Here's the second of our updates from charities we have been able to support this year.
Thanks to a grant from Sherborne in the Community, Young Urban Arts Foundations kicked off their Skip to the Beat Programme at The Pavillion PRU in Barnet this Autumn. Skip to the Beat uses creativity as a form of therapy to improve the wellbeing and life chances of disadvantaged young people. The first week intensive saw the young people exploring positive affirmation through spray painting T-art, working with rhythm as a group through drumming and taking the first steps on their Skip to the Beat journey. Over the coming months they will be working on releasing negative emotions and developing strategies to improve, and maintain mental health. To find out more about YUAF go to www.yuaf.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this year we announced that Sherborne in the Community had supported 4 charities in the form of grants. As we open our next round of grant applications, we'd like to share a little more about the work that has been possible from our initial grants.
First up, Boxing Futures. They provide the opportunity for young people to enjoy a fitter, healthier lifestyle, whilst improving self-confidence through engagement in a positive activity. The team use this new found experience and energy in a young person’s life as a platform from which they can pursue routes into employment, education, training and volunteering (EETV).
At Boxing Futures, they engage with the ‘whole person’ and do not just focus on one aspect of their life. They aim to improve chances of EETV, through working with young people to develop their soft skills and pro social behaviours.
Our grant enabled a 12 week programme to be delivered with Depaul delivering some great results (see below). Please take a look at their website and their social pages to keep up to date with their great work.
We'll bring you news of our other grant recipients over the next month.
Sherborne in the Community was delighted to receive a substantial donation from Sherborne School from the end-of-term Commemoration in summer 2018.
The donation will enable us to continue to support charities working with young people in London. We are very grateful to the chaplain, David Campbell, and everyone who contributed to the collection.
Maintaining and developing our relations with Sherborne School, the other schools in Sherborne and Old Shirburnians is something we believe is very important. The connections between Sherborne House (now SITC) and Sherborne School go back to the early 20th century (see our History page for more information).
We are always interested to hear from current or former Shirburnians who would like to find out more about SITC and the work we do, and how they can support it. For those who are interested, we can also sometimes arrange visits to some of the charities we support.
For more information contact the Chair of the Trustees James Nurton or Secretary Roger Watkins.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and careful management of our resources, the Trustees were delighted to be able to make grants to four charities working with young people in London earlier this year.
The Big House - a theatre project working with young people who have been through the care system
Boxing Futures - a charity using non-contact Boxing & Boxercise training to reach out and engage with disadvantaged young people
Leap - providing conflict management training to young people and professionals working with them
Young Urban Arts Foundation - engaging with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people through music and other arts
All of the grants were made towards specific, costed projects and we will post further reports on the outcomes in due course. The grant recipients were decided in a thorough process, which included the review of written applications and a visit to each charity and a vote by the trustees.
We expect to launch our 2019 grant process soon and welcome applications for grants of up to £5,000 from charities working with young people in London. More details will be posted on the website shortly.
The SITC trustees were able to hold our quarterly meeting at Sherborne House last week. We are very grateful to DePaul for allowing us to use the meeting room and hear from their staff about the progress that this new facility has given them. We heard stories that even before the building was officially open, they had a young person turning up looking for help and they were able to react and find him somewhere safe to spend the night. From that moment on the teams that work out of Sherborne House have continued to thrive and support 100s of young people and their families through Nightstop and Alone in London. This has taken the form of finding safe places to stay while they get back on their feet, advice and mediation for families in difficult times, as well as being able to include the young people in future service development through Advisory boards and panels.
It was also fantastic and inspiring to hear how the design and services that have been possible within Sherborne House are now the template they are looking to roll out across the country. They have seen clear benefits from having a building within the community that can mix both their operational activities with their front line service.
As trustees we look forward to the continuing to hear about the development and benefits that De Paul can deliver from Sherborne House.
Taken from Depaul UK website
London’s Deputy Mayor James Murray and the Duchess of Norfolk today (Wednesday, 24 May) officially opened a new homelessness centre in central London.
The Endeavour Centre at Sherborne House, near London Bridge, is an innovative space that combines help in a crisis with support for those young people who are rebuilding their lives. The national headquarters for Depaul UK, the building also provides a hub for Depaul’s award-winning Nightstop service – Britain’s only national network for emergency accommodation for young people.
James Murray, London’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, and the Duchess of Norfolk, Patron of Depaul International, jointly cut the ribbon to open the centre, in Decima Street, Southwark.
Mr Murray said: “It shames our city that homelessness and rough sleeping in London have risen so much in recent years. We need to work together to support people who are at risk of ending up on the streets, and so I very much welcome Depaul’s efforts to help young people in crisis find somewhere safe to sleep, and their new Endeavour Centre, which will provide a safe haven for young people to access the support and advice they need.”
Depaul UK Chair of Trustees Suzanne McCarthy said: “It is a great honour to have both the Duchess of Norfolk and London’s Deputy Mayor opening our Endeavour Centre at Sherborne House this afternoon. It is a place that will bring hope to many young people in this city and further afield.”
Depaul UK CEO Martin Houghton-Brown said: “No young person should ever have to sleep in an unsafe place. The creation of the Endeavour Centre in London means that not only has Nightstop, with its brilliant offer of a safe bed for young people in crisis, got a base, but that young people who would otherwise be at risk on the streets can have somewhere safe to be during the day.
“Young people who need Depaul’s help in a homelessness crisis and who live in our accommodation will be able to use the centre to connect with the community, learning how to be active, creative, emotionally stable and how to get into education or employment.”
He added: “I am excited by the partnerships we are already forging to make the Endeavour Centre a real hub for community solutions to young people’s homelessness. For many visitors who come to see the Endeavour Centre for themselves, they are understanding for the first time the underlying causes of homelessness and the real potential to not only address the needs, but also prevent homelessness in the first place. The Centre has such vibrancy and hope written large all over it.”
Mr Houghton-Brown thanked Depaul UK’s key partners who have made the Endeavour Centre possible: Sherborne in the Community, LandAid and players of People’s Postcode Lottery, as well as The Clothworkers’ Foundation, OVO Foundation, easyCoffee and the many individual donors.
We had an opportunity in our December trustee meeting to take a look back at what has been achieved over the last 12 months by Sherborne in the Community. I don't think anyone would have predicted the changes we've seen or the bright future ahead of us.
Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year from all at Sherborne in the Community!
At the end of the Summer we were able to announce the news that we have selected a new tenant of Sherborne House. Depaul will use the building to provide a range of services to young people throughout London, including as a base for its Nightstop programme for young homeless (uk.depaulcharity.org.) As well as being encouraged by the value and importance of DePaul’s work, the trustees were impressed by its ambitious plans for Sherborne House. These include a substantial investment in redevelopment - opening up the building, making the most of all of the space and offering some innovative services. The redevelopment work started in September and is due to be finished early in 2017. DePaul are also fully committed to developing contacts with the School and Old Shirburnians, and we hope to bring details of some specific initiatives soon.
Some of our trustees were able to attend the first reception event held at Sherborne House where Depaul UK CEO Martin Houghton-Brown shared the vision for our historic building. It was also an opportunity to thank some of the donors and other charitable organisations that have made this possible.
Here are some photos from the event
Look out for more updates over the next few months