“EVERY CHILD MATTERS”

 

Since 2005 we have successfully delivered services which include education, social welfare, personal development, employability and pathways from crime. We are specialists in community engagement projects that support children and young people up to 25 years old to;

 

  • Stay safe

  • Be healthy

  • Enjoy and achieve

  • Make a positive contribution

  • Achieve economic well-being

 

Our projects and activities are designed and facilitated to enable our service users to lead more meaningful lives. Positive outcomes for our service users are evidenced and are linked to our research, planning and evaluating our services delivery and their impact.

Diversity and inclusion are at the centre of everything we do. This focus has helped us to reduce disadvantage and secured inclusion, diversity and better futures for over 3,500 service users and their families since 2005.  Our partners, staff, volunteers, trustees and members work in house as well as on community initiatives. This helps us to build our services and organisations capacity in many aspects.

We continuously aim to resolve problems that are root causes of inequality, exclusion and disadvantage for individuals and communities. Most of our work is done in the Borough of Lambeth which is a vibrant and diverse area. Alongside this; the Borough has substantial over representation of people experiencing severe hardship and disadvantages. Historically this has prevents children and young people from achieving their goals. This makes us more determined in our efforts to influence positive change as it matters to our service users and their networks.  

We advocate for our service users and promote their service involvement locally and elsewhere.  We are able to think independently and pursue opportunities for joint working in the statutory and voluntary sectors.

In 2015 we worked with over 325 children, young people and their families and changed many lives for the better.

We have influence personal aspirations, secured outcomes for lasting change. We support and helped our service users to celebrate their achievements in;

 

  • Raising their academic aspirations

  • Developing employability skills

  • Finding pathways from crime

  • Accessing casework and advocacy representation

  • Positive peer engagement skills

  • Building confidence and self-worth

2016 presents us with further opportunities for collaborative working. We will continue to be bold and a voice for the unheard.  We are very most grateful for the support of our funders and donors who have enabled us to ensure that “Every Child Matters” while we change minds and lives for better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Sinclair

Chief Executive Officer

 

Our work in various communities aims to evidence maximum outcomes for individuals and communities engaging in our education, personal development, youth, parent and community empowerment projects. Our work builds on our success as an influential advocacy and people development service. Our staff and volunteers are qualified specialists. They operate within roles that place special emphasis on reaching and engaging communities with mainstream inclusion and engagement opportunities to impact change for them.

Mission

We are passionate about children and young people. We support them from the age 7 to 19 and their families to identify:

 

  • Genius, academic and career potential.

  • Empowerment opportunities to make positive life changes.

  • Personal development, education and learning support.

  • Community initiatives and partnerships projects to aid community development.

  • Opportunities to access information and resources for social welfare lifestyle and cultures as it matters to them and their communities.

 

Lambeth is one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. According to Lambeth Children and Young People's services, nearly 40% of the borough's children and young people live in poverty.

 

Options 4 Change was founded in 2005 in response to failings in the social care system in the Lambeth area, particularly for young people. Since then, the organisation has grown into an established voice on behalf of young people and deprived people in the Brixton and wider Lambeth area. It has forged community links and works closely with a number of local bodies, including the police, London Probation Service, and the Karibu Education Centre.

 

Last autumn, Options 4 Change graduated 14 young people from its groundbreaking Turnaround Project at Middlesex University, the first event of its kind. The event was attended by boxing promoter Spencer Fearon, noted academic Prof. Gus John, and the Ambassador for Jamaica, HE. Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.

Our History

We aim to

 

  • Empower – engage young people and their parents in personal development programmes to foster their growth and independence.

  • Support – support young people to meaningfully engage and make valued contributions to society.

  • Advocate – provide advocacy and casework to challenge inequalities.

  • Participate - in community partnerships that are children and young people focused, on raising the academic and the social aspirations of young people.

 

 We are inspiring young people to “aim high and achieve more”. Our personal development programmes support young people to focus on their academic and social aspirations to achieve the best outcomes. We support children and young people to overcome numerous challenges and life experiences impacting on their personal and peer well being. Our community outreach and in-house workers have a real commitment to tackle social exclusion, poverty, unemployment, gang cultures, crime, and other disadvantages to ensure that young people accessing our service are able to have personal growth and better life experiences.

 

Our teams of Key working, Community Outreach, Training and Development, Relaxation therapy, Drama therapy, Casework, Mentoring, Administrative, Management and Volunteers and Workers are making invaluable contributions to young people and community services.

Our Aims

We are inspiring young people to “aim high and achieve more”. Our personal development programmes support young people to focus on their academic and social aspirations to achieve the best outcomes. We support children and young people to overcome numerous challenges and life experiences impacting on their personal and peer well being. Our community outreach and in-house workers have a real commitment to tackle social exclusion, poverty, unemployment, gang cultures, crime, and other disadvantages to ensure that young people accessing our service are able to have personal growth and better life experiences.

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