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Regenerate Journey 2019!

May 14th, 2019 by
 
We are really excited about our upcoming Regenerate Journeys.
Regenerate Journeys brings together our young people who might have faced difficult situations in their lives, with others from different walks of life. We step out of our comfort zones, take on challenges together and raise money for our ongoing work with young people on estates in Wandsworth, so that they can go on to reach their potential and make a difference in the world for good. 2019’s challenge has two parts involving Paddles and saddles. In four weeks time, a group of young people and young adults from Regenerate, joined by some amazing volunteers and celebrity YouTubers (including Alfie Deyes and Fun for Louis) will be Kayaking the full length of the River Thames. Starting at the source near Cricklade, the team will kayak over ten days, paddling 215 miles through Reading, Oxford, Windsor, Putney, and Westminster, ending at Southend pier in the North Sea. Part two London 2 The Pyrenees Then in July we will be cycling over 600 miles from London to the Pyrenees mountains in just 9 days. The ride will take in the length of France and ends with us cycling one of the toughest mountain stages of the 2019 Tour de France. This will see us attempt to climb the mighty Col du Tourmalet, 18.6km of steep French mountain reaching a gradient of 13.5%! Please consider sponsoring us on these challenges. 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to support young people in our projects by providing positive activities and mentoring relationships. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more regular updates regarding both Journeys.  

Bronze Quality Mark award from London Youth! 

February 15th, 2019 by
We are proud to announce that we have received a Bronze Quality Mark award from London Youth!
London Youth are committed to high quality youth work, and have delivered support for young people across London for over 130 years. They have a network of over 400 community organisations who create opportunities for tens of thousands of young people every year.  London Youth support these organisations to help them achieve the highest possible standard.  The Bronze Quality Mark award focuses on the policies and procedures that organisations have in place to ensure they operate legally and in a safe environment.  Mark Roberts, Regenerate’s youth work co-ordinator, recognised the honour of the Quality Mark award and felt it was important that Regenerate look at their own policies and procedures to ensure they were operating at the highest standard. He and the team at Regenerate have worked hard over the last two years, improving and applying new policies and procedures, before Mark put forward an application for the Bronze Quality Mark award.  Receiving this award provides Regenerate with a badge of excellence, which is recognised by local authorities and funders. This scheme that London Youth have in place is accredited by City and Guilds and, uniquely, involves the young people in the assessment.

  This is a huge milestone for Regenerate and we are absolutely thrilled to have received this award. We look forward to continuing to deliver effective support to our young people, and are now working towards our application for the London Youth Silver Quality Mark award which focuses on the opportunities provided to young people, as well as the training and support provided to the organisation’s staff and its volunteers.

A huge thank you to London Youth and all of the Regenerate staff members who enabled us to receive this award, and most importantly the young people that we have journeyed with over the last 18 years!

To find out more about the Bronze Quality Mark award go to: https://londonyouth.org/what-we-do/quality-assurance/

Regenerate Stories | Ep 4 | Mentoring

January 3rd, 2019 by

In 2018 Regenerate celebrated turning 18 years old as a charity.  Thank you for being part of our story.   When we set out all those years ago, we wanted to make a difference in the community where we live. Now, the young people that we set out to help are the ones that are changing the lives of others and making a massive difference. This is exciting!

Yusuf, grew up on the Ashburton estate and has managed to overcome many challenges. Here are a few of his own words … “Many youths where I live are stuck in a cycle of drugs, violence, knife crime and prison.  I realised that for me to get out, I would need my head screwed on and for me to take opportunities when they were given to me.  Coming through the charity Regenerate, it has opened my eyes to realise that young people, especially those growing up in deprived areas sometimes need a push in the right direction”. In 2018 Yusuf helped organise our sponsored bike ride from the Roehampton estate all the way to Africa! He rode over 1200 miles, through forests, conquered mountains, endured thunder and hail storms – but he pushed on through. He made it to the shores of Morocco overcoming challenges similar to those in life. Yusuf has a mentor through Regenerate and now works for Chelsea as a coach and scout. He is also starting his own business that is creating work opportunities for other young people. He is inspiring his generation and the next. To find out more go to: http://www.connexu.biz                   In 2019 we want to continue to journey with young people like Yusuf and grow our “Get focus program” Check out this new video of our ‘Get Focused’ mentoring program to see how you can get involved.  

Get Focused – Meet a mentor

June 11th, 2018 by

Let me introduce you to Jenny James.

Jenny did her mentoring training for Regenerate’s Get Focused programme two years ago and is currently mentoring two young people from the local secondary school. We asked her a few questions about her experience.

How would you describe your mentoring experience with Regenerate?

My mentoring experience at Regenerate has been hugely rewarding, to have the privilege to guide, support and follow a young person through exciting and often challenging times has also required lots of self-reflection.

What would your advice be to any one considering mentoring?

My advise to anyone that would like to be a mentor is , have you got a genuine interest in teenagers and their lives? Would you be able to listen actively, mentors listen first and speak last, don’t judge or impose their own beliefs on the mentee. You need to be able to push and set expectations that is perhaps beyond what they had ever imagined, but yet achievable. Provide some perspective and help young people see both sides of a situation.

What is the most fulfilling and most challenging aspect of mentoring?

The most fulfilling aspect of Mentoring has been knowing that the young people are attending our weekly sessions, not because they have to, but because they choose to come and they want to try and make a difference to their own lives. The consistent relationship has meant that intimate thoughts, beliefs and emotions can be shared whilst they feel safe and not judged.

The more challenging aspects of Mentoring has been how to manage the mentor-mentee relationship and its expectations. What am I as a mentor expecting , and what is my mentee, as well as school, parents and Regenerate expecting from our relationship? To have the support in the form of a supervisor on a regular basis has been very valuable.

A huge thank you to Jenny and to all the Regenerate mentors for the amazing work they do.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the Get Focused programme then do get in touch with me. My email is Mari@46.43.14.119.

Mari

Get Focused Coordinator

 

Get Leading trip to Calais – Hayfa’s story

February 3rd, 2018 by

Last weekend some of the Get Leading group went to calais to join forces with a bunch of truly inspirational people at Help Refugee. Hayfa’s share’s her thoughts about our time away:

‘This past weekend I spent my time with my favourite group of people offering our time in Calais. I’ve wanted to go over there for a very long time and I was completely stunned at the conditions out there and the sheer dedication of the people and volunteers out there who have dedicated their time in helping the people there despite the increasingly hostile environment.

We spent our time at the warehouse that acts as the hub of 8 charities that collectively supply aid, food, and help in so many other ways to the migrants there. We sorted donations, and was able to play a part in “helping the people who help the people”. Almost 2 years after the “refugee crisis” frenzy in the media, and almost a year since the destruction of the “Calais jungle” and it’s so easy to forget that there are still hundreds of people in Calais and the surrounding areas and other places such as Greece and Italy, whose journeys just keep getting increasingly difficult because of political agendas and police brutality.

It’s so easy to feel hopeless, angry, sad and just a whirlwind of emotions trying to find solutions to a problem where it seems like there isn’t an answer. But choosing love and remembering to care, always wins. I urge everyone to not forget the people like you and I and if anyone wants to know anymore about volunteering your time in Calais, or maybe you want to donate to the warehouse check out Help Refugee. “Charity does not decrease wealth” (The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, Sahih Muslim 2588)”

Get Leading is all about coming together to make a difference for good in the world. Joining in with a cause that is bigger than ourselves provokes us think about how we value human life through our actions. We won’t forget those brave travellers that are fleeing war and persecution for a better life. We will keep on working on, doing the stuff that brings hope, peace and joy to people.

Get Leading go to Calais!

January 23rd, 2018 by

This month a fantastic group from the Get Leading team have been planning a trip to Calais to work with Help Refugee which is taking place this weekend. The group will be working alongside a team of committed volunteers in Calais who are are helping Refugees there.

We will be taking a donations!! So if you are interested in donating please visit this link to see what is needed, and deliver donations to the Ashburton Centre before noon on Friday 25th Jan.

Get Leading is a community of young adults from south west London who want to make a change for good in the world. They meet on a monthly basis to learn from other community leaders, develop their leadership skills as well as plan and organise events or trips where they can get involved in serving a cause greater than themselves.

Follow the blog next week to find out about the trip …

Ark Putney Academy – Get Helping project

December 19th, 2017 by

We have spent the past 3 weeks working with 2 groups of students from Putney Ark Academy. It’s been a pleasure to work with this local high school and strengthen our connections with them. I was so impressed with how engaged the students were and their readiness to try new experiences.

For week 1, we partnered with Putney Community Gardens,  we braved the cold weather and did some gardening and discovered lots of new green spaces on the Ashburton estate with great potential! We also made vegetable soup – a team effort and a great way to warm up and refuel.

On week 2, we partnered with Growhampton for an exciting time on their edible university campus, learning to make fires, toast marshmallows to perfection and chop wood. We also fed and held the resident chickens and experienced the unique Hive cafe in a shipping crate.

On week 3 we partnered with The Feel Good Bakery, sampling sandwiches and hearing from Andy Smith about the vision for the bakery. We took some time to think about how we might be able to make a positive impact in our local community collectively or individually.

It was a great way to end the year and we look forward to doing more projects with all these partners next year.

Mari Day-Revell, Get Helping Coordindator

Arc Putney Academy students make a difference!

November 16th, 2017 by

We are really excited to be doing another 3 week project with 2 groups of students from local secondary school Putney Ark Academy. It’s been a real pleasure to partner with this school over recent years.

The aim of this project is to encourage students to think about ways they can make a positive impact in their local community. For this, we will be partnering with The Feel Good Bakery, Growhampton and Putney Community Gardens.

Activities will include planting bulbs around the Ashburton Estate, cooking with locally produced fruit and vegetables and helping out practically around the Regenerate offices. We will be putting aside time to hear from various people who are running some inspiring projects locally and sampling The Feel Good Bakery sandwiches. We are looking forward to celebrating so many local projects doing great things for local residents. Photos and write up will follow….

The Kenya Adventure: Thank You Standard Chartered Bank

April 7th, 2017 by

This is our final blog profiling our time spent in Kenya. We want to give a massive THANK YOU to the Standard Chartered graduates who fundraised for the majority of the trip,  making it possible for us to go. It was fantastic spending time with this amazing group of people – so many special and life changing memories were made and will be treasured.

Here are some thoughts from Dan and Daine about their Kenya experience …

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In the week spent at various projects in Nakuru and Nairobi, the amazing young men and women I was fortunate enough to meet taught me more about the world and the people who inhabit it than I ever could have imagined. The contrast between the environments these youngsters called home and their endless exuberance was staggering. They were selfless: children who were unfed were quick to offer to share their meal with a guest. They were caring: children who were weak carried their siblings who could not walk. They were resiliant: children who were growing up in extreme poverty were optimistic and joyful. More than anything though, they were kids. They wanted to laugh and be silly. They wanted to wrestle and play. They wanted to sing and dance. They wanted to listen and to be heard.

 Dan, Standard Chartered volunteer 2017

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Whilst at Sure24 in Nakuru I was overcome by the spirit of Ubuntu, for my non African friends the meaning of Ubuntu is succinctly summed up by the words of the Nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu “My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours”. I felt it instantly in the way the Kenyan people both young and old make you feel welcome and at home. I was constantly reminded of it through their warm, hospitable nature. I was humbled by how easy it was for the kids at Sure24 to spark a connection with you. Its as if being friendly, caring and curious are traits that are hardcoded into their DNA.

Throughout the time we spent in Kenya 3 of the many takeaways that will stick with me are gratitude along with a positive attitude and an inspiring belief in a better future that each person has. Regardless of their circumstances gratitude was a ritual which was expressed daily. As easy as it would be to lament over the lack of resources at their disposal they chose to focus on their daily blessings, how far they have risen and their faith in the new exciting opportunities which the future holds for them. I believe we can all take a page out of our Kenyan friends book.

 Daine, Standard Chartered volunteer 2017

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The Kenya Adventure – Chanel’s thoughts

April 6th, 2017 by

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One of my memorable highlights was leading the arts & crafts activities with the children at Sure 24 children’s home in Nakuru. This day stood out for me the most as I believe arts and crafts should be explored and be accessible especially in counties like Kenya and in children’s homes like this one. At Sure 24 Sammy and Millie have made a sacrifice to dedicate their lives to ensure that vulnerable children are given a home and a chance to gain an education.

The day was filled with many activities to choose from. We made loom bands, did colouring in, made murals and created a thankful tree. Each activity was set up so every child could take part. As the children came in with their teachers, my heart warmed with happiness and joy as I saw the excitement on their faces as they stood lined up waiting for their teachers to instruct them about what was about to happen.

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As a mother my self I really enjoyed stepping back watching the children enjoying what was in front of them. No matter how simple the activities were they still got involved, exchanged smiles laughter, and jokes with their friends, teachers and peers. The love and care they had for one another was moving to see. Sharing what they had made with each other gave me goose pimples not only were the children selfless with their actions but most importantly they were grateful. Each child expressed their dreams hopes and aspirations and what they were grateful for through the activities.

Being a mother, a leader and role model in my community and amongst the young people I work with, my Kenya experience was one of the most phenomenal memories I have thus far. It reminding me of the emotional intelligence and empathy I align myself with, and it allowed me to use those skills. Not only do I think our presence left an impact on the children we met, the experience also left a lasting impact on me too.

Chanel, Get Leading Team 2017

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 © Photo – Nahwand Jaff 

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