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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

 

THE NIGHT BEFORE… LONDON TO AFRICA CYCLE TOUR

April 13th, 2018 by

It’s the eve of our biggest challenge yet… the London to Africa cycle tour. We have all gone a little cray-cray with the anticipation, so here’s a silly video to make your #Friyay!

Spur us on by sponsoring us here:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/regenerate/london2africa

THANK YOU!!

April 12th, 2018 by

 

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our London to Africa sponsored cycle tour so far! Big shout out to Th2 Designs for their support!

 

You can spur us on by donating here: https://www.justgiving.com/…/chari…/regenerate/london2africa

Regenerate London to Africa cycle tour: Meet Roshane

April 10th, 2018 by

 
Regenerate partners with urban communities in need, with a focus on children, young people and their families. We provide opportunities to empower people to make positive changes in their lives and the lives of others. We stick by people for as long as it takes. We give encouragement and practical support to achieve their goals and transform their lives beyond their circumstance.

 
This year we wanted to do something spectacular to highlight our special relationship with Africa and show that nothing is impossible for anyone in our London community. Roshane is one of the young people from our community taking part in the sponsored London to Africa cycle tour. 

 
I got involved through co-founder Andy, but I found out about the ride through my friend Yusuf who is also taking part. I wanted to take part with the ride because it’s for a good cause. I want to help young people in my community and also  disadvantaged areas abroad.

 
I’m finding the physical training fine. The biggest challenge with the training is getting my mind as strong as my body. The biggest fear of the trip is spiders😱.

 
I’m hoping to accomplish the full challenge riding all the way from London to Africa. Hitting the donation targets for Regenerate would feel amazing.

 
To sponsor the team and find out more, visit our Just Giving page here:
http://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/regenerate/london2africa

#MondayMotivation

April 9th, 2018 by

#MondayMotivation feels very relevant today after several of the team had silly falls over the weekend!

However, nothing can stop the determination of the Regenerate team as we train for our biggest challenge yet…the London 2 Africa cycle tour. This year we wanted to do something spectacular to highlight our special relationship with Africa and show that nothing is impossible for anyone in our London community.

It’s our most ambitious fundraiser yet

We are not a huge professional team tour. We are a small group of young people from the Roehampton estates, along with a select bunch of Regenerate volunteers, with only our bikes, spare tyres and the spirit to succeed!

A life changing adventure

Cycling 1300 miles from Roehampton to Tangier, we will have massive hurdles to overcome. At 75 miles a day, part of the team will cycle as a relay but others will be attempting to do it all!

Spur us on by sponsoring us here:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/regenerate/london2africa

Regenerate London to Africa cycle tour: Meet James!

April 8th, 2018 by

The Regenerate team are continuing to prepare for our impending fundraising adventure: the London to Africa cycle tour. We are not a huge professional team tour. We are a small group of young people from the Roehampton estates, along with a select bunch of Regenerate volunteers, with only our bikes, spare tyres and the spirit to succeed! Meet James, one of the volunteers raising money for Regenerate.

I knew Andy who co-founded Regenerate when we were kids.  He was the first kid I met on the school bus on the first day at secondary school.  I moved to the estate and shared a house with Andy when I was a student and when Andy was beginning to dream Regenerate up.

It’s a great cause that makes a real difference to people that have often had a tough deal in life.  I love the idea of  kids from the estates receiving opportunities to to see deprived areas in Europe and Africa and being empowered to make a difference.

My fears for the trip are numerous… feeling tired on the first day, the mountains, getting my bike nicked, knee pain, not having enough cycle clothes and realising I’m in worse shape than everyone else.

Bordeaux, France

I’m hoping to have a real adventure. I want to use this time to get some headspace from my day to day life which is so busy and achieve something that I can bore my grandkids with when I’m old. I’m really excited about riding along the west coast of France  and visiting Bordeaux. I’ve also never been to Africa – it feels like a proper journey.   

To sponsor the team and find out more, visit our Just Giving page here:
http://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/regenerate/london2africa

Regenerate London to Africa cycle tour: Meet Chris!

April 6th, 2018 by

Meet Chris, who has given up his time to drive the Regenerate team support vehicle on the London to Africa cycle tour. Regenerate’s target is to raise enough money to subsidise 100 young people from our London estates to get life changing opportunities such as volunteering trips abroad. Here is Chris’ story.

I have been living in Bournemouth for the last two years after getting clean from drug addiction. I had been involved with drugs and crime since I was very young, but I had always felt that God had a different path for me. I would say my biggest challenge so far has been the choice to move away from Birmingham and to be apart from my kids. 

 
 

Tangier in Morocco, Africa; where Chris is most looking forward to visiting

 

I will be driving the van and supporting the guys, so there’s not been that much training for me! However, I am hoping to raise money for Regenerate and to have a positive impact on someone else. I know that a few wrong choices we take early on can map your life out, so that’s why I love the Regenerate project and it feels right to join the team and help on this great trip. I am excited to reach Africa as it is somewhere I have always wanted to go!

To sponsor the team and find out more, visit our Just Giving page here:
http://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/regenerate/london2africa

Let’s do this! Watch Fun For Louis prepare for the Regenerate London to Africa cycle

April 5th, 2018 by

It’s less than 8 days until Regenerate cycle from London to Africa. Watch cycle team member FunForLouis prepare for the challenge!

Our target is to raise enough money to subsidise 100 young people from our London estates to get life changing opportunities such as volunteering trips abroad. To sponsor the team and spur us on, visit out Just Giving page:

www.justgiving.com/campaig…/charity/regenerate/london2africa

Regenerate London to Africa Cycle Tour: Meet Hassan

April 4th, 2018 by

Meet Hassan, one of the young people taking part in the Regenerate London to Africa cycle tour. Their target is to raise enough money to subsidise 100 young people from our London estates to get life changing opportunities such as volunteering trips abroad. Here is his story.

I first got involved with Regenerate last year when my mate told me about a bike ride they were doing and I was really keen to join them. We cycled from London to a volunteer centre for refugees in Calais on some old second hand bikes that had been donated to us.

I’ve grown up in Roehampton and have seen the positive effect that the guys at Regenerate have had on a lot of the young people around me, so I wanted to get involved and try to help inspire more young people from the next generation.

I usually enjoy taking part in physical challenges and pushing my body as hard as I can, but the training has been quite a challenge. Getting used to being in the saddle for such long periods of time hasn’t been easy. There have been a number of days, especially at the start and during winter, when I’ve got in from work and I’m really knackered, to then have to find the strength to go back out and do some 30-40 miles on the bike has been very tough at times.

Ronda in Spain. One of the locations which Hassan is looking forward to cycling through.

The training has gone fairly well so far, I’ve been doing a mixture of longer rides and shorter high intensity rides. Winter was a bit tough as I could never find a way to keep my toes from freezing, luckily we’re past the worst of that now. I’ve been in China the past 3 weeks and didn’t really train at all 😭 so I’ve got to really push hard this week and get myself back up to speed.

The thing I fear the most about the ride is saddle soreness!!

I’ve set myself a goal to try and ride the full distance from start to finish. I’ve never done anything like this before and although I’m reasonably fit I don’t usually cycle more than a lap of Richmond Park. I think it’s going to be more of a mental challenge and about really digging deep at times. Completing it will give me a huge sense of achievement but also I hope I can use the experience and our story to help inspire more young people and show them that anything is possible with the right mindset.

Dune du Pilat at Sunrise by Felipe Pitta

There are loads of places I’m really looking forward to seeing on the ride but there are two that I’m most excited about. The first is on the coast of France somewhere near Arcachon we’ll hopefully be passing by the biggest sand dunes in Europe, dune du pilat. From what I’ve heard it’s an amazing sight. Also on the route is Ronda in Spain which is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. It’s a cliff top town with an amazing stone bridge built across the gorge. It looks like it could be from a film set. Cant wait!

For more information and to sponsor our team please visit our Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/regenerate/london2africa  

Get Leading! Nadia’s Story

March 12th, 2018 by

Here at Regenerate we hope to transform lives and communities.

We send young people from our mentoring schemes in London on life changing trips to Africa, where they build schools, housing, social enterprises, establish social enterprises and create life long friendships.

The impacts of these trips are huge, not only for the disadvantaged African communities, but also for Regenerate’s young people. They have a powerful positive long-term affect on individual personal development. Here’s Nadia a volunteer with Regenerate’s story:

 

From a young age a sense of global responsibility has been instilled in me. My parents were fortunate to come to London in the early 1990s as refugees and worked hard to ensure that my sister and I were afforded every opportunity to thrive and succeed. It is their story and their struggle that inspired me to do more and give back to a community that gave my family and I so much as well as to ensure that other people in the world were given those very same opportunities.

 

A few years ago, I was introduced to Regenerate, a charity that does wonderful work both locally in London and globally in Kenya and Romania. My volunteer work with them started off small but this little contribution made me realise I could do so much more. Last year I accompanied them to their projects in Nakuru and Nairobi in Kenya. I was exposed to the very same struggles my parents were so fortunate to escape from and got to know amazing people who devoted their lives to supporting others.

One particular thing that stood out to me were the resilient, passionate and bold Kenyan women we met. Cooking with them, building with them, dancing with them and sharing stories with them made my experience there life changing. They inspired me to be better and do better.

 

At the end of our time in Kenya, we are asked to reflect on our time there and write a letter to someone to express our thankfulness.I wrote two, to two women I was truly thankful to know. One was Hayfa, a fellow Regenerate volunteer who despite being so young grasped every challenge, experience and moment with both hands and inspired me to do the same.

The other was my mother – a formidable woman who taught me how to love, how to laugh and do everything with passion, boldness and strength. It is thanks to her that I’m the woman I am today and I can’t thank her enough.

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