Jonny’s Hackney half take 2

by Jonny Lea in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 20th May 2024 we successfully raised £430 ( + est. £92.50 Gift Aid ) with 11 supporters in 35 days

Raising money for oak London, an amazing charity helping at risk young men overcome challenges and disadvantages to make the most of life

Oak London is a retreat and mentoring programme for young adults who are facing significant challenges and setbacks. This includes prison-leavers and those at risk of offending, people living in hostels or supported accommodation, care-leavers, and those simply with very limited support systems. Oak London provides a holistic and supportive environment to enable participants to develop a positive sense of self-worth, build healthy relationships, and make positive choices.

The programme has 5 stages and runs across 3 months:

•          Enrolment: Getting to know the young adult, assessing their suitability for the programme, and completing safeguarding checks.

•          Retreat: 4-5 days away in Bristol. Each day starts with a 7am run and involves workshops, activities and cooking meals together. The workshops are based around 'Responsibility and vulnerability’, 'Forgiveness and reconciliation' and 'Our stories'.

•          Follow up: Ongoing weekly sessions. Eating dinner together and hosting workshops that develop upon the themes explored on the retreat. These include 'Goal-setting', 'Addressing trauma', 'Relationships', 'Money management', 'Faith and life', ‘Mental Health’ and 'Planning the community project'.

•          Community Project: An opportunity to be a positive change maker. This is participant organised and led.

•          Mentoring: On-going 1-1 support for 1 year.

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