On 10th December, we had a large gathering at Waltham Forest Community Hub to learn about the Life Chances Programme and the Young Londoners Fund.
After welcomes and introductions, Karissa Singh from LBWF gave a presentation about the council’s new Life Chances programme. You can find a copy of her presentation here and copies of the Waltham Forest Life Chances Commission reports here. There were then workshop conversations at the tables about the programme and its priorities, the outputs of which you can find here. There will be more consultation in 2019 so that willing organisations and individuals can give more input into the shaping of the different areas of the programme.
Chris Todd from Community Waltham Forest and Matthew Welsh from LBWF spoke about the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund, which will be open again for applications in 2019, this time with a support programme. Jane Brueseke, Youth Engagement Manager and Young Advisors charity leader in Waltham Forest also talked about her successful 2018 bid to the Young Londoners Fund and the Streetbase project that the Young Advisors will now deliver over the next three years. LBWF would like to lead a large collaborative bid and Matthew will be contact for this. Chris’s information handout about the fund is here. CWF will share more information in the new year when we have it.
We are extremely grateful to everyone who came and shared so much. Also to the team from the council who recognise the knowledge and solutions that the voluntary and community sector will have around Life Chances for young residents of Waltham Forest, and who enthusiastically came to get our input into the programme.
Waltham Forest Streetbase (Young Advisors & YIAG)
Funded by Young Londoners Fund to start in 2019, Streetbase is a peer-to-peer street engagement programme with young people delivering, which increases awareness and access to youth provision by signposting to positive activities, opportunities, events and support that will help prevent offending and anti-social behaviour. Young Advisors, local people aged 16-25, are trained and accredited to patrol in hotspot areas and deliver peer workshops on topics affecting young people such as knife crime.