Our work focuses on the essential personal and social skills that young people need to develop and progress.

Our Programmes Include:

LEARN2LIVE - Life Skills Project

What

Learn2Live is our main Alternative Provision project aimed at developing life skills in young people excluded from mainstream education. We deliver 2 half day workshops, one on-site and one off-site using team challenges, critical thinking tasks, sport, drama, PSHE, current affairs etc to encourage development and learning.

Food is a vital part of day 1, the young people are split into pairs or individually and with the help of staff cook at least 3 dishes to make a lunch for the whole group, which we then sit and eat together.

Our approach is therapeutic, with the building of supportive relationships central to this. We do everything to make the young people feel safe and at home, allowing them to fully engage in the sessions and benefit more as a result.

When

We currently deliver Learn2Live on a Thursday and Friday 10.00 - 2.00. Thursday on-site in the crypt of St Marks Church, Friday off-site at various sports venues around London (we always meet together at Future Skills before travelling together).

Why

When a young person is excluded from school that immediately reduces the opportunities that young person has and can negatively impact their self confidence. We want to encourage them and help them develop many of the skills and attitudes that will enable them to succeed in the world of further education and employment and to not be defined by past mistakes.

Employers are looking for young people with good communication skills, the ability to problem solve and work in a team, a positive hard working attitude and leadership skills. We want to help our young people to start the journey of developing those vital skills.

Lean on Me - Mentoring

What

The Lean on Me Project is a targeted one-to-one mentoring scheme. We build relationships with the children and young people allowing us to support their mental and emotional health and wellbeing, build their confidence and self-esteem, challenge their behaviours and attitudes and aid them in progressing educationally and socially.

When

Mentoring sessions are normally weekly, but can be more or less frequent depending on need. Sessions happen both on site at St Marks and offsite engaging in a wide variety of activities, initially centred around the interests of the young person.

Activities include: cooking, boxing, badminton, visiting different areas around London eg The South Bank and Borough Market, critical thinking tasks etc. When needed sessions can be tailored to support young people develop their CV, apply for College, attend Open Days and other appointments.

Why

Mentoring has proven to be a hugely powerful tool in empowering young people to re-engage with education, boosting their confidence and self-esteem, and positively transitioning from year 6 to year 7. Over the last 3 years, at least 75% of young people who have completed their mentoring have achieved a positive outcome!

Infuse Youth Club and Cafe

What

Infuse is a youth club and cafe for any young people between 11 and 18 years old. Where else can you get a fresh homemade burger with all the trimmings for just £1.50? Meal deals including chips and a smoothie are only £2.50!
Come and play some Fifa, Rocket League or Mario Kart. Try and beat the staff at table tennis or table football. If you want to chill and get creative we've got lots of resources for that, or you can learn to cook in our downstairs kitchen.

Coming soon: 'Real Talk', a chance for young people to chat about some of the issues they are currently dealing with and get some input from our great youth workers.

When

We have returned after lockdown on Wednesday afternoons between 4 - 7pm. We will be expanding Infuse to Thursday evenings too in 2021. Keep an eye out for more news.

Why

Open access youth provision like Infuse is still so important for young people. A report published in June 2020 "Open access youth work a narrative", talks about 7 different categories of evidenced impact that result from open access youth work, these are: Society; Personal development; Relationships; Employment & education; A safe place to be; Skills development; Health and wellbeing.

These impacts are things that we see from the many years of running Infuse, and feedback from the young people that attend also proves how important Infuse is to them, "I enjoy coming to Infuse because it's fun and I like the workers because they make me laugh. I also like the food", PW aged 11. "I think my anger issues have gotten less since I started coming to Infuse", RR aged 11.

Residentials

What

At least once per year we take a group of our young people away for a few days of challenging and fun activities in a totally different environment to what they are used to.

We have been to: Llanrwst in North Wales with Horizon Expeditions; Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest; Bewl Water in Kent; sailing round the South Coast with the Island Trust; Swanage with Allnat Outdoors and to East Shallowford Farm with Providence House, Carneys and FAST.

When

Normally for one week during the summer holidays, but we have been away during February half term.

Why

Because it provides an opportunity for the lives of our young people to be impacted in a very deep way over a short period of time. Many young people return having had new experiences, their confidence boosted, and seeing themselves and others in a completely different light.

Collaborative Projects

What

Our main collaborative project is our Alternative Provision partnership with Harrison Allen tuition service. We offer a combined package of tuition and mentoring for pupils who are struggling to maintain their school place, often supporting children and young people who have Special Educational Needs (SEN).

We offer a maximum of 15 hours per week allowing pupils to continue learning their core subjects while receiving targeted mentoring support that allows them to work through some of the challenges they are facing in school. The mentoring often involves cooking and sport, creating the environment for confidence to be built and for physical and mental health and well-being to be supported.

We also partner with Wandsworth Mediation Service to deliver a 5 or 6 week conflict resolution project for secondary aged children.

When

Both these projects are available for referrals throughout the year.

Why

Working with like-minded organisations strengthens our effectiveness. Young people need a variety of opportunities and places they feel safe so they can develop into the best version of themselves. Being part of a wider network of support for young people is more powerful.

We value all the skills and expertise that our partners bring and its a joy to work with them all for the good of the young people we support.

Sports Coaching - Battersea Lions Football Club

What

Football team that grew out of our successful after-school club and played in the Sunday Tandridge Youth League. After 8 years we have decided to stop running Battersea Lions FC, the 19/20 season being our last.

We want to thank all the players and parents for their involvement and support, it was a fantastic 8 years!!

When

Training has ceased.

Why

The structure of the team provides an excellent space to offer life coaching to the players.

Some highlights of our October so far! It was wonderful to see some of our young people going on a Black History wa…

@FST_Charity