Our approach can significantly remove related barriers in regard to education, health, employment, social mobility and community integration.
Context - We work on the belief that by dealing with the root causes rather than the costly after-effects, we can enhance a person's ability to transition and navigate life's challenges more effectively.
- London contains the highest proportion (15%) of people in the poorest tenth percentile nationally and the second highest proportion (15%) of people in the richest tenth percentile.
- 117,000 of 16-24 year olds are unemployed, of which 25% are economically inactive.
- 16% of 19 year olds have not achieved a level 2 qualification (GCSE A-C) – vital for employment.
- Poor speech and language at age 5 predicts worse literacy, employment and mental health outcomes at age 34 (Law et al. 2009), whilst children in the lowest reading ability at age 7 achieve 20% lower wages at age 33 (Currie and Thomas, 1999)
- 80% of the FSM (Free School Meals) attainment gap at age 16 is present by age 7 (Save the Children, 2013)
- Amongst some communities in London, 10% have reported to having little or no English fluency, compared to 1.7% nationally. This can affect the ability of non-English speaking people to settle into neighbourhoods.
- London wide youth services are likely to see cuts of up to 90% which could see funding drop from £22.6m to £2.3m by 2016/17. Youth work helps young people learn about themselves, others and society, through informal educational activities which combine enjoyment, challenge and learning.
- New research shows that picking up the pieces from damaging social challenges affecting young people such as mental health problems, going into care, unemployment and youth crime costs the Government almost £17 billion a year.
We believe that transformation is possible. Overcoming barriers is a central part of our narrative, and is a message we want to continually project to our staff and cervice users alike.
ENTHUSIASM AND BELIEF
An enemy of hope is apathy; believing that things will never change. We want to imbue every part of our organisational landscape with enthusiasm and belief that change is possible. This doesn't mean we ignore the challenges, but that we bring a healthy dose of enthusiasm to the challenges we face, knowing that we have the ability to lift the heads of those around us.
In order to grow and develop as leaders, we all need to be given the chance to take ownership. This means taking responsibility and giving responsibility to others, empowering individuals to change their own lives.
Our enabler philosophy centres around a core belief that every individual we work with is talented and has something unique to offer. We passionately believe the best in every individual, regardless of their starting point.