Empowering young people at risk of social exclusion

The Action Youth Boxing Intervention (AYBI) Real-Talk programme is one of the brilliant local initiatives that Islington Giving’s Young Grant Makers funded in 2020.   They provide community-based boxing skills training to young people involving a mixture of non-contact boxing skills and fitness training, with the aims to encourage young people to stay at school, […]

Reframe, Rethink, Reclaim

Run by Crafts Council, this programme aims to connect young people and support their wellbeing.  Reframe, Rethink, Reclaim is an Islington Giving Young Grant-Makers 2020 funded project that helps 16 to 25 year–olds to create new connections within the borough, explore their creative identities and feel confident accessing cultural venues and operating within the creative industries.   “Thanks to our engagement with local […]

The Future is Creative

“We are not about ‘jobs’ we are about ‘careers’” – Melissa’s story  After a difficult year of restrictions and more lows than highs for young people, Melissa* was looking forward to pursuing her career again. She had always wanted to become a radio host and work in marketing. But she was unsure of how to […]

Building the confidence of girls

With lockdown restrictions starting to lift, community groups like Prospex are now able to conduct face-to-face sessions with their young people. Prospex help improve the opportunities and experiences of at-risk young people in Islington. The girls’ group received funding from the Young Grant-Makers 2020, and provides a space for 11 to 14 year-old girls to […]

Easing the way out of lockdown

Dynamic Autism is a local group founded in 2011 by a group of parents who were frustrated that there were not enough resources and activities for young people with autism to learn new skills.  Since then they have succeeded in running dynamic, carefully designed projects which have created a small, vibrant community as a result.  Nevin Penny is the project coordinator […]

Building confidence of young people as we come out of lockdown

Our local partners at Brandon Centre have been working to support mental wellbeing of young people in Islington for more than 50 years.  We worked with them and with Arsenal in the Community to establish Brandon Connect, led by Programme Director Geoffrey Baruch, a targeted programme working to support 16 to 25 year olds with […]