We have invested funds under the broad remit of ‘young people’ since our inception as a trust. Our funding was initially focused around education but more recently we have started to invest in work around emotional and mental health in those aged 0-18. This is a significant area of learning for us and we look forward to working alongside a portfolio of expert partners to expand our knowledge and understanding of this field.
BIGKID equips young people at risk of social exclusion and youth violence to take control of their lives, find, develop and act on their own potential.
We engage with those who many have given up on, seeking to break negative generational cycles. We also encourage our young people to understand their roles in their communities and begin to take steps to becoming key stake holders.
“BIGKID Foundation shares our desire to make a difference to the lives of young people in London at-risk of exploitation and getting involved in criminality.”
- Detective Inspector Shaun White, Metropolitan Police
Chance UK provides early intervention mentoring to children aged 5-12 experiencing behavioural and emotional difficulties. The children that receive support are at risk of educational exclusion, poor mental health and involvement in the criminal justice system in adolescence and early adult life. Children receive one-to-one, solution-focused mentoring from volunteer mentors who over a year help them improve their behaviour; develop life skills and confidence that enables them to realise their potential.
Family Friends is a charity set up in 1993 to support disadvantaged families through befriending and mentoring services. It works with families living in Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and South East Brent. Through respect, encouragement and support, Family Friend's mission is to ‘help families to help themselves’, in order that they can discover their strengths and build on their coping skills.
The charity offers two schemes: "Parent Befriending" - for parents with a child or children under the age of 16 years; and "Child Mentoring" - For children aged between 5 and 16 years.
Leap CC "Care: UnDER OUR ROOF" PILOT
The "Care: under our Roof" pilot works with young people in the care system, and their carers (both in foster care and residential homes). It focuses on helping young people and their carers build positive, supportive relationships which is a key factor in ensuring young people in care thrive.
Due to their experiences, children in care can have a volatile approach to relationships and if they and their carers don’t have the skills to navigate difficult relationships, it leads to placement breakdown, change of social worker and/or change of school. This damages the child’s chances of thriving.
The pilot utilises bespoke joint training with young people and their carers, providing them with the skills and confidence to manage conflict and build healthy and stable relationships.
Portsmouth sail training trust
Portsmouth Sail Training Trust (PSTT) aims to help break the cycle of social deprivation and unemployment, by raising the aspirations of inner-city young people aged 12-21.
Through varied on water and dry land training programmes, PSTT provides sustained support in the achievement of recognised qualifications that enhance career opportunities, coupled with the development of key life skills that enable its young people to fulfil their potential and achieve brighter futures.
Life is full of highs and lows. But it’s full of highs and lows for each and every one of us. TalkLife have created a place where we can all work through life together.
TalkLife knows that sometimes it’s sort of hard to talk about certain things with family or even friends. This is a safe place where you can talk about anything: mental health, depression, self harm, eating disorders, a bad breakup or a relationship, school or work…it doesn’t matter. If you want to talk about it, someone else, does too. No judgments. No bullying. Just people who get you.
TalkLife wanted to create a community where you can always feel welcome and know that someone is here for you. Literally thousands of people are always on TalkLife– at any time — just waiting to listen.
West London Zone
West London Zone (WLZ) is a leading place-based organisation, working in partnership with local charities to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people in West London.
Together with schools and children’s centres, WLZ identifies children and young people who may not yet be showing obvious signs of need, but who are not well served by existing provision and are at risk of negative outcomes without early intervention. To prevent the development of more serious issues, each child and their family designs an individually tailored package of support from the WLZ partnership, with the support of a dedicated ‘Link Worker’.
The model is financed by an innovative “Collective Impact Bond”, which pools funding from schools, local government, and private philanthropy, ‘topped-up’ by a central government grant.
"We are determined to invest in young people to give them the best start in life. At a time when funding for councils and schools has never been tighter, West London Zone has created an innovative new model to make the support we provide children go much further"
- Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader, LBHF