Rethink – Mentoring Program Report
Report 2018 -2019
Through the help of The National Lottery Community Fund, the Nicholas Stewart
Project was able to work in our local community, helping to make positive change
among young people.
Community Fun Day
Leading up to the Community Fun Day a group of young people were given the
challenge to do a presentation in a video clip...
We partnered with the National Citizen Service where their young people working
together to support us with putting activities in place for the event. For example, the
group of thirty young people were divided into four groups, one group was given the
task to do a video clip to raise awareness of knife Crime and what alternative
measures can be added in terms of solutions.
Presentation/Christmas Stall and Rethink Mentoring at Swaffield
PowerPoint was used to tell of experience as mother and the effects the loss of a
loved one because of Knife Crime or any other violent crime committed how it
affects the mother, siblings and community in general.
Steps and suggestions were presented to pupils and teacher that were present. The
Presenter and students were interactive through questions and we also worked
alongside teachers to promote their Anti-Bullying week. Pupils were given scenarios
on how to avoid confrontation and to do the right thing.
There was a total of over sixty students present. After the presentation the NSP
gave out inspirational cards.
Here are some of feedbacks from the
• It was excellent, tailored to be appropriate for the ages of the children and with
clearly understandable suggestions for them to take on board.
• The presentation was really powerful to the point without over doing it and
frightening the children. (Good Balance)
• It was heart felt, clearly understandable and Jennifer was amazing. She is a
tremendous lady whose strength and passion is admirable.
• Clear and precise Nice Easy steps for the pupils to
• The power points were excellent and gathered everyone’s
1. Two weeks after the presentation we had the opportunity to have a stall at the
Christmas Fair. At the stall we were able to talk to the parents, cares, teachers and
children, share our healthy juices we made at the stall and give out inspirational cards.
We started the Rethink Mentoring Program on 15th January 2019 for a duration of 5
weeks with four pupils and 3 mentors. The recipients of the Rethink workshops were
year 5 and 6, ages nine and ten years old in Swaffield School. We had weekly one half
an hour session in the morning.
During the sessions the Pupils spoke and wrote down what they are good at and attach
then they attached this to a chain. We also discussed what actions we can take when
we are experiencing bullying. Conflict resolutions and problem solving. Pupils wrote on
a post-it what they could do – if they had a situation and some answers were telling their
mum, a teacher, moving away and/or talking to the peer support group.
There was some discussion that the bully may lie. The group also felt that sometimes
the peer supporters aren’t that effective in that they try to get both parties to play
together again. be removed from the bullying situation.
ways of dealing with the situation such as sitting closer to the teacher or lunch monitor.
At the end of program children were able to speak more freely they were friends. Pupils
wanted continuation of program Children received certificates on 15 February 2019 with
gift and book they worked in for participation in front of the whole school in the sing
along session The girls were very happy so were the teachers
Here are some things the pupils said they were good at:
• I like doing crafts
• I help cooking
• I am good at reading
• I am good at planning
• I am good at writing
• I am good at gymnastics
2. • I am good at spelling and
• I am good at drawing
• I am good at recorder
• I am good at dancing
Over the duration of the programme we were able to gather information about the
students and present this to the school at the end of the programme.
Presentation at Riversdale Primary School
We had another presentation at Riversdale School. It was the same presentation we
done at Swaffield School.
Here is some feedback from the
• Interesting because it was based on real life and the project was
• Good not bad. It was good because it had parts where it was
• It was good as it made me feel more safe and
• Useful for my future
• The information was helpful
• The presentation was good. It was very informative and really made me
• Clear and easy to
• Absolutely amazing
• Moving and sad
• Interesting. There were lots to get me
• It was good and very well
3. • I think it is good that you are raising
• Presentation was
• I really thank Jennifer for coming over to talk about
Special thanks to Wandsworth Council, who answered to our request - partnering with MindWorks UK for an Emergency Grant Fund of £1000, to assist with our Community Fun Day. We appreciate them giving us space on the Estate over the years, to host this event.
The NSP is indeed grateful to Wandsworth Council for their generosity.
The NSP Community Fun Day 27 August 2019
The Nicholas Stewart Project is grateful to the people who supported us, to make this Community Fun Day true success.
After a weekend Carnival into Bank Holiday, when most people would be tired or gone back to work etc.
It was an awesome day, the sunshine was great and so was the atmosphere.
We cannot say thanks enough all those who attended, supported upfront, behind the scenes before the event and on the day.
We had volunteers (young people) from the National Citizen Service; the Wandsworth Royal Marines; Diabetes Champions; MindWorks UK; Jimmy Asher Foundation; Actors Jam; our Community Police; St. John the Divine, our local churches and local community of Henry Prince Estate and neighbours.
epidemic effects all
The NSP joined Noel McClean of Yahweh Christian Fellowship, representatives from the Muslim Community and other Community Leaders at the Tooting Knife Crime Conference for Parents and Carers on 6 July 2019, at Tooting Islamic Centre, 145 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TJ.
I was privileged to be part of the Panel to share my story and the interaction with the audience.
One common understanding for me is that this. epidemic does not affect one class of people. It affects all of us one way or the other.
This is why people need to come together irrespective of class colour or status to help to bring a change in the lives of young people and communities.
Again I say- no mother should bury their child.
It was indeed a moving occasion last Saturday, 22 June, at the vigil on the Aboyne Estate,Tooting; for the murdered youth Cheyon Evans. l thank God for the Councillors, the MP and other well wishers who came by on Saturday to support the family.
Speaking to the family after being introduced; it is another reminder how these tragedies affects the families and Community.
The families don’t need unwarranted questions and attitudes being hurled at them, they need genuine sympathies.
It is during this time of bereavement; among other common good - love, patience, understanding and compassion should be given.
The NSP shared Arts Week at Swaffield School last week 18th and 21st June
Our professional in vocal training gave her contribution by sharing first hand information about her dad’s historic record from the Windrush era, which I believe the children will hold onto. The children participated in very exciting way. The dance instructor did a fantastic job as well.
Teachers were very impressed that the children could learn the moves so quick in such a short time.
...Carole (Vocal Trainer’s) how beautiful your voice was during assembly
Thank you also for taking time out to listen to C (pupil) who was inspired to write her song after seeing you in Assembly
.....glad Randolph (dance instructor) session went well
.....well done both, it will be a blessing to many lives
I have also been blessed and inspired by the work the NSP are doing and what Swaffield School are doing to raise awareness ; and make a difference to so many people; you make a great team!
Some key points from, ‘Lest we forget Event 2019’, held 27th April 2019 at Croydon Town Hall.
The voice of the young people stated some of the following
- Young children are very easily influenced. For example, older youth will tell them to go somewhere or do something and they will do it without questioning. This is also the case if they are offered money or they think they will have financial gain.
- Young people need a safe space to interact together. It doesn’t have to have a lot just space for them to be themselves.
- Young people should not be stereotyped as anyone could be caught up in knife crime.
One of the Outcomes from the Event
- It was recognized and agreed that there needs to be more collaborative in working with organizations.
I was honoured to be at International Women's Day event, Friday 1st March, hosted by
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP
MP for Tooting, At the Dynamo Balham, London.
It was a privilege to be one of the Speakers and to be among so many talented women, trying to make a difference in our Community.
Bringing Organisations Together
The morning of 15 February 2019 was quite interesting and very exciting. The NSP gave certificates to the children who participated in the Mentoring Program, they were all smiles. I was asked to address the pupils, to encourage them.
It was just a lovely and humbling experience for me.
Seeing the smiling faces of children and their warmth shown and the gratitude of the teachers, I cannot but say how great is our God.
The NSP Continues our talks in schools. On the 31st January 2019, the NSP visited the Riversdale Primary School.
Some of the different issues young people face especially young people were highlighted. The best part for me was the questions and answers session.
Pupils were encouraged during the presentation on how to deal with some challenging situations with their peers.
Thanks to the teachers and the amazing pupils who made it a wonderful morning.
Feedback from teachers
“I have to add the feedback from teachers about your closing words were very positive. This time in the school term is very tiring & many were reminded by your words that although the children can at times drain their energy, their job is to tell the pupils that they can be & do anything they want! You did that today beautifully & some of the teachers were moved to tears by it.”
As the song says “The Rhythm if Life is a Powerful Beat”
....” thank you for starting the Rethink Mentor program with the girls. 2 teachers text me since weekend saying how much you helped lift them. They could see how proud they all felt when you gave them their certificates & wallets in assembly on Friday”.
Highlighting the negatives of society choose to stay positive
On Monday 11 February, I represented the NSP, on the invitation of Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan, Labour MP for Tooting.
The event was held at South Thames College, Tooting.
The aim - ‘Bringing together organizations from across Tooting to discuss opportunities for our most vulnerable young people’.
The Event was very informative and helpful. Individuals from different organizations, including education institutions, like South Thames College, Jimmy Asher Foundation and youth workers were among attendee.
People shared most of the same concerns and solutions, that is, ‘how can we partner together to help our young people be successful individuals in whatever they choose to do.
Some of the examples were
Engaging with young people through sports, Mentoring Program and supporting young people who have a particular focus on ‘vocational and non-academic careers’.
Education plays a very important role in young people lives. Organizations, charities, and govt. bodies aim to deliver workshops, for example, around education, however, this can be complex in terms of what is delivered and by whom, how this is coordinated and interfaces with other work streams and whether this actually meets the needs of young people.
Some young people are more inclined to pursue more practical ‘hands-on’ careers, rather than leaning towards the academic route. Students who enjoy practical/technical subjects rather than academic, often excel in whatever they choose to do without feeling compelled to take the University route.
Young people’s needs should be respected, and support given in the choices that they make. If a young person is passionate about what they are good at then they should be encouraged to do the best they can.
Brunch for Earlsfield Foodbank Clients
On Thursday 20 December 2018, the NSP treated the Earlsfield Foodbank clients with a Brunch - Promoting ‘Healthy Eating.’
It was such a nice atmosphere.
People choosing from different dishes they were unfamiliar with was quite interesting but good.
On the menu was, salmon vegetable salad, vegetable spring roll, Caribbean ackee and salt fish, fried dumplings, fresh fruits and fruit drink etc..
It was a lovely feeling of satisfaction to see the clients enjoying their meal, interacting, smiling, just looking really happy.
Some feedback from the Brunch:
T- It very nice that’s the best breakfast I had in a while
D- Very nice
P- The food is 10 out of 10
E- Lovely food
S-The sorrel drink is lovely
A-Drink: wow good
Food Bank Volunteers comments:
0. They really enjoyed it, all were smiling, they’re happy
0. Tremendous exciting, so lovely, it is good
The recipients enthusiasm and gratefulness for what they had received.
At Josh Henson Charity Art Workshop Therapy - 16 December 2018
It was interactive, emotional and eye opener for me.
I have heard and listened to other people who have gone through similar experiences as myself- it was reassuring that I was not alone as I thought.
“Forget the negatives around you, put your energy where you can use it benefit you and help others. Try something challenging like I did; I never tried to attempt to do any art work since childhood.
It was nerve wracking that evening for me, as I didn’t know anyone at workshop and so far away from home. I only knew Tracey, in the end I overcame my fears and everyone loved my art work.
Jennifer's (NSP) Visit to swaffield School
My visit to Swaffield School 21st November 2018, left an indelible impression on pupils and teachers in so many ways.
I am truly honoured and privileged to have been given the opportunity to bring awareness of the effects of Knife Crime and Prevention in conjunction with their Anti- Bullying Week.
Here is teacher summary account from the presentation:
“One of the things you said that stuck was:
Teachers need to listen to the children.
You said that they sometimes struggle to communicate and pupils can do it through body language.
You encouraged teachers to listen to the children problems or issues to take them seriously.
Listening to pupils were encouraged - so we must give them a voice.
Because of your talk the Headteacher has put a Talk Box in place, outside the school office with paper and a pencils. Any child who has any issues or problems can write it on the paper with their name, class and post it in the Talk Box. No matter how big or small the issue is the child will have the opportunity between 9:00 - 9.30 am Monday to Friday to meet and speak to a Learning Mentor. This was inspired because of your talk. The teachers agreed that something good and positive must come from Nicholas Stewart Project..... The Learning Mentor is also going to promote forgiveness with the children. They are going to use you as an example after reading the headline ‘Mother forgives...’ The Headteacher is going to explain to the children about The Voice Box in assembly...."
Since then we have been engaging with the school.
The NSP revisited the School again on Friday 7 December 2018, the teachers I met previously were very excited to see me....
The NSP participated in their Christmas Fair, we struggled through the harsh cold winter weather and those that attended were having fun.
We done smoothies and gave out some of our inspirational cards to children and adults.
It was truly a wonderful evening despite the weather ... overcoming weather challenges I say!
The NSP 4th Community Fun Day
Moving Forward In Hope
I attended the Nicholas Stewart Project Community Fun Day Event on the Henry Prince estate on 16 August.
When I was leaving my home I was intrigued wondering what to expect because it was raining heavily.
As I was driving through the streets I could see people running for cover trying to get out of this heavy rainfall.
When I arrived on the estate the first thing I noticed were posters of Nicholas that were put up around the estate. I thought this was good because it let you know what this day was about. Nicholas tragically lost his life on this estate and since then his mother Jennifer Beckford has vowed to make sure that he didn’t die in vain.
Her goal is to bring peace, unity and community building back to the area and this is what the funday is all about.
When I walked into the community hall I was happy to see the hall thriving with young people walking around, some doing face painting, some dancing to the smooth Gospel music playing in the background and some creating healthy juices.
There were other stalls which had healthy drinks like sorrel which is a famous drink in Jamaica but also in West Africa.
There was also face painting going on with a difference. The face painting was of fruits this was great as it was staying with the theme of healthy eating.
As I was in the hall I could smell the lovely smell of grilled chicken. As I looked around the room I couldn’t see anyone grilling chicken so I followed my nose outside and under the bike shed I could see some chicken being grilled.
This was great as I was feeling a little hungry so I was looking forward to tasting some of that.
I was amazed that all of these people had braved the rain to attend the community Fun day. What I understood from this is that all of these people had come because they understood that this day was their day, it was a day for the community, it was a day for friendship and support. It was also a day of peace especially when there is so much violence on our streets nowadays. In attendance were some of our local councillors and local vicars this was also a good sign as they also knew this was an important event which they must support.
I also had a brief chat with the local police officer I was glad to see him because these days you don’t really see police walking around in the local area. I asked him about the event and he had nothing but praise for Jenifer and her team for putting on such a important event.
On the walls were photos of past events and also posters about the importance of looking after your body and mind. It also showed clearly the great work the Nicholas Project is doing and also the many partners they work alongside.
We need more of these events in every community making more occasions for young people to attend and take part it. Well done Jennifer and the Nicholas Stewart Project.
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The Community Family Fun Day held on Thursday 16th August was in God's plan, He controls the weather and our destiny.
Despite the heavy rains, that did not deter people from all ages and communities to attend the NSP Annual Fun Day on The Henry Prince Estate, Earlsfield, Wandsworth.
it was raining heavily but the adults, young people were not put off from having fun.
The Community Family Fun Day has been an annual event after the tragic passing of Nicholas, who lost his life on this estate. Since then, his mother Jennifer Beckford has vowed to make sure that he didn’t die in vain.
Her goal is to bring peace, unity and community building back to the area and this is what the Fun day is all about.
In the community hall was filled with happy faces. You could see the hall thriving with young people walking around, some doing face painting, some dancing to the smooth Gospel music playing in the background and some creating healthy juices.
There were other stalls which had healthy drinks like sorrel, which is a famous drink in Jamaica but also in West Africa.
There was also face painting going on with a difference. The face painting was done with fruits this was great as it was in line with the healthy eating theme.
The lovely smell of grilled / jerk chicken coming from outside and under the bike shed all could see some chicken being grilled.
It was so amazing that all of these people had braved the rain to attend the Community Fun Day.
This day was their day, it was a day for the community, it was a day for friendship and support. It was also a day of peace especially when there is so much violence on our streets nowadays.
In attendance were some of our local councillors and local vicars. This was also a good sign, as they also knew this was an important event which they must support.
We were privileged to have the local police officer, because these days you don’t really see police walking around in the local area. When asked about the event, he had nothing but praise for Jennifer and her team for putting on such an important event.
On the walls were posters about the importance of looking after your body and mind. It also showed clearly the great work the Nicholas Project are doing and also the many partners they work alongside.
Feedback from the Event:
What I understood from this is that all of these people had come because they understood that we need more of these events in every community making more occasions for young people to attend and take part. Well done
Feedback From Riversdale Students
A -Interesting because it was based on real life …. was engaging
B- It was good as it made me feel more safe and aware
C - Useful for my future
D-The information was helpful
E-The presentation was good. It was very informative and really made me think
F-Interesting. There were lots to get me thinking
G-I think it is good that you are raising awareness