Regenerate

About Us

Andy Smith Co-Founders Story

I moved onto the Alton estate in 1996 with a group of friends. The estate is huge. One of the biggest housing estates in Europe.

Not long after living on the estate and becoming friends with people in the area through a football team a few of us were involved with, I began to see and hear about some of the negative things that went on in the community where we lived.

I heard about older people that had not been out of their homes for over 20 years and were living in isolation and fear. I saw kids riding stolen mopeds around the estate, cars and houses getting burnt out, drugs available all over the place and people getting robbed on the street.

My friends and I began to dream, pray and scheme about what we could do to make a difference in the area. It started small, with a desire to see a change in our community, a few prayers, good friends and ideas.

In January 2000, we formed Regenerate, a Christian faith based charity. We started it with my Mum, Mo. She helped manage the finances and administration and myself and a group of friends started setting up and running projects that would serve the community.

The work began by organising a lunch club for the older people in the area. We rented a church hall and employed a cook and within a few weeks we had 100 regular members. Older people that had been isolated before hand.

We then started developing projects for young people and children, such as, football clubs, dance and homework clubs, minibus trips out of London, a Juice Bar drop-in youth centre, a music studio, mentoring schemes and trips for young people to volunteer in developing countries.

Over the years we have also been taking what has begun in Roehampton to many other estates around South West London by using our Double decker bus (a mobile youth centre) and have helped others to initiate projects in their own communities.

In 2006 Regenerate RISE was established as a separate charity to focus on developing the work with the elderly.

Today Regenerate continues to focus on the estates in and around Roehampton as well as helping and supporting others who are initiating similar projects on estates across London.

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How Regenerate Works

At Regenerate we live inside the community and alongside the people we support.

We get to know individuals and help them uncover their potential and nurture their hopes for the future.

We know that this will be different for each and every person. A passion for music, sport, a desire to work, to be a good parent…

We stick by people for as long as it takes. Give encouragement and practical support to achieve their goals and transform their lives beyond their circumstance.

We believe in the potential that lies within every individual to change their lives and in doing so the lives of those around them.

And it’s infectious. Positive, personal transformation brings hope to all those around you, which builds communities from the inside out.

Regenerate; transformation from the inside out.

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Who are the Team?
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Andy Smith C0-Founder & CEO
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Clare Smith Development Director
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Mari Day-Revell Social Action Coordinator
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Mark Roberts Youth Work Coordinator
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Andrew Watt Finance Manager
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Craig Dixon Youth Worker
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Barny Lee Volunteer Youth Mentor and Trustee
Sarah Fernandez Safeguarding Coordinator Volunteer
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Alex Kennedy Volunteer Enterprise Business Relations
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Natalie Price Youth Worker
Who are the Trustees?

We have a board of trustees with a wide range of experience in the charity and business sector

Tim Bower- Chair

Tim runs his own retail maintenance business based in Wimbledon, looking after a number of high street brands such as Paperchase, Zara, and The White Company. He has extensive project and client management experience and enjoys being a part of Regenerate, helping the organisation realise its full potential in the Roehampton area.

Lisa Jones – Vice Chair and Chair of The Feel Good Bakery board

Lisa’ business life has been spent in Marketing Communications Agencies, working on business-to-business clients across Europe. Lisa supports Women on Boards UK Ltd and is a regular presenter and speaker for them helping women make the right connections and career choices to get to board level within their own company or to take on a non-executive board role.

Andrew Chisholm

Andrew works in the advertising world and is a Managing Partner at TBWA London and Part of the management exec team.  He is also an aspiring DJ!

Dave Joiner

Dave Joiner works as a consultant in international development, implementing aid funded projects for donor organisations in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Dave is also part of the leadership team for the children’s work at a large church in South West London.

Rodney Jenkins – Responsible for the finance function.

Rodney is a South African trained accountant with over 10 years experience working in a variety of industries from horticulture to natural resources both in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Barny Lee

Barny is a high end furniture maker by day and started out with Regenerate as our volunteer double decker bus driver in the evenings.  For Regenerate he has served in volunteer roles as a mentor, football coach, youth worker and helped lead our youth teams to Kenya and Romania.  He is also a keen surfer and a chief encourager!

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Patrons

Tracy Edwards MBE (Round the World Yachtswoman)

John Bird MBE (founder of the Big Issue)

FAQs
Who do you partner with?

Regenerate partner with various groups, churches and organisations, some of these are:

Roehampton University Student Union, Wandsworth Public Health service, Catch 22, Regenerate-Rise, Liquid Connection, Heart for Romania, the Doddington Roof Garden Committee, and people from various churches including St Michaels Southfields, C3 Church London, Rainbow Church Edmonton and Roehampton Methodist Church.

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Where do you get your funding from?

Regenerate is a registered charity and company Ltd by guarantee. We receive funding through individual donors, Churches and Trusts and Companies such as Children in Need, the Jack Petchy foundation and Church Urban Fund. We have also received funding from the Home Office and the Public health service.

Why should I give my money to Regenerate (and not a similar charity)?

We live in the communities we work in. We have a better understanding of what that community needs, so your money goes more directly to initiatives that will make a change.

We focus on individuals, their needs and aspirations.

By getting alongside individuals they have a more profound effect on communities. Most of the people they help go on to help others, even if by just providing hope or a more positive role model for those around them.

This type of change makes a longer term impact to the fabric of the community, not just a quick fix.

The human touch.

We connect better with those who need support. There is no fixed approach. We don’t give up on them.

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