We’re delighted to share our first newsletter with you – please follow this link for the full newsletter which contains information about our services in London, recruitment opportunities, our reflections on the National Referral Mechanism, and updates on our upcoming training dates.



Introduction from founder and CEO Abi:

I’m delighted to share with you the first Abianda newsletter, and to talk to you about some of the exciting developments and growth that have taken place at HQ.

The first half of 2018 has been extremely busy and exciting. We have grown from two to five full-time members of staff, brought on board three freelancers, and have three young women ex-service users embedded in our organisation on a paid and voluntary basis. We have piloted our group work programme for gang-affected young women in Brent, seen significant increase in referrals in to our flagship service The Star Project in Islington, and are expanding The Star Project into three new boroughs. In the next newsletter we’ll talk to you about the work we are doing to expand our service offer to reach 10-15 year old young women and girls in Islington.

We’re particularly pleased to have received funding to be able to deliver our Train the Trainer programme in September this year from Help for Children. This will allow us to support new Young Trainers coming into the organisation over the coming year, and to ensure young women remain in the fabric of our organisation and directly influence how we deliver services and training. It will also provide 10 young women with paid employment opportunities into the foreseeable future.

Our Young Trainers are central to our work – co-facilitating all our training, and acting as peer mentors to other young women. Sharing their expertise enables them to bring about the culture shift we all want to see, so that gang-affected young women are no longer a hidden group in our communities, feel safe to access help, and are free from harm.

Finally, we’ve received extremely generous longer-term funding from Paul Hamlyn Youth Fund, and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, which will support our core running costs and our growth plans.

Abi Billinghurst, Founder and CEO

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