We Rise - Life changing real work experiences

by Abigail Melville in Brixton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 14th December 2017 we successfully raised £6,555 with 114 supporters in 35 days

To reach disadvantaged 17 year olds in Brixton and transform their life-chances through inspirational work experience projects.

by Abigail Melville in Brixton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We are raising an additional £2000 to fund a peer project led by young people aged 16-21 who are not in school. This will enable us to keep in touch with and build relationships with young people who are more difficult to engage. The aim will be to run regular sessions to build confidence, motivation and aspiration and provide support for them to develop their future goals in a supportive environment. Being led by young people themselves, this will be an important way for us to hear their views. We will encourage the group to define what activities and opportunities would be of most benefit, for example personal development sessions, skills sessions, opportunities to meet professionals, visits, interview and CV workshops, enterprise sessions. 

HOORAY! We have reached our funding target. We have set a new stretch target to raise £2,000 to run a peer project led by young people to build confidence and aspiration in disadvantaged youngsters who will most benefit from our inspirational real work experience projects.

We Rise is a new community business that aims to grow a generation of confident, creative, enterprising young people in Brixton.  We coach disadvantaged youngsters to work on real projects so they develop skills, confidence and connections, and learn how to create value for local businesses and organisations.

Lambeth is bursting with economic opportunity but entrenched inequality means talented young people miss out.  While well-off parents use social networks to help their kids get good jobs, one in three Lambeth children are growing up in poverty. Black residents are four times more likely to be unemployed.

Access to high quality work experience is crucial.  But the traditional model doesn't work for today's economy. Most placements don't develop skills young people need and employers can't give young people real work. We need to reinvent work experience for the 21st century.

We Rise galvanises employers, schools, young people and the community around a collective effort to prepare young people for their future through real projects that reflect the realities of 21st century work. 

We get real project commissions from organisations and we coach young people to deliver, working in teams alongside professionals to define, create and present a project in one week

We target 16-21 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds growing up around Brixton and give them an opportunity to express their creativity and receive recognition from real clients. We help employers access a more diverse pool of future talent. Our model for 21st century work experience meets the needs of employers and young people. 

Our first projects exceeded our expectations, delighting our clients and creating life-changing experiences for young people - who we saw visibly transform over the course of one intense week.

"It really inspires you to visualise your future. It's an amazing experience". 

"It's given me a lot of confidence. It's eye-opening".

"This will definitely help me get a job in the future"

"I've learnt so much in this one week".

"We received a fantastic end product and we were able to assist young adults starting out on their careers" Safer London Business Partnership

"Absolutely brilliant ideas. You left me in no doubt you could deliver a campaign" Post Office

We are looking for support to scale up to reach every disadvantaged young person in our community. 

Here's what it costs us to make a difference:

  • £10 gives a young person one day on an intensive, inspiring work experience project
  • £50 gives a young person an amazing week where they deliver a real project from start to finish, learn modern skills, meet new people and boost their confidence
  • £100 gives 20 of the most disadvantaged young people a fun and engaging one-day taster session in the community to inspire, introduce them to local professionals and recruit them for up a life-changing week long project.

We need to raise £5,358 to fund a three month community outreach campaign to reach, inspire and recruit the most disengaged young people. 

We are at the beginning of our journey.  If we succeed we not only inspire young people to succeed, but we harness their ideas, creativity and talent to benefit our whole community. Together, we rise.

Big Thanks from the We Rise Team

  • Abigail Melville has 30 years experience in public affairs across public, private and voluntary sectors
  • James Flitcroft is Head of Careers at Latymer Upper School
  • Emma Francis is Corporate Responsibility Manager at Zurich insurance plc
  • Dr Anita C Hall is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London
  • David Njie is an Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner working in schools and youth settings.
  • Estella Reed is Head of People and Culture at freelancers platform Yunojuno
  • Ray McFarlane is a Film Director and Coach

Our special limited edition hand-printed T-shirt.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

We will create a tailored post for you on our social media channels to thank you for your support.

£25 or more

16 of 30 claimed

£25 Reward

Limited edition We Rise T-shirt designed and screen printed by hand. Local artist Martin Grover, famous for the South London Procrastination Society and prints of vinyl records and local sights, has interpreted the We Rise logo to create a unique design to celebrate our launch. A future collectors item!

£50 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

You will receive an invitation to the final presentation and celebration lunch for one of our projects (Presentations takes place on a Friday and you will have a choice of dates). You will get to meet the young people, be able to give them feedback about how you think they did and find out more about their plans for the future.

£100 or more

18 of 50 claimed

£100 Reward

You will be listed on our website and in our constitution as a Founding Supporter of We Rise. You will receive a VIP invitation to all our events and be recognised in our Annual Report.

£250 or more

Founding Partner - £250

We are looking for a organisations with a commitment to the local community who can invest in us. As a Founding partner you will have your logo on our website, appear in our Annual Report and be invited to our community events.

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