We offer a dynamic and engaging youth programme and we have a vision to see this grow and to engage the other young people from our local community - to build friendships and partnerships with other organisations and to "be the good news" in a number of ways.
BLISS (Brilliant Learning In a Social Setting) – Homework Club for Somali Children & Youth
In partnership with the Islington Somali Community, we currently run a Somali Homework Club called ‘Bliss’ (Brilliant Learning in a Social Setting) which aims to help Somali young people with their school work.
This is a relaxed space that provides opportunities for young people to obtain academic support from tutors and it also helps them grow in confidence. It helps them to speak up and share their concerns. In 2010, we were awarded an Islington Council Compact award for best community partnership.
BLISS runs on a Wednesday night at St Mark’s Church from 5-7pm during term time.
We also do detached youth work to reach the older Youth in the local area. As a result of this, we are now launching a new programme, Inspire. This new program involves meeting targeted individuals who are not in education, training or employment in order to help them move into employment and reach their goals.
For more information or referrals, please contact the Parish office
We also partner with the London based charity, X L Project, who work with young people of all faiths in seven inner city London boroughs. They aim to deliver three clear outcomes for young people:
• Transformed attitudes and behaviours of young people towards their families, peers and teachers
• A raised sense of selfworth, self-esteem and increased educational achievement, which helps them confidently and positively contribute to their communities
• Encourage young people who have fresh goals and work hard to achieve them, and who are empowered to make wise lifestyle choices.
We are proud to partner with XLP and to have Anna, XLP worker for Islington, on our team. Anna provides behavioural and classroom support in Islington Arts and Media School; reading support in Highbury Grove School; carrying out lessons, assemblies and workshops in various other schools and pupil referral units in the area.
For more information on XLP, please visit their website.