The 2019 Roehampton Festival was once again, a huge success. There was live music from local artists, DJ’s and Roehamptons very first talent show! There were fairground rides and inflatables, a popup farm, sports, creative workshops, delicious food and much more for all ages to enjoy.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make the day so special.
Check out the video below and a bunch of photos taken by Nahwand Jaff
As part of our Get Active service, Regenerate runs a 4 week summer programme which includes trips and activities for young people in the community. The summer kicked off with a Garden party and barbeque where young people, staff, volunteers and members of the community came together to share a meal in the recently developed community garden space. It brought the community out and was a great way to set the tone for the summer with Regenerate.
We hosted 3 trips, the first of which was to an aquatic theme park where kids found themselves awkwardly clambering across a floating obstacle courses. It was a fun packed day in which both the staff and young people really enjoyed.
Rosie (aged 14) said…
‘It was fun, you had to challenge yourself to do different parts of the course and got to do it with all your friends’
Other trips included a day trip to London, Brighton beach and a concert. In total we took 30 different kids on trips across our Ashburton and Alton estate youth clubs.
Quote from parent …
‘Thank you for taking Camron with you and for guiding him, he spoke highly of you and I really appreciate all your hard work with him and his friends’
Alongside our trips, we also facilitated a number of workshops at our youth centres. A stand out event was our spa and wellness evening, exclusive to the girls we’re working with.
Our summer programme provided a variety of opportunities for young people to experience something beyond life on the estate and to broaden their horizons. It encouraged them to Get Active in their community and beyond and we hope will inspire healthy living, creativity and focus.
Quote from staff:
‘I think this year’s summer programme was really well received by the young people. All the kids we worked with, either on trips or at the youth centres, seemed to really enjoy having the opportunity to partake in new experiences’
To bring an incredible summer to a close, we hosted the end of summer party in our community garden! Young people, parents and our community friends were invited to make pizza’s, engage in various activities and celebrate our time spent together.
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Saturday, 27th July Nadia a supporter of Regenerate took part in the London Sprint Triathlon!
“Seeing as Regenerate inspired me, it was only right that I fundraise for the fantastic work they do. I have had the pleasure of getting to know and volunteering for Regenerate over the past few years and know how fundamental they are to their own community as well as other communities they have intimately gotten to know in Kenya and Romania”
“I really wanted to set myself a challenge and push myself out of my comfort zone. In the past exercise and fitness wasn’t even part of my vocabulary! So setting a goal and embarking on a challenge like this really drove me to train consistently and push my limits – it’s been a fantastic experience! Regenerate also hugely inspired me, having seen the way the team have challenged themselves in the past through their Regenerate Journeys”
Nadia, you did an amazing job. A huge thank you for all of your support.
If you are inspired by Nadia and want to do something similar don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can support you in your challenge.
On Saturday 7th September from 2-7pm, Regenerate and Wandsworth Regeneration team are hosting Roehampton Festival on Danebury Avenue Bull Green.
This annual event has been running for many years now. It’s a fantastic day out for the whole family, an opportunity to meet up with friends and for the community to come together and celebrate all that is Roehampton.
This year we have live music from local artists, Enable are running sports activities, a youth zone with it’s own mobile youth centre in the form of a a double decker bus, Kings and Queens (a party for older people) inflatable’s, face painting, a petting zoo for children and much much more!
For more information contact the Regeneration Team on 020 8871 6207.
Check out some festival pictures from years gone by …
Regenerate is looking to recruit an Operations & Administration Intern to work full-time at its SW London base for 12 months commencing in early September (no later than Sept 13, 2019).
Thanks to funding from the Jack Petchey Foundation, Regenerate has created this internship to provide a unique opportunity to gain invaluable and varied experience working for a leading youth charity.
This internship will suit anyone at an early stage in their career who is keen to gain valuable experience working in a small organisation and interested in learning about a youth charity. Whilst this is an opportunity to see a wide range of aspects of its work, the role will focus on the operations and systems required to support the charity.
If you would like more information about the role please view the Job Descriptionand apply using ourApplication Form and Equal Opportunity form and send these plus your CV to email@example.com or if you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regenerate is delighted to announce that we, alongside The Prince’s Trust, were nominated by the Wimbledon Foundation, the official charity of the All England Club and The Championships to perform the Coin Toss at Wimbledon this year.
Helen Parker, Head of the Wimbledon Foundation, said:
“One of the Wimbledon Foundation’s core goals is developing young people. Regenerate and the Prince’s Trust are two organisations whose mission is to help young people to fulfil their potential and we are delighted to be able to give Marni and Omar, and the two fantastic charities they have been supported by, this amazing opportunity to take centre stage at The Championships.”
In January 2019, Regenerate was awarded a three-year grant from the Wimbledon Foundation to fund their mentoring programme for young people affected by mental health issues helping them to grow in confidence, improve their self-esteem and develop leadership skills.
Marni Johnson (aged 13) and a member at Regenerate, will perform the coin toss at Ladies’ Singles Final on Centre Court on Saturday 13 July, representing Regenerate.
“When I walk onto Centre Court I’ll feel a little bit nervous because I’ve never had an opportunity like this before but I’ll also feel excited as it’s a good opportunity to try something new.”
The Coins themselves have a very special background story …
The AELTC commissioned two bespoke gold coins, featuring the Mission 56 logo on one side, and The Championships logo on the other. They travelled with Feustel aboard Mission 56 to the International Space Station last year, with Feustel interviewed live from space during The Championships 2018. The coins have now safely returned to Earth and will be used in the pre-match coin toss at the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Finals at The Championships, Wimbledon.
Last week Regenerate hosted a trip to Romania for a group of students from Ark Putney Academy (APA).
Every year Regenerate takes a group of students to visit Soard, a Roma community on the outskirts on a town in Transylvania. People there live in poverty. Many have no running water, electricity and find it hard to get work and fend for their families. Regenerate works with Dare to Dream a local charity based in the community who set up projects to support families and look after children, helping them to improve their living conditions and build hope for the future.
This years group from APA hosted a fun-packed holiday club for the children in the village. In temperatures over 30 degrees heat, they ran a sports day, prepared food for the feeding programme, organised arts and craft and played games with the children.
It had a big
impact on the group. Here’s what some of them had say …
“It’s has been really good trip and experience. It has been good to meet the children and see how another community lives. It has been really eye opening.” Maia
“It was rewarding to see how the kids reacted when we gave the kids a sandwich with it is such a basic thing but they were so happy and it was a great feeling that they felt so happy to see up and meet us.” Layly
“I really enjoyed it, it was my first time on a plane and first time meeting children from a community like Soard. They were all really nice and welcoming and this was very surprising.” Marney
“I have really enjoyed meeting the kids again and especially the sports day seeing the whole community get involved.” Cameron
Get Helping provides experiences that takes young people outside of their comfort zones and challenges them to go beyond themselves to develop resilience, tolerance and confidence through being in a different culture.
Regenerate hosted a mentoring group for students from Granard Primary School who are about to move onto secondary school.
The programme helped the group to grow in confidence, realise their strengths and talk about their concerns about moving on to Secondary school. They threw themselves in to all the activities with great enthusiasm, from digging for dinosaurs (that was a craft activity) to talking about their inner strengths! There were honest discussions, where students were given the chance to ask questions about secondary school and voice their fears and worries.
It was practical as well, the
group thought about how to organise and manage their timetables, pack bags and
remember all the new things that come along with this big change. They talked
about how to make positive relationships and reflected on all that they have
learnt from their time at Primary school.
The Year 6 teacher said “ The children loved reflecting on their qualities and making a piece of art around this; they were really proud. The parents were beaming when they left with their artwork with the children running up to them saying ‘Where can we put this in our house?“
The final session took place at Growhampton, our local urban farm at Roehampton University and there couldn’t have been a better way to end. We toured the edible campus, picked our own veg and then prepared and cooked lunch on the campfire.
Followed by a nature scavenger hunt we reflected on all we have learnt during our time together. The group now feel more confident about moving to secondary school and are looking forward to starting a new adventure!
In May we had our annual camping trip in Gloucester with a group of young people from the Get Active programme.
Some had never camped before so it was an exciting experience and the threw themselves into it 100%. They made the camp, cooked food on the BBQ, overcame fears of creepy crawly’s, took part in water sports and had a fat load of fun!
Marni said “Camping made me learn new skills by putting up the tents and I liked sleeping in a different place and environment.“
One day we joined the Paddles and Saddles Kayak trip on the start of their epic fundraising journey Kayaking the Thames from the source to the sea. They young people kayaked for 5 hours straight! This was a challenge – but they did it! They were so proud of themselves as it was super hard work and they had to dig deep.
Jayden said “I was so glad we did it, I learnt how to be in a double kayak and help people out on the river when they found it hard work.”