Tower Hamlets is an area we’ve really focused on over the past two years. The programme here has been developed in partnership with the Celtic Foundation, using methodology we’ve established as part of our successful Urban Stars initiative.
Thanks to our friends at the Big Lottery Fund, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Asda Foundation and St James’s Place we’ve been able to grow our projects. To date we’ve helped more than 12,083 young people, amounting to a total of 20,776 engagement hours.
More recently ACN has developed both accredited and non-accredited training courses, giving young people the opportunity to develop new skills and build their own personal portfolio. And it doesn’t end there - everyone who takes part is offered the chance to further their learning and gain a qualification.
Here in Tower Hamlets, a total of 92 young people have attained one of the following qualifications:
- OCN Equalities and Diversity Level 1
- OCN Employability Level 1
- OCN Youth Work Level 2
- Sports Leaders UK Level 1 in Sports Volunteering
ACN believes volunteering can be a gateway into paid work. We provide placements for young people seeking a career in coaching or youth work. Over the past two years almost 100 volunteers have helped to build our projects - doing everything from delivering sessions to conducting surveys to aid our evaluation process - and many of these will progress onto paid sessional work.
For those whose interests lie outside sport, we can arrange impressive work experience placements with our London-based partners. This year we hope to give young people from Tower Hamlets the opportunity to work at St James’s Place, a prestigious wealth management firm, gaining invaluable experience and learning new skills.