£24,000 over 3 years
Established in 1996, Lambeth based charity Code 7 is a senior managed and young people led charity that provides multimedia activities and mentoring services for all young people from various backgrounds and cultures.
Code 7’s mission is designed “to give young people who are at risk a better chance in life through creative opportunities and working together to tackle their problems and improve their life skills”, by;
- Attracting young people with positive activities they love and already hold in high demand.
- Engaging them with the quality technology standards they see and hear on TV and radio every day, and ultimately.
- Changing their adverse mind-sets and even destructive behaviour by providing genuine outlets where they can immediately see and embrace the long term benefits.
C.O.D.E stands for Community Organisation Development and Enterprise, while the 7 signifies their purpose which is:
- Crime diversion
- Youth inclusion
- Anti guns/drugs
- Gang mediation
- Community re-unification
Below is a summary of their achievements;
- Helped develop and structure the Lambeth Gun Crime Consortium called ‘Phoenix’, which was supported by the Lambeth Borough Commander.
- Gained recognition from local authorities as they established a mediation and intervention process which went on to gain a memorable cease fire in youth on youth violence between youths from Tulse Hill and Myattsfield Estate.
- Received 2 awards from Lambeth Safety for orchestrating, organising and managing the successful recording and releasing of a peace music track/video called ‘The Meaning of Life’, at the time uniting 16 key gang members from different areas of Lambeth who never joined together in peace before.
- For the last 10 years, Code 7 has delivered a yearly service for Lambeth Summer Projects Trust which is a police/community led summer programme where they deliver in-demand multimedia activities for young people in music/video/film/dance/drama/rap/singing.
Their aim is to deliver a youth training and enterprise project called Youth Tunes that will give young people the opportunity to learn key elements of the marketing industry while designing, creating, producing and managing their audio and visual productions themselves.
The young people will learn the key factors within product marketing with the intention being for them to be able to market and promote their products and message to a wider audience, which in turn will give them the capacity to generate interest and business.
The project will provide:
- Training or further development in IT
- Training in the fundamentals of product marketing
- Access to a quality music recording studio
- Usage of top of the range cameras and filming equipment
- Access to MAC computers for video editing
- Use of Internet for networking purposes
- Opportunity for market testing
- Quality time for young people to spend developing a professional network
End of Year 1 Summary Report – February 2015
Who Are They?
Code 7 deliver a youth training and enterprise project called Youth Tunes that gives young people the opportunity to learn key elements of the marketing industry while designing, creating, producing and managing their audio and visual productions themselves.
The young people learn the key factors within product marketing and are able to market and promote their products and message to a wider audience.
What We Did
WWMT made an award of £24,000 over 3 years (£10,000 in year 1, £8,000 in year 2 and £6,000 in year 3) to support the Youth Tunes programme. Brian Wheelwright has provided comprehensive 1:1 support to help them prioritise.
What They Did With The Money
Code 7 engaged 70 young people aged 14 to 25 from various cultures, ie black British, mixed race, African and Asian. The young people were from a range of backgrounds such as NEET, at risk of gang participation or attack, a risk to others and youth offenders.
What They Delivered
- Out of the 70 young people that were engaged, 62 were new registrations, 62 males and 8 females.
- The training suite was used 441 times.
- Completed 19 written references to help gain employment and further education for 16 young people and 2 senior community people.
- Guided 10 young people into part time or full time employment through the P.U.R.P.O.S.E and CIN projects, 1 volunteered to assist in the studio, 1 worked in admin assisting in funding applications and outreach.
- Employed 2 young people in admin as Youth Trainees.
- User Personal Development Plans (PDPs): Young people completed an induction process which included learning and risk assessments and a 3-session PDP that they supplemented throughout their engagement. Individual progress was monitored against PDPs and change or improvement implemented when identified.
- PDPs were also used as information tools to monitor the young people’s accredited training records and evaluate the project’s impact overall.
- User Sessional Self-Assessment Forms: Young people completed this form on conclusion of every session. Key information was uploaded to a database, transferred to report format and presented at planning, monitoring and evaluation meetings with the project team.
- Facilitator Sessional Assessment Forms: Activity facilitators kept a log of the sessional work and training done with the young people. This form helped facilitators to document before and after each session, measuring whether the session met their initial plans. Information was also used by the project team in evaluation meetings.
- Productions: Portfolio work and hard production outputs were monitored for quality, relevance and purpose via their original recordings on computer.
Working with dedicated people who they could relate to helped develop the youngsters and enable them to express their feelings. As the skills of the young people developed so did their attitudes and behaviour. The project engages young people at a time when they would be vulnerable out on the streets and the estates therefore minimising the risks they face. Through working with others from a different postcode 5 of the 15 extremely hard to engage young people now oppose youth on youth postcode conflict. Their lyrics, for some, have moved away from violence and warfare to being about relationships, economics and safety, which in turn has inspired their peers to do the same.