Community Links co-founder sets up new youth charity
PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 April 2016
Ambition, aspire, achieve. These three simple words have lent their name to a new charity set up to help children and young people in east London.
Founded by Kevin Jenkins OBE, one of the co-founders of Community Links, the charity is raising funds to deliver the first projects this summer.
“We’re working with disaffected young people, trying to help them bridge into adulthood and keep out of trouble,” said Kevin.
“We’ll be working with a lot of partner organisations to deliver things like holiday schemes.
“We also want to provide opportunities for young people to work at law and banking firms in Canary Wharf.
“It’s about giving opportunities as well as support.”
The charity aims to work with young people aged nine and up, although some of its holiday programmes will be open to children as young as five.
A board of trustees has been set up and fundraising events organised.
These include a three course meal and show at Brick Lane Music Hall, Silvertown, on Saturday, May 7 and a benefit night organised by the Sunday Trios ten pin bowling league at the City Pavilion in Collier Row on Sunday, July 17.
Kevin admitted he hadn’t thought about founding AAA until last year.
“It’s not a lifelong dream or anything like that,” he said.
“It’s about responding to the need that’s in Newham and east London, where a lot of services and facilities have been cut.”
Among the proposed list of projects are programmes designed for intensive support or rehabilitation, plus mentoring and guidance.
Through its work, the charity hopes to guide young people through the key aims set out in its name, providing them with the esteem to have ambition, the confidence to aspire and the skills to achieve.
For more information or to book on either of the fundraising events email firstname.lastname@example.org
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