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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
nsp cOMMUNITY FUN daY
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
Jennifer Beckford on the Starr Morning Show
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!
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.