Spark2Life has been funded by Catalyst Housing, The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and Brent Council, to work on Church Road Estate in Brent. Our case worker is based on the estate and works alongside the community to engage the young people and adults in the area. This project is structured differently from other Spark2life projects because it uses community development principles. The project has a steering group of local people and seeks to build the capacity of the community to support young people on the estate.
This project has 3 strands that are all interlinked:
- Prison In-reach – Our caseworker will put together a support package for clients from Church Road Estate who are leaving prison to support their transition back to the community. The model used is very similar to the model used on the Prison In-reach project in Waltham Forest. More information can be found here.
- Mentoring – We work with young people/ adults who are referred to us from the Youth Offending Team (YOT) and Probation. We provide a tailored support package to enable them to move away from criminal lifestyles. We also conduct ongoing outreach on the estate to support young people to live positive lifestyles and divert them away from crime. We are training local mentors to support these young people.
- Music, Media and Entrepreneurship – This initiative came about as a result of consultation with the local community and was developed in partnership with them. We deliver workshops focusing on Music, Media and Entrepreneurship. Training sessions are delivered by local business leaders and business mentoring is offered to young people with viable business ideas.