Battersea Youth Voice
The Alliance aim to work with all young people regardless of their background or circumstances. Battersea Youth Voice has been created so that we can identify ways to actively engaged the youth population in Battersea, and overcome any barriers that they may have.
Battersea Youth Voice exist to ensure that young people are not only heard, but are at the forefront of decisions made on their future. Wherever possible we aim to operate using a 'grass roots' approach to our work, as opposed to a top down approach.
Battersea Youth Voice work with predominantly 12-26 year olds in and around the Battersea area to capture the voice, opinions, desires of all groups, but primarily those groups and individuals who are marginalised. Naturally our work extends to the borough of Wandsworth but our primary remit is Battersea.
Battersea Youth Voice is a new project of The Alliance (supported by Big Local SW11 and Winstanley & York Gardens Joint Venture), which aims to:
Work with young people from marginalised groups to identify and begin to address their challenges.
Form youth-led teams to represent the voice and needs of their respective groups.
Work with youth organisations to develop programs to address needs in collaboration with young people.
Support youth empowerment community initatives in and around Battersea
Battersea Youth Voice is a key component of The Alliance and Big Local SW11’s three-year strategy, which aims to tackle Isolation, Loneliness and Mental Health (Depression and Anxiety) in SW11.
PAAYP - Police Accountability and Advocacy for Young People
There has been a longstanding issue of distrust in Battersea between the Police and specific groups of the community, in particular the black residents. There is statistical evidence that suggests there is disproportionate stop and search of black males, which has been exasperated by the special unit of Police known as the TSG (Territorial Support Group).
Question. Who does a young person go to when they feel that they have been mis-treated by the Police? Do they feel comfortable going to the Police or even believe that the complaint will be taken seriously?
A vast majority of young people would not make a formal complaint about the Police to the Police. This project aims to;
Address the disproportionate stop, search and arrest of young black males, specifically in the Battersea area.
Capture the experiences of the young people and educate them with proper procedure and advice for if they are stopped again.
Make an alliance with the Police to assist them in training and understanding the world of adolescence,
Escalate serious complaints to the right department in the Police force and if necessary, further escalation to their superiors.
Change the multi-generational attitude of 'them against us' and help to bridge the gap between Police and the community they serve.
Initiate an honest discussion and action points about racism in the Police force.
Present an opportunity for young people to consider pursuing law enforcement as a career path.
This project is currently headed up by a young man (20) who has had a variety of experiences with the Police and is passionate about representing the voice of his generation and affecting positive change. This young man has also developed an educational board game called 'Life is what you make it' which utilises real life experiences and current slang to examine the choices that young people are faced with growing up in socially deprived estates. This game is a conduit to a 'teachers pack' of resources to open up an honest discussion about young peoples environments and consequences of actions. This game ties in with this project as it can be used as a preventative measure to discourage engagement in illegal activities that a lot of young people in Battersea are exposed to.
Mental Health First Aid for Young People
The main mental heath service provider in Wandsworth (CAMHS) has a an approximate 12-week waiting list for the 20% that can access the service. This is due to no fault of their own, but their is clearly a unmanageable need for these services in the borough and this inevitably means that a high percentage of young people that require help in this area will not be fortunate enough to receive it.
Mental Health First Aid for Young People aim to provide a service where 18-24 year olds who are training in the discipline of mental health can provide first aid mental health intervention, that can concentrate on being preventative. The premise is that the younger the practitioner, the closer in lived experience they will be to the client and therefor more relatable.
Battersea Youth Voice hope to team up with WCEN and Caius House to make this a reality in the not so distant future.
If you are aged 18-24 and have an interest in becoming a qualified practitioner to be able provide this service, please contact Kebbah@caiushouse.org/07723 115 127.
Kebbah Jalloh (Youth Voice Coordinator for Battersea)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/Phone: 07723 115 127