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

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.