This has been and continues to be a difficult year for everyone, not least our grant applicants who applied in 2019. Whilst some charities that we have supported have had no choice but to delay their work programmes many have been able to adapt to working remotely with their young clients and continuing to give support or training. SITC Trustees have been keen to encourage flexible approaches to service delivery amongst our charities or to agree to hold over grants until normal operations can be resumed.
At our latest meeting on October 15th we received a report from DePaul about the efforts that they have made to continue their service provision. Despite having to close Sherborne House for a period they were able to adapt their services and also to undertake new forms of support-including accepting the running of a Travel Lodge hotel to house 170 homeless people!
In 2019 we received the largest number of grant applications in the history of Sherborne in the Community. This gave the trustees a tough task with many interviews and visits. There is some incredible work going on in London to help those needing support and it was a privilege to hear about this work in person.
The result of the process in 2019 was 6 recipients receiving grants totalling around £23,000.
GRANTS FOR 2021
We are looking forward to receiving new applications for grants for 2021. The window for applications opens on 1st December 2020 and lasts until 31st January 2021. Anyone interested in making application should do so following the guidance provided under the Grants section of this website.
Although our anniversary year and ‘Hackney Tales’ flagship project did not go as
planned we couldn’t be prouder of our young people, volunteers and staff team. All
of whom have shown remarkable resilience and who have adapted at a drop of a hat
to their change in circumstances. As a result of our Writing Programme Leaders’
quick thinking and close relationships with our young people, their families and local
schools we were able to launch a remote offer within four weeks of our writing
centre’s closure that young people were able to access from home. We have been
blown away by the response to our virtual programme, which has seen 84% of our
community children engaging online through our zoom writing labs, and been
humbled by the feedback we have received from families on the difference it has
made during the schools’ closures. We have also gone very low-tech and sent 100%
of young writers in our community lab a suite of ‘letterbox surprises’ through their
front door to support their imaginations and writing at home.
Inside You may Expect The Ordinary, is a collaborative poem written by the children and young people who took part in our virtual Community Writing Labs ahead of the summer holidays. In keeping with the collaborative spirit of the poem, we asked the Ministry of Stories' team to all take part in reading it - to say a big thank you to our volunteers and young people for their positivity, grit and boundless imagination during this difficult time.
You can check out our reading here.
Our final grant in 2018 was to Leap - they are an award-winning national charity that works with young people aged 11-25 who are struggling with conflict. Leap’s vision is that every young person in conflict has a route to positive support that can transform their opportunities.
This grant helped to fund ten young people from Depaul to attend Leap’s three-day Leadership course. The Leadership course is part of Leap’s flagship community-based programme, Improving Prospects, designed to give young people an insight into the causes and consequences of conflict, as well as develop their capabilities and confidence to manage personal ad interpersonal conflict.
The Leadership element is a three-day course focused on young people’s understanding and self-awareness of conflict, specifically in relation to choices and responsibilities. Young people learn to recognise negative influences and behaviours and set immediate goals for change. They also benefit from intensive and personalised one-to-one sessions with project staff before, during and after training. These increase engagement, deepen learning and support progression. Courses are delivered in partnership with other organisation already working with hard-to-reach young people.
Improving Prospects helps young people to transform their lives: 90% of graduates feel that Leap has made a positive difference to where they are in their lives one year after taking part.
A recent study (undertaken by Brathay Trust Research Hub) involved analysis of
data for 92 young people who took part in Improving Prospects between March 2016 and February 2017, and follow-up interviews with 35 graduates.
• 83% agreed that Improving Prospects helped them to learn how to resolve conflict
• 80% had succeeded in resolving conflict since graduation, and 71% had helped others involved in conflict
• 91% will continue to use what they have learnt to manage conflict in their lives
• 78% agreed that training helped them make positive choices about relationships, friendships and networks
• 89% were more engaged in education, employment or training compared with 74% at the start
• 80% agreed that training had helped them to make progress in achieving their goals
The third group supported in 2018 through our grants was The Big House. They have a simple mission: ‘To enable care leavers and at risk young people to fulfil their potential.’
The grant was made to support year-round drop-in workshops. Through these, they aim to create an open, supportive (and fun!) environment which gives young people the opportunity to develop their skills, boost their self-confidence, and meet their peers (very important when working with isolated young people).
The Open House Project (OHP) is an intensive 12 week project of drama participation, life and employment skills, literacy, counselling, and help to recognise and regulate emotions.
S, a Big House Member, describes the difference that drop-ins made to her:
“Having open discussions within the group challenged me on my personal responsibility and made me question some of my past choices and behaviour. Slowly but very slowly I opened up about some of my past and after other people spoke about their experiences I opened up about mine. The workshops helped me to get out of my shell –everyone grows together and it’s a little bit like a family. It took me a lot of workshops to get involved in the improvisations, but I would take part in the warm up games. By the time the OHP started I wasn’t as closed up, and in the first week I started talking to people more and participating fully in all of the workshops.”
Of the young people who have taken part in the Open House Project to date:
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.