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Options 4 Change was established in June 2005. Celebrating our successes and outcomes for services users and their communities will be in the spirit of everything we do in 2015. 
 
Since 2005, we have grown from a single desk in a shared office in Peckham, Southwark to having our own suite of offices in Streatham Lambeth. We operate from a number of community hubs as well as provide home contact and outreach services.  We have provided services to and engaged over 2000 service users in individual and group work.  Our staff, commissioned workers and volunteers delivers critical support for our service users of children and young people, their families independently and in partnerships to achieve our principal aim to “Change minds and lives for better”.
 
Our service users have supported our work through their inclusion in various aspects. We have evidence their preferences; empower them to contribute to our service modelling, delivery and evaluations. We currently have two ex-service users on our management board and community reps that we nature to deliver funded personal and community development projects.
 
Our special thanks to the London Community Foundation, The London Community Development Foundation, Lambeth Police, Southwark Police, The William Wates Memorial Foundation, Big Lottery Fund, Vodafone, Home Office Communities against Crime Innovative Fund Lambeth Youth Mayor Fund, Lambeth Community Fund, Prudential, The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, Universities of Kent Medway, Middlesex, Greenwich, London South Bank our commissioners, other funders and donors. Their commissioning, funding, donations and support for our projects have gone a long way to change many lives and minds for better.
 
We have planned a number of celebration events which will raise awareness of our work to tackle disadvantage and successful outcomes for our service users. Activities will also include funding and donations appeals to further our work and a main celebration event which will be advertised in due course.

 

 

 

Welcome to Options4Change.org.uk. Options 4 Change is a Lambeth-based charitable organisation working with children and young people up to age 25.

Changing minds and lives for better.

Lambeth one of the 20 most deprived boroughs in England, and contains some of the most deprived wards. Over a third of children in the borough are growing up in poverty.

Options 4 Change works with young people and families who are often deprived, disempowered and disengaged. We help them work with a system of statutary organisations that is often complex and intimidating to get the best results for their family: to secure the home they need, or to get their child back into education. We work with young people to encourage aspirations and long-lasting, positive change.

Our work is facilitated by close co-operation with local bodies, including the Metropolitan Police Service.

 


Options 4 Change in 2014

The very best of 2014 to our service users, staff, volunteers, partners, funders, donors, friends and community reps.

2014 is another year for us to propel to higher highs for service user involvement, young people and parent empowerment to make change work for them. We remain passionate about excellence in academic achievements, influencing positive social aspirations and the general wellbeing of young people and their families. 

2013, was a year of remarkable achievements for Options 4 Change. Within complex resource restraints we developed and delivered some very challenging community and people engaging projects with the support of our funders, volunteers and donors.  We are mostly managed and serviced by volunteers who ring-fence a range of specialist skills that are usually out of our financial reach.  Alongside each other our volunteers and corporate mentors contribute their skills and expertise in various roles to tackle poverty, disadvantage and shortfalls in statutory provisions for children and young people services for communities across Lambeth and beyond.

Our work was recognised with a Lambeth Civic Award in February 2013.  The award was presented to our CEO Donna Sinclair. The award recognised her dedication and commitment in her work with young people and their families by working tirelessly to encourage them to think positively through study and training. This is a remarkable recognition which we are very proud of. We are thankful to Lambert’s leaders for this acknowledgement.

Our service growth in 2013 included the employment of a range of seasonal and part-time staff.  They delivered in house and community based projects such as;

Warm and Well in Winter - An Age UK and NHS Lambeth funded workshop led by us in partnership with the Karibu Education Centre. The workshops promoted keeping warm the health and well-being of the elderly and vulnerable persons during the winter months.

Path Project - The London Community Foundation funded is a project focused on intensive one to one support for young people who are seeking personal development. The interventions enables alternatives to dysfunctional lifestyles and pathways into education, and employment

The Parenting Skills Development Workshops - funded by The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Communities (MOPAC) engaged a diverse group of parents from across Lambeth to further their parenting skills. The key features included inspiring academic excellence, dealing with schools exclusions gangs and safer neighbourhoods.

Generations Together Coldharbour - funded by Building Communities Coldharbour via The London Community Foundation was intergenerational. The programme of 10 weeks of residents led workshops which were natured by our organisation inspired residents of all ages living in Coldharbour Lambeth to make effective contributions to matters affecting their communities. The workshop focused on parenting, safer neighbourhoods, health and well being, reducing the risk of schools exclusions, volunteering, raising awareness of gangs, black history in Britain were amongst the topics that brought residents together to have their voices heard and input into the way forward.

We are a commissioned professional practice placement site for Kent Medway, Middlesex, Greenwich, and Southbank Universities. Our expertise and links with many relevant diverse communities offers quality standards practice in education opportunities for B.A. (Hons) Social Work Students.

Casework, key working, advocacy, outreach contact, home and school support forms our day to day operations. We are bold in our thinking and efforts to influence professional practice that responds to responsibility, fairness, and diversity in practice to meet the needs of children and young people accessing our services.

Our service users feel that the casework, advocacy and personal development that we offer is difficult to access elsewhere. They have evaluated the level of interventions and support that we provide them with as effective and meeting their needs.

Our current memberships include;

National Black Boys Can Association
Excell 3 Education Projects
London Probation Serious Group Offending Forum
Lambeth Police Independent Advisory Panel
Lambeth Police Gold Meetings Member
British Association of African and African Caribbean People
Lambeth Health and Wellbeing Forum
Lambeth Community Consultative  Police Group

Special acknowledgements to;

Cathy Toger
Cynthia Roomes
Jonathan Wates
Delphine Duff
Dr Nehusi Kimani
Dr Anna Carlile
Dr Ann Kelly
Dr Jo Warner
Dr Cheryl Byfield
Michael Camp
Andrew Muhammad AKA The Investigator
Errol Patterson
Zenobia Cowan- Davis
Robyn Williams
Professor. Gus John
Professor Tony Martin
Rahman Mustapha
Theodore Ilori
Beverley Baxter
Aida Hubullah 
Stephen Brooks
Stella Muma
Cllr Rachel Heywood
Cllr Jeremy Clyne
Cllr Judy Best
Phillip Saville
Ira Campbell
Elaine Hollingsworth
Our volunteers past and present

2014 presents new and exciting opportunities for us to " Change minds and lives for Better'.

Team Options 4 Change.

Options 4 Change news

Bournemouth Day Trip 29th August 2014

Do you live in the North Brixton or Stockwell area? If that’s a yes, Options 4 Change is going to Bournemouth Air Festival on 29th August 2014 for a day packed with fun activities on the beach in the sun.

More information can be found on our projects page, here. We look forward to seeing you there!


Generations Together workshop 09/10/2013

O4C is proud to announce the next of its Generations Together Coldharbour workshop, to be held on the 9th October. The workshop will focus on ways of bringing the community together through volunteering and other local support. The event is led by local citizen Beverly Baxter and features a presentation on Black History in the UK.

More information can be found on our projects page, here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming AGM

Options 4 Change's annual general meeting will be held on the 20th August. For further information please contact Andria Georgiou on 0208 696 0900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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