Community-led Project To Boost Employability Of Bame Young Carers In Southwark

Community-led Project To Boost Employability Of Bame Young Carers In Southwark

An innovative community-led project that will boost the employability of hundreds of young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young carers in the borough of Southwark is announced today. The project titled “Young Carers Matter” is funded under the Communities Fund of the Department of Communities and Local Government and will be delivered by the IARS International Institute, a Southwark-based charity in partnership with Southwark Council. Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Director of the IARS International Institute said: “Young Carers is undoubtedly one of the most marginalised groups in our prosperous society. Our youth-led project will provide young carers living in Southwark with accredited training that builds on their strengths and skills, while empowering them to achieve independent and fulfilling lives. Building on strategic alliances of a local network and by allowing our young people to lead, I am confident that “Young Carers Matter” will pave the way national and internationally”. Guided by an Independent Youth Advisory Board consisting of 10 young carers, and through the development of a dynamic local stakeholders’ network, “Young Carers Matter” will bring together local service providers, employment services, employers, key stakeholders from Southwark Council and young carers to develop effective strategies and policies and improve educational and employability outcomes for young carers. Currently, over 2,500 young people who provide care to friends and family live in Southwark and many more that are likely to be invisible to service providers. Due to their caring responsibilities, young carers may compromise their educational and employment opportunities. Service providers involved in the “Young Carers Matter” Network will also be benefited by the project as they will be offered...

IARS Young People’s Response to the Youth Justice System Review

  The IARS Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with the 99% Campaign are pleased to submit a response to the departmental review of the youth justice system for the Ministry of Justice. The review that is led by Charlie Taylor examines evidences on; ·         What works to prevent youth crime and rehabilitate young offenders, and how this is applied in practice; ·         How the youth justice system can most effectively interact with wider services for children and young people; and ·          Whether the current delivery models and governance arrangements remain fit for purpose and achieve value for money. An interim report was published in February 2016 and a final report is expected in September 2016. The IARS Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with the 99% Campaign, has taken the initiative to respond to this open consultation representing the views of young people. Specifically, the response aims to provide insights on the use of restorative justice in the youth justice system and its potential to support prevention, diversion, rehabilitation and reintegration. In the framework of the review the Youth Advisory Board and the 99% Campaign conducted online surveys calling young people to share their experiences of the youth justice system as well as restorative justice. The response also builds on the expertise and previous work of the IARS International Institute in the area of restorative justice. The full response was drafted by the Chair of the Youth Advisory Board Faisal Kassim and can be found...
Press Release: IARS 4th Research and Youth Leadership Awards Winners 2015 Announced

Press Release: IARS 4th Research and Youth Leadership Awards Winners 2015 Announced

14 Young Role Models and youth projects were recognised for their roles in our communities Around 100 young people, representatives of youth organisations attended this year’s IARS Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2015, in partnership with the 99% Campaign that took place last night at the Canada Water Culture Space in London. The Awards, now on its 4th year recognise and champion young people and their initiatives in their communities as drivers for social change. This unique youth-led event, organised by a group of young people involved in the IARS Youth Advisory Board, hosted influential keynote speakers in the field of youth policy and practice, including Howard Williamson CBE FRSA FHEA, Professor of European Youth Policy, University of South Wales, Justin Pettit, Human Rights Officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Mak Chisty, Commander for Engagement in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Mark Parker, I LIVE IN SE16 Coordinator. 14 inspirational young people and projects from up and down the UK were awarded in 7 categories, designed carefully to cover a broad area of truly youth-led projects, skills and competences, supported by leading businesses  and organisations across the UK. The Winners for 2015 are : Youth Research Project Award – Sponsored by Buckinghamshire New University Winner: Eloise Peabody Rolf – The ‘Volunteer’s Perspective’ of the Hampshire Community Peer Court programme Runner Up: Karolina Kombert: Young people, homelessness, UK welfare reform and food poverty in Scotland, published in the Youth Voice Journal. Community Leader Award – Sponsored by  Community Action Southwark Winners: Kike Ibikunle and Ijeoma Datha-Moore for their contributions to the Just for Kids Law team as volunteers and ambassadors. Runner Up: Jack Samuel David Wilson for his exemplar campaigning...
Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2015

Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2015

This week 1st -7th June volunteering is being celebrated across the country.  Volunteers’ Week aims recognise the invaluable contributions of millions of volunteers across the UK and raise awareness of the value and impact of volunteering on our lives and the society. As a genuine youth-led, user led International Institute our volunteers are at the heart of our work and we would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to our work and support us on a daily basis to create a fairer and more inclusive society where everyone has a chance to be heard. To celebrate volunteers’ week we share the thoughts and the experiences of our intern Gabe Sanders the last three months at IARS. “When monetary compensation is taken out of the equation in the decision to work at an NGO or community organization, a volunteer’s contribution and return on the time and effort put into his or her work appreciate in value greatly. Focus turns to questions like, “What can I contribute today?” and “What can I learn from this experience?” Volunteering at an NGO like the IARS International Institute evoked just such questions, and answered them in a new way every day during my time working there. That being said, my interview before beginning work at Independent Academic Research Studies did not go as I thought it would; it went far better. After nearly an hour and a half of discussing the NGO’s needs and what I could offer, the Communications Manager  and I arrived at a sort of harmonious understanding that could not...
Social correction versus bullying

Social correction versus bullying

Author note: Sarah O’Brien is studying for a BA in Journalism & new media at the University of Limerick in Ireland. She enjoys reading Marian Keys and fantasy fiction and has a keen interest in blogging, keeping both a make-up blog and a more ‘serious’ blog on Word press. The term “social correction” implies bringing an individual back into line with what is considered socially appropriate in the given culture/continent/creed/context in which they choose to reside. Social correction as an idea makes sense, particularly when correcting ideologies about racism, sexism, homophobia, and so on. It can serve a purpose in those contexts, because it is actively seeking to quell an insidious wave of human behaviour that is damaging to us all. Etymologically speaking, the term “correction” has an array of meanings which are applicable in a number of contexts. One such explanation sees correction as punishment intended to rehabilitate or improve. Paired with terminology like social, correction becomes the ultimate display of panopticism – citizens policing other citizen’s behaviour, judging them by whatever standard they see fit, as long as it remains in keeping with the majority. In a wider context, social policing in this manner, is actually very necessary. Modern society moves like a well-oiled machine, steam rolling over any who refuse to cooperate. More often than not that cooperation protects us. It maintains a status quo that allows people to sleep safer in their beds at night, safe in the knowledge that where they live, murder, theft and so on are not considered socially acceptable and therefore should anything happen, their perpetrators will be held accountable-punished if you will....
2015: The Case of the Forgotten Youth?

2015: The Case of the Forgotten Youth?

Author’s note: This blog post was written by Editorial Team Creative Associate, Jack Welch. Jack is a graduate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Winchester Just as 2015 beckons a new dawn for a brighter start in the UK, with unemployment contracts and its trading partners across the continent lags no better than stagnation, it may well be implied that this may be one of the few general elections of modern times when the country is not sitting in the midst of a political scandal, a recession or some form of crisis we have a habit of getting ourselves into. Within that spectrum of dangerous habits, complacency is set to play its hand in the question few in society dare to face, but where the decision makers have set in motion already: is there a really a future for youth post-2015? This year’s round of local authority grants cull have seen an average of 1.8% reduction, smaller in comparison to recent years, but in the period between 2010-16, a most councils will see a more perilous 25% reduction in their income and an increase of outsourcing of services to more private sector bodies (if achievable). While this consistent hatchet within the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) may embrace the current austerity culture, and indeed have 50 tips to guide reluctant councils to adopt the same mood, the impact upon children’s services and outreach provision for young people looks to be the obvious choice. Within my own county of Dorset for example, which is forced to find £1.7 million from their average spending, there is...