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Dear Friends and Supporters,

2020 is the 14th year that Tom's Trust has been tackling the root causes of violent street crime and gang culture. Investing your donations into the most effective, innovative and impactful programmes and partnerships we can find, and monitoring their progress every step of the way. 

We wish we could say that the streets of London were safer now than in 2006, but sadly the 2019 knife crime statistics were the worst since 2011.  

London Boroughs have had their Youth Services budgets cut by up to 70% since the austerity programme began in 2010, and the boroughs with the biggest reductions in spending have seen the biggest rises in crime.

The need for youth clubs and opportunities for young people to develop their skills and aspirations has never been more vital.  With your continued support we can empower more amazing front-line organisations to unlock potential in young people, and ultimately save lives.

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A World of Imagination

The Ministry of Stories is a youth charity created by Lucy Macnab, Ben Payne and best-selling author Nick Hornby. From their wonderful HQ in the Hoxton Street Monster Supplies store in East London they strive to change children’s lives through the power of imagination and words.

The organisation runs workshops for schools and out-of-school writing clubs that make writing fun and accessible and help young people find their voices. They challenge expectations and aspirations, and act as a kindling to the flame, nurturing development, teaching skills and nourishing imaginations. Through a range of innovative writing programmes they help young people discover and realise their own creative potential. Trained writing mentors provide one-to-one mentoring, focused on creative writing and imaginative stories. They help children develop language and communication skills, giving them greater confidence, both in education and in life.

     

Nmeso, aged 10, agrees. Along with growing his imagination and developing his writing, he believes he is calmer and more responsible. As a result, he has moved-up a level in school and even been made Head Boy.

“Writing club could open your ideas up” says Nmeso, “a place where anything you want to write or create you can. Writing is better than just texting…the way you write can show people how you feel.”

Bridget, Nmeso’s mother, observes how his confidence has grown and appreciates seeing the commitment the Ministry has to helping him.

“His confidence has really grown…knowing that if they put their time and energy into something that they can achieve. I’ve benefitted having my son attend the club and seeing the commitment to helping him. It’s helping him with English…he’s now moving up a grade. As a mother, I am really proud of him.

ministryofstories.org
Inspiring the Leaders of Tomorrow

Tom’s Trust began supporting the Southside Young Leaders Academy in 2008.  They are a youth leadership charity based in Camberwell, that exists to develop leadership potential in boys aged 8-16 of African and Afro-Caribbean heritage, working with boys living in deprived areas and at risk of social exclusion. 

SYLA encourage Young Leaders to take pride in their achievements and enjoy participating wholeheartedly in all areas of their education. They do this by providing a stimulating, friendly and secure environment in which each boy’s potential may be realised in academic, creative, physical and spiritual areas.

The Academy provides after-school classes in English and Maths two evenings a week, as well as tutorial support for every boy during the Saturday Academy. They also provide various sports activities, camps and enriching outings, and help them with their Duke of Edinburgh Award tasks.

They have recently partnered with Team Up, another charity supported by Tom’s Trust, to help them provide expert mentoring for the boys. To achieve progress it is essential to have the parents support. SYLA have set up a Family Support Network whose purpose is to offer support to parents or guardians in areas such as budgeting and keeping their children safe.
Plans are in hand to expand SYLA’s reach to schools in Lambeth and Southwark, to prevent all boys involvement with youth violence.

syla.org.uk
                                   A Chorus of Thanks!
 
The acclaimed Guilford-based choir, Vivace Chorus were kind enough to choose Tom’s Trust as their designated charity for their hugely popular “Come & Sing” day on 25th January, for the third year running. 
A full day’s practice culminated in a thrilling performance of Rachmaninov’s “Vespers” sung in Russian. A team of Tom’s Trust volunteers served the lunch, teas and coffees to keep the singers’ strength up. A retiring collection raised the superb sum of £600. We are most grateful for this generous donation.
Find out more about Vivace Chorus at www.vivacechorus.org

The Hard Cell


In 2018 we started supporting the No Way Trust, a wonderfully innovative charity that goes into schools to show children the realities of prison life, helps them see the consequences of poor choices, learn how to avoid crime, reduce risky behaviour, stay safe and know where to turn for help.

Their aim is “to prepare children for challenges of the modern day in an interactive way that can be absorbed without fear.”  They explain why we have rules, laws and justice, the role of the courts, police and prisons, as well as giving sessions covering drugs, county lines, hate crime, alcohol, young victims, domestic violence, mental health, exploitation, bullying, staying safe on and off line, in the home and street life.

There is a great deal of role-play which really engages the children, in both primary and secondary schools. They employ ex-offenders who can share real life stories about the impact prison life and crimes has had upon them, their family, victims and future life aspirations. They also take round a mobile life size replica and fully furnished prison cell which realistically presents prisoners living conditions. This can be quite a shock to some young people who have been given the impression that prison life is easy.

Here is a typical testimonial from a boy who attended one of the sessions:
“I learnt to think carefully about my actions and who I’m seeing and hang out with. I learnt not to be influenced by bad behaviour”.

pmnw.co.uk
Pupils attending the "Prison? Me? No way!" workshops briefly experience the cramped conditions of a prison cell. 
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