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annual report 1st april 2007 to 31st march 2008

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Contents Chair‟s introduction ...........................................................................................................................3 Director‟s introduction ........................................................................................................................4 Mission and Aims ..............................................................................................................................5 Governance and Structure ..................................................................................................................5 Overview of the year to date ...............................................................................................................8 Summer Programme .......................................................................................................................12 Summer Arts Programme .............................................................................................................12 Summer Business Programme ......................................................................................................14 Summer Sports Programme .........................................................................................................18 Programmes throughout the year ......................................................................................................19 Eat London .................................................................................................................................19 Easter Courses ............................................................................................................................19 Journalism - NANG! .....................................................................................................................20 Music Space ...............................................................................................................................20 Create and Chill ..........................................................................................................................21 Job Ready ..................................................................................................................................21 Fashion 08 .................................................................................................................................22 Reel Change ...............................................................................................................................22 Involving Young People.....................................................................................................................23 Peer Motivators ...........................................................................................................................23 Young Ambassadors ....................................................................................................................23 Dare London ...............................................................................................................................23 Summer Uni London ........................................................................................................................24 Partners .........................................................................................................................................26 Funders of Tower Hamlets Summer University 2007-8 ........................................................................28 Financial Review..............................................................................................................................29 Future – the next 12 months ............................................................................................................31 Internal developments .................................................................................................................31 Core THSU programmes ...............................................................................................................31 Summer Uni London ....................................................................................................................31 Potential for Expansion ................................................................................................................32 Brand Development .....................................................................................................................32 Contact Details ...............................................................................................................................32

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Chair’s introduction On behalf of all the trustees of Tower Hamlets Summer University (THSU), I am delighted to present our annual report for 2007/08. As you will read, the 12 th year of our activity has seen the continued excellent delivery of innovative and exciting courses for young people in and around Tower Hamlets and the further expansion of the Summer Uni model across London. The report really demonstrates the staggering amount of work that THSU staff and volunteers undertake and shows that this quantity has in no way affected the quality of what they do. The numbers speak for themselves: 18 Summer Unis across London running a total of 1,200 courses for 20,000 young people; and in Tower Hamlets: 101 courses for 1,439 young people in summer alone, a significant rise on the previous year. This all shows that THSU continues to reach out to more young people, providing them with unique opportunities for informal learning, volunteering and engagement that are so essential to the positive development of their lives. As anyone who works with young people knows, numbers tell only a small part of the story. Reading through this report I continue to be impressed with the range of new activities and programmes, the amount of care and thought that have gone into their preparation and planning and the clear benefit that they will have for the young people involved. Job Ready, a new programme started this year, is one such project that identifies a real need and provides fun and accessible techniques for addressing that need. Working with young people who have been out of employment or training, Job Ready introduces and de-mystifies the subtle skills and attitudes required to successfully gain employment. From CV writing to dressing appropriately for interviews, Job Ready plays an essential role in “filling in the gaps� left by other employment training courses that will actually make a difference as to whether the young person can find employment. That the programme has been delivered in partnership with Lehman Brothers and that it offers placements at a range of different industries, adds real quality to its offer. I look forward to seeing Job Ready develop and expand over the years and its model and ethos for engaging those unable to find employment disseminate into the recruitment sector. Similarly, Reel Change is an exceptional project that works across London engaging young people to find out from other young people on how best to serve the youth of London. As this report is being written, Reel Change is coming to a highly successful end and has raised significant interest from press across London. I warmly encourage you to visit the Reel Change website www.reelchangefilm.org to see the products of their work. Another amazing achievement in the year was our young Nang! magazine journalists winning a BT Seen & Heard Award, a Talk Talk Innovation in the Community Award and the prestigious Guardian Student Magazine of the Year Award. After winning a Philip Lawrence Award in December 2006, they were commissioned to write the publicity for the Awards in 2007 and THSU is exploring the potential and the need for other successful innovative short projects to be rolled out year round to benefit many more young people and match the momentum and success of Nang! For twelve years we have served the community, making learning exciting, fun and important to the lives of young people, raising aspirations and playing our part in realising their ambitions. Through our project commissioned by London Challenge, Summer Uni London, and the additional support from the Jack Petchey Foundation, young people across London are able to benefit through our knowledge and experience in Tower Hamlets. They are able to influence the development of programmes in their borough based on our tried and tested THSU model. They are supported and encouraged to share their ideas and ideals with other young people through London-wide arts and sports activities and events, organised by our charity. Our model is statistically proven to reduce youth crime and is now contributing to crime reduction London wide. The partnership opportunities are being encouraged and developed between the voluntary sector, local authorities, business and industry and to think that this is being co-ordinated and delivered by our small east London charity is proof that we are leaders in the field and through twelve years of hard work and experience, we are now able to lead by example without losing our core focus on local young people. Summer Uni continues to expand, its success now beginning to gain a national interest. At the same time, the core summer courses simply get better and better in terms of their innovation, design and delivery as well as in the incredible range of partnerships, from across all sectors, that they attract. I salute the tireless staff team at THSU and together with the trustees we look forward to the ongoing success of this remarkable organisation.

Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali, Chair of Trustees 3


Director’s introduction Welcome to our 2007-8 Annual Report. This is our twelfth year of providing innovative and dynamic programmes for young people in this wonderfully diverse borough. Raising aspirations for our young residents within Tower Hamlets, and way beyond the borough boundaries, is our foremost concern and during the year we have had some great achievements, which I invite you to read about in this report. The importance of positive activities is well documented; among other things, the participation of young people in such activities is shown to reduce their involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour, increase their self confidence, encourage them to engage in further learning and improve their attitudes towards drug and alcohol use. It is during the long summer holidays when these activities are needed most. The holidays can be an impediment to young people‟s learning, particularly for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and are a time when levels of youth offending increase. Yet where Summer Unis run diversionary and aspirationraising activities, the crime rate can be reduced. In a recent DCSF poll, Summer‟s Coming!, 64% of people questioned said that there are still not enough activities for young people to do over the summer holidays. THSU‟s own experience is that some courses are over-subscribed more than twenty times; at the time of writing there were 5,639 student applications for the 2,070 course places on the THSU 2008 programme. What Summer Uni does is bring together, develop and build on the existing provision. Our ethos, innovation and development ensures our programmes are popular and relevant to young people and therefore have a greater impact. Summer Uni addresses the real needs of young people and the local area by providing relevant, accessible, excellent quality activities at a time of year when they are needed most. Seeing the charity grow and meeting all the young people who take part, sharing their and my team‟s enthusiasm for all their achievements, gives me great pleasure. I whole heartedly thank all our funders who continue to support our work; all our partners for their great contribution to our delivery; all my staff team who show such dedication and passion for their work; all our young volunteers who work with us to make it happen; our professional volunteers who provide crucial advice and guidance to us; and all our young participants who make our programmes come alive. Our plans for the next 12 months will focus on ensuring our capacity to continue the innovative delivery of our core programmes in Tower Hamlets, support our Summer Uni partners across the capital and develop potential new partners nationally who may be keen to adopt and roll out our ethos, values and models of working. It‟s both an exciting and challenging time!

Sarah Davies Executive Director

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Mission and Aims The Mission of Tower Hamlets Summer University (THSU) is to work with young people through innovative educational opportunities in the summer holidays and year round, helping them make informed, positive decisions that enhance their lives and the lives of those around them. THSU aims to: Promote independent learning Raise achievement Promote racial tolerance and good community relations Increase access to educational opportunities through creative partnerships between all sectors, statutory, voluntary, business and industry Involve young people in the organisation's development

Archery lesson

“The main message people need to hear is that young people have a voice and especially when they have a dream or goal of pursuing their future ambition. They should get the opportunity. Young people have a lot going for them and they should be determined to go through with it.� Liz and Lola aged 15 Governance and Structure Registered Charity name: Registered Charity number: Registered Company number: Registered office:

Tower Hamlets Summer Education Ltd. The charity is known as Tower Hamlets Summer University 1048822 2017713 Ground Floor, 24-26 Fournier Street, London E1 6QE

Trustees for the reporting period Rushanara Ali Chair Renee Bernstein Resigned 11/09/07 Devinder Cheema Nancy Cleary Lancelot Comrie Gary Davies Deputy Chair Kam Fung Treasurer Rex Hall MBE Libby Hills Janet Morgan John Porter Barnaby Shaw Appointed 12/02/08 Steve Sipple Jimmy Tam

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Staff Team during the Report Year and to October 2008 Sarah Davies Executive Director Management Team Liz Jewell Janan Smith Anh Ly

Development Director Project Director Programmes Director

Programmes Team Maruf Ahmed Abdul Azim Tuhina Borhan Jenny Cater Julia Harriman Liz Millar Rosie Murdoch Syeda Razzak Joanne Whalley Abu Yusuf

Enrolment Officer (summer only) Business Co-ordinator Enrolment Officer (summer only) Programmes Assistant Arts Co-ordinator Nang! Co-ordinator part time Reel Change Co-ordinator Enrolment Officer (summer only) Reel Change Administrator Sports Co-ordinator part time

Youth Projects Team Abdulla Almamun Lola Ahonkhai Randi Baden Jakir Hussain Ken Okolo Emmerline Smy

Youth Projects Officer Peers and Careers Co-ordinator Youth Project Officer Trainee Outreach Worker Job Ready Officer Accreditation Co-ordinator

Summer Uni London Natalia Carrizosa Luke Clark Oliver Dawson Sarah Murphy Sally Quail Erika Sanger Mark Waghorn

SUL Administrator Young Peopleâ€&#x;s Development Co-ordinator Grants Manager Project Officer Grants Manager London Network Co-ordinator London Network Co-ordinator

Working across the charity Sally Abrahamson Events Officer Emma Crouch Team Administrator Graziella Doardo Finance Officer part time Denise Drake Web Officer Stuart Gill Information Manager Danny Greenwood Development Manager part time David Levantis Marketing Officer Abdul Muiz Office Manager Mulimba Namwenda Office Manager Mags Ruttle Corporate Development Co-ordinator part time Other people in the team during the year Gultekin Irengun Web Administrator Lee Nathaniel-Wurie Peer Administrator Karishma Patel SUL Intern Seth Vitalis Project Intern Company Secretary and Executive Director of the Charity: Sarah Davies

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L – R: Maruf Ahmed, Abdul Azim in front of Anh Ly, Syeda Razzak, Emma Crouch and Julia Harriman Auditors: Ramon Lee and Partners, Kemp House, 152-160 City Road, London EC1V 2DW Banks: The Co-operative Bank, 80 Cornhill, London EC3V 3NJ CAF BANK Ltd, 25 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4JQ Solicitors: Clegg Manuel, 26-27 Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 0DS Morgan Lewis, Condor House, 5-10 St Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AL Governing document: Memorandum and Articles of Association. The charity is constituted as a limited company. Policy Statement Tower Hamlets Summer University has the following policies: Child Protection, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Data Protection, Maternity/Paternity, Locking Up Procedure and Emergency Fire plan. These are reviewed annually. There was no incident in the last 12 months that required us to implement disciplinary or Child Protection or other procedures against any person or to take action on any issues that we were directly involved in. Patrons Yasmin Alibhai-Brown A. Dee (Artful Dodger) Professor Deian Hopkin (from August 2007) Dizzee (from August 2007) Dr Tony Flower (stood down August 2007) Baroness Kennedy of Shore Gerard Lemos Dame Marlene Robottom Baroness Pola Uddin of Bethnal Green Dr Benjamin Zephaniah THSU Alumnus & Patron Dizzee Rascal - Summer Showcase 2007

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Overview of the year to date Successes We were Highly Commended in the City of London Sustainable City Awards in February 2008, for Access to Goods & Services for Disadvantaged Communities Our Nang! youth magazine won three accolades in the year, a BT Seen and Heard Award, a TalkTalk Innovation in the Community Award and the prestigious Guardian Student Magazine of the Year Award We supported 18 borough co-ordinators to run their Summer Unis during the year and trained a further 14 new borough co-ordinators, ensuring every London borough is running a Summer Uni in the coming year based on our successful model We won a contract with London Development Agency to deliver Reel Change, a skills development and work experience programme for young people, giving them a platform to voice the issues affecting young Londoners and to canvas thoughts on how the £79m London Youth Offer should be spent We carried out an independent feasibility study into the potential for national roll out of our model, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation 1460 individuals took part in our year round programmes, which included the fabulous Eat London project and two successful pilot projects, Music Space and Job Ready. Across London we achieved 18 Summer Unis running 1,200 courses Offering 27,000 course places In which over 20,000 young people took part 1 in 5 of those courses were accredited Over £1m in grant funding was distributed, attracting an estimated total spend on other Summer Unis across the capital of over £2.2m Attendance and Statistics 2043 total no. of individuals enrolled on our programmes in the year 1651 total no. of course places available in the year 1641 total no. of course places attended 157 individuals attended our spring programme 1,830 individuals tried to access the 1,439 places on our 101 summer courses. The number of course places requested was 4,392 proving that we could run a programme three times larger and only just meet demand 45 young people volunteered for our summer programme 12 young unemployed people (10 male and 2 female) enrolled on our new autumn Job Ready pilot 30 young people took part in Nang! magazine throughout the year with a core team of 14 20 individuals attended our spring Saturday Fashion course as part of a pilot 14-19 Creative Media Diploma on behalf of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets 83 young people enrolled for our Young Ambassadors programme 6 volunteers represented Summer Uni London on Dare London, a London wide advisory group organised in partnership with London Youth and the Greater London Authority

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124 total no. of courses run at Easter, summer and autumn half term, running from one day up to five weeks with the majority run over five days. 1,330 certificates were distributed in the year of which 14% were nationally recognised An average of 59% female and 41% male attended our 2007 summer programme whilst other programmes during the year tend to attract 50:50 male to female.

Gender %

Female

41%

Male

59%

% young people identifying themselves as having a disability 1.5%

Having a disability No disability

98.5%

The percentage of young people from different ethnic backgrounds who attend THSU equals or exceeds the borough percentage for all ethnicities with the exception of young white male and female, where our numbers are far lower than the borough percentage. We are exploring ways to increase their number on all our programmes.

Cultural Origin % 2.2

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Bangladeshi Other Asian 39.8

16.5

Black White Chinese

21.4

10.1

Mixed Race

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Employment Status % 3.1

Working full time 14.4

Working part time Registered unemployed

8.5

Unemployed not registered

51.7

Volunteering

20.3

Student 1.9 29% of all young people coming to THSU identify themselves as unemployed, whilst only 51% are studying. Considering the chart below, 72% are aged 18 and under and taken together, these statistics indicate that a considerable number of this age range are not in the education system.

Ages of participants % Under 11

0.8

3.2

2.6

2 2

11

2.3 3.9

12

3.9

4.4

13

5.3

14 5.8

7.9

15 16 17

6.9 8.5

18 19 20

10

21 12.8 17.7

22 23 24 25

The following pie chart demonstrates how young people found THSU. Word of mouth is by far the biggest influence on attendance, demonstrating that young people talking to other young people is a powerful tool.

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How young people found out about THSU %

7.6

9.7 Family Friends

20.3

Attended last year 33.4

Referals Media / Internet / Library School / College / Uni

15.2

Other 3.9

9.9

The majority of young people who access our activities are from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets followed by other east London boroughs. Though the percentage looks smaller, the numbers tell a story: over 360 young people enrolled from all other parts of London and outside the capital.

Where young people come from % 1 2.9

4.7

London Borough Tower Hamlets

3.5 Other East London boroughs

5.6 North London West London 25.3

57

South East London South West London Outside London

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Summer Programme Tower Hamlets is such an ethnically rich borough, bringing challenges as well as advantages; the main challenge being to combat segregation. Therefore we organised the summer programme as far and wide as we could throughout the borough with the aim to increase the engagement of a wider variety of young people and encourage those who are not willing to travel far from their familiar surroundings, to attend. We ran 101 courses compared to last year‟s 91, splitting the programme into three strands: Arts, Business and Sports. Using student and tutor feedback from the previous summer the co-ordinators designed a programme offering a diverse range of high quality courses. Enrolment and attendance was the highest we have ever had. Community Sports Leaders Award, Boxing, Badminton, Yoga, Learn to Fly a Boeing 747, Journalism-NANG!, Intro to Medical Science, Banking, Self Defence, Creative Sewing, Experimental Drawing, Forensic Science, all the Cookery, Maritime Careers and Digital Manga Arts were amongst the most popular and well attended courses. Venues In total 33 different venues were used, with London Metropolitan University, Ideas Store Whitechapel, City Learning Centre and George Green Secondary School being central hubs. Other venues included Mile End Park, who also hosted our Summer Uni London Festival of Sport; Bethnal Green Technology College; Brady Arts Centre; Repton Boxing Club; Barclays Capital; Half Moon Young People‟s Theatre; Oxford House; Seven Mills Primary School; The Space; Mudchute Park and Farm; Rich Mix, who also hosted our showcase event and private Art view; Docklands Watersports Centre and Allen & Overy. Peer Motivators helped to make all the venues welcoming and supported the tutors and young people alike, once again proving their worth to a fantastic extent. Marketing The team consolidated the programmes into one brochure, allowing easy access to young people of any age between 11 and 25. The publicity followed the theme created for our Easter programme and was well received. We carried out extensive and focused local marketing,, taking a „road show‟ directly to young people in their schools, youth clubs, libraries, community events, etc. The launch of the Summer Uni London website www.summerunilondon.org raised the profile of Summer Uni in the Greater London area, giving rise to considerable newspaper coverage both locally and London wide. This helped to put Summer Uni on the map with the result that many more young people tried to enrol than we could possibly accommodate. We have always welcomed young people from any London borough (and elsewhere) onto our programmes and this year through Summer Uni London, we have been able to encourage all the other Summer Unis in 17 London boroughs to do likewise. Through the website, we can monitor where young people live compared with where they go to activities. This will help tremendously in the future, for our own programmes, for the Summer Unis and for young people across the capital.

Summer Arts Programme Funded by Mediabox, the theme of all Film and Digital Arts courses was What We Want! (www!), voicing the opinions of young people about living in London, their lives, hopes and aspirations using a small bursary grants scheme. Fourteen young people aged between 14 and 25 were recruited to act as young advisors for the www! project. These advisors attended www! courses during the summer and met to advise our team on marketing materials. They supported tutors and students during our www! October holiday programme, helped out at project bursary information session, created questions for the grant interviews and chose the location for a screening event in March 08. The advisors received in-house training in motivation skills, confidence, how to act as peer motivators, equal opportunities and interviewing skills. Four of the www! advisors applied for a grant and others helped to interview the other applicants. Altogether 12 young people received eight bursaries, enabling them to vocalise What We Want! through a range of arts & media projects. This culminated in a show at Genesis Cinema in March.

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Younger students created some great graphics in Digital Manga Arts, Animation and Short Filmmaking which were hugely oversubscribed, underlining the current interest in film. Documentary Filmmaking young people made a thought provoking documentary about the cult of the celebrity.

“I‟m going to do everything after this course! I‟m going to challenge myself to the max, doing everything I love best, I‟m also gonna get more involved in things I‟ve always wanted to try out but never had the confidence to.” Porsha, www! advisor New for 2007 was Young Curators, in partnership with inIVA, a five week practical arts course giving an insight into working in arts management and curating. It doubled as the working group for the Summer Uni London Best Of Art - an exhibition to showcase the best visual art work created by students from Summer Unis all over London. The Fashion and Textiles programme was consistently well attended. T shirt Design and Printing and Creative Sewing were offered for the first time. Also new, Street Fashion, led by an ex THSU student, created some innovative and dynamic work - participants were interviewed on BBC Radio 4‟s Women‟s Hour as part of a feature on summer learning and childcare. Jewellery Design students created some beautiful contemporary work thanks to the fantastic resources at London Metropolitan University. Researching and incorporating the theme of Slavery, clothes created during the three week Summer Hands On Fashion course, run by „A‟ Team Arts, were modelled by students from Catwalk Modelling. This went down a storm at the summer showcase with a really professional show and some awesome designs.

„I would not change anything about this course, only that it would last for longer.‟ Student 15, on creative sewing. Our new Publishing and Design course gave students professional design experience on the Summer Uni London booklet Spotlight. The challenging brief enabled participants to learn both graphics and layout skills in just 20 hours and some fantastic illustrations were created, which were incorporated by our professional designers into the final publication and distributed into every London borough. Live Music students formed bands and composed amazing original music. Despite nerves from some of the young performers, the bands played at the showcase to over 200 people. Beats from the Streets was developed in partnership with CM as a follow on to the entry-level music tech courses we ran in the spring. Participants from Music Space were given a unique opportunity to make their own music videos during Music Video Production, joined by young people with an interest in film. Bollywood Dance attracted both young men and women. Their lengthy and dynamic routine was performed to a rapturous audience at the showcase and they later performed at the Tower of London as part of the India Now Festival. Dancefilm Documentary created a dance film based on the theme of bullying.

Peer Motivators (wearing the red T shirts) shouldering their support for Circus Space 2007 Hoxton‟s The Circus Space developed an intensive programme for students from THSU and Newham Summer School called Circus School. After eight days young people finished in a spectacular performance incorporating tightrope, trapeze, juggling, magic and human towers. Two participants have gone on to join the Circus School‟s Youth Programme.

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Newham Summer School offered THSU 15 places on their Stratford Circus Performing Arts School – a three week summer school incorporating music, dance and drama which ended in an explosive showcase event in the main theatre of Stratford Circus. Kazzum Theatre Company devised a Site Specific Theatre course at The Space on the Isle of Dogs and once again, staff at Half Moon Young People‟s Theatre created an immensely rewarding and enjoyable experience for participants on both the junior and senior Moving Voices courses for young people with physical and/or sensory disabilities. One carer commented that the young man she works with looks forward to the week all year and it is the only project he participates in. It is vital that we continue to source funding in order to run these courses, seeing the benefit the young people receive from taking part. Arts Award For the first time, we offered a specialist course for young people who had attended any of our summer arts courses and who wanted to receive an Arts Council accreditation. Students from a range of disciplines attended and nine students gained their Arts Award.

L-R: Screen Printing, Street Fashion and Documentary Film Making, July & August 2007

“I‟ve learnt about how to make documentaries and get involved with skills that are needed in life” Arzum, 16, Dancefilm documentary

Summer Business Programme Study and Explore: This popular section of our annual summer programme aims to get young people to try new experiences, giving them life skills to move them through into adulthood. We provided new exciting courses and refreshed the old favourites. Three major new Higher Education partners were involved in running courses this year. Intro to Medical Science explored the world of medical science through a series of lectures and presentations from a professor and five undergraduate and post graduate students from the prestigious Oxford University. It was an enormous success with 34 young people going home encouraged that they too could get into an institution like Oxford, no matter what their background. The representatives from Oxford were from Black & Minority Ethnic backgrounds which helped to emphasise that everyone has a chance to get in. Funded by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Intro to Philosophy was run by a senior lecturer from the University of Bristol. Oxford Brookes University, Aim Higher and Tower Hamlets Summer University joined forces to run a two day Forensic Science non-residential exchange course for a group of young people from Oxford and from London, the first day hosted by Oxford Brookes and the second held in east London. This covered aspects of forensic anthropology and chromatography, practical laboratory skills, DNA extraction and analysis. Further, it introduced young people to university life and showed that Higher Education is possible for all. Participants visited four major educational institutions over the two days: Oxford University, Oxford Brookes 14


University, London Metropolitan University and Queen Mary University of London. The final session was a Jack the Ripper tour of the Whitechapel area. As always, the nationally recognised First Aid was way over subscribed with an incredible 283 people trying to enrol for 24 places. Intro to Arabic Language introduced young people to the Arabic language & culture. Maths in a Week introduced how VAT and taxation works and Maths as a further education subject and Think & Grow Rich, run by Services Against Financial Exclusion (SAFE), provided practical advice on how to manage money more efficiently, how to assess financial advertising and seek appropriate advice, plus the potential risk and return impact on financial decisions. Discover London was run this year by two enthusiastic Peer Motivators, who planned and implemented a lively programme, including quizzes on venues prior to visits and writing short evaluations. Following feedback, Space & NASA was rebranded and open to all ages. 18 people attended and learnt about space science by participating in space related challenges and team building activities. One of our best courses, the OCR accredited New CLAIT, equipped students with the necessary processing skills in information and communication technology. British Sign Language taught young people to sign alphabets and colours, finger spell and sign information about themselves. Driving Theory, one of our most expensive and popular courses, included the dangers on roads, traffic and driving laws, signs, signals and markings. Participants examined a car engine and learnt to identify different components. The course included green issues and government targets on reducing carbon emission from motor vehicles. Students took mock exams and had the opportunity to take a theory test at a preferred test centre for free. A Girls Only! programme aimed to provide the opportunity for young women who might be reluctant to mix with young men, or may not be allowed to be seen mixing, to attend five exclusive courses including Mendhi, Self Defence, Body Works, Hair and Beauty and Make-up & Beauty Therapy. Work Zone: Work Zone provides courses in industries that don‟t usually get introduced in schools and colleges. We recognise that our „work zone‟ helps achieve one of the government aims for every child matters - achieving economic well-being. Young people are in a disadvantaged position in Tower Hamlets; the borough has some of Britain‟s highest earning individuals working within it, yet it also hosts the highest percentage of recipients of job seekers allowance. Young people need the skills to compete on the global job market in the Docklands and our neighbouring City of London. We work hard to inspire young people to raise their aspirations, to aim higher, to pursue a higher education and to get those employability skills. We work in innovative partnerships with the corporate sector to counter the stigma of unemployment and low aspirations, give young people a chance to realise their full potential, have confidence to follow their dreams and to make this learning exciting and enjoyable. Four new courses The inaugural Cornwall City & Sea Exchange was a great success, aimed to educate young people in career opportunities within the maritime industry. The project promoted racial tolerance, breaking down racial and social barriers between young people from rural and urban areas. In partnership with Lizard Outreach Trust, the project brought 11 young people from Cornwall and 12 young people from Tower Hamlets together to learn about the fantastic opportunities in the Maritime industry, both on land and at sea, and to have fun whilst doing so. The success of the project was down to working with a diverse range of experts in the maritime industry, which provided young people with an invaluable and unique insight into the range of career opportunities available.

“This was a totally awesome trip and experience. Definitely recommend it. You learn a lot and you meet fab people.” (Melanie, aged 16) “I thought I‟d get lost in London, and I‟ve never been in a lift.” (Samantha, aged 15) “I never thought about any of these jobs that exist in the sea industry. I want a job in the insurance market.” (Abdul, aged 19)

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City & Sea Exchange - August 2007 PACE - Youth Work aimed to give young people an idea of what youth work is all about. The accredited course covered the National Occupational Standards for Youth Work and included a series of sessions on Participation, Activation, Communication, Empowerment and Equality. Done for the first time as a crash course, the tutors were impressed with how hard the participants had worked: they covered a six week course in a fun and challenging five day period. In partnership with the Rich Mix Cultural Centre in Bethnal Green, Intro to the Advertising Industry was innovatively designed to give participants a platform to learn about and get a taste of what it is like to work in the advertising industry, working on a real advertising brief and designing a real campaign. Intro to the Railway Industry (with „one‟ Railway) was another popular new course. It gave young people from Tower Hamlets and Newham Summer Unis, an insight into the rail industry and the career options available to them, such as signalling, cleaning, ticketing, administration, train driving, management, engineering, refurbishment - the works. For some, this became a reality as four job opportunities arose during the week and one young man was even invited to apply for train driver training.

Introduction to careers in the rail industry - August 2007

“I really, really enjoyed the experience. It‟s helped me think about my career as I wanna be a civil engineer.” (Enam Hoque, aged 18) And the popular favourites: With Investment Banking, Barclays Capital again showed some incredible outputs in students learning. Attracting hundreds of enrolments, 44 young people attended the courses where we only expected to accommodate 32. Working in the City, run by The Brokerage, gave young people a real insight into the City of London and its history. Meeting with employees and visiting companies to understand and feel the experience of life within the City, they undertook a range of tasks and challenges including CV writing and job application skills. Tourism & Customer Care, Telephone Techniques and Welcome to East London. All three of these accredited courses were popular, with emphasis this year on the possible job links with the tourism industry to the international games London are hosting in 2012.

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Learn to Fly a Boeing 747 attracted 20 young people. The day included an introduction to the careers available in the aviation industry and all participants were able to have a go in the flight simulator at London Met Uni. Design Successful Places attracted 16 students with 3 completing work placements at Tower Hamlets, Islington and Camden planning departments following the course. The main focus was assessing a detailed planning application, designing models to use for a local development site and analysing maps and drawings. Legal Eagles gave a lucky group of young people access to an intensive week of activities at leading law firm Allen & Overy LLP. Students were introduced to careers in law, locally and internationally, and the broad range of opportunities presented in this industry. Around the Courts developed studentsâ€&#x; understanding of the history of law, parliament and the courts. They visited many venues and gained knowledge of criminal and civil courts, administrative tribunals and employment tribunals and gained an insight into the legal profession and how to enter it. Summer Business School was designed to develop communication, marketing and presentation skills amongst young people in Tower Hamlets. It combined the practice and theory of setting up and running a small business. The Cass Business School in the City of London provided the location and Sir John Cassâ€&#x;s Foundation funded the Programme. Summer Cookery Cookery is so popular that the six courses and the residential had a dedicated section in our publicity. Fully funded by the Savoy Education Trust, the emphasis was to increase attendance and focus on participants considering pursuing a career in the hospitality industry. Cookery Residential For the second year Ashlynâ€&#x;s Organic Training Kitchen hosted 12 young students in basic cookery skills, health and safety and an introduction to organic farming. Amongst the participants, there were mixed feelings regarding organic farming and produce, however all agreed this was an invaluable experience and they gained knowledge and skills in an area growing in popularity and importance in society today. Furthermore, they left with confidence in themselves to go and cook at home! We ran three International Cookery courses, one for 11-13 and two for 14-25 year olds. The tutor used a range of challenging recipes from around the world, introducing a broad variety of food to inspire all ages. Curry Heaven gave young people confidence in cooking traditional Indian dishes. The brand new Thai Fruit Carving course gave young people a chance to learn and to demonstrate skills gained from a very experienced food carver and designer. The students demonstrated amazing skills in a short time, creating and carving patterns on fruits and vegetables. Health and safety was fundamental due to the specialist sharp knives and carving tools purchased for the course. It was great to expand our range of cookery courses this year and Chinese Cuisine was yet another subject. It was well attended and students created a variety of popular Chinese dishes.

Thai Fruit Carving

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Summer Sports Programme The main objective of this year‟s sports programme was to build more links with locally based clubs and introduce exit strategies for students to follow up their interest into a more formal and structured level of participation. The sports programme was bigger and more widespread than before, with 26 courses compared to last year‟s 16 and with at least one course in each region of the borough. The enrolment figures doubled on last year and attendance levels increased by over 70%, with Community Sports Leaders Award and Boxing being amongst the most popular courses. Community Sports Leaders Award was delivered in partnership with Seven Mills Primary School and a thank you to Ashley Quayle for delivering a great course. 22 participants made it one of the most popular sports courses this summer. The 11-13 Multi-Sports programme was delivered in partnership with George Green School‟s Island Sports Trust, a voluntary organisation founded in 1996. Outdoor Adventure included Rock Climbing and Go Karting at Mile End Park, Horse Riding at the Mudchute Park and Farm, and Sailing at the Docklands Watersports Centre. Health & Fitness included four new courses to Summer Uni: Capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts combining dance and combat techniques, Yoga, Boxing and Sports Massage. Held in the internationally renowned Repton Boxing Club, Boxing was the most popular. Introduction to Bodyworks came under the sports umbrella this year and participants learnt a range of techniques throughout the week, finishing with an open day where friends and family were invited to come to a Friday massage session. Other sports included Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Fencing, Football, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trampoline, Volleyball and Wheelchair Basketball.

Boxing at the famous Repton Boxing Club

Learning the climbing ropes

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Programmes throughout the year Eat London Lift (previously London International Festival of Theatre) invited us to take part in Eat London, a massive culinary public arts/celebration event involving 14 community groups across London cooking a giant map of London out of food. A similar event, Eating the City, had taken place in Melbourne in 2004. THSU were one of only two youth groups to be involved. We recruited young people in February and our workshops were held during the 2 week Easter holidays at Bethnal Green Technology College.

The workshops included a visit to the part of London our group were making out of food – Aldwych & Covent Garden - researching and trying out recipes, food modelling, constructing iconic buildings and practicing building the sections. Students also attended performance practice sessions for the procession part of the event. Rehearsals and cooking for the event took place over the following weeks leading up to April 28 th. There were lots of challenges, including having to wait patiently for the food to arrive on the final cooking day, as the Blackwall Tunnel was closed and the chilled food lorries had to come via a longer route! However the young people were brilliant and spent their time chatting to other groups. When the food arrived it was all hands on deck, using their initiative and working together well. For the final event, the group met early, wearing THSU T-shirts and Eat London aprons and badges. There was a brilliant atmosphere and with tourists asking questions about the event the young people were made to feel very important. As noon approached the crowds grew and grew and finally the event began. All 14 tables were assembled together before being processed one by one back to holding areas around Trafalgar Square. Then the queues began as hundreds of people waited their turn to eat our table full of food. It was an exhausting and hectic afternoon but customers were not fussy; seeming happy to eat a vegetable skewer building alongside chocolate cake Somerset House! All the food went, including the gingerbread roads, and finally the group could stand back and breathe a sigh of satisfaction and relief. The project was amazing and the event was an incredible experience for all involved. The hard work was worth it. The group met twice after the event, for an evaluation session with Lift and to receive their certificates at City Hall. Feedback was extremely positive and all talked about how much they had learnt, how hard they had worked and how much they had enjoyed it. 16 Summer Uni individuals joined 13 other community groups in making the „food capital‟. Easter Courses A combination of arts and sports courses and projects made up our Easter programme, the first time we ran a programme during the Easter holidays. Courses ran over 1 week and included Islamic Calligraphy, Digital Collage, Documentary Filmmaking, Urban Dance, Singing for Beginners, Archery, Basketball, Volleyball, Fencing, Tennis, Hockey, Badminton and Football. Feedback from students was very good. All the students enjoyed their courses and expressed interest in attending in the summer and next year. Participants especially singled out Fencing as something that they had not tried before and would like to do again in the summer.

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Journalism - NANG! With a packed editorial team on call, the Nang! magazine project recruited a large number of new young journalists to contribute to the autumn edition and beyond. Nang! students helped tutor sessions and supported students in the „newsroom‟ at London Met Uni. The team visited News International‟s „Times‟ news room and carried out many interviews with famous people including Moazzam Begg, a Guantanamo Bay (Camp Iguana) detainee who was held in captive for more than four years. Nang! has many things to be proud of this year, winning four awards in less than a year, including the prestigious Guardian Student Magazine of the Year in November 2007, against stiff competition from the University Student Union magazines from Oxford, Hull, Cardiff, Nottingham and UCL, who were the runners up. The team were understandably over the moon, as were all of us!

Nang! team winning the Guardian Student Magazine of the Year 2007

“If I wasn‟t doing Nang! my time would be spent unproductively. This gives young people the opportunity to better themselves while enjoying something… it keeps them off the streets which helps reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.” Nang! contributor, 18 Music Space Our pilot Music Space project followed extensive consultation with local young people by Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES), which found that young people wanted space to play and learn music with other keen musicians and access to instruments and equipment. Working with CM (ex Community Music) we offered grass roots practical support to young local music makers during 10 weeks from April - June, with rehearsal, recording, music video making and gigging opportunities for 4 bands and tutoring and access to facilities for 10 young music producers. One pilot band, La Rouge, has already been causing a stir and our project partner CM (ex Community Music) have given them a three year development opportunity and recorded their first album. The Orchard are looking to distribute this record and British Underground want to showcase them. Music technology students created and recorded at least one finished track each using Fruityloops software. Students sold CDs and promoted their online tracks at Pulse Music Festival on the South Bank in July. Many of the participants went on to attend our THSU summer courses and performed their tracks live at our Summer Showcase. The participants have been asking for more provision. Four bands, who were selected from Tower Hamlets schools through an audition process, received structured rehearsal time. The bands each recorded at least one song at professional recording studio, Treacle in Shoreditch and uploaded them online at www.indiestore.com/musicspace. Students also gave away business cards promoting their tracks at the South Bank Pulse Festival. Each band has recorded a music video this summer of their best track from The Music Space, with funding from BSKyB and Mediabox and facilitated by On the One. Ollie and The Twists recorded for 2 days at the Roundhouse with professionals from EMI. All four bands performed at the Underage Festival in Victoria Park, at our summer launch party at The Spitz and at the THSU showcase at Rich Mix in August, attended by Dizzee Rascal.

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Music Space 2 ran for a further 10 weeks from January 2008 with four more bands and ten more music technologists taking advantage of this fantastic offer. 50 young people aged 13-19 took part in Music Space and Music Space 2

“If you want 2 achieve in life, don‟t let anyone or anything get in your way. The opportunity is not going 2 just come 2 U on a plate. If you strive for it, make sure it happens” Marcus, 17, Music Technology Create and Chill This was a partnership project with Step Forward, a local charity who offer free, confidential and independent information, advice, counselling and personal development training. Bow Arts Trust delivered a range of workshops to a small group of targeted students, who learned different skills in felt-making, jewellery and painting over a 10 week period. Job Ready We devised and piloted Job Ready in the autumn 2007. Aimed at young people who are long term unemployed and on the „NEET‟ register (Not in Education, Employment or Training) Job Ready was a successful new 12 week programme combining „Enterprise Challenge‟ with Job Ready Skills Communication; Making the most of yourself; Setting Targets; Finance & Budgeting; Skills Review; Career Development; Job Applications; Research; Successful Interview Preparation. Training took place over eight weeks including two based at a corporate venue followed by three week work placements and a final week‟s evaluation and progression guidance. 11 young long term unemployed people (9 male and 2 female) joined the pilot, giving them employment skills through training, mentoring and enterprise challenges. A team of Corporate Mentors from Lehman Brothers supported the three month programme, leading training sessions, conducting mock interviews, visiting participants on their work placements and celebrating the participants‟ achievements at an „awards ceremony‟ on the last day. Participants ranged in age from 17 to 24, seven were Bangladeshi, two Mixed Race, one White and one Chinese. All 11 completed the programme with nine gaining full time employment following the 12 weeks and one going into further education. One participant remains unemployed and we continue to support her progression. Using the experience the team gained on the autumn Job Ready, we designed a spring pilot four week „Job Ready‟ on behalf of Accent Group, Bradford, preparing 16 young people aged 16-19 for recruitment to and employment in the construction industry.

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ICT skills training at London Metropolitan University

“The Job Ready Programme has made me confident. I learnt that there is more to life than just sitting at home doing nothing or getting into trouble on the streets. I have learnt how to communicate with others in a professional setting and so many other stuff that really helped me out. If I was telling a friend about Job Ready, I will tell them to go for it. Even if you don‟t get a job straight away, you will learn so many other things that are really useful that are going to help you in life. I'll tell them that if I could do it, then you can do it too.” Jakir, 18, Job Ready participant Fashion 08 This ten-week programme, from February to April 2008, enabled participants to learn about different aspects of fashion design, textile application and garment construction, including embellishment and customising techniques. The aim of the programme was to equip young people with relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to construct a co-ordinated outfit for a catwalk show. London Borough of Tower Hamlets commissioned us to help them deliver Fashion 08 as part of a pilot 1419 Creative Media Diploma, the second time THSU contributed to the 14-19 Vocational Diplomas introduced by Central Government. Twenty 14-19 year olds took part in the programme and the group put on a fashion show at the end to showcase their clothing. The programme was delivered in partnership with „A‟ Team Arts. Young people on the course were able to gain an accredited qualification with the Arts Awards Accreditation programme.

Brady Arts Centre, Whitechapel

Fashion 08 students hard at work

Reel Change THSU was awarded a contract in February 2008 with London Development Agency to deliver Reel Change, a skills development and work experience programme for young people, involving film making, events management, journalism, public speaking, web administration and marketing administration. Reel Change aims to provide a platform for young people to express themselves on issues affecting the lives of young Londoners and for them to canvas thoughts on how the £79m London Youth Offer should be spent.

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Involving Young People Peer Motivators Peer Motivator Volunteers are key to the charity‟s success, supporting the tutors and young people and marketing our opportunities to schools, clubs and other places that young people frequent. We recruited 38 volunteers aged between 14 and 23 who were supported by seven „team leaders‟; young people who have been peer motivators in previous years. Together they devoted over 200 hours of their time to ensuring the smooth running of the programmes, with all volunteers achieving the accreditation, „Being a Youth Peer Worker‟ or „Being a Peer Work Team Leader‟. Youth Ambassadors We secured three year funding from Barclays Capital to employ a Youth Projects Officer who launched the year round Young Ambassadors programme in autumn 2007. This programme actively involves young people in improving and developing the charity and its projects. 90 Young Ambassadors were recruited and trained to hold their own team meetings, run their own projects and become experts in events and marketing, representing young people in their local community and helping THSU to reflect the needs and wants of young people. During the year the Ambassadors raised over £1,000 for cyclone victims in Bangladesh and two Young Ambassadors raised money to help build a school for children in rural Tanzania.

Young Ambassadors hosting young Danish visitors Dare London Six young ambassadors represent our Summer Uni London project on Dare London, a London wide advisory group organised in partnership with London Youth and the Greater London Authority. In their first year, they created their own website: www.darelondon.org and assigned two young people to be employed as Dare London officers, to manage internal and external communications, develop the website and produce Dare London publications such as their Annual Report. They helped in the SUL “Involving Young People” seminar by adding energy to the day through lively icebreakers, giving a presentation about their work, explaining their expectations and views on youth involvement, and giving tips on how to improve future seminars. On behalf of THSU, they reviewed the publicity of 14 Summer Unis in terms of look, feel and impact, with findings disseminated to the Summer Unis. Up to 10 Dare London members, Nang! journalists and Youth Ambassadors interviewed David Cameron in November 2007, extracts of which were put on Mr Cameron‟s MySpace site and a photograph of which was included in East End Life. Dare London have helped design a quality mark for London Youth and are helping to deliver it at 30 youth clubs across London. This project is supported by funding from the Jack Petchey Foundation and Mercers. Four Dare London members campaigned at the House of Commons in November 2007 to end child poverty. They took part in a question and answer session with Beverly Hughes and two of the seven Dare London meetings were hosted pro bono by Clifford Chance at Canary Wharf.

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They ran two workshops at a Participation Works event which they delivered to approximately 30 youth workers, advising on youth democracy and how to empower young people to make decisions through, for example, youth advisory groups.

Summer Uni London 2007 saw a substantial growth in the number of Summer Unis operating across London through the work of SUL. Eight boroughs established new Summer Unis bringing the total to 18, 16 of which are local authority based. Commitment was secured from all 32 London boroughs that they would run a Summer Uni in 2008, exceeding all expectations! During the year we: Established a professional, welcoming and supportive network valued by all boroughs Distributed £1.05m in grant funding (from the Jack Petchey Foundation and London Challenge) to 16 Summer Unis through two funding rounds, thereby ensuring that over the summers of 2007 and 2008, all boroughs have received start-up or development funding towards their Summer Unis. We estimate that this has attracted a total spend on Summer Unis of approximately £2m across London for 2007 Secured an additional £400k in grant funding from the Jack Petchey Foundation, matched by a further £400k from London Challenge, to distribute to Summer Unis for the summers 2008 to 2009 Completed our first seminar series (06-07), refining the series which we then re-ran for 07-08. This was accompanied by the Summer Uni Manual that was completed and distributed to all 32 London boroughs to assist them running a Summer Uni as effectively as we do Redeveloped and launched the SUL website and bespoke database that enables young people across London to view and apply for any Summer Uni courses, and for the Summer Unis to manage their own applications independently. The launch of the website took place at City Hall with a guest performance from Summer Uni alumni and Dizzee Rascal (who subsequently agreed to become our patron). As a result, we were featured on the London Tonight news, BBC London, The London Paper, the radio and various other profile-raising media Developed and encouraged the Summer Unis to use popular community sites, such as MySpace, YouTube and Flickr, to communicate with their young people and establish an online Summer Uni community Encouraged collaboration between Summer Unis with a number of boroughs working together to deliver programmes during the summer and to achieve Quality in Study Support status Ran two youth-focussed pan-London events: the Festival of Sport and Best of Art o

177 young people from 11 different boroughs attended the Festival of Sport, a day of competitions and taster sessions, including athletics and martial arts

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The Best of Art Exhibition featured 56 pieces of Summer Uni student artwork as chosen by a group of young Summer Uni curators (see Young Curators above). The diverse art work attracted well over 100 visitors and was the culmination of the only young curators‟ course to run in the whole of Europe. Patron Benjamin Zephaniah was our special guest who opened the exhibition

Piloted the first Summer Uni Summit in which five different boroughs gave presentations about their Summer Unis centred around the three main themes coming out of the governments Aiming High 10 year strategy. 17 different boroughs attended and the whole Summit was so well received that we are planning more, even higher profile Summits in the future Formalised the SUL logo and branding guidelines and all Summer Unis were requested to adopt them in their marketing for consistency across London Visited, interviewed and photographed all 18 Summer Unis during the summer. We then compiled the extremely well received “Spotlight” magazine which featured all the Summer Unis, in their own words and pictures (see Publishing and Design above) Secured a further one year grant from London Challenge for 2008-09, covering most of SUL‟s operating costs 24


Secured a grant from Mercers Company to employ a SUL Network Co-ordinator Supported 18 borough co-ordinators to run their Summer Unis during the year and supported and trained a further 14 new borough co-ordinators ensuring every London borough is running a Summer Uni in 2008 based on the successful THSU model. Summer Uni Summit The first Summer Uni Summit was held in November 2007. The 45 participants reflected all of London. The day included presentations and case studies from Summer Unis on how they have developed and overcome challenges and allowed representatives from the London Boroughs not yet running a Summer Uni to network with those who are, and to refine their plans for the future. Our thanks go to Clifford Chance for kindly hosting the event. Independent Evaluation An independent evaluation of SUL was commissioned which involved all boroughs and various SUL stakeholders. Findings were extremely positive with the independent consultants, FJ Consultancy, concluding: “There is obvious and significant scope for the organisation‟s development. This is epitomised by SUL‟s successful achievement of targets and highly regarded operational outcomes, all within the short period of its existence. Rarely can a newly established London-wide organisation claim such success.”

Photograph by Jack Bruce 14 for his www! project, This is London

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Partners We could not run the diverse range of free activities for young people without the support of our many partners with whom we work in a variety of ways to develop and deliver our programmes and services to young people. This year the partners are: 'A' Team Arts Account 3 Women's Consultancy Actiondog Allen & Overy Art & Business Baltic Exchange Barclays Capital Berrymans Lace Mawer Bethnal Green Technology College Bow Arts Trust BP Brady Arts Centre Brokerage Cass Business School Chamber of Shipping Circus Space Clifford Chance CM ContinYou Coverack Gig club Coverack Watersports School Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre Elite Arts George Greenâ€&#x;s School Grant Solder Sports Agency Green Candle Dance Greenwich Leisure Limited Half Moon Young People's Theatre Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust inIVA Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Kazzum Lehman Brothers LIFT Lloyd's of London Community Programme London Borough of Barnet London Borough of Brent London Borough of Camden London Borough of Hackney London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough of Haringey London Borough of Havering London Borough of Hounslow London Borough of Islington London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea London Borough of Lewisham London Borough of Newham London Borough of Redbridge London Borough of Southwark London Borough of Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES) Connexions & Youth Support Service Directorate of Education Out of School Hours Learning Social Services Youth Offending Team 26


London Borough of Waltham Forest London Borough of Wandsworth London College of Fashion London Councils London Metropolitan University London Youth Merchant Navy Training Board Mile End Stadium Millwall Park Minx Creative Mudchute Park & Farm National Maritime Museum (Greenwich) National Oceanography Centre On the One „oneâ€&#x; Railway Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Pilotlight Planning Aid for London Popcorn Web Design Repton Boxing Club Rich Mix Rosuic Organic Farm Roundhouse SAFE Sea Vision UK Seven Mills Primary School Shake Ur Arts Shoresurf Surf School Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) Step Forward Stratford Circus Subtext Summer Uni London Thames Festival The Dockland Settlements The Space Tower Hamlets City Learning Centre Tower Hamlets College Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership University of Oxford Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets VT Group Watson, Farley & Williams Whitechapel Idea Store

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Funders of Tower Hamlets Summer University 2007-8 We recognise that our work would be impossible without the continuous and generous support of our funders and sponsors. Sources of funding this year were 45% Charitable Trusts and Foundations, 39% Statutory funding, 14.5% Corporate funding and 1.5% other income. 1.5%

14.5% Charitable Trusts and Foundations 45%

Statutory Corporate

39%

Other

On behalf of all of us at THSU - and especially the young people who take advantage and benefit from our programmes throughout the year - we extend our warmest thanks to all our supporters: Accenture AIG Europe (UK) Limited Aldgate & Allhallows Barking Exhibition Foundation Archant Arts Council Arup Group Associated British Ports Baltic Charitable Fund (Baltic Exchange) Barclays Capital BBC Children in Need Cornwall Marine Network Coutts Charitable Trust Credit Suisse Deutsche Bank Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Garfield Weston Foundation Goldman Sachs Goldsmiths Company Jack Petchey Foundation Lloyd's Community Programme London Borough of Tower Hamlets London Challenge Mercers' Company Morgan Stanley Foundation Paul Hamlyn Foundation Royal & Sun Alliance Savoy Educational Trust St. Katharine & Shadwell Trust Tower Hill Improvement Trust Worshipful Company of Shipwrights

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Financial Review Summarised Statement of Financial Activities for the year ended 31 st March 2008 Unrestricted funds £ Incoming Resources Donations Grants receivable Other income Total incoming resources Resources expended Fundraising & publicity Direct charitable expenditure Management and administration Total resources expended Net movement in funds before transfers Transfers between funds Net movement in funds after transfers Surplus, brought forward Surplus, carried forward

Designated funds £

Restricted funds £

2008 £

2007 £

1,000 1,546,286

99,621 1,513,860 32,613 1,646,094

44,101 368,491 33,827 446,419

1,547,286

45,101 1,914,777 33,827 1,993,705

3,764 341,111

1,417,191

3,764 1,758,302

8,170 1,384,542

18,349

16,998

18,349 363,224

1,417,191

1,780,415

1,409,710

83,193

130,095

213,290

236,384

(11,935)

11,935

-

-

-

71,260

11,935

130,095

213,290

236,684

219,246

308,549

72,165

349,341

521,839

308,549

89,303 160,563

11,935

Continuing Operations None of the charity‟s activities were acquired or discontinued during the above two financial years. Total recognised gains and losses The charity has no recognised gains or losses other than the above movement in funds for the above two financial years. Summarised Balance Sheet as at 31st March 2007 2008 £ Fixed Assets Tangible assets Current Assets Debtors Cash at Bank and in hand Creditors: amounts falling due within one year

2007 £

£

49,828

£ 44,811

293,007 702,630 995,637

79,710 630,747 710,457

(523,626)

(446,719)

Net current assets

472,011

263,738

Net Assets

521,839

308,549

160,563 11,935 349,341 521,839

89,303

Income Funds Unrestricted funds – general Unrestricted funds - designated Restricted funds

219,246 308,549

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These summarised accounts have been extracted from the full audited accounts of Tower Hamlets Summer Education Limited for the year ending 31 March 2007 and they may not contain sufficient information to allow for a full understanding of the financial affairs of the charity. For further information copies of the full audited accounts can be obtained from Tower Hamlets Summer Education Limited, Ground Floor, 24-26 Fournier Street, London E1 6QE. Telephone number 020 7247 7900. The full audited accounts were approved by the Board of Trustees on the 9th September 2008 and have been submitted to the Charity Commission. Auditors report on the summarised accounts of Tower Hamlets Summer Education Limited for the year ended 31 March 2008. We have examined the summarised accounts, which have been extracted from the full audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007. In our opinion the summarised accounts are consistent with the full audited accounts. Ramon Lee and Partners Registered Auditors Chartered Accountants Kemp House 152-160 City Road London EC1V 2DW

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Future – the next 12 months Future Plans and Developments The focus of THSU‟s activities over the next 12 months will be on ensuring the success of both Summer Uni London and the continued innovative delivery of its core programmes in Tower Hamlets, whilst developing potential new partners across the UK who may be keen to adopt and roll out our model. Internal developments As THSU continues to grow significantly, both in size and reputation, the charity is facing a staff restructuring this year and we will be writing a new strategy and business plan. Learnings from the past 13 years and excellent prospects for continued growth will feature in the plan as we look ahead to a very ambitious and exciting future. We are seeking funding to purchase and implement a new Management Information System to improve our internal information and communication systems. During the year THSU will build its portfolio for reassessment in autumn 2008 of its Quality in Study Support (QiSS) status as an Advanced centre for out-of-school-hours-learning and its Investors in People status. THSU is developing its in-house volunteer accreditation modules into nationally recognised accreditation which the charity can offer to other youth organisations throughout London and beyond. Core THSU programmes The charity recognises that its core work is its main strength. This is most effective when delivering courses during the holiday periods, especially since this is traditionally the period that young people associate with THSU. The charity is planning a range of programmes in 2008/9. In addition to its tremendously popular summer programme, these include: Reel Change, taking the project successfully to its conclusion in November 2008 Easter Revision for 15 year olds who might be struggling with their GCSE course work Music Space running for 10 weeks, three times per year, with tutoring and access to instruments and facilities for 12 bands and 30 young producers per year, plus a year long „graduate programme‟ for participants following each ten week Music Space Developing the Nang! website, broadening the magazine‟s distribution into every London borough and involving Nang! young journalists in recruiting and training new recruits to the project Running Job Ready three times per year in the autumn, spring and early summer. The autumn programme focussing on skills into a broad range of employment opportunities, the spring 2009 Job Ready programme focussing on the retail industry and summer potentially to focus on the construction industry, in partnership with a range of companies and training providers Providing 10 new www! bursary opportunities for young people who through using film and photography, put together an exciting exhibition of their work in spring 2009 Summer Uni London This third year is a crucial time for SUL in demonstrating our commitment to developing excellent, sustainable Summer Unis for the benefit of thousands of young people across London. The SUL business plan brings to the fore the ethos of the charity: of being youth led and youth focused. Priorities include: Integrating the THSU ethos around young people further into the practices of the Summer Unis Ensuring the work accomplished in our first two years – of establishing Summer Unis in every London borough – is not lost as we now focus on sustaining and embedding Summer Unis across the capital Effectively assessing and improving provision

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Ensuring we remain at the forefront of encouraging, collating and disseminating best practice Ensuring the long-term financial security of SUL specifically and THSU generally Developing support “packages” formalising the services currently offered for free and investigating new services, with the potential to use them to generate income streams for the charity and pave the way for taking those packages nationally Potential for Expansion Given THSU‟s success and the charity‟s commitment towards raising the aspirations of as many young people as possible, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded an independent feasibility study into the potential for national roll out of the THSU model. The first phase of this was completed during the year and from June 2008 we will be embarking on the next phase to identify and develop „warm‟ partners across the country to pilot their own SUs in future years. As part of this process, we will crucially be reviewing and developing our capacity (see internal development above) and our brand. Brand Development THSU has been hugely successful, with rapid expansion in recent times. This success and expansion has brought both challenges and opportunities, particularly in the realms of branding and communications. Our two brand objectives will be to strengthen and develop the brand of THSU, as its own provider of services in east London and to develop a brand that is equipped to accommodate the plans for growth outside of London.

Contact Details

Tower Hamlets Summer University Ground Floor, 24-26 Fournier Street, London, E1 6QE Telephone: 020 7247 7900 Fax: 020 7377 9793 email: info@summeruni.org web THSU: www.summeruni.org and Summer Uni London: www.summerunilondon.org Summer Uni London is a project of Tower Hamlets Summer University Registered as Tower Hamlets Summer Education Ltd. Registered company number: 2017713. Registered charity number: 1048822

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THSU Annual Report 2007 - 2008  

THSU Annual Report 2007 - 2008