We create, organise, sponsor and help facilitate a wide range of initiatives that involve local young people, community organisations and charities and the Metropolitan Police. Whether it’s creating and supporting projects to help effect social change amongst the borough’s young people or helping local charities and people with the work they are doing, we’ve reached and helped hundreds of local people.
Here are some of the projects we’ve delivered with partners and local initiatives we’ve supported either through sponsorship, donations, or providing the Great Hall or The Chamber free of charge, bringing the local community together.
Social Awareness and Change Projects
PinPoint Precision – mentoring the mentors
PinPoint was the first success story of LVE Foundation, following our launch in 2015. PinPoint is, in the main part, a mentoring organisation with eight young people who are all now directors of their own company.
We started by helping them to set up as a community interest company (CIO), paying for training, insurances and promotional materials
With a mission to inspire, enable and empower young people, their families and the community, this wonder team run community projects in the borough including PinPoint CommunitTea and PinPoint Perspectives.
We also commission them to provide bespoke mentoring programmes, including PinPoint Pathways, our six-month mentoring programme for 17-21-year olds, and use them for some of our own workshops as well as continue to provide business advice.
Choices and Consequences
We worked with London PCSOs Lisa Saunders and John Duggan on their excellent initiative with young people to increase awareness of knife crime, drugs, social media and criminal responsibility. John and Lisa delivered their Choices and Consequences programme to Year 6 pupils in schools that are within Trident hotspots and have links to high-risk secondary schools.
The programme culminated in a competition that involved 132 primary schools across 32 London boroughs, which we were delighted to host. Each school took part in a series of challenges which involved activities to encourage positive engagement and increase contact with local police officers.
International Women’s Day
We supported International Women’s Day for two years running, hosting the event in the Great Hall, with an inspiring line-up of acts and motivating speakers sharing stories of success and overcoming adversity that truly inspired the 100+ women that attended. We look forward to supporting more.
Hale Village Compact
We’re delighted to be supporting this unique initiative in Hale Village with the amazing team from The Engine Room in Hale Village.
Newly launched, the Hale Village Compact is aimed at young people between 14 and 18 years old offering a range of engagement activities for young people in the Hale Village and Ferry Lane areas. The Compact aims to assist young people in their future career paths introducing them to local employers and offering a range of participatory opportunities such as work placements, mentoring and skills training.
This was a wonderful week-long programme in partnership with the Metropolitan Police to prepare local children for the transition from primary to secondary school and equip them with some skills to help them cope.
Topics included staying safe and staying safe while traveling, as well as cyber-bullying and knife crime.
Twenty-nine schools and 2,750 children attended a series of seven workshops across each day.
The Borough Commander, Richard Tucker, opened and closed this successful week that reached and helped many local children.
iCan Short Film Competition
We supported the Metropolitan Police’s iCan project, hosting a Dragons’ Den style student film competition in the Great Hall and being part of the judging panel. Students from local colleges including Waltham Forest College, Leyton Sixth Form College and Sir George Monoux College were asked to create a short film focusing on issues they felt were important to young people in their community.
The hard-hitting films and presentations covered topics such as sexual harassment on public transport, road safety, cyber bullying and knife crime.
Don’t get Court!
Don’t Get Court! is one of our flagship’s projects created by us, working with the Metropolitan Police, Judiciary and eminent barristers.
The focus is on how crime and a criminal record affects everyone – the perpetrators’ and victims’ lives and the lives of all of the families involved.
Aimed at 14 to 18-year olds, we hope to help prevent young people becoming caught up in crime and gang culture as well as to inspire them towards careers in some aspect of the law as police officers, lawyers or other aspects of the judicial system.
Part of the programme has a unique immersive drama element over three days. Day one is a trip to a custody suite so that participants can experience what it’s like to be fingerprinted and locked in a cell.
Day two is an immersive drama workshop in a mock courtroom situation with role play and a real court case with participants playing the roles of the perpetrator, the victims, the jury and the police. A real judge, barristers and police officers take part too to add authenticity.
Day three is a reflection on the issues of being a convicted criminal; issues including not being able to get employment, not being to travel to certain countries, loss of contact with family and friends and restrictions on certain of life’s pathways.
We also took police officers, social workers, youth workers, the Chair of Governors and the Principal of a local college to witness first-hand the work that Keep Out does – a project at HMP Send in Woking that helps young people when they get sentenced to prison through education workshops and support.
Don’t Get Court is an ongoing project and we are currently working on a documentary with young people and a videographer who has worked on some very big TV shows, to create a discussion piece for schools and colleges.
Personal Development Projects
L.E.A.D.E.R.S Community Project
We are the main funder of the L.E.A.D.E.R.S Community Performing Arts School, alongside the Big Creative Academy and Big Lottery.
Leaders Community delivers initiatives to enable children and young people in the area, especially those that are marginalised and isolated, to work towards personal development and social change.
Their Performing Arts School is (was?) a 10-week free intensive programme for young people to learn performance techniques, vocal training, acting, singing and commercial street dance. Tutors have worked with the best of the best on MTV, ITV, X-Factor and with Disney. It offers (offered) 180 places a week to local children.
This is a hugely impactful project where we see the young performers thrive during the programme – learning new skills, making new friends and building their confidence and self-esteem.
We also funded L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Academy to send three young people to Pineapple Dance School to get qualified in community dance training.
Drama at the Engine Room
The Foundation funded drama classes at the Engine Room in Tottenham Hale, aimed at building self-confidence, teamwork and public speaking. Run by a drama coach and seasoned film and stage actor, the classes helped participants with interviews and presentations in a work setting as well as personal.
A vest for Shiloh
The Foundation provided its facilities free of charge for a fundraising event for Shiloh, a little girl who suffers from cystic fibrosis, who needed a special kind of Physio Vest to intensify her daily physio and prolong a double lung transplant. The LVE Foundation made up the difference of what was made on the night to £2,000.
Eat or Heat Food Bank
We sponsored Eat or Heat’s mini festival at the Ravenwood Industrial Estate E17, to raise much needed funds for the food bank to ensure the people it work with can both eat and heat.
Salvation Army Christmas Appeal
We donated Christmas hampers to the Salvation Army for distribution to local families suffering hardship.
Lloyd Park Children’s Charity Winter Zumbathon
We gifted the beautiful Leyton Great Hall for a Winter Zumbathon to raise funds for The Lloyd Park Children’s Charity. Over £3,000 was raised for the Baby Bank at Lloyd Park and Higham Hill Children’s Centres providing much needed funds to support struggling families in the borough.
Raising funds for the Mayor’s Charity
We were honoured to host a dinner on behalf of the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr. Peter Herrington, raising funds for the Mayor’s Charity.
Employment Development Projects
We joined forces with Peabody (one of London’s oldest and largest housing providers) to bring together the cream of London’s most employee-friendly companies. Over 30 companies provided local people with advice and information about a wide range of exciting career paths and apprenticeship programmes. Career options on show included the Metropolitan Police Service, beauty and fashion, health care and construction.