Our grant programme supports 16 year olds and under who find themselves without a safe place to call home. Please apply to the foundation if you are 16 year olds and under and find yourself in such a situation, or if you are an organisation supporting these young people, as per our grant policies.
YMCA Thames Gateway
the7stars Foundation is delighted to have supported the YMCA Thames Gateway through funding their Young Mum’s Fitness Programme.
The YMCA Thames Gateway is a housing provider for homeless people and young parents in the London Borough of Greenwich. The charity currently house over 50 young people identified by local authorities as being at risk of homelessness. In this group, there are at least 35 teenage mums (16 – 18 years of age) and many do not have family support networks, which is why they have required housing support in the first instance. The Youth Work Team at the YMCA Thames Gateway is supporting these young women who live in their housing units to ensure they are connected to local support networks. They ensure they are provided with access to quality information that will support them in raising their children to promote health and well-being outcomes for the young mothers who do not have the finances to join a gym or have people who would care for their children as they sought to access such provision. With this support, the YMCA Thames Gateway can design and staff sessions specifically for them and the group of young women can become a part of universal youth provisions.
By supporting the teenage parents, it allows them to develop the skills they need to embrace parenthood and develop strong supportive networks they can access, especially vital in more deprived communities.
Soft outcomes are achieved when:
• Individuals show a change in behaviour i.e. improved confidence
• Individuals supported into a support network
• Individuals understand and are able to meet the needs of their children
• Individual feel they have improved their level of fitness
• Blog of weekly activities and participants feedback
Hard outcomes are achieved when:
• Individuals gaining Jack Patchey awards
• Individuals gaining accredited qualifications in paediatric first aid
• Individuals supported into short-term volunteering opportunities
The Young Mum’s Fitness Programme helps the young girls achieve a number of positive outcomes which help them in all facets of their life. Designing classes specifically for these young mums gives them the opportunity to interact and become a part of something they would otherwise be isolated from. The fitness coaches track the progress made by each participant and each girl receives a personal development plan using the YMCA skills framework allowing them to set learning goals that support them in developing both skills and confidence to find work, maintain education and support their children. The mums are also given the opportunity to take part in a paediatric first aid qualification. Those who qualify are offered volunteering opportunities within the YMCA Thames Gateway child care settings, where free childcare is provided for their own children, allowing them to build their CV and work skills.
We are very grateful to 7stars Foundation for enabling this work to happen. Despite low numbers, the growth in confidence for a small number of our young mums has been immeasurable – they have built a new friendship group that will outlast the programme and now have the confidence to cook healthier meals as they recognise the importance of buying healthier ingredients and feel more able to read labels in the supermarket to do this. The impact of this project will be felt across the whole family, not just by the young mums who attended and will improve health outcomes for their children.
Coram Chambers Partnership
the7stars Foundation has had the privilege of providing support for a young homeless girl referred to us by a local authority in Harrow.
After becoming estranged from her family, she found it difficult to attend secondary school and subsequently missed her GCSE exams. Through her own searching, she found a hairdressing apprenticeship program that suited her to help turn her life around. Along with this apprenticeship, the program also offers her the opportunity to complete her English and Maths functional skills exams.
Our grant will help her fund attending the apprenticeship and learn a new skill to put into a career to help her move forward with her life. The grant will also help her afford appropriate attire and equipment as well as a passport and provisional driving license. Having these items will help tremendously to ease the stress of having to afford these items all on her own. The college hairdressing apprenticeship program will allow her to acquire new skills and potential into her adult life.
Coram Chambers Partnership
the7stars Foundation has had the opportunity of providing support to the family of two young children that were referred to us by a South London authority. One child from the family is of school age and due to the lack of a washing machine in the home, he is often in school with unclean clothes as well as often off of school due to parents struggling to find areas of support. With our grant, we were able to provide the young family with a washing machine that will bring to them peace of mind in having clean clothes in help to give them confidence and a better quality of life day to day.
Coram Chambers Partnership
The foundation has had the privilege of providing support to two brothers from Afghanistan. The young boys were trafficked and then rescued from the refugee camp in Calais by the Baobab Centre for Young Survivors. The brothers had to flee their country after their parents were murdered and en route the pair were separated, unsure if each other were alive. They are now reunited and are moving into a one bedroom flat that the foundation has provided as well as funding for essential items in their new home. The flat and essential items will help them feel at home as much as they can and provide the base to begin their life again.
Coram is the UK’s first and longest running children’s charity with over three centuries of work helping hundreds of thousands of children and young people to lead a more safe, healthy and happier life.
Today, Coram work ensures every child has the best possible chance at life whatever their background. Their teams work across London and the entire UK to bring together and support children and young carers using creative therapy, support and expert training.
the7stars Foundation is delighted to fund the Coram project which supported adoptive children who have experienced a traumatic start in their lives. Using creative art and music therapy, the children were enabled to express themselves, as many young children struggle with the more traditional “talk based” therapies. The therapy helps reduce emotional and behavioural difficulties and improving relationships with their adoptive parents. The tools they learn better equips them to respond and adapt to change and improve their ability to express their thoughts and feelings as they grow.
For all children involved, the goal included reducing the negative impact that abuse had on their lives, and particularly focused on achieving the following outcomes:
• Reduced emotional and behavioural difficulties
• Improved relationships with their adoptive parents
• Improved ability to adapt and respond to the challenges and changes in their lives
• Improved ability to express their thoughts and feelings to those around them
“Jenny and Anuschka trustees of the7stars foundation visited Coram, the children’s charity that helps more than a million vulnerable children and young people every year.
Driving pioneering work in adoption, early years and parenting, Coram has developed new approaches to childcare and education, informed by developments in child psychiatry.
the7stars Foundation awarded Coram with a grant in its recent round of funding and went to see how this grant was being put to good use in their ground-breaking art and music therapy, which helps children and young people overcome complex and traumatic backgrounds every day.”
‘It was amazing to see the fantastic work these guys do and the7stars foundation feels truly privileged to be a part of it.’ – Jenny & Anuschka”
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