Joshua Project's vision is simple; we want to see our communities transformed and believe that the key to unlocking that transformation lies in the hands of a rising generation. As it stands, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, dysfunctional family life crushes the hopes and aspirations that young people should have.
We are positioned to invest into the lives of young people from a variety of backgrounds, however, we pride ourselves in our ability to engage with the ‘hardest to reach’ young people. We hold high the importance of community transformation driven by the community and the young people we serve. For that reason most of our staff and volunteers live in the community. The project is therefore not a 9-5 organisation, the commitment is 24/7. We are also directed by the needs young people present. We believe that this sets us apart from many other organisations that work with young people and allows us to work holistically in all aspects of a young persons life.
Our aim is to work with the children, young people, families and those connected with them to find solutions to the barriers, caused by deprivation and poverty, that block them from having opportunities and the concept of future.
A large number of community volunteers work with our staff team to provide the following non-exhaustive list of support opportunities: children’s play clubs, open youth clubs, drop-ins, music and media workshops, educational support for those at risk of exclusion aged 5 - 11 and support for those who have been excluded aged 11 - 16, a programme to support and direct those not in education, employment or training aged 16 - 18, sporting activities, a bespoke programme designed to support vulnerable girls and young women, child sexual exploitation prevention and intervention service, a parent led playgroup, information advice and guidance for 11 - 18 year olds, family support, housing advice, debt advice, prison visiting and ‘through the gate’ support, sports clubs and street based youth work.
The aim in each activity is to tackle an issue that children and young people face and see their lives transformed as they progress on. In many cases, young people have opted to stay on as members of the volunteer team.
The following 6 values are the base on which the project is building a sustainable, long term response to the needs of the young people in this area:
As the Joshua Project journey continues we will continually evolve and adapt to respond to the needs of the young people. It is our belief that strategy shouldn’t be imposed upon young people, so, for that reason, these values are continually under review.
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