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Saving Lives... Not Taking Lives

by Acknowledging Youths CIC in London, England, United Kingdom

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raised in 99 days




by Acknowledging Youths CIC in London, England, United Kingdom

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AY Group Community Services CIC (AY CIC) is a not for profit organisation which is planning to provide a Hub where people of all ages, cultures and abilities are encouraged to use the community facilities offered. The aim is to provide community cohesion and wellbeing. 


The CEO, Mr Danny Barnes, is a dynamic and commercially minded leader who is actively researching all avenues of funding, local support and service users.  He believes passionately, that the area of East London is in desperate need of Community Hubs to provide a safe, secure and pro-active set of services.   The aim is to provide services that will promote social enterprise, training services, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities within in the local area.  


The hub is looking at providing a cellular office opportunity designed to offer a "place to work" and a "place to learn".  The service will be affordable and will provide a positive environment in which all age groups can work, learn and participate in business and social opportunities.  The preferred arrangement will be a Co-Working model.  This model will offer space for multiple occupiers in one communal space with seating on a first come first serve basis, although, occasionally there will be dedicated space.  This model is typically used by one person or a small start-up Business.  


In addition to office space, the hub will provide an array of services including a Coffee Bar.  The CEO, Mr Danny Barnes is currently in discussion with a Branded Franchise and is hoping to secure a Franchisee status in order to offer an attractive Café’ which can be enjoyed by all the service users of the hub.


Once the hub has secured a long - term lease and has a more permanent home to operate from, it is anticipated that there will be some dedicated space to offer a function room.  The room can be let on a day, hourly or half day basis and will be adequate enough to be used for Weddings, Family Celebrations and Conferencing.  It is anticipated that appropriate licencing will be secured before offering such services.


AY Group (Acknowledging Youths) has already been very successful in taking referrals from the Department of Work and Pensions in order to assist young people get in to work.  Whilst successful, the opportunity to formalise this arrangement with the DWP has arisen. AY Group is included in a "Framework" arrangement and can be formally accepted as an accredited service within the Departments referral system.   The experience of Acknowledging Youths CIC gives them an advantage in being successfully awarded contracts.  However, there has been some issues with the bidding due to wording within the generic application.  This has recently been reviewed and updated and it is now anticipated that more contract awards will be issued.  So far, Acknowledging Youths has been awarded 13 contracts which have been successfully delivered.  The Hub will also be the operating facility for Acknowledging Youths CIC and for AY Group Community Services CIC and will require dedicated space in which to operate.   


The Community Hub is also planning to offer a First Aid Training Course and is looking at Grant Funding in order to accommodate this.  Other training services are being planned and AY Group will be bidding for contracts once the hub has been established. 

First Aid and First Aid Trainer Training - Enabling Disadvantaged Young People To Support Their Community and Enhance Employability - 2020-2021

Please give a detailed description of the project.

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. As 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 and in the Hammersmith & Fulham and Tower Hamlets communities. We want to provide FREE First Aid Training to young people enabling…Saving Lives – Not Taking Them! This project will train disadvantaged young people to be First Aiders in their homes, schools and their communities. This training can also be ongoing to develop those First Aiders to become First Aid Trainers, who will themselves deliver first aid training to their peers and in the community. 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. Our Emergency First Aid at Work is a one day Level 3 nationally recognised course meeting requirements outlined by the HSE. The course teaches real lifesaving skills that can be used in and away from the workplace. The course objectives are to build knowledge and understanding of a selection of different situations: to be able to assist with emergencies; understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider; know how to assess an incident; manage an unresponsive casualty who is or is not breathing normally; recognise and assist a casualty who is choking; manage a casualty who is wounded and bleeding (particularly from a stabbing).

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