Positive Youth Foundation worked with partners across the city to offer a whole weeks’ worth of celebration events open for all of Coventry’s residents.
At just one of the venues in the week we saw over 600 attendances at Fargo Village at special Refugee Week events, with over 50 volunteers supporting and over 30 hours of provision. We also played a part in the wider Refugee Week celebrations at Fulham FC at the National Refugee Tournament with both of our Under 16 and Under 19 teams leaving on a high!
The hope is that through the success of partnership working and the sheer enjoyment of communities throughout, Coventry Refugee Week can be cemented into the future of the city, building year on year. The whole event was used as a pilot for the city and a researcher from Coventry University will support us in evaluating the week. Keep close to our updates and full case study of Coventry Refugee Week!
Positive Youth Foundation were invited to attend Coventry University’s Excellence Awards after being part of a nomination for the award Creating Better Futures.
PYF worked with Danai Mikelli of Coventry University to complete a VR (Virtual Reality) Project called VR Kaleidoscope, which engaged young people in creating individual VR films with 360 cameras.
The young people were mentored throughout by university students who shared their skills to create films illustrating their “sense of place”.
Tanzila, one of the young people on the programme has expressed an interest in continuing on making 360 films and said “It was a once in a life time opportunity and all about expressing who you are as an individual”.
Although we didn’t win, being a part of the memorable project and evening really highlighted the exciting ways in which technology will continue to develop and impact on our lives.
Positive Youth Foundation celebrated many of its young people over the past month with two Award ceremonies!
First up it was the turn of our Raising Aspirations Programme, for young people who have attended our alternative education provision and achieved great attendance and qualifications around developing personal skills and employability. With a few funny personal awards for individuals including; Best Double Act and Biggest Daydreamer!
It was fantastic to see young people and their families take a break to celebrate their achievements, all PYF staff are very proud of each learner and their progress!
Secondly we held the Positive Youth Foundation Youth Achievement Awards to celebrate our wonderful volunteers and issue them their certificates for accreditations achieved through their commitment to Leadership Academies.
Our volunteers give their time to support events and community sessions whilst working through qualifications to evidence their time and understand the skills they have gained.
We can’t thank them enough for being so committed and bringing the energy! PYF also used the award ceremony to introduce new young people into the world of volunteering at PYF with over 20 new sign ups to future events!
Original Article and Image Credit: Coventry City Council.
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Positive Youth Foundation are looking forwarding to a week of huge celebrations for the twentieth year of Refugee Week in 2018. Working alongside Coventry City Council’s MiFriendly Cities programme, Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre, the Positive Images Festival and Fargo Village, we have put together a programme of events and activities for all.
From Monday 18th all the way through to Sunday 24th June there will exciting events and activities happening every day, starting with an Eid Feast for 200 people and cumulating with a Changing Trax “World Music Edition” Open Mic, all hugely supported by the City of Culture.
Amongst those opening and closing events PYF have coordinated with partners to bring the city:
Fusion; A celebration of both Migrant and Coventry-born artists, Coventry Nations Football Tournament, which leads into the National Refugee Tournament at Fulham FC), a Health Fayre and an Open Mic with a ‘world edition’ twist, to name but a few!
Refugee Week is shaping up to be a highlight of Summer 2018, a celebration of integration and diversity. Everyone’s welcome, we hope to see you there!
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Join us from 18th-24th June for Refugee Week in Coventry.
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A Coventry charity has been awarded the most prestigious award for volunteer groups in the UK.
Positive Youth Foundation (PYF) has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) for 2018.
The award is the MBE for volunteer groups and was created by The Queen in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of her coronation. It is the highest award given to such groups and recognises the outstanding work carried out by organisations in their communities.
PYF is a non-profit organisation and has supported more than 3,000 young people across the city in the past year alone.
It works with more than 30 volunteers who carry out sport, education, music and training sessions as well as a range of other activities.
PYF works with a range of young people in their own communities, including those who find themselves in challenging circumstances.
It is the lead organisation in the Coventry Youth Partnership, which was formed over the past 12 months to carry out key youth work in the city.
The award was announced at an event at Buckingham Palace, with trustees Dean Kavanagh and Amy Foster representing the Foundation on the day.
Dean Kavanagh, chairman of the Positive Youth Foundation, said: “It was an incredible honour to represent PYF and accept the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of our team.
“The period during which I have worked with the organisation has been incredibly rewarding and this prestigious and national recognition is a true testament to the fantastic team at PYF.
“All of the team should be incredibly proud. Their commitment, dedication and resilience in the provision of services for our young people makes all of us as trustees incredibly proud and our own work all the more rewarding.
“This award reflects the outstanding commitment to our young people and youth services as a whole.”
An independent assessment committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, chose the group for the award.
Amy Foster, trustee at PYF, added: “I am thrilled and honoured for the Positive Youth Foundation to be receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
“The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to enable young people to lead healthier lives and to make better choices for their future.
“As a former youth work professional, I fully understand the need to support young people through challenges that society presents.
“I have witnessed first-hand some of the various activities the charity offers and have been very impressed with the outcomes achieved by the participants.”
Original article credit: Coventry Telegraph
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Here at PYF we are gearing up for a half-term full of activities for young people aged between 8-18.
From Tuesday 29th May – Friday 1st June we shall be running a whole host of activities in five city locations:
Sidney Stringer Sports Facility
Blue Coat CofE School
Primrose Hill Park
Eagle Street Park
Hillfields Young Peoples Centre
Great opportunities for young people to make new friends, stay active and engaged and have a lot of fun. A team of experienced youth workers will be facilitating all sessions.
Please share with your networks to encourage a healthy take up of these free activities.
If you have any questions, regarding any of the activities, please call the team on 02476 791190
Original article credit: Coventry Observer
YOUNG people across Coventry have spoken out about the consequences of carrying and using knives amid worrying knife crime increases.
A total of 300 young people have been involved in a series of sessions run by Positive Youth Foundation (PYF) to voice their opinions on knife crime.
The participants came from across the city, ranging from between age 11 to 19 – taking part in interactive workshops in schools, youth clubs and play areas across Coventry.
Last year, there was a 14 per cent rise in crime across the West Midlands of which offences committed using knives and firearms rose significantly.
West Midlands police recently announced a crackdown on gun and knife violence – which police say has strong connections to organised crime, gangs and drugs.
Sarah, 17, is one of the young people who has been involved in the sessions.
She said: “Too many young people are talking about knife crime, and that is why I am getting involved in this work as I feel I can help to support young people from my community to understand the issue better.
“There are so many different views that I hear. This programme helps me to share facts with people, which is really important right now as many young people are being misinformed by social media about what is and isn’t legal when it comes to weapons.
“I have learnt so much already, from first aid techniques if there is an incident to services that young people can access to stay away from crime.”
Plans are in place to continue delivering the session to more young people.
James, 17, added: We need to talk about knife crime and violence. It’s not straight forward, it’s not just about crime. If people don’t feel like they have a place to go and things to do, they can get dragged in to things.
“Coming to PYF is like another family. People from all over the city, different cultures, all together doing good things.
“We shared our feelings recently with adults from the council and the police. They listened to our views about crime. It’s a good thing that we get to talk.”
The PYF Leadership Academy prepared a group of young people to lead this work, giving their own views and sharing their own personal experiences of knife crime.
Rashid Bhayat, chief executive of the PYF, said: “Knife crime is a serious issue that we have been addressing for many years.
“Whilst Coventry does not have the same level of challenges as similar sized cities, even one incident is one too many.
“We are working very closely with young people, voluntary sector groups, the local authority and the police to ensure that young people in Coventry have a safe place to learn about the devastating consequences of carrying weapons, as well as the impact knife crime has on individuals and society at large.
“Coventry has a proud history of having very positive young people, evidenced again by the hundreds of young people who chose to join this programme to increase their understanding and make their communities a safer place.
“A critical part of this programme was to highlight the role of youth work in addressing some of society’s challenges.
“We must ensure that we seek to invest in services for young people. Over the past few years we have seen many cuts, we must now refocus and understand that without investment, young people will be left at risk.”
The programme was funded by The Home Office anti-knife crime Community Fund.
To find out more about this initiative, contact us today on 02476 791190.