Bursting onto TikTok
Our SW!TCH team have recently started posting on TikTok, rapidly growing their following of young people to over 300 in a few months. As well as promoting upcoming activities, the team are able to provide a wider range of content for young people than in their face-to-face mentoring sessions—for example, key youth workers introduce themselves and share their experiences with the young people, and each week, various members of the team come together to share motivational messages.
We started using TikTok four months ago as we thought it was a good way to reach more young people—we wanted to share our mentoring content with a broader community.
We were hoping it would give us a way to reach young people that are a bit different from the ones that already come to our activities—those less likely to be out and meet one of our team in person. We want to give them an idea of what we offer and get them interested.
The overall response has really exceeded our expectations. But it’s something where you really need to know your audience—we know a lot of young people are already on TikTok, so it made sense to give it a try. And any support and engagement you can offer like that is always helpful.
—Ruth Lowe, Head of Young People’s Services
A few of our Year 10 students had the opportunity to visit the Ben Kinsella Trust today to engage in their Knife Crime prevention workshops. The workshop looked at the journey of both victims and offenders of knife crime. It encouraged some very good and honest conversations amongst the group and was very insightful for all our mentees to hear real life stories.♬ Sittin' On Top Of The World - Burna Boy
Meet Royston - One of our Longest serving Youth Development Workers. Royston has worked in over 50 schools in his career and encountered 100s of Young People. Royston keeps our team spirit high at all times and ensures to keep our morale high.✨♬ Good Vibes (Instrumental) - Ellen Once Again
Lifeline Summer 2023 Football Tournament 🏆⚽️✅ Thank you to all the Young People who submitted teams and took part today. We hope you all enjoyed your day. Congratulations to our Winning Team - Team E (REDS) very well deserved win today.🏆🏆🏆 Heres a little snapshot of todays tournament.. until next time⚽️✨♬ original sound - Lifeline Youth Team
"As school pupil rolls grow in Scotland, is bigger better?"
On Sunday 20th August, LifeLine’s CEO Nathan was featured in the Sunday Post as part of an article looking at concerns of growing class sizes in Scotland. Drawing on LifeLine’s experience of delivering SW!TCH mentoring in schools across East London, he spoke of the difficulties of oversized classes, the need for community within schools, and the benefits that mentoring can bring to pupils.
[…] when schools are overcrowded, both staff and pupils are put under pressure. Some of the schools we mentor in are overcrowded and we struggle to find a place to mentor.