Tag: LifeLine

LifeLine Comms Team

How we’re looking after ourselves in lockdown

We’re still potentially a long way from returning to our previous way of life, and it’s crucial that we stay healthly – both physically and mentally – during this trying time. We’ve asked our teams to let us know what

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Nathan Singleton

Partnering with others helps to create community

“At the age of 23 I quit full time youth work. I was burnt out and decided to pursue my degree training and get a job in business.

“During the previous three years, along with a team of volunteers, I’d had great fun working with young people. In the course of developing them to be leaders, my creative skills had blossomed and we’d taken the young people on various local, national and international peer leadership programmes. However, fun as it was, I had become frustrated with my team and peers because (I felt) they didn’t do things as well as me. Frustration caused me to think that I was the solution. A very arrogant position which caused me to burn out and eventually quit.

“Eventually I got a job in South Kensington which required lots of commuter time.

“My mentor bought me the book “Now, Discover Your Strengths” by Marcus Buckingham. As I read, I started to see that my peers were not, in fact ‘useless’ but that they had different strengths to me. I realised that while there were certain skills I was strong in, there were other skills my peers would be strong in. The way to get the best out of them would be to allow each to function in their area of strength.

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Nathan Singleton

20 years of finding solutions to local issues

As we approach our 20 year anniversary next year, we are inspired to reflect on the legacy that we have left thus far and to think about our trajectory for the next 20 years. How will our actions of today result in a positive impact in the future? By the end of this year alone we will have brought over £2.3m into the voluntary sector in our area. Over the past 19 it’s been an astounding £54.5m. We can confidently say that we are an established, mature VCSE organisation, proficient at delivering contracts and running a business.

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Nathan Singleton

Students SW!TCH Dagenham for Sierra Leone

A group of excited 16 year olds are fundraising for an adventure of a lifetime as they switch Dagenham for Freetown. – “We’re raising £12,000 to put ourselves to the test and take what we’ve learnt to Sierra Leone this summer. We’re going to support the work of a children’s home and a farm. But this isn’t about volunteering. We’re going to learn a lot from the young people there who have been starting and growing social enterprises in extremely difficult circumstances.”

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Nathan Singleton

Change is afoot!

Hans Baird has announced his intention to step down as the Chief Executive Officer of LifeLine Projects at the end of this year.

We really appreciate the contribution that Hans has made over his five year tenure, in particular the commercial expertise and skills he has brought to the LifeLine team. Hans is exchanging life in the UK for a whole new adventure in Nigeria.

We wish him and his family all the very best and look forward to hearing from him from time to time as our relationship continues across the continents.

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LifeLine Comms Team

SW!TCH Expeditions rated GOOD by Ofsted

We are delighted to announce that following our recent Ofsted inspection, SW!TCH Expeditions, a LifeLine Alternative Provision, has been rated GOOD by Ofsted. Director of Young People’s Services, Nathan Singleton said, I have always believed that the best place for the vast

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LifeLine Comms Team

17 years of working in East London: Why we do what we do

Seventeen ‘troubled’ sixteen year olds, eight tents, three Mentors and me…in Wales…in the middle of British summertime. It was cold and very, very wet.

We made some progress and touched some lives, but I spent a lot of time dashing about, shouting instructions to avert disasters.

Fast forward a year and I’d learned a lot. This time five young people, accompanied by three leaders and one minibus packed with basic camping equipment and quick-cook pasta set off for four days in the Brecon Beacons at the end of the summer term.

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LifeLine Comms Team

Keeping our feet dirty – a local charity with a national reach

When FaithAction, under the umbrella of LifeLine Projects, first started they did a survey of network members (now totalling 2400). One comment that was important to them was ‘we have never met the team in person, but we feel they speak for us.’ It’s very important to FaithAction to meet those who they represent, but more than that, it’s important that they can express their opinions: and that’s because they are similar, they do the same stuff in the same places – their feet are dirty – just as the feet of their members.

For over 10 years now LifeLine Projects in Barking and Dagenham have been the umbrella organisation who host this national network. With a mission to support the work of faith and community organisations, FaithAction works directly with a number of Government departments, runs an All-Party Parliamentary Group (in parliament) with MPs and Peers and delivers services, support and contracts throughout the country.

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