2 years ago, the alarming number of young people being stabbed triggered London Village Network founder Rachael Box to start a movement of hope and change for young people. Rachael recognised that lots of people want to do something to help others, but often don’t know where to start and think they don’t have enough time. Working with young people, she also realised that many young people do not want long-term mentoring, they just want a little information, advice and encouragement (a trend called micro-mentoring).
She quit her job, founded LVN, and since then has been working to support 16–24 year olds, especially the hardest to reach. With support from behaviour change experts, LVN has put together special programmes to help young people get into employment or start their own business and created materials for young people including an anti-knife video which talks about the reality of a life in prison.
“The purpose of LVN is to help young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to build up confidence around working professionals and gain tips and insight” says Rachael Box. “There are a lot of young people out there who don’t want their life to be about gangs and crime. And there are lots of people out there who want to help. With our mentoring model just an hour of your time can make a really big difference, so we are appealing to adults from all backgrounds to give 1 hour to support the local community and tackle the rise in knife crime.”
Can you spare 1 hour of time to invest in the next generation? Grassroots charity London Village Network have created the first App for social change; making it easy for working professionals to donate much needed time to disengaged young people. The tinder style app allows adults to select up to 6 topics that they can help young people with, from a list of over 100 including course work, filling out forms, business planning, career mapping and common sense tips.
Young people use the app to select adults they would like to meet and London Village Network (LVN) host sessions where young people and volunteers get together to exchange ideas and advice, all in a safe environment. The App is being piloted in Islington where there are lots of young people seeking support and 6 venues already signed up to host sessions. So now the charity needs more adults to pledge their time.
If you have 1 hour to spare and would like to get involved in your community download the App now — available on Google Play and the App Store.
Download the App Now from Google Play and App Store: London Village Network
For more information visit www.londonvillagenetwork.com