London City Mission

LCM Youth Project - Forest Gate

Access to recreational and educational activities, as well as positive role models, can make a huge difference to young people, especially when there is pressure to engage in anti-social behaviour. This project will help youth to gain social skills, and improve their educational and life chances.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (247186)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£11,450

Donations

45

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development

    Helping

Location

  • No father in the house meant the streets raised me - it's where I learned to fix things, drive and how to treat women. Peer pressure to 'be a man' meant sleeping around, violence, drugs gang rivalry, football or music... My talks are about love, finding your identity and using your talents...

    — Alidor Gaspar - I'm lived next to Cathall Estate, one of the roughest estates in east London. Now I work at the Ridley Centre in Gorest Gate

  • No father in the house meant the streets raised me - it's where I learned to fix things, drive and how to treat women. Peer pressure to 'be a man' meant sleeping around, violence, drugs gang rivalry, football or music... My talks are about love, finding your identity and using your talents...

    — Alidor Gaspar - I'm lived next to Cathall Estate, one of the roughest estates in east London. Now I work at the Ridley Centre in Gorest Gate

Situation

Newham, where Forest Gate is based, is the third worst place in the country for children to grow up - child poverty in Newham is at 41%. There are many low-income households and people reliant on state benefits. There are also high incidences of inadequate housing and ill-health. Gang activity and violent crime are prevalent in parts of the area. Earlier this yea, two men in their twenties were shot in Forest Gate. In April 2015, another man was left lying in a pool of blood after being attacked

Solution

LCM's youth project in Forest Gate engages young people in positive activities, where they have an outlet for learning and creativity. These include after-school clubs during term-time and drop-in sessions during the holidays, providing activities such as homework clubs, film clubs and games. Young people also have an opportunity to talk about issues in their community, the pressures they face, their hopes for the future and explore issues of faith with staff who are approachable and supportive