So, what's been happening lately?
After an amazing collective effort transforming a derelict building into fantastic coffee shop and community meeting place, the team at Roots finally threw the doors open and started business. The coffee’s tasty, the cakes are scrummy and the welcome is warm and friendly, so if you’re in Gloucester go and visit this brilliant team – they are at 69A, Alvin Street.
It’s been a busy time for SoHK as they have recently launched a Schools project in three London schools, started filming a new course with Sky in Cardiff and have been chosen by O2 to deliver 3 of their RWC2015 ‘touch 24’ projects in London, Birmingham and Manchester. It’s a really exciting time in their journey and we’re really looking forward to seeing how all of these strands develop.
When North Liverpool Academy opened Scoot 66 they hoped that the work and business experience it offered would be useful in helping students find employment. We’re delighted that this has already proved the case, as Frances, one of the initial participants in the project, has been employed as an apprentice motorcycle mechanic at Revolution Scooters.
'We took a group of teachers into HMP Edinburgh last month, and one of them had a boy in his class whose dad is there. His teacher realised that it would be helpful for this boy to make his course choices for next year (our equivalent of GCSEs) with his dad, and arranged a meeting for the three of them.
'My colleague called me afterwards in tears saying that it was one of the most moving interactions she had experienced. The boy was thrilled his Dad had been involved and now wanted to go to Uni. The Dad has now changed his view on what his son should be doing and supports the Uni plan. The school is going to let the children go on special visits from time to time because they realise how important it is to reconnect these families.'
Here is a video called 27,000 voices made with some young people who have a parent in prison, giving the children a voice which really shows how important this programme is.
It has been a fantastic racing season for the NLA students who have recently been awarded trophies for 1st & 2nd place in the Straightliners championship.