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  Options 4 Change

Education Sustainment to Academic Attainment

Conference in Brixton: Friday 26 November 2021, 1:00pm to 5.00pm


Options 4 Change is a Lambeth-based children and young people charity which is being funded by Reaching Communities and The Walcot Foundation to deliver the Education Sustainment Project. Options 4 Change are hosting an urgent conference that is aiming to raise awareness amongst pupils, parents, communities and education professionals of the detrimental impact permanent school exclusions has on excluded pupils; with particular reference to children of African Caribbean heritage.


Having worked as caseworkers and advocates on school exclusions for a number of years, Options 4 Change has formed partnerships with several local and national charities and highly influential professionals. Options 4 Change & their partners together will call upon the Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi to legislate the safeguarding of the education of excluded pupils, to plug pathways to broken and dysfunctional lives into adulthood.


The charities involved in the conference are equally and urgently concerned about the drift of excluded pupils into:

  • Gangs
  • County lines
  • Youth justice systems
  • Mental disorders
  • Society displacement


Donna Sinclair, CEO of Options 4 Change, feels that there are four critical subjects that will bring about safeguards for excluded pupils:

  • Inclusion – to ensure that all pupils and students have a clear pathway to academic success.
  • Community – joint working and partnerships across communities to secure positive education outcomes.
  • Education Systems – urgent assessments to see if they work for African Caribbean pupils. If not, what needs to be done for them to work.
  • Sustainment – ending permanent exclusions and recognising the challenges and lifelong impact.


The charities involved intend to engage the Education Minister to seek his support to influence legislative change.




For more information, please contact:

Rachel or Donna 

info@options4change.org.uk


SAVE THE DATE....


Annual Mango Tree Summer Project


Summer 2019 details coming soon........


The aim of our holiday programme is to engage children and young people in self-development activities to reduce the risk of gang affiliation and holiday hunger. We host up to 25 children aged 5 and over.

Some will be referred to us from local schools that we are affiliated with.

Past trips have included, visits to Brockwell Park, The Cinema, Dessert Parlour, Bowling Alleys, Petting Zoo, The British Museum




Residential Trips


Our annual residential trips are part of our Education Sustainment Project delivery .


Past residential trips have included trips to Cardiff and Wales






Work for us


If you are interested in Volunteering with Options4Change please contact, Abi George for information on any current Volunteering opportunities:


Email a.george@options4change.org.uk






Mango Tree Parents Lunch Reunion


Wednesday 5th June 2019

11am – 2pm


A reunification lunch for Mango Tree parents past and present. Come and hear about what is happening in our community.


Topics include children transferring from primary to secondary years, keeping your children safe during summer holidays and preparing for the 2019/20 academic year. Lunch will be served.



Annual General Meeting 2019

(AGM)


Options 4 Change's Annual meeting was held on:

Thursday 9th May 2019.


For information or updates please contact: Abi George.

Email a.george@options4change.org.uk



 


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Options 4 change. 55 Leigham Court Road, London, SW16 2NJ. Tel: 0208 696 0900

www.options4change.org.uk. info@options4change.org.

Company registration No. 0549225, Registered Charity No. 1162000