Acknowledging Youths CIC

by Danny Barnes in London, England, United Kingdom


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We want to provide FREE First Aid Training to young people enabling… Saving Lives – Not Taking Them!

by Danny Barnes in London, England, United Kingdom

          Acknowledging Youths CIC

Who are we ? 

We are a not-for-profit organisation which for many years is active in both Tower Hamlets, Hammersmith and Fulham and also across Pan London, enabling unemployed young people in these communities to become skilled and then helping them get into work.

So far, we have supported over 4,000 people in this way, but are aiming to do far more – so many more young people need our help.

      OUR TEAM

January 2012, Acknowledging Youths CIC was set up and so Danny was born! As Acknowledging Youths’ Chef Executive Officer, he knows what he wants and is dedicated to help the youth make their dreams come true. Mix enthusiasm, target orientation, positivity and professionalism together with over 15 years of experience in management, you get a great team leader, called Danny Barnes

Danny Barnes

Shereen McLaughlin, Acknowledging Youths CIC’s irreplaceable Director, with experience of achieving targets whilst working in challenging environments and providing information, guidance and advice to young people and adults. On top of that, Shereen McLaughlin is very enthusiastic and motivated with excellent interpersonal skills!

 Shereen McLaughlin

Meet Mihail Donea, Acknowledging Youths CIC’s very own highly talented graphic designer. With over 10 years of experience in graphic design, he is the secret of Acknowledging Youths CIC’s websites, logos, design and more. Without Mihail, this world would look less colorful. Nothing is too much and nothing is impossible!

Mihail Donea

What is CIC ?

Community Interest Companies (CIC) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage.


Knife crime in London continues to spiral out of control; we are fundraising to provide First Aid Courses to children and young adults in schools in London, and to install defibrillators. 

First aid is an important life skill that helps reduce fatalities and enables the faster treatment of injuries. It also has an important role to play in providing staff and pupils with a sense of purpose and achievement, giving them the skills that will potentially save lives.

AY Group Community Services (AYG) needs funding for Tutors, First Aid equipment and volunteers’ costs to enable us to move forward with delivering this provision.


Item                                                                                                                 Value       

First Aid Tutor                                                                                                 £2,160.00   

First Aid Training Equipment                                                                         £4,686.00   

IQA Assessor                                                                                                   £1,800.00   

Volunteers costs                                                                                              £1,354.00 Total                                                                                                               £10,000.00     

     We want to provide FREE First Aid Training to young people enabling…

                                          Saving Lives – Not Taking Them!

       OUR AIM

This project will train disadvantaged young people to be First Aiders in their homes, schools and their communities. Through this project we envision that those who engage with our First Aid Training, will benefit by developing skills to make good decisions that could be potentially lifesaving; be rewarding as they will be doing something amazing, effective and inspirational! 

We will be teaching everyday young people from disadvantaged communities to do something extraordinary! Through this initiative, young people will become agents of positive change who inspire others to act. 

First Aid Course: WHAT IS IT?

First Aid knowledge is invaluable for both you as the individual and for your community. It enables you to assist persons who become injured in the event of an accident or emergency situation until help arrives. First Aid skills can be applied in the home, the workplace or in public locations, therefore the more First Aid certified people there are in a community the safer that community becomes.


Why is it important ?

Becoming First Aid certified not only benefits you as an individual but it extends to your family, friends, coworkers and even the community as a whole. As unpleasant as it is to talk about, accidents and emergency situations are not completely preventable or unavoidable.
If an accident happens in the workplace, in your home or in a public space, being a helpless witness to an emergency situation can potentially worsen the situation.
This is why it is very important for as many people as possible to have at least a basic knowledge of First Aid.

How can we make this happen ?

We are offering First Aid for Beginners course to school age children from year 7 onward. This is a course that has been specifically tailored for this age group and upward. The course is deliverable to groups of 10 participants and its duration is 2 hours. Certificates will be issued to successful participants, valid for 12 months!

We have tailored this course to be affordable to schools.  The cost of delivering this course is £180 per group session of 10 students. This charge is for a qualified First Aid Trainer, registered with, monitored and assessed by the First Aid Industry Body (FAID).

So far, we have supported more than 5,000 people, but we need your help to do more. We work in the following areas Hackney, Croydon, Brent, Haringey, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, South walk, Camden, Westminster-west end area, Islington, Hackney and Brent.


Our target  

  • We aim to give opportunities to:

1. Young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
2. Elderly people that are isolated
3. Local Authority care leavers
4. Those with a disability or health problem including mental health
5. People struggling with English
6. Customers in our most deprived wards
7. Ex-offenders
8. People with a history of homelessness, drug or alcohol dependency
9. Focus on the transition to work and overcoming practical barriers
10. Lone parents and careers
11. Individuals that are getting low income that are in poor financial condition that are looking for living wage.


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Since 2012 Acknowledging Youths CIC helped over 3000 people, over 800 attended courses and workshops, 700 people found a or voluntary or Work placements. and over 600 are in full time employment. we work in Tower Hamlet, Hackney, Newham, Southwark, Hammersmith, Westminster

 AY Group has an excellent track record of success




Why is first aid important in schools?

First aid is an important life skill that helps reduce fatalities and enables the faster treatment of injuries. It also has an important role to play in providing staff and pupils with a sense of purpose and achievement, giving them the skills that will potentially save lives.

Is first aid on the national curriculum?

Lifesaving first aid is set to be included in the national school curriculum after years of campaigning. The government's proposals to teach first aid skills and CPR training – as part of compulsory health education in all schools in England from 2020 – could save thousands of lives, charities say.

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