not have been achieved without the support of TYLAP’s partners”, Michelle continues. “I am very appreciative of the support and interest that Keith Hill MP, Angus Johnson (Chief Executive of Clapham Park Project), Donna Henry (Chair of “The TYLAP programme has helped me to come a long, long way. Before TYLAP I would never finish anything. I was totally lacking focus and motivation. I now feel like I have fromthehorse’smouth the support and encouragement from my peers to do something more productive inannualreport2008 my life.” Natalie Morson, is an Apprentice Youth Worker, 19 yrs
  26. 26. CPP), Sue Bowman (Vice Chair of CPP), Junior Shabazz (Lambeth Council), Gill Keanily (Positive Activities for Young People, and Keith Snape (Clapham and Stockwell Town Centre Manager) gave us for the launch.”We look forward to welcoming next year’s TYLAP recruits in September. annualreport2008
  27. 27. looking forward to 2009Writing an article about the future is always an interesting task – not least because bestlaid plans can often be suddenly pushed aside by an unexpected development. As I amwriting this, the journey of the Olympic torch is being hijacked by those who want toregister complaints about the host’s human rights record. Was this anticipated even 12months ago when the routes were being planned?With the challenges we have experienced over the last 24 months concerning financialsecurity and a large gang actively working to intimidate us into closing, it has sometimesfelt that our own plans were being knocked off course.It is perhaps just as well that the Youth Centre develops its future vision and aspirationsover a 3-year period as, in an ever-changing world (particularly for young people in theinner city), it is sometimes difficult to be precise.Our current 3-year plan comes to an end in March 2009 and we will be taking theopportunity in November to involve all our workers, management and apprentices(young people) in helping to shape our aspirations and service developments up untilMarch 2012 (that Olympic Games theme again!).Our main opportunities and challenges for 2008/09 are as follows: • Work with Lambeth to transfer our funding arrangements for Girls @ Knights and our 8-13 provision into a three-year contract arrangement with a clear specification and performance framework. • Deliver a new apprenticeship programme for Young People leaving Lambeth’s care system (three-year contract from April 2008) with funding from the Walcot Foundation. • Review and modify our current age groupings in light of changing needs for young people in the community. We hope to align ourselves more closely with Lambeth departments and government programmes whilst opening more frequently for young people aged 9-21. Although this will involve us no longer running Early Knights (6-9 year olds), which opened in 1990, the extended schools and children’s centre programme delivered over the last ten years by government has now overtaken us to the point where our resources could be used more effectively with older age groups.These are both exciting and challenging times. It is clear that the government are takingthe issue of disengaged youth most seriously and will be looking to Youth ServiceProviders to play a key role in reaching the most vulnerable groups over the next threeyears and beyond. We look forward to it.annualreport2008
  28. 28. Chris Saunders, Chairman annualreport2008
  29. 29. friends of Knights Allen, Trevor & Pauline Davie, Lynn Allman, Derek Davis, Mrs. C Allman, Richard Day, Pauline & Peter Apthorpe, Bob & Penny Defoe, Ingrid Attfield, Dennis Dell, Martin & Chrissie Avis, Geoff & Barbara Devine, lan Baker, E.O Devine, Lawrie, Sarah & Sandra Baker, Eric Douglas, Annette Baker, Mr. & Mrs. R M Douglas, Audrey Ball, Mrs Mary Downe, Terry Barry, Kevin Drury, Maureen & Jim Batty, Geoff & Pam Duffin, Hazel Batty, Jane Duffin, Maryse Beken, Jenny Duffin, Sue & Roger Belcher, Colin & Henrietta Duncan, Tim Billinghay, John & Margaret Dunkley, Dot Boote, Gordon Eaton, Mr. L. E. Boote, Jean Evans, Russ & Angela Bosley, Steve Fairfield, Ena Bradford, Fred & Daphne Faulkner, Margaret Bradshaw, David & family Feltham, Dave Braham, Brian & Linda Fuller, Mick & Sue Bramcote, Mrs George, John Brannan, Brian & Marie Gibbons, Liz Brown, Nigel & Margaret Gibbons, Tross & Barbara Browne, Tara Giles, George and Audrey Bruce, Don Giles, Howard & Julia Burke, John Giles, Jenny & Chris Bunting-Ghafoor, Yvonne Glassborow, Rachel & Martin Burne, Joan & Nick Glyde, Alan Burtenshaw, Terry Grant, Millie Bushell, Mickey & Jean Gray, Don & Brenda Caplan, Harris Green, Joyce Chudleigh, Paul & Jenny Grimble, Geraldine & Charlie Clark, Dave & Marylyn Gumm, Ruth & Ivor Clisby, David Guile, Joan Coleson, Mr Haberdashers Company Corfield, Joan Hall, Steve & Christine Corns, Cathy Hamer, Brian & Daphne Cox, Jane & Martin Hamerton, Paul & Lesley Cross, Jackie & Malcolm Harding, Jean Crowson, Dr. A. Harrison, Mike Culshaw, Robert & Elaine Hawthorne, Catherine Daly, Robert Henley, Paul & Lynne Dauncey, Terri Henry, Michael & Clareannualreport2008
  30. 30. friends of Knights Heyda, Tod Newitt, Ann Hill, Keith M.P. Newman, John Holland, Mr. & Mrs. Newton, Jane & Ed Hope, Susan & Malcolm Nichols, Terese & Mark Horton, Mrs, Margaret Norris, Richard & Judith Hudson, Mabel , Nowles, Tony & Sylvia Huckle, Barbara OHagan, John & Sheila Jackson, Bob & Sara Oliver, John & Kim Jarlett, Bruce & Mary Palfrey, Liz Johnson, Rev Mike Padgham, Janet & Robin Joel-Esam, Barbara & Peter Pain, Brenda & Bill Jordan, Clint & Family Parkinson, Jean & Michael Kendall, Malcolm & Jeannie Parry, Peter Kennard, Margaret Parsons, Tim Kennard, Ray & Kesorn Patel, Christine & Ash King, Dave & Elizabeth Pemberton, Chris King, Leslie & Sheila Phillips, Mrs. L M. King, Malcolm & Audrey Pilcher, Dave & Barbara King, Richard & Avril Pinder, John & Rita Knight, Margaret Poole, Sally Knowledon, Philippa Plant, Robert Kuti, Tim & Helen Ritter, Richard & Jackie Lee, Mr & Mrs Frank Robinson, Tom & Helena Lock, Dave & Angela Robson, Quinton & Cathy Lockyer, Kathleen Rooks, Lorraine & Barry Long, Leslie & Brenda Ross, Dr. Christopher Long, Martin & Jane Rymer, Gwen Longman, Brian & Sheila Saunders, Chris & Julie Lynn, Cliff & Pauline Saunders, Russell Mallett, Dick & Jane Saunders, John & Alison Manning, Jannine & John Saunders, Neil & Breda Mannion, Mike & Jacqueline Saunders, Ron & Pat Marquis, David Savage, RoyMarquis-Brorson, Michelle & Seagroatt, JoanMarshall, Rev. John & Maggie Sillince, Kevin &Amanda McDonell, Sarah Smith, Arnold McLean, Leigh & Julie Smith, Janice Memsah, Rev Smith, Martin & Marylyn Merchant, Sheila Smith, Ray & Andree Middleton, Daphne Smith, Roger & Diane Ming, Lyn Smith, Vi Moran, Terry & Sabah Snelling, Henry & Pam Morrison, Irena Southall, Andy & Theresa Moughtin, Brian & Peggy Stevens, Peter & Maureen Murray, Shirley annualreport2008
  31. 31. the knights team CHAIR MAINTENANCE Chris Saunders Quentin Robson VICE CHAIR GARDENER Millie Grant Cathy Robson SENIOR YOUTH WORKER TEAM WORKERS Stu Thomson Omotayo Akindileni Helen Backway TYLAP COORDINATOR Tosin Balogun Michelle Marquis Shervean Barry Simon Blackley TREASURER Ann Brown John Saunders Melanie Bryan Paul Burt ADMINISTRATOR Jennifer Cadette Alison Saunders Elisabeth Casson Keighley Coleman HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER Dominic Christopher Anne Walker Dave Doran Robert English PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER Nina Gilbert Brenda Pain Louis James Hamilton Sarah Hughes PREMISES MANAGER Shaloni Jaldo Ron Saunders Kyle Jemmett Dennis Kaate SECTION LEADERS Stella Kityo Don Gray - Juniors Aedenya Knight Karis Theophane - Eks, Girls @ Knights Sharlie Chelsea Manning Daniel Morris PARENTS REPRESENTATIVES Chantel Morson Errol Bell & Susanne Blatch Natalie Morson Tracey Oliver LETTINGS OFFICER Sasha Ramsey Pat Saunders Claudia Reid Alan Roberts Rev. John Marshall Athena Rosan Nadine Russell-Henry MAINTENANCE Emmanuel Santiago Quentin Robson Maggie Shelton Angela Waife GARDENER Cherise Wilson Cathy Robson Moriam Yusuffannualreport2008
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