Thirty nine organisations responded to an online survey of youth providers, 35 of them in time for inclusion in this report. A directory of all responding organisations is available.
Provision by these organisations is not evenly distributed across the borough: Forest Gate and Plaistow have the highest number of provisions; Upton Park and West Ham have none.
Most providers work with 21 – 50 young people weekly and usually provide more than one activity; the most common activities are education, outings/trips and sports.
Just over half the providers target specific groups of young people, most commonly boys, girls or young people not in education, employment or training.
Almost all organisations train some of their staff and volunteers: in 68% cases all receive training.
Providers are far less positive about future than current provision: only 23% anticipate their future provision levels improving or remaining the same, compared with 73% whose provision levels had stayed the same or improved in the previous year.
2/3 providers were uncertain about their future levels of provision. Despite this uncertainty, confidence about meeting young people’s needs in the coming year was fairly high.
Some providers expressed concern about lack of resources or cuts to services, with several feeling provision was increasingly held together by the goodwill of staff and volunteers.
To open the full survey please click Youth Survey Report Final
This briefing note provides a summary of the main topics discussed at the London Borough of Newham
and Voluntary Sector meeting held on 13th March 2012.
The meeting is chaired by Dr Graeme Betts, Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and
Community and is attended by a cross section of Third Sector organisations who are members of the
Change Up group.
Update on Council Business
• The Budget has been set and remains challenging in the current financial climate.
• Corporate restructuring and the links to the resilience agenda.
• Strategic Commissioning (item on the agenda).
Olympics 2012 – LBN Events
Stephanie Young (LBN’s Events team) gave a presentation on the current events being organised
and funded by the Council for 2012 including Lets Get the Party Started. Copies of Let’s Get the
Party Started literature was displayed and handed to colleagues. There are 25 to 30 applications
received each week and an approval panel meets weekly.
There are opportunities for residents and third sector organisations to get involved but we need to
make sure we are capturing people without access to computers (who are therefore unable to
download the application form). Therefore, hard copies of the application forms are to be made
available across the borough, in libraries and other public locations.
To see the full document please clickLBN Voluntary Sector meeting – Briefing Note March (2)
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Services on offer include:
Use of a fleet of 19 vehicles featuring standard transit minibuses as well as a fleet of welfare vehicles fitted with tail lift s and adaptable seating layouts. Vehicles can be used as either self drive or driver provided basis. Our transport service can also be accessed on a contractual basis to provide regular transport for services requiring long term transport support.
The Waltham Forest Community Driving School Courses are tailored to meet needs of organisations/individuals using minibus transport .
Course on offer include:
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Passenger Assistant Training valid for four years £85
Fire Evacuation with in vehicle practical £55
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In September 2011 the Advance to Deliver (A2D) project decided to gather information about the borough’s youth provision as a practical resource for voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups planning projects and applying for funding. They wanted to map the amount, location and type of provision and get a sense of whether the level of provision was changing.
To provide a useful picture, the mapping needed to include both voluntary and statutory sector provision and this was achieved through an informal partnership with Newham Youth Providers Partnership (NYPP).
For more information and to open the directory please click Youth Provision Directory Final