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The Kenya Adventure 2017

March 28th, 2017 by

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The Get Leading group ventured out to Kenya in February to work alongside inspiring grass roots leaders changing the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children and families in their communities.

Upon arrival we teamed up with people from Standard Chartered Bank who helped fundraise for the trip and travelled from all over the world to experience Kenya with us and make a difference together.

We began the journey by going to Rain Edge School and Sure 24 Children’s home in Nakuru. Husband and wife duo Sammy and Millie Nawali started the project by rescuing a few children who were living on the streets in Nakuru in 2007. Now they house and look after 174 children and young people, as well as run a school for over 300 children in the area.

With direction from the Kenyan builders and co workers we got practical and helped them build a wall around the children’s home to make it safe and secure.

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It was wonderful to spend time with the children there. We ran sports, arts, crafts and dance workshops with them, and they taught us their traditional dance moves.

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We then visited Tumaini (meaning Hope in Swahili) a community project providing training and after school activities for young people in the heart of a slum called Soweto in Nairobi. Founded by Anton Njoroge and friends in response to the hopelessness he saw growing up in the area, the project now has a feeding program funded by our social enterprise The Feel Good Bakery, that provides meals for over 60 elderly people every other week and over 400 children every week. When we asked Anton what kept him going he said this:

“Hope is the legacy I want to leave behind, investing hope in the next generation is what keeps me going.”

The team worked alongside the Tumaini volunteers by preparing and serving food. They also built a shelter for elderly people that needed a new home in the slum.

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It was a fantastic time, rich with inspiring and beautiful moments. This week we will reveal a number of stories from the group that shine a light on the people and places we visited, and impact they had on them – watch this space! …

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FACE YOUR FEARS – LIVE YOUR DREAM!

March 23rd, 2017 by

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Paul Unsworth from Kahaila visited Regenerate’s Get Leading Group and shared his inspiring story of leadership.

Paul talked about his experience of how and why he opened Kahaila Café which is now an award winning cafe on Brick Lane, and a place for so much more than a cup of coffee! He described how the cafe created a space for his church community to dream together about ways they can create social change. Different leaders in the group came up with dynamic ideas that have evolved into Luminary Bakery a thriving social enterprise that employs vulnerable women and Ella’s Home a housing project that rescues women involved in modern day slavery. He spoke about the journey of realising your dream from the birth of an idea, to the waiting and learning process, to the fruition of dreams.

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Paul believes in empowering people to live out their dream and make change especially in their local community. He challenged the group to think about questions like: What are you truly passionate about? What would you sacrifice to live out your dream? What are the barriers to stopping you living your dream? How can you communicate your dream? This led to a powerful discussion and each leader shared their passions and ideas about how they hope to impact the lives of others and make a difference to their communities.

One of our young leaders said “This was one of the best evenings we have had, it allowed us all to talk about what we want to achieve. It was personal, and yet not scary to share our ideas. I said far more than I usually do!”.

SOCIAL START-UP SUCCESS

March 6th, 2017 by
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Last Thursday night Social start-ups returned and a group gathered in the recycled shipping container cafe ‘The Hive’ which is part of the amazing initiative that is Growhampton - based at Roehampton University. 

 

The Hive have been a fantastic support to The Feel Good Bakery so it was great to partner with them for this event! They served delicious coffee, home made cakes, sweet potato fries and delicious cocktails whilst we listened to some incredible speakers. 

 

As well as hearing from Joel, Millie and Aimee from the Growhampton team we also heard from Solomon, co-founder of The Brixton Soup kitchen. 

 

Joel talked about the importance of working collaboratively through community and communication and how these principals have helped them to develop the amazing edible campus in Roehampton. 

Solomon told his personal story about leaving school with no GCSE’s and going on to set up the Brixton Soup kitchen against all odds and without any government funding! As well as running the soup kitchen, they have 60 families on their books who they visit through outreach. This amazing project is growing and helping more people week by week. 

 

It was hard to leave the evening uninspired. 

 

Thanks to all who helped out to make it such a special evening! 

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Regenerate and Growhampton partner up!

February 27th, 2017 by
 

SOCIAL START UP EVENING

 

Regenerate and Growhampton are partnering to put on a social start-up evening  

 

When: Tuesday 28th Feb. 6pm – 9pm. 

 

Where:The Hive cafe on the Roehampton University  campus – 29 Roehampton Lane. 

 

The aim of this evening is for people too come together and hear about successful local social enterprize projects and to GET INVOLVED.  

 
 

We are excited to be hearing from Solmon, the inspirational co-founder of The Brixton Soup Kitchen. 

 

Read about the Brixton Soup Kitchen here. 

As well as from the Growhampton team who are also doing amazing things! 

 

Read about Growhampton here 

 

Come and be inspired! 

 

Regenerate’s Summer Bash

February 21st, 2017 by

 COME ALONG AND JOIN US! 

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We would love as many people as possible to join us for this evening. Tickets are now on sale – please email ingakempton@msn.com to book tickets.

A huge thank-you to Rosslyn Park Rugby Club for hosting this Ceilidh.

Happy New Year from Regenerate

January 11th, 2017 by

YOUTH CLUB FUN!

 

 There were several Christmas trips but one highlight was the visit to Flip Out in Wandsworth. The activity was a two-hour trampoline session including, basketball games, parkour apparatus, foam pit. Such trips are real opportunities for our young people to have fun and are often part of their Jack Petchy awards. Such awards are rewarded for continuous work in the community and success in activities. 

 

 The young people initiated their own games, for example they had a basketball dunking competition. They also tried flips into the foam pit.

 

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MAN WITH A VAN! 

 

Every summer Regenerate takes a team of young people to Romania to run summer camps for children and help with the building projects we support in Soard and the surrounding villages.

  

One village is being slowly rebuilt house by house and when Regenerate went back in October it was clear these projects needed a mode of transport to support all the amazing work that is going on in these communities. So Andy delivered a van in December  - donated by a wonderful Regenerate supporter – ram packed with clothes and toys. The drive took 3 days but was worth it!

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Update on Get Leading Campaign 

 

 In December we launched our new fundraising campaign on Just giving – for the Get Leading group. We have already raised 16% of our target which is fantastic and means we can continue this exciting project.

 

 Here is a link to our latest fundraising campaign

 

Here is a link to our Christmas newsletter 

 Thank-you for your ongoing support.

 
 

Youth Club activities over Christmas

December 14th, 2016 by

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Christmas Festival – 3rd December.

December 12th, 2016 by

 Regenerate host another Christmas street party in Roehampton.

 

 The purpose of the event was to run a Christmas gathering for the local community. Regenerate’s young people came together with volunteers, and the Get Leading and World Changer groups to create an afternoon of festive fun.

 

 There were arts and crafts for young children, live music from resident DJ Lance, free toasties from The Feel Good Bakery, face painting, interactive gardening activities from the new Ashburton community garden and sports run by Jordan Gayle from Regenerate.

 

 People from the community came out with delicious food offerings – wonderful homemade soup from Floriane, ( The Putney Food Assembly and Ashburton community garden)  as well as homemade cakes from Regenerate’s young people. Mince pies were kindly donated by Londis.

 

 “We had a lovely time with all the kids, and the toasties and hot drinks kept us warm… Congratulations for putting on a lovely event and allowing us to help out and be a part of it! Can’t wait for future events”. Quote from an attendee.

 

 A big thank-you to all who gave their time to make the event possible – especially the volunteers from Mission Direct.

 

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World Changers Event and more good news!

November 22nd, 2016 by

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 As part of the GET HELPING initiative from Regenerate 15 young people met at the Ashburton youth club to do some baking on a cold rainy Saturday afternoon. The aim was to bake puddings for a soup kitchen/local homeless shelter ( some of which was made from surplus food) hosted by St Michael’s Church, Southfields, as part of the Glass Doors Charity.

 

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 Regenerate aims to provide our young people opportunities to do something practical and helpful within their own community, and so inspire them to want to be more involved with the world around them.

   

 Some Good News

 

 A big shout out to Barclays Bank, Richmond for their fundraising event of walking 500 miles. The wonderful staff from the bank helped raise Regenerate and The Feel Good Bakery £4870.00  which is more than wonderful. Thank-you.

 

 Regenerate’s Christmas Community Festival

 

 3rd Dec 2-5pm

 

 4 Portswood Place, Roehampton.

 

 Come along and enjoy the fun.

 

 Volunteers also needed.

 

Regenerate’s Young People enjoy half -term!

November 5th, 2016 by

 Regenerate’s half term activities.

 

 A Jack Petchy funded cinema trip and a meal out was enjoyed by some of our young people at the start of half term. The Jack Petchy Foundation aims to support young people achieve their aspirations and reward their achievements. Young people can win these awards for many positive reasons and Regenerate loves the  opportunity to celebrate our young people winning their Jack Petchy awards.

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During half-term there were many of the usual youth club activities -we were particularly fortunate to have a workshop from a make-up artist. The young people involved were taught how to moisturise and exfoliate skin before applying make-up. We were advised on what make-up products to buy without spending too much money. A very enjoyable session.

 

 There was a mentoring a trip to a Parkour gym in East London for some of our young people. One of the quotes from the day “Maybe we can use what we’ve learned today to coach the other kids at the centre” – Asher.

 

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 The half-term also offered the time to prepare for the trustees dinner – Come Dine with Regenerate. This meal is being planned and cooked by our young people – more to follow about this forth coming occasion!

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