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Nadia’s epic Triathlon!

August 5th, 2019 by

Saturday, 27th July Nadia a supporter of Regenerate took part in the London Sprint Triathlon!

Nadia’s Story.

“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.

Roehampton Festival is Back!

July 23rd, 2019 by

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 …

Join the Team!

July 18th, 2019 by
Regenerate Team

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 Description and apply using our Application Form and Equal Opportunity form and send these plus your CV to intern@regenerateuk.co.uk or if you have any questions please email us at intern@regenerateuk.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Regenerate & the Wimbledon Coin Toss 2019!

July 12th, 2019 by

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.

Marni said:

“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.

American astronaut Drew Feustel, with two gold coins manufactured by The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. He is on a six month stay on the International Space Station, serving as a flight engineer. Credit: AELTC.

Paddles & Saddles – Regenerate Journey

July 12th, 2019 by

A team from Regenerate made up of young people from our Get Leading program and some of our supporters, are currently on a mammoth cycle ride from London to the Pyrenees mountains!

On Saturday, the 13th July, the team will be cycling up the Tourmalet and taking part in a stage of this year tour de France!

To sponsor the team who are raising funds for Regenerate’s youth services, please visit our Just Giving Page .

Get Helping – Ark Putney Academy Students visit Romania

July 12th, 2019 by

Last week Regenerate hosted a trip to Romania for a group of students from Ark Putney Academy (APA).

The Team

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.

Get Focused – The big move to Secondary School

July 12th, 2019 by

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!

Get Active – Camping & Kayaking Trip

July 12th, 2019 by

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.”

Get Focused – Reclaimed Mentoring Group & Garden project

July 12th, 2019 by

Earlier this year Regenerate was given funding by The Cooperative Foundation to create a community garden space that will bring the community together to help tackle social isolation.

A group of young people took part in the Reclaim Mentoring Project to reclaim an used piece of land at the back of the Ashburton youth centre and transform it into a beautiful garden!

Regenerate worked with the Reclaim Project to plan and develop the new space. This brought the young people together and gave them a boost in confidence as they learnt new skills, made goals together and saw their vision become a reality that everyone could enjoy.

Nicola took part in the project and said:

‘ The best thing about us designing and creating our garden is that we now have a calm, safe and fun space for everyone to use. We can have pizza evenings which we means we get to meet new friends, I thought I would hate being involved as I hate getting dirty but its been really fun and I can’t believe how good it now looks!’

The Garden is an accessible space for all, it will attract wildlife, and has vegetable beds to grow food which can be used by the young people and their families, it has a pizza oven, a BBQ and picnic area as well as a space for a fire pit and area to hang out. This space will bring the community together to keep the space beautiful, to eat together and make happy memories.

For more information about using the space contact clare@regenerateuk.co.uk.

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.  

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