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All of the latest news from The Avenues Youth Project

EARLY ENTREPRENEURS 

These photos were taken from our Kickstart Careers project

Age: 11 – 14 years
Date: Weekdays
Time: 15:30 – 18:30
Location: The Avenues Youth Project

Introducing Early Entrepreneurs, our new and innovative project designed to engage young people at a vulnerable transition age, inspiring them to explore entrepreneurial activities, resulting in a collaborative, rewarding and enjoyable programme.

Designed in 2 stages, phase one will consist  of establishing a pizza pop-up social enterprise on at The Avenues Youth Project and Phase 2 (Jan – July ’24) will expand to the inclusion of other entrepreneurial activities such as content creation, barbering and braiding. For those not interested in business, we will introduce the innovative new sport Teqball to The Avenues.

Already well-established, Secondary Zone takes young people at the crucial transition stage of 11-14 yrs and provides them with meaningful and engaging after-school activities.  This will meet a community need for young people at this age to have a safe space to go directly after school – a time when a lack of things to do can lead to exposure to malign influence. The pizza pop-up will also act as a community action project,  giving locals to access affordable food. 

Early Entrepreneurs will be delivered every weekday from 15:30 in The Avenues Youth Project by our team of expert empathetic youth workers.

Early Entrepreneurs will be  funded by the Innovation Fund

Girls World x Vinted

Dive into the world of sustainable fashion with Girls Hub’s Vinted Fashion account! 🌿💃 Get ready to join the revolution against fast fashion as we promote eco-friendly shopping and conscious consumerism. 👗💚 Discover stylish pre-loved items at affordable prices, and be part of the movement towards waste reduction and a more sustainable future! 🌍✨ Let’s show the world that small actions can make a big difference! #SustainableStyle #EcoFashion #ConsciousConsumerism 🛍️🌱

When asked what projects our Girls’ Hub members wanted to do this term, one of the many ideas was to become less wasteful and  sustainable and so, the Girls’ Hub vinted account was born. The 11-18 year old Girl’s Hub members use the account to upcycle their pre-loved clothes and will use any money they make to fund future Girls’ Hub activities.

Follow us and get involved here on the Vinted app and website

GOOD GREEN NEWS 🌱

39 solar panels, were installed to our roof by Westminster City Council‘s Carbon Offset Fund.

These will generate 25kw of electricity and, combined with new air source heat pumps, pipework insulation and other improvements, will reduce our energy bill and carbon footprint

 

 

WE ARE A LONDON LIVING WAGE EMPLOYER

 

We are delighted to announce that as of June The Avenues Youth Project will become an accredited London Living Wage employer.

This means that we as an orgranisation commit to meeting or exceeding the London Living Wage for all staff aged over 18, and this year that wage is set at £11.95 an hour.

 There is a significant difference between this rate and the government’s national living wage of £9.50 an hour (previously known as national minimum wage).

This is not not only the right thing to do and in line with our club values, but we hope this strengthens our reputation at The Avenues as a socially responsible employer.

 

CAROL BENT JOINS THE KING’S HONOURS LIST

For services to young people Carol’s work as earned him the Medal of the British Empire (BEM) and is featured on the King Charles III’s Birthday Honours list.

Join us in celebrating the incredible contributions of Carol Bent, ⁠who for 40 years has and continues to act as a inspirational leader, motivator and father-figure for generations of young people in Queen’s Park ward of North Westminster, and in particular, the member of The Avenues Youth Project⁠.

As well as countless other achievements, Carol persuaded The Avenues Youth Project Trustees to create a new building on the same site with state-of-the-art facilities. After a long but successful fundraising campaign, the new Avenues centre was officially opened in 2003 by then HRH Prince Charles. Carol told HRH that “In addition to activities we offer a wide programme of social skills and sessions on such things as drug use, teenage sex and black-on-black violence.

 

Carol also started a community radio station, AvenuesFM, which was run by the young people who played requests, had phone-ins, interviewed local people (including MP Karen Buck) and hosted discussions on topics of interest which they chose. It was a powerful and motivating tool which engaged many hard-to-reach young people and taught them many skills

 

 

Aged 70, Carol no longer does face-to-face youth work (he says he is “too old”) but still works in the office at The Avenues and keeps in touch with the children and grandchildren of former members.

Carol said “I accept this on behalf of all the young people that I work with, and all of the people over the years that have nominated me. Hopefully I’ve made them all very proud” ⁠

Congratulations to our very own living legend Carol Bent (BEM⁠)

See the full King Charles III Birthday honourees list here

All photos featured were taken by internationally renowned photographer and chair of The Southbank Centre,  Misan Harriman on a visit to The Avenues Youth Project. See all of Misan’s Avenues portraits here.

Misan Harriman Portraits

 

Photographer, entrepreneur and social activist Misan Harriman is one of the most widely-shared photographers of this age. He is also the first black person in the 104 year history of British Vogue to shoot the cover of its September issue. In July 2021 he commenced his appointment as Chair of the Southbank Centre, London and in 2022 Harriman visited The Avenues Youth Project and took the stunning portraits below.

 

 

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