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The Big Lottery Fund is supporting the Winch for the next four years to make a long-term impact on 10-19 year olds in North Camden.  The Big Lottery grant will enable The Winch to provide a careful mix of activities and opportunities for young people to improve their achievements at school and employment prospects.  These activities include:

  • Transition groups for 10 to 12 year olds ensuring vulnerable pupils keep up in their move from primary to secondary school.
  • Group and mentoring sessions for 11 to 16 year olds focussing on empowerment, relationships, rights and self-esteem.
  • Open access activity sessions including; drama, fashion, music, textiles and sports.
  • A youth leadership offering to increase citizenship and volunteering activities
  • Trips and residentials for 11 to 19 year olds to widen horizons and expand experiences.
  • Enterprise and employment programmes for 16+ year olds
  • Intensive one to one support for those at risk of mental health issues, sexual exploitation or anti-social behaviour.
  • An emergency phone line to provide assistance on homelessness, immigration and benefits.
  • Parent support groups and courses to aid parents and carers to parent their children.

The above activities are to have a strong partnership focus through information-sharing, referrals and joint work with local schools (including George Eliot, Holy Trinity, Haverstock, Quinton Kynaston and UCL Academy) and other organsiations.

 

Recruitment for the next cohort of The Company is currently OPEN.  Our enterprise initiative provides group and 1:1 support to young people who have a business idea and need guidance in areas of both personal development and self-employment.  The program runs from Tuesday until Thursday 11am until 4pm for 10-12 weeks, starting Tuesday September 27th. There are limited places available, so if you are an 18-25 year old with a business idea, and want to join a collective that will inspire you, then please get in touch!

 

During the program you will attend business and personal development workshops with the rest of the group (usually between 8 and 10 people) and will gain confidence and build positive peer networks.  The program includes two residential trips, as well as a number of other educational and practical visits. At the end of the program, there is an opportunity to pitch your business to a panel for up to £2000 in seed investment, with further opportunities to hot desk at The Company office-in The Winch building when their businesses are up and running.

 

We are also looking for business mentors who can share their life experiences with an ambitious young person. The role of a mentor is to provide advice and support, helping to point their mentee in the right direction. The Company is always looking for more volunteers who are keen to pass their wisdom on. We are currently recruiting mentors so if you’re interested in getting involved please contact Fran Taylor at francesca@thewinch.org or call her on 07539 576 203.

 

For the first time ever The Winch is holding a celebration for all the young people who have ever taken part in The Company, our enterprise programme for young people aged 18-25. We will be celebrating the most recent graduation of entrepreneurs, as well as welcoming back some older faces. There will be Caribbean food (catered by one of our very own Company businesses) as well as free drinks, speeches, certificates, displays featuring some of our businesses products & services (with the opportunity to buy) as well as networking. It will be a great community event. Young people, friends and family, partner organisations, funders, journalists and people from the local community will all be in attendance. The event will be held on Thursday August 4th from 7pm here at The Winch. If you would like to attend please respond to Francesca@thewinch.org or call her on 07539 576 203.

 

Srabani Sen 1Srabani has an extensive background in non-profit work. She has been a board member for more than twenty years for a number of different organisations, as well as a CEO for a diverse mix of voluntary organisations.

Srabani has dedicated her career to transformational work.  She's worked to change media views on the debate about alcohol issues, to champion the issue of diabetes and worked with various family and children organizations.

Srabani was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2013 Birthday Honours in recognition of her work with to improve the lives children and families throughout in the UK.

We are beyond excited to be working with this gifted and successful woman here at The Winch!

 

Frankie Taylor is from North West London and is the programme coordinator for The Company

The Company is the self-employment programme powered by The Winch, helping ‘hard to reach’ 18-25 year olds to reach their full potential by learning skills for starting their own business, as well as receiving emotional support & furthering their personal & professional development.

Outside of The Winch, Frankie is a retro fitness & dance instructor and conducts freelance drop in classes, private & corporate sessions, and also performs at events & festivals.

Her interests include cooking, puppies, photography, yoga and dancing! She is enthused by 80s music, film & clothing, and Japan!

Life Motto: “Have fun forever”

 

We surveyed the generous people who volunteer with us and the results reveal: volunteers at the Winch felt that their work was meaningful, they feel closer to the community, and they want to keep coming back. Regardless of what activity volunteers were doing or who they were working with, each of the 20 volunteers we polled expressed their wishes to come back to the Winch. When asked why they initially volunteered at the Winch, volunteers said, “I liked the idea of a small charity that works with children,” and that, “It has a clear mission and obvious positive impact to the people it serves. Getting to see children come in each day, as well as see how passionate each member of the staff is in creating the best possible program for every child has been very meaningful.” These responses are reflective of the Winch’s value to improve the North Camden community for those growing up in it.

Volunteers varied in backgrounds and duties. Their ages ranged from 20 to retired, and their volunteering amount ranged from a single event to over ten years’ worth! About 65% of our volunteers come to the Winch once a week, but there is definitely no minimum time requirement. Volunteering activities included fundraising, event planning, working on reception, assisting with children or infant activities, and helping with catering or cleaning. The most popular activity was working with children. “Regardless of what I do each time I come to the Winch, I can see a direct effect I have on the youth there. Their presence around the building is a testament to the work that the Winch does,” said one volunteer. Over 75% of our volunteers had an increased awareness in the community as a result of volunteering. In addition to benefitting the community, volunteers also feel that their work has made them stronger as individuals. A majority of the respondents said that volunteering increased their communication, management, and personal skills.

Much of the success in our volunteering is due to our volunteer coordinator, Page Victor. “We love creating a welcoming environment for all our amazing volunteers because we know that we couldn’t do what we do without them. To put it simply, we love having them,” says Page. Our volunteers continue to come back because they have been inspired during their experience. “As a result of volunteering at The Winch, I have been inspired to do more community work and volunteer in other projects,” said a recent volunteer. Over 50% of our volunteers became more aware of other volunteering opportunities from being at the Winch. Our volunteers feel valued for their time at the Winch and are encouraged to continue volunteering more around the community afterwards. Our volunteers help us take further steps to achieve our goals, and for that we are grateful.

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