Charis Community Project was established in 2006. In 2006 the project established a football club for youths, parenting classes, youth club, Saturday school, did counselling sessions, literacy classes etc. Thereafter in January 2008 new projects were enlisted music classes, boxing classes and literacy classes. Some of the projects that started in 2006 are still running to date.
The youth club currently runs on a Friday from 4.30pm – 7.30pm. This has been a success. There are sometimes up to thirty youths attending on a Friday. The youths are constantly active. Activities range from taking part in debates about current issues, playing pool, watching DVDs etc.
Needless to say we are not being funded for this. There is a need for equipment such as snooker table, television, darts board and other in-door game paraphernalia.
This has been running successfully for two years. Their aims are to develop confidence, self-assurance, and also to develop social skills to enable them to excel creating an even balance.
Teaching primary school children history, literary and numerical skills in-line with national curriculum.
Providing educational trips to places such as Oxford or Cambridge University and museums, in the summer, outing and seaside trips.
This project received two one-off payments, the last being in 2006.
The project has three teachers who received voluntary allowances from parents who have made one off contributions. These contributions have been exhausted.
Counselling sessions are run once/twice weekly. There is no charge for the sessions. The staff are professional counsellors and give their time free of charge in order to contribute to the community.
The music academy commenced in 2007 and at present it provides music lessons – piano, bass guitar, music exercises, singing lessons and music theory – from beginners to advanced levels. We have some of the most talented veteran musicians teaching these classes and in the near future we hope to start more classes such as drums classes, acoustic guitar classes etc.
This club was set up for the youths in the neighbouring communities of Leyton and Walthamstow in 2003.
Football practice was once a week
Trophies were awarded to the winning team and they also received certain amounts as award prices.
The football club was another avenue to get youths off the streets
This led to a decline in street crime, vandalism and truancy
Yet again this project had to stop due to the lack of funding which was only a one-off
We would like to start up this project again
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: GENERAL AND LONG TERM
To support the needs of the vulnerable, socially excluded, distressed and promote self reliance, ethnic harmony and development.
Short Term Goals
To improve literacy amongst adults and children
To continue to provide parenting classes
To continue to support youth development projects
To achieve 40 students at the Saturday school by July 2008
To promote better communication skills between parents and children
To understand parenting whilst being aware of social and cultural valves
To start in July 2008 – expecting between 20 – 30 students
To continue to identify and develop talents in music, arts, drama, sports and ICT
LONG TERM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES GOALS
To provide basic and vocational skills training for unemployed to access employment
Continuing to help the homeless – providing food and shelter, to those who suffer domestic violence and other disadvantaged people.
Assisting the elderly single parents, prisoners and the disabled
Organising relevant workshops, seminars and conferences
To be achieved by April 2009
Targeting 100 -200 people
Providing in-house counselling and linking them to outside agencies when necessary
To continue to help the elderly with their shopping, continue to visit prisoners, this is done every two weeks – linking their providers for support.
Parenting Programme: this program was set in two strands – strand A and B. and was run for 10 weeks.
The project was titled “Empowerment for Parents” because the aim was to empower parents in their own personal development – to show the impact the behaviours of parents have on their children, developing strategies on how to deal/cope with the behaviour of their children, looking at communication skills between and how best to relate to children.
Primary beneficiaries of this project as mentioned earlier are as follows: refugees, asylum seekers, unemployed, migrants, ethnic minorities, socially excluded and the disabled in and around the Leyton area