Knights Youth Centre annual report 2010/11


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Find out how we've been providing opportunities, role models and an open door for young people in south London over the last year, and our plans for thenext 12 months.

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  1. 1. Knights Youth Centre Annual Report 2010/11 Hardship and Hope
  2. 2. Knights Youth Centre has been workingwith young people for 75 years.In 2011 we are still providingopportunities, role models and an opendoor for young people in south London.From London SW2 to the DominicanRepublic, Knights is making a much-needed difference in the lives ofcountless young people day in, day out.
  3. 3. Knights Youth CentreAnnual Report 2010/11
  4. 4. ContentsOne. Chair’s foreword e sheet a nd the balanc ith hards hip - on ing from? Dealing w the hope com . Where’s on th e streets The You who, th C wha Two. What we do entr t, wh e. Y Oh, and ou ere and migh it’s our t no why of t kn 75t h bi ow Knights rthd us, ay. r i gh t? Three. T.Y.L.A.P. re t TYLAP is, but we’ We can tell you wha t from the hear it straigh guessing you’d rather P of our amazing TYLA horse’s mouth. One of the what she thinks graduates tells you programme.
  5. 5. Four. A year at KnightsPhew. So much has happened in the last year.Here’s what’s been going on in each of oursections, plus a special look at gangs and girls(yeah - girls) and how we’re hel ping young peoplemake the step to secondary sc hool.Five. Mission: Dominican Republic if t? And Rwa nda, righ trip to mania t oo. rd abo ut our out Ro hea w ab st have u’ll kno r youngYou mu bout that, yo blic. Ou rd a epuyou hea inican R hat the Dom bout w nds. we nt to ve a read a and frie is year we le st uff. Ha ur pa rteners Well, th incredib se of o d id some rds, and tho people our wo happe ned - in The mon ey bit Six. dotting the i’sSeven. Looking ahead Our hope for the future.
  6. 6. Foreword Welcome to the Knights Youth Centre annual report 2010/11. In our statement of purpose, we commit to providing an ‘oasis’for young people in the area. What is an oasis? It’s a place of refreshment and sustenance. It’s a place that is different from everything around it, offering hope within a hostile environment.Chris beganvolunteering with Sadly, the experiences of many young people on ‘the street’Knights in 1973 and today can feel hostile. For others, there seems to be ahas been Chairman disconnect with accepted societal values and aspirations.for 23 years. In Since we were established back in 1936, during a period ofaddition to his national turmoil, we’ve always sought to be accepting,voluntary work, he without prejudice, favour or stigma. We have alsois a senior manager challenged young people, and never simply accepted thatin Children’s things - or behaviour - can’t get better.Services for aninner London So what have the Knights been doing in SW2? (the oasis)borough. We hope this report shows the range and quality of our services that are designed to engage and be enjoyed, but also to challenge. Perhaps its this range of services that keeps young people coming to us each week. It’s fun at Knights and it’s safe, but it is also offers hope - an oasis. Chris Saunders ChairmanKnIghtS In numbeRS75 the number of candles on our birthday cake this year 4
  7. 7. An alternative intro...Our aim is to please This poem wasIn the kids we believe written about Knights byeach one of them can achieve members during aAs we look from a height recent weekend atthe future is bright Woodrow.Don’t be a quitter – be a winnerWe all need unite and agree that we can achieve We thought it made a great ‘alternative’Whatever your circumstances there is always a chance foreword. Enjoy.As a member of Knights your child will shine brightDon’t conform to pressure – be your own personDon’t give to receiveeach session we run is shedloads of funFrom the peaks to DR our love runs farAs together we are KnIghtS YOuth CentRe! We want to start communicating with our ‘Friends’ and supporters more regularly. Please help us to keep in touch with you by: • Emailing us your name to • ‘Liking’ us at 5
  8. 8. What we do
  9. 9. Knights in a nutshellWhat we do “Knights is clearlyKnights Youth Centre has provided a safe, fun, inclusive and integrated with theengaging place for thousands of young people since 1936. It offers local community. Ita diverse service for all young people aged 8-24 regardless of theirhas a strategy outlining what itgender, race, religion, sexuality or disability. wants to achieve for young people. ItWhere we do it can evidence how itKnights is the largest provider of youth services in and around the is making the localClapham Park estate in Lambeth, an area of high social and community moreeconomic need. most of our members live in the area, but the sustainable.impact of our work reaches across Lambeth. “Knights’ workOur members helps vulnerable young peoplebetween 150 and 200 young people visit the centre each week. discover andmany young people attend three or four times per week. develop skills, confidence and self-Our service awareness. TheIn addition to ‘standard’ activities, we provide sports coaching, skills they developoffsite trips, regular residentials, international social action will be invaluable toprogrammes, music and video production, specialised work with them in adult life.”girls, arts and dance, and access to It equipment. Tracey Bloomfield, JP MorganCrucially, we also undertake targeted outreach with young peoplewho, through disengagement with ‘traditional’ services, are at riskof involvement with gangs, drugs and anti-social behaviour.Our apprenticeshipsKnights has developed an innovative youth work apprenticeshipprogramme called tYLAP. tYLAP provides leadership, training,qualifications and employment opportunities for 30 young peopleaged 16 – 24 in youth and community work each year. 7
  10. 10. Our aims“The leaders at We aim to:Knights are perfectto meet the • Offer a diverse range of activities and opportunities for youngchallenges young people that are enjoyable, challenging and informative throughpeople face today. which they gain knowledge, new skills and positive experiencesThese people areheroes. We learnhow to be good • Provide a secure and caring environment where young peoplecitizens in our who are in the transition through adolescence to adulthoodcommunities, and can develop self-awareness and confidence whilst developingorganisations like positive relationships with both peers and adultsKnights are at theheart of them.” • enable young people to recognise their own skills, abilities andNick Wilkie, limitations and offer opportunities to develop these. CreateLondon Youth possibilities for achievement, and help young people see their potential and the contribution they can make to society • help young people to: recognise prejudice and discrimination both in themselves and others; challenge prejudice and inequality when they encounter it; value difference and promote equality of opportunity • encourage young people to be involved in making group decisions and develop understanding which will help them make responsible and informed decisions about their own lives • Offer young people advice, support and counselling in a nurturing environment when neededKnIghtS In numbeRS5,474 the number of times young people have attended sessions this year 8
  11. 11. A Christian consciousnessWhat does it mean to be a ‘Christian’ teams who work within Knights at ourorganisation in London in 2011? Woodrow weekend. this is a simple prayer of blessing for each of theOver the last couple of years Knights has leadership teams and the groups ofbeen investigating, discussing, reflecting young people they work with. muslimand questioning the Christian ethos of leaders and trainees have joined inour service. this process has been a • encouraging team members to praychallenge for Knights and some of the for the young people more oftenteam. It has raised questions around how • Seeking to find a ‘sacred space’ withinwe bring our faith to our work in a more Knights where young people can focuspractical and noticeable way, how we do on godthat whilst still being totally inclusive, • After each session the team share in aand what our funders will think. prayer of thanks, blessing or grace • being transparent and bold inthese questions have led Knights to work acknowledging we are a Christianwith Rev. Dr bob mayo, our youth service organisation and that what we do anddirector’s supervisor. bob co-authored how we do it changes lives‘Faith of generation Y’, a book thatfocuses on young people and this approach is not seeking to ‘pressChristianity, and how or why Christian gang’ young people to becomeyouth work can make a difference. Christians, nor would it ever look to undermine other faiths or religions. It isWorking with bob and other about recognising that only are faith,organisations such as Livability has hope and love core parts of the gospels,encouraged us to seek new ways to raise but also our work and the commitmenta Christian consciousness within Knights. that lies behind it.As a result, we now do the following: Our ‘Christian consciousness’ work is• An annual ‘dedication’ of the various funded internally. 9
  12. 12. Knights is 75More than 100 Back in 1936, just three years before the onset of World War II,young men and the planet faced a time of fear and upheaval.leaders fromKnights served in It’s altogether different of course, but in 2011 we’re also facing aWorld War II. deeply uncertain world.The club wasbombed five times, Knights has lived through it all, good times and bad. thousands ofbut never closed. young people have passed through the centre in that time, and hundreds of adults have given up their time to support our work in countless ways. thinking back through our history, it is encouraging to see how the deep faith and vision of a few people in the late 30s has lived on for decades, and still forms the foundation of what is now a thoroughly modern youth centre. the people are different - and some of the issues too - but our aims remain the same. here’s to the next 75 years. Five years ago we published a written history of the Knights Youth Centre – ‘Three score years and ten’. If you would like an electronic copy, please get in touch. 10
  13. 13. 1936 Knights boys Club established in Clapham Park1938 Knights, already working with 100 people every week, purchases its firstpremises, 5 Streatham hill, for £2,0001939 Outbreak of World War II. more than 100 young men and leaders fromKnights left for service, and the club was bombed five times, but the club never closes1946 the Knights Association of Christian Youth Clubs is formed. many Knightsvolunteers go on to work across the association1952 balham, highways, Streatham hill, and Crossroads youth clubs join Knights tocreate ‘Knights Youth Centre’ for the first time1960s Knights runs a hostel project, leasing a large Victorian house and providingaffordable accommodation to young people in the area who need it most1968 Wey Island is purchased by the Knights Association of Christian Youth Clubs.Knights still uses the facility in Surrey today1970s Knights works with as many young people as ever, with five football teamsplaying every Saturday1984 Knights opens its ‘Skills Wing’ to develop young people’s practical skills tohelp them into employment1990 the Inner London education Authority (ILeA) is disbanded. Knights, and youthcentres across the capital, face dramatically reduced funding. the economy doesn’thelp, either1994 Knights produces its first ever Annual Report, and launches the concept of‘Friends’ of the centre1996 Knights holds its last ever colossal jumble sale, raising £5,500. the sales hadbecome community events, running once or twice a year since 19582003 Knights building reopens after four months extensive refurbishment toupgrade the facilities, including full disability access. A lottery grant was critical2004 Knights launches tYLAP, its youth work apprenticeship scheme 11
  14. 14. TYLAP
  15. 15. “TYLAP is really welcoming, like a familyat the same time as a work base. Theprogramme sets you on the right linesfor what you want to do in the future.For me this involves working with youngpeople. I currently work for LambethYouth Council as a peer educator. TYLAPhas enabled me to experience youthwork on a different level”Adedeji, year one
  16. 16. What is TYLAP?“TYLAP is like a the trainee Youth Leader Apprentice Programme – or tYLAP – is afamily. I enjoy the unique initiative set up by Knights to develop young people agedways they bring 16-24 into experienced, qualified youth workers.people together –team building now six years old, tYLAP has worked with over 170 trainees. thegames, trips, orother ways to get programme has an impact across three key areas.people talking. Ihope to achieve the Employment and education routes for young peopleCertificate in YouthWork. I like working tYLAP prioritises working with young people who are lesswith children, engaged by traditional learning or struggling with their personalputting smiles on development. It aims to help young people find an easier path totheir faces. Knights qualifications or employment, who may not otherwise get theis where people chance.come to relax, its asecond home.”Rianna, Year 1 • A chance to explore a career in youth and community work • Recognised qualifications in and routes to further education • new skills and experience to support moving into employment • Challenging, rewarding and exciting experiences Above all, tYLAP provides a caring support network that guides and advises - we offer housing advice, support in a crisis, references and even food for those that need it. ultimately, the programme leads young people towards increased confidence, higher self esteem and a sense of purpose for the future.KnIghtS In numbeRS170 the number of trainees tYLAP has taken on so far 14
  17. 17. Recruits for the sector “The solutions to many of thetYLAP is a three year programme that produces new and dynamic challenges we faceyouth workers for the future. have to be community led. TYLAP is fantastic.the blend of practical and theory-based learning helps young Its the third yearpeople develop into qualified professionals. Working in a range of Ive been here -Ienvironments and organisations, tYLAP trainees develop a well- know you achieverounded balance of skills and experience that prepares them for a great in youth work. “The jewel in theRole models for other young people crown of this scheme is how the young people areCrucially, young people on the tYLAP programme become positive learning to leadrole models for other young people at Knights and in the wider other youngcommunity. people.” Chuka Umunna MPWorking with members from similar backgrounds week-in, week-out, tYLAP trainees set a credible example that demonstrates toyoung people that they have choices and opportunities they canfeel positive about. the tYLAP programme Year one Work with a local youth centre as a voluntary trainee youth leader, undertake Introductory Studies in Youth and Community Work and attend additional training to develop new skills Year two employed by Knights for 24 hours per week as an apprentice youth worker. Study for a Foundation Diploma in Youth Work, Informal education and Community Learning. Assist in delivering Introductory Studies to trainee youth leaders Year three employed by Knights as a student youth worker for 12 hours per week, mentoring and supervising trainee youth leaders. Study either for a Diploma or a Degree in Youth and Community Work. 15
  18. 18. A TYLAP transformationWith the help of TYLAP, Sharna Gayle honest, I wasn’t sure if it was for me athas gone from dole office queue to first. It was just an option, something totalented youth worker and career do.woman. We caught up with her to hearher story. halfway through the first year, I realised it was. there was a great vibe from theSharna – tell us a bit about yourself. people at Knights, everyone was soHow did you hear about Knights and welcoming. I felt like I could connect withTYLAP? the young people, who had beenI was sixteen, living by myself. I’d started through the same stuff I had.a college course in childcare, but decidedit wasn’t for me after six months. to be but because I hadn’t taken the first halfhonest I wasn’t up to much, and wasn’t of the year seriously, I didn’t have thedoing anything. I was on jobseeker’s greatest chance of getting onto theallowance and had been signing on for a second year of the tYLAP programme.year. but the team saw something in me and challenged me to step up if I reallybeing on jobseeker’s allowance isn’t wanted it. I took that chance and did thegood. You feel outside of the system. I second year – it was my first realfelt like I didn’t have any support. I was employment.on a budget all the time, and couldn’tlive the lifestyle I wanted. If I wanted to but, halfway through the second year, Igo to the cinema with friends, I couldn’t. found out I was pregnant. I completed the year but, because I knew I was goingOne day I went into the job centre and to be a mum, I chose not to apply for thesaw a tYLAP leaflet. It just asked: ‘want third year. I continued to volunteer until Ito get into youth work? Can you work was eight months pregnant, though.with young people?’ I gave them a call. So what did you do next?So you joined the programme? At first, I felt like I had failed – I wouldn’tI managed to get a place on tYLAP. to be be going to university or completing the 16
  19. 19. diploma until after I had my son. but communicate with other people, not justwhen he was born, I felt a rush of love peers, but organisations, management.and responsibility. I had to provide a my writing has improved. I now feel likegood life for him. a professional, and have a worthy cause in changing the community.I finished my diploma, and applied foruniversity in summer 2010. I wanted to tYLAP also provides role models. For me,get back into youth work, but I wasn’t it was good to see Karis, who camesure I’d get the chance on tYLAP. but I through the tYLAP ranks. It was great tospoke with the team, did an interview, see a young person, not much older thanand was given the chance on the third me, doing something that I wanted to doyear. and doing well. If she had hope and ambition, so could I.I was a working mum about to go touniversity. I took it seriously. the tYLAP tYLAP gives people a chance. It gave meprogramme is flexible. I was able to work opportunities I thought I’d never get. Iwith tYLAP, go to university, and be a was a bit lost in society, and nevermum. the support from michelle and Stu thought I’d go to university. now I’m inat the Centre was brilliant. the second year of my Applied Social Science, Youth and CommunityWhat are the benefits of the TYLAP Development degree at goldsmiths. It’sprogramme? down to tYLAP – thanks to everyonemy confidence levels were boosted. my there for all they’ve done for me.communications skills grew – I could 17
  20. 20. Young people in the area are facing Knights offers informal education – wefamily breakdown, a lack of money, a communicate with and relate to younglack of education, and negative people on a different level.perceptions of them in the media. It’sdifficult – the quick, easy solution is What does the future hold?turning to the streets, forming a gang or my message to young people who havetrying their best to live the lives of what been through what I have – go with youris shown to them by ‘the media dreams, your goals. think positive at allgangsters’. times. Ask for support, don’t be afraid to get help. As for me, I can’t see myself inthese vulnerable people need more a career sitting behind a desk. I have soeducation about how to be a better much more to give. I’m going to continueperson in society. School can’t do that - to try and change lives in youth’s just lesson, leave, lesson leave. It canfeel too structured – young people often It takes time, and it takes consistency,need the space to sit back, reflect and but that’s what Knights does.develop their learning, rather than beingrushed from one lesson to another. Michelle on Sharna Michelle Marquis-Brorson is Knights’ TYLAP coordinator. She gave her view on Sharna’s progress. Sharna’s transformation has been incredible. She had a huge year of growth, giving birth to a son and going to university, and the change in her was incredible. She’s a new woman – absolutely on fire. She’s a fantastic mentor to young people, has fantastic maturity, understanding of the programme and loyalty. Since she finished year three, she has worked with us as trainee tYLAP coordinator and does a great job. She looks after the whole project. She writes references, personal development plans for apprentices in years one and two – everything. She still volunteers at the centre, is a fantastic role model and someone we can really count on. She has a great career in youth work ahead of her. It just goes to show what can be done if you stick with people. We are so very proud of her. 18
  21. 21. 2010/11A year at Knights
  22. 22. Stu’s view: reinventing hopeStu Thomson is Much has happened since our last Annual Report. Last year weKnights’ youth spoke of our challenge to climb mountains. We still haveservice director. He mountains to climb but there have been some seriousjoined us in 2000. overhanging rocks! We are in challenging times. however, in recent months we have reflected on our service, priorities and how we are doing all we can to maximise every resource we have to make sure the young people who benefit from our service continue to do so. I’m not going to talk about the challenges facing young people, the community, the country and Knights - these are pretty evident - but it is becoming increasingly clear to me that so many of the young people we support hold little or no hope for the future. Knights continues on a journey that will change lives. Knights has provided a life-changing service for the last 75 years and will continue to do so. however, we need to be more proactive in reaching young people. every young person who comes into contact with us needs to be provided with tangible hope and tough love, whilse experiencing a spectrum of positive alternatives that will provide immediate impact with lasting, long term benefits. Knights certainly won’t be a place for the uncommitted.KnIghtS In numbeRS11 the number of years stu has been with knights: our longest serving full-timer 20
  23. 23. We need to do more, and we will. this will include: “The people at• more personalised support. that could be a mentoring Knights are true programme, pastoral support and prayer (if wanted) for each visionaries, and young person experts at doing huge amounts with• every young person knowing and feeling that they are loved limited resources. and beautiful, especially those who feel they don’t deserve it Its people really get• Improved communication with parents and carers of the young to the heart of how people. this gap is widening - we need to be more proactive to influence the and effective lives of vulnerable• Develop our confidence further to positively address the young people” behaviour and lifestyles of each young person. this needs to be Tracey Bloomfield, linked to how a young person understands not only their JP Morgan ‘rights’ but also their ‘responsibilities’• Increase our drive and passion to communicate the story of the Christian gospel within a recognised Christian community (where all faiths are welcome and respected)• the development of young people on tYLAP to be more proactive with our young people• Finding more training and development opportunities for team leaders to enhance their impact• this approach will again ask our leaders and trainees to have big hearts and be endlessly selfless. this may appear somewhat radical from the outside but it’s been at the heart of the KYC for the last 75 years.We need to find beauty in the most bleak and ugly places.We need to enable each young person to find their beauty.We need to show love to those who feel they don’t deserve it.I hope this resonates with you and you can support us in this. For my girls (Ros, Ella & Megan), who give me the hope to continue. 21
  24. 24. Section update: juniorsJuniors is open on Juniors continues to be a popular session with an average of 20Tuesday and Friday young people attending each weekly session, rising to 30 duringevenings between 6 the school holidays. throughout the year, more young peopleand 8pm for young have been discovering Knights on the recommendation of theirpeople in school friends.years 4-7. We have made good use of the spells of great weather to take the members outdoors with trips to local parks and attractions – in addition to usual club activities like cooking, arts and crafts, sports and games. the team continue to build good relationships with the young people, either one-to-one or through group work. Several discussion sessions, often based on movies or tV shows like eastenders, have focused attention on issues like school, relationships, personal hygiene and other life issues. highlights included: • the Knights Fantastic Summer Special, funded by the Lambeth Youth mayor Fund, which ran for the first two weeks of the summer holidays. Our young people enjoyed a residential at Wey Island, including canoeing, bike riding, cooking and a barbecue; a day trip to Littlehampton; outdoor swimming at brockwell Lido; a multi-sports and activities day at battersea Park; a trip to London Dungeon; and a thames river boat cruise. We also ran a special programme over the easter holidaysKnIghtS In numbeRS8 the number of ‘residentials’ run by Knights this year 22
  25. 25. • taking part in the London Youth Rowing Challenge, helping the “Knights is fun team to win overall and receiving prizes for their efforts especially when we• A brilliant half-term project break for the Juniors led by the go on trips! I don’t Year 2 tYLAP team. the week of on and offsite activities get bored during the week and I’ve included cooking, a graffiti workshop, a trip to the Science now got more museum and a meal at the music bar in brixton friends.”• A fantastic contribution from the Juniors to Knights’ Christmas Alex, 10 showcase, featuring artwork, t-shirt designs, dance routines and magic tricks. Our young people received certificates for their spendid achievements• An activity day at Hindleap Warren for eight of our juniors, who took on team challenges, high and low ropes, rock climbing and an assault courseIntroducing Safe T‘Safe t’ was a targeted youth work project funded by LambethYoung & Safe that ran between February and April 2011. Aimedprimarily at Year six students, it worked to help young people tomake a safer transition into secondary school.Of course, changing school can be a pretty tumultuous event. Anew uniform, a new school, can often bring with it a new identity.Safe t looks to address some of the potential issues that comebefore they come up.We ran a series of workshops for 12 young people both from thecentre and also the local telferscot Primary School. We looked atthe differences between primary and secondary schools, thechallenges that might be ahead and how to stay safe on the “I get to see mystreet. Along the way the workshops encouraged new friends and havecommunications skills, confidence and team working. fun. It’s helped me get to know otherIt was great to get year seven students – again from the centre young people who go to my schooland from a local secondary school – to come in and facilitate better and now Idiscussions and share their experiences. In many ways, their can mix with themadvice was of far more value than ours! We hope to run the more at school.”programme again next year. Sheyann, 9 23
  26. 26. Assuring qualityIf you have Assured Quality for Youth Projects (AQYP) is a dedicatedexperience of programme managed by London Youth and validated by City andworking on quality guilds. It provides help and support for youth organisations likeassurance systems, ours to reach quality standards in order to:enjoy it, and would • Achieve lasting improvements to their practice andlike to help out,please get it touch. management • Provide a clear structure to plan and deliver support from London Youth to youth organisations • Prove quality of service being delivered to young people • have young people, their families and funders recognise the award as a sign of excellence AQYP has been chosen because: • It’s straightforward • Progressive – through bronze and silver awards to gold • Ideal for all kinds of community-based youth work • Designed to show how youth work meets the key every Child matters outcomes • We will also need to be working to or at bronze level to maintain our affiliation to London Youth AQYP covers six key sections. these are: • Safeguarding of young people and staff • Diversity, equality and inclusion • health, safety and resources • Young people • Staff and volunteers • management and administration We are currently working on the bronze level and it is our plan to get assessed by the end of 2011. 24
  27. 27. Knights’ community forceIn September and October 2011, voting fever hit Knights…hard.natWest had launched their annual ‘CommunityForce’ initiative,which rewards local charities and community projects with £6,000grants. the twist was grants would be awarded to those localorganisations that received the most votes on the natWestwebsite.Knights volunteers went into overdrive, encouraging ‘Friends’ ofthe centre, family, friends and local residents to vote. After thethree week voting period ended, we had received nearly 800votes – the second highest number of votes registered by any ofthe hundreds of south London organisations competing for news off the press: we were delighted to hear in earlynovember that we earned enough votes to win a grant fromnatWest. thanks to everyone that voted. It was a colossal effort to get hundreds of votes for the CommunityForce initiative. While we were campaigning however, we realised that we would like to make better use of our Facebook page to keep in touch with our Friends. If you’re on Facebook, please ‘like’ us: We’ll be regularly posting updates from the centre, the latest from our tYLAP apprentices, and images of past club life from club alumni. See you there! 25
  28. 28. The Three Peaks Challenge teamcelebrate at the top of a mountain. See page 34 to read more.
  29. 29. Girls and gangsAngela Robinson, young women’s girls fighting other girls, and girls fightingdevelopment worker at Knights, writes boys.about an old issue receiving newattention. Young women these days often feel pressured to ‘shout loudest’ to beYou may have seen the trailer for a new noticed. there can also be fierce rivalryfilm looking at London gang life, a movie between girls of similar age. many showthat describes itself as an urban unshakeable confidence that they canretribution thriller. rely on force, even against men. Some don’t realise how dangerous that couldthe things you might expect are there: be.violence, colourful language, councilestates. but there is one pretty crucial but while these young people mightway in which it differs from what you’re seem incredibly confident, so often theirprobably imagining – the film is called issues can be laid at the door of deep-Sket, and the gang members are girls. rooted self-esteem issues. Our celebrity culture, and tabloid perceptions ofgirls being in gangs, or at least indulging youth, can also chip away at violent and aggressive behaviour, isgetting more attention of late. In fact, unchecked, a desire for acceptance cantheresa may and Iain Duncan Smith’s lead to some unhealthy ways ofnew anti-gang strategy, launched in interacting with others, including boys,november 2011, featured specific and is one potential driver ofproposals on the issue. involvement in gangs or other anti-social behaviour. It can also lead to girls losingSome might find all this surprising, but to any sense of the potential consequencesus the idea is nothing new. In fact, many of their actions, or how their actionsof the girls that come through our doors could affect their reputation. At Knightseach week are just as likely to resort to we try and break down these issues, andaggression or violence to resolve issues having an all girls group is an importantas boys. We’ve certainly had to split up part of that. 28
  30. 30. unlike boys, girls are sometimes less We see everyone as a beautiful person,likely to be direct about what they think and do what we can to reinforce thatand feel. they can be more subtle. with the young people we work with. Weunfortunately this means that important also encourage each of the girls to be aissues can sometimes be less noticeable, positive influence on their friends,and it can be more difficult to get to the talking to them and taking a personalheart of what’s causing them. responsibility for them.but we do what we can to strike up We do see negative behaviour from girlsrelationships, and that takes time. in the area, and there are definitely girlsRunning girls-only sessions allows us to who have affiliations with gangs. but ifaddress things from a female we continue to challenge theirperspective. Our girls @ Knights leaders perceptions, thoughts and actions, show‘man mark’ individual girls, ensuring that viable alternatives, demonstrate worththere’s always someone looking to catch- and offer positive role models, we canup with our members each week. We run channel their energy into somethinga mixture of group and one-to-one positive.sessions, and keep girls who can’t get onseparate when it’s needed. You can read more about our regular Girls @ Knights programme on page 28. Four Girls @ Knights, not gang members! 29
  31. 31. Section update: intersInters is open on It’s been a strong year for Inters, with good growth in theMonday and number of young people attending, especially girls. MembersWednesday are growing more open to sharing and accepting our supportevenings between 7 because of the work of our young, vibrant and talentedand 9pm for young leadership team.people in schoolyears 8-10. highlights included: • An educational and fun weekend with Urban Nature at Hindleap • Five young men completing the national Three Peaks Challenge • three first class young men serving the poor in the Dominican Republic • A crazy weekend of camping on the south coast • A groundworks-led series of sessions based on community involvement that resulted in our funky new mural on the building. groundworks is funded by Young & Safe • A number of fun offsite trips to a range of places from the West end to box hill • An ongoing programme of Mentivation workshops Asked to sum up Knights in two words, Junior, 14, said:  ‘fun, educational’. to describe the staff team at Knights, he said:  ‘always there, caring’.KnIghtS In numbeRS5 the number of young people who we supported at court appearances this year 30
  32. 32. Leading in the communityKnights Senior Youth Worker Stu Thomson has been the elected “We each have aVice Chair of the Lambeth Community and Voluntary Sector lot to offer, to help(VCS) Children and Young People’s Forum for two years. This role shape policy, toprovides mutual benefits for the Forum, Lambeth Council and improve childrens lives, to help eachKnights. Here’s what it’s all about. other” Jackie Nunns, chair,the Forum influences the way services are delivered to young VCS Forumpeople in Lambeth. It does this by:• Advising on proposed strategic developments• Consulting on specific issues• Feeding back on the success of new initiatives• Driving the agenda on effective partnership workingthe Forum is open to all VCS organisations actively working withchildren and young people across Lambeth. It is led by electedVCS representatives who also sit on the Children’s trust board. Itmeets six times a year, but its members stay in regular contactwith each other and form special interest groups where specificaction is needed.the Forum aims to:1. Act as a consultative body in the formulation of partnership strategy and policy regarding services for children and young people2. Provide representatives to sit on the Children’s trust board, Local Safeguarding Children’s board, themed sub-groups and joint commissioning groups3. Capacity build for the VCS4. Offer training and networking for the VCS5. Achieve two-way communication between the VCS and the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) 31
  33. 33. Section update: seniorsSeniors is open on There has been a great record of young people re-engaging withThursdays between education this year in seniors, and positive responses to the7.30 and 10.30pm work carried out through Mentivation and our RE:INVESTfor young people in year 11 andupwards. highlights included: • Reduction in aggressive and negative behaviour and a huge increase in the young people taking responsibility for managing each other’s conduct • enthusiastic involvement and productivity with Rolling Sound, who provided a music production course funded through Young & Safe • two young people winning Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards • helen morrell, a volunteer with Seniors, being awarded a Jack Petchey Foundation Leaders Award • Condoms being distributed on a regular basis alongside advice and guidance on sexual health • A leadership team growing in confidence, ability and creativity Asked to sum up Knights in a word, Dwayne, 14, simply said:  ‘experience’. to describe the best thing about the staff team at Knights, he added: ‘helping with homework’. Asked what he’d like more of at Knights, he said: ‘educational programmes. help with literacy and numeracy’.KnIghtS In numbeRS322 the number of onsite evening sessions delivered this year 32
  34. 34. London’s heroesLondon Youth is a vibrant network of 400 I’d say the skills and lessons that we need toyouth organisations across every learn for adult life aren’t all found in theneighbourhood in London that exists to help classroom. they often come from ouryoung people be all they can be, whether families, or from being a part of something.through youth action, youth work training ortackling youth crime. Schools can’t shoulder the burden on their own, and education can’t start and stop withLondon Youth has had a relationship with academia. After all, young people only spendKnights for many years. We caught up with 14 per cent of waking hours in school. Youthnick Wilkie, London Youth chief executive, for work is an invaluable part of the mix.a quick word. The riots have had a lot of airtime…What are your thoughts on the importance Of course, few could say that the riots we sawof youth work in 2011? across the capital and elsewhere aren’tIt’s a really hard, difficult time – we’ve all read related to wider issues around young people.about the difficult economic climate, and how but causality is’s putting a squeeze on charitableorganisations. We’ve also all read about the the mossbourne Academy, for example, is ariots, and other reports on how young people brilliant, brilliant school, but sits near thefeeling alienated from our society. It’s not Pembury estate where we saw the highestgoing to get any easier, quickly. One in ten activity in the riots. this isn’t ayoung people in London have no straightforward issue, but it is clear that thequalifications. role of youth centres is as relevant as ever.Of course, the skill and commitment of youth What’s the secret of survival for youth clubsworkers – like those at Knights – is even more like Knights?important against this backdrop. the truth is Well, at the moment it may well come downthat good youth work works. to scrapping for every penny, and being resilient. but the leaders at Knights areWhat role do youth centres play alongside perfect to meet this challenge. these peopleother services? are heroes. And we should be thankful - weOrganisations working with young people are learn how to be good citizens in ourunder increasing pressure and clearly need communities, and organisations like Knightsmore support. but no organisation offers the are at the heart of them.whole solution. 33
  35. 35. Community renaissanceWe woud like to J.P. Morgan partnered with Knights Youth Centre in 2010,offer a big thank specifically providing a grant for the expansion of the RE:INVESTyou to JP Morgan programme. We spoke with Tracey Bloomfield, Vice Presidentfor their generous EMEA Corporate Philanthropy & Sponsorship, to discuss thefunding that has successes of the partnership.underpinned muchof our work over J.P. morgan has been investing significant time, attention, andthe last eighteen financial support in the London borough of Lambeth, identified asmonths. the targeted area for the firm’s ‘Community Renaissance’ programme. this programme brings together local communities, businesses, voluntary groups, and the public sector to partner in an integrated way to deliver positive social change in the community. this innovative approach has been recognised as having the potential to help “transform communities in the recently launched Child Poverty Strategy, which sits alongside the government’s broader strategy to improve social mobility. We’ve decided to work in Lambeth because we believe we have a responsibility to make our local communities more sustainable. We’re a large organisation, and we need to be responsive to what’s going on in the communities in which we have a presence. through our philanthropic programming we have the power to do good – for our clients, for our employees, and for people and communities around the world. It is important to our employees that we visibly demonstrate our contribution as a good corporate citizen to the wider community. J.P. morgan’s approach to philanthropic giving goes beyond sole financial support. It is about sharing knowledge and skills, pooling ideas and inspirations, and working together with both the charitable sector and central/local government to identify and support transformative programmes and innovations. Our current philanthropic portfolio includes partnerships with organisations who are strategically addressing worklessness. We 34
  36. 36. seek to partner with organisations who are working towardstackling this issue in a sustainable and impactful way; ourobjective is to look at holistic ways of approaching both currentand future unemployment.We decided to partner with Knights, specifically funding theRe:InVeSt programme because the work met all our criteria.having been established in 1936, Knights is clearly integrated withthe local community. It has an identifiable strategy outliningwhere it wants to go and what it wants to achieve for the youngpeople it supports. It can provide evidence to show how it ismaking the local community more sustainable. In working toprevent the alienation of young people, or the growth of gangculture, there is huge value in empowering young people to helpothers. Re:InVeSt, the tYLAP programme and the volunteeringprojects that have taken young people to Romania, Rwanda andmost recently the Dominican Republic are great examples of this.Knights’ work helps vulnerable young people discover anddevelop skills, confidence and self-awareness. giving themopportunities to become more globally aware and understandhow they can personally make a difference is such powerful work.the skills they develop will be invaluable to them in adult life.We support the Knights vision of providing a learning and supportcentre for young people. We recognise that they are experts atutilising their limited resources in a meaningful way. theorganisation truly understands the heart of how to influence thelives of vulnerable young people. We are delighted to partnerwith Knights in the development of the Re:InVeSt programme.KnIghtS In numbeRS19 the number of Certificate in Youth Work training sessions delivered this year 35
  37. 37. Girls @ KnightsGirls @ Knights is Girls @ Knights sessions have continued throughout the yearopen between 6 with a variety of activities including cooking, arts and crafts,and 8pm on fashion, beauty, dance, discussion and debate. Promisingly,Wednesdays for there has been an overall improvement in the girls’ behaviouryoung women in and attitudes – testament to the excellent relationshipsschool years 6-11. established by the team. highlights included: • Running joint sessions with Inters to provide a different social dynamic and an opportunity to work on their interpersonal skills • A girls-only residential weekend organised by Clubs for Young People and held at PgL grantham. eight girls attended, taking part in cheerleading, boxing, fashion workshops and plenty more • girls @ Knights’ very own photoshoot. britain’s next top model better watch out! It was a great opportunity for members not only to dress up and experiment with make-up“I come to KYC so I techniques, but also to discover more about how each of themcan stay of the view themselves and their friends through photographystreet – it’s safe • Cooking and eating out together. these experiences haveand there’s goodcompany and good helped the girls develop their cooking skills and try new foods.activtities. I like It has also helped the team to buid relationships, havingGirls @ Knights as it deeper conversations and bonding time. Several issues havegives us a chance to been highlighted over a bite to eat that have subsequentlyhang out.” been addressed in group or one-to-one sessionsKeisha, 13 • the young girls took over and became the youth workers forKnIghtS In numbeRS1 the number of films focusing on girls in gangs released this year 36
  38. 38. an evening in July 2011. they ran a cooking session, planning “I like the youth the menu and budget, shopping for ingredients and cooking a club because it’s meal for the staff fun, keeps me• Recording monthly video diaries over the year to track the active when I have nothing to do. Girls development of their thoughts and ideas @ Knights is like a• One-to-one sessions, which remain an important part of what big family and it’s we do, either during weekly girls @ Knights sessions or at an experience for other arranged times. each staff member has been assigned all of us to have!” specific girls to meet with on a regular basis. Although the Chyna, 13 meetings are very informal, the team have been able to build on their relationships with the girls and support them on various issues 37
  39. 39. Knightsontour
  40. 40. Raisin’ D RepublicIn the autumn of 2010, with the the challenge: reach the summits of benfinancial support of JP Morgan and as nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowdon in threepart of the RE:INVEST programme, the days. After just a couple of trainingvisionary and ambitious folks at Knights sessions on the north Downs, the teamkicked in to gear. The plan was simple: gathered at dawn on April 28th andrecruit a team to raise funds by started the journey north to Fortcompleting a national endurance event William. this would be tough.and go overseas to serve the poorest ofthe poor. Easy, right? the team was immense. everyone conquered ben nevis and Scarfell Pike.this would be the third project of its kind Only Kedeesha was unable to completedelivered by Knights since 2007: the first Snowdon as she had fallen ill. the teamtwo saw us take in Rwanda and Romania. shared, supported and encouraged each other, carrying each other’s backpacks.In January 2011 we recruited a team of they laughed, cried and got each otheryoung people and workers to participate through it. We were blessed with perfectin Raisin D Republic, this year’s weather and majestic views at eachchallenge. It consisted of two stages. summit.national three Peaks challenge Dominican Republicthe three Peaks Challenge team Lucy, three months after completing the threeKedeesha, Sharna, Karis, travis, Leval, Peaks in some style, the team flew out toZiggy, Jamarie, Callum, Daniel, Shem, the Dominican Republic to supportDavid, Paul and Stu (plus mountain projects working with poor communitiesinstructors, drivers and chefs from for two weeks. the experience washindleap Warren and our own Angela). delivered by mission Direct.KnIghtS In numbeRS3,333 the number of metres climbed during the three peaks challenge 39
  41. 41. Raisin’ D Republic At the last minute sadly Daniel, Jamarie and Callum couldn’t makeisn’t the first it, but Symon and nat stepped up to the call.project of its kindfor Knights - back in Whilst in the Dominican Republic, we:2007 we took ateam of young • Painted house window frames, shutters and doorspeople to Rwanda, • Shovelled mud and hard core for building foundations, andand in 2009 we mixed and shovelled cement to lie on top of the hard corevisited Romania. • Wheel barrowed the mud, hard core and cement up and down hills to be deposited in various houses • Led on games, sports and activities such as face painting with local children in two villages • Visited two orphanages for severely disabled children • Visited a local hospital that cares for people who can’t afford mainstream healthcare. the team talked and prayed with patients, and handed out ‘goodie hygiene bags’ • hand-delivered food and drink to feed 150 families in a local village, and 300 children in two different locationsKnIghtS In numbeRS4 the number of families moved to clean, safe houses in the Dominican Republic 40
  42. 42. • A number of the team personally committed to financially supporting a number of children through school for a year• Visited a project called Aqua negras (black Water) and the locals. Aqua negras get its name from the sewage that runs through its streets• Prepped, sanded and painted a large workshop inside and out which had been built to train locals in basic carpentry and building skills• Attended a ‘church in the woods’ service, leading songs in english, Spanish and Creole• tore down the old shacks of the families who were provided with new permanent homes• Visited two local schools to find out how they educate children and to provide encouragementWe managed to take some time off too, using the time to take acouple of excursions, chill by the pool, go on banana boat ridesand sample the local produce! the team deserved it. 41
  43. 43. Stu Thomson’s personal reflectionAs team leader, these trips are defined by the team’s outputs andthe positive experiences of both the team members and those wewent to serve. the focus is therefore to make sure not only thatthe team have a brilliant experience, but also that they give allthey can.but against any measure this trip was excellent, and it wasexcellent for a number of reasons:• the preparation and experience of the two key partners mission Direct and the Samaritan trust• the level of tried and tested methods and programmes by the crew on the ground• A great team. not only were there the 13 from Knights, but also another two families and two single people involved in this two week project. It was refreshing to see the entire team gel and respond positively to each other• each member of the Knights team was immense. each one had moments of pure quality and humility. this was especially evident when the team had to be very personable with the locals in the villages, hospitals and orphanages• the Knights team made a special effort to look out for each other but also give each other space when needed• everyone was able to bounce back and put pettiness or potential conflict to one side• As the young people would say: ‘it was da belly’ 42
  44. 44. Raisin’ D Republic - not ALL hard work...
  45. 45. A mission... for potentialMission Direct supports locally-led Working with the Knights group side byprojects to help some of the world’s side in the Dominican Republic, I was sopoorest people. It leads life-changing inspired by the value of the trip to eachtrips for people who want to make a of them. the way they threw themselvesdifference. Tim Martindale, director of into it at 100 per cent was incredible.overseas operations for Mission Direct,talks through his experiences with I was particularly inspired by a visit to anKnights in the Dominican Republic. orphanage for disabled children. this was a totally new environment for thehistorically mission Direct hasn’t young people from Knights. they weretypically worked with organisations like perhaps a little hesitant at first, butKnights - we normally work with within two minutes they were allindividuals or families. but when Stu involved, even the ‘tough guys’. theythomson got in touch to talk about were in there, feeding, cleaning andtaking 12-15 young people on a trip with entertaining the kids, showingus as part of their leadership training, we remarkable maturity as they interactedwere happy to do it as the centre’s ethics with with ours. At the end of the visit, the two ‘toughOur primary objective is usually about guys’ didn’t want to leave. It was aworking to help the people in the touching moment.poverty-stricken communities that weoperate in overseas. but working with In my view, the key thing that makes thisKnights, and another youth group in a transformative experience is that, inLeeds, has helped us to realise the other these environments, they were all puttransformative impact these trips can into the position of being a role model.have. they were celebs and mentors, havingKnIghtS In numbeRS7 the number of new partnerships created this year - thanks 44
  46. 46. the opportunity to show leadership if right out of their everyday experience.they had it in them. getting away from peer group pressure provided an opportunity to open up andbeing surrounded by people who were to try new destitute, and people who were sopleased to see them, gave them the And that’s what was at the heart of it.feeling that they weren’t just there to here were young people that might belearn, to do what they were told. they on the margins of things at home. but bywere challenged to make a contribution, the time the Dominican Republic trip wasand were empowered to do something over they had found new skills, self-beliefto make a difference. they received huge and understanding of how they can makethanks when they did. a difference. they had found new relationships, too.I imagine that in their day-to-day livesthese young people don’t often get to I very much enjoyed working alongsidefeel like that. they probably feel quite the group from Knights and, of course,negative about society, and don’t feel Stu, who is a fantastic leader. We needmuch love from it. people of his calibre working with young people. mission Direct is delighted tobut this experience gave them an have played a part in releasing newentirely new cultural world view. being potential for these wonderful youngaway from home and among people less people.well off than themselves, they stepped 45
  47. 47. To DR and beyondWe would like to Luca Bosatta came across Knights when he and his family werethank Luca and his paired with us on their trip to the Dominican Republic. Lucafamily for playing wrote about the experience.such an importantand enjoyable partof our trip. In preparing for our trip to the Dominican Republic, we asked the organisers who would be joining us. We were told it would be a group from a youth centre in south London. good, interesting, we thought. And so it proved. the work you do on trips like this one, the things you see, can have a huge impact. to share the experience with others makes it all the more significant. We had a really good time with the group from Knights, and really got to know them. I was so impressed with the group. I expect many of them came back to the uK more mature people. but it was them as individuals that I found most impressive. As I spoke to them, all prejudices were broken down as I saw the wit, intelligence, depth and poetry of these people. It was fantastic to learn what wonderful people they are, and what fantastic potential they have, despite the difficulties they face back at home. having got to know them, we felt we could ask about those difficulties. What they told us was in their own words. Aspirations at school. Violence. Fear. So many times on the trip, the trainees were called upon to step up, to make a difference. none of them flinched, they all came through. Perhaps most encouraging however, was how they 46
  48. 48. talked about being involved in youth work. they were clearly We’re very thankfulproud of working to help others. they talked positively about for the commitmentplans for the future and applying for the next year of the and interest Lucaprogramme. has shown in Knights.We – including my three teenage children, who shared hugs and Luca has asked Stutears with the Knights apprentices when it was time to go home – and one of thethoroughly enjoyed their company. apprentices to deliver a talk at hisWeeks after the Dominican Republic trip, I joined the Knights office to membersteam and all the apprentices for a discussion and development of a ‘familyweekend. I was keen to find out what goes on outside of the big network’ thattrips. maybe the Dominican Republic was a one off? promotes family values for business benefit. He has alsobut once again, I was bowled over. Joining in with workshops, I offered to act as asaw the apprentices greet tasks with enthusiasm and ability. mentor for one of the TYLAPI was really taken by Stu thomson’s leadership, which really apprentices.demonstrated the power and potential of good youth work. Stu isa pro, expertly taking opportunities to give the apprenticesspecific feedback. he is very encouraging, but always withconstructive, genuine and meaningful praise.‘this is what I saw in you today’, was one such comment. ‘thiswas a wonderful thing you did’, was another. It seemed to beabout affirming and encouraging real strengths and talents in theyoung one apprentice, the comment was ‘I saw the real man in youtoday’. It was absolutely spot on, and I don’t think that young manwill ever forget it. Perhaps he doesn’t get that kind ofencouragement normally, that kind of positive statement aboutwho he is. It was maybe even more impressive to see his peersnodding in supportive agreement. I think he was moved.What great work. Some of the transformations Knights achieves –whether on the tYLAP programme or with members attendingnormal sessions – seem impossible in the face of the news we seeon our tV screens every day. I witnessed so much potential.KnIghtS In numbeRS776 online votes received by Knights for natWest’s CommunityForce campaign 47
  49. 49. AccountsIn 1938, Knights bought its first permanent premises for £2,000. In1999 our annual expenditure was £35,000. But, after sustainedgrowth in the range of services we offer young people in the area andthe establishment of the unique TYLAP initiative, we are a verydifferent youth centre today.Incomeexpenditure
  50. 50. As you’ve read, the world in which we maintain current service levels untiloperate is increasingly challenging, with march 2012. If we don’t find new fundsfar reaching implications. We enjoyed a by then, we will have to make somesurplus at the end of the last financial tough decisions, and the service weyear (2009/10), but all funds carried provide will look very different.over were already tied up in projectsand commitments for 2010/11. It’s not all doom and gloom – we continue to receive remarkable support.Sadly, the Hardship Fund grant we were the Walcot Foundation continues togiven in 2009 has gone. In addition, the support the Walcot Apprenticeshipthree year grant from Lambeth Council Scheme and tYLAP. they are great andto fund the girls @ Knights and Senior much-appreciated supporters.Outreach Project Worker poststechnically came to an end last April. JP Morgan gave us a huge grant ofDespite intentions to commission new £95,000 for a number of projectsposts by that date, we are still awaiting including the trip to the Dominicanthe outcome of Lambeth’s review. It is a Republic – see our report on page 38.difficult time for all London councils, but this has been fantastic support that hastheir support is paramount. had a huge impact on our young people.the result? We currently have a £40,000 In addition, the Henry Smith Foundationhole in our budget, net of the surplus we and Equitable Charitable Trust providedcarried forwards. this was initially over new grants. We also received grants from£80,000, leading to us having to let two other partners including: Home Officemembers of staff go as of 1st April this RIO; Lloyds TSB, Mercers; NHS; Elizabethyear. In turn, it also meant that Stu’s and Prince Zaiger Trust; Internationalplanned new role – mentioned in last Bazaar; Jack Petchey Foundation; andyear’s report – has been ‘put on ice’. Clapham Park.With significant loss of income, it goes We live in troubled times – both on thewithout saying that we are making balance sheet and the streets. but this isincreased and significant efforts to cut when young people need us most. Wecosts, raise funds and submit new bids. would like to take this opportunity toSadly, we are competing for a smaller thank the many organisations andportion of a smaller cake, and against individuals who have supported us overmore and more other diners. We also the last year. hopefully this reportfailed with bids submitted to BBC conveys the huge and ambitious range ofChildren in Need and the Big Lottery. services Knights continues to provide young people. Without your support, itWe have just enough reserves to would not be possible. 49
  51. 51. Looking ahead It will come as no surprise to anyone that as a result of the deepening financial crisis, the voluntary sector is really going to feel the pinch. Small organisations will be particularly vulnerable – that includes us at Knights! It’s hard not to become obsessed with the financial climate, but there’s one critical point I’d like to make: the secret of our success is the experience and heart our team brings to the work. We have a small hub of paid staff who are pivotal in their role to develop and direct our wonderful volunteers, and our street savvy trainees/apprentices (aged 16-24). If funding pressures were to cause us to lose that hub, then our successful (and cost effective) model of delivering our service would be at serious risk. there can be no doubt that, as a small voluntary youth centre, we face a bleak and worrying financial situation, and there’s no sign that it will change much for the next three years. We experienced a similar environment in the early 1990s and saw some longstanding youth clubs in the area close, never to reopen. We have to plan carefully for some lean years. We will refocus on what we do well: building relationships, being available, consistent and offering hope. Our main offer has always been our heart and passion for every young person who walks through our door. We are here because we want to be. Interestingly, that’s what young people seem to want and respect! We celebrated our 75th anniversary this year, and we 50
  52. 52. have no intention of this financial crisis being the point at whichwe close our doors. but it is going to be really, really hard.this report has documented so many highs from the last year,from volunteering in the Dominican Republic and Sharna’ssuccess to our work with young women and our young peoplewinning assured we’ll be writing to you next year with anotherselection of similar stories.thanks, as always, for your wonderful support.God bless.Chris Saunders
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