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The Make it! residential and community projects

Published: 24 May 2016


It has been a busy two weeks for our Make it! mentoring programme as the young people reached the part of the project where they can demonstrate confidence and personal development to discover a range of new activities and skills.

Make it! is our in-school mentoring programme that aims to engage vulnerable children at risk of social and academic exclusion. It enables young people to become more confident, improve their wellbeing and increase their engagement with school.

Firstly, it was the annual residential trip in Lambourne End, Essex, where the groups spent an activity-packed three days in the countryside taking on new challenges, and forming new friendships.

The pupils and volunteer mentors were immersed in rural life and took part in wide ranging team-building activities such as climbing and roping, mountain biking, raft building, caving, cooking and caring for the animals. Each evening the groups would then reflect on what new skills they’ve gained that day and what they’ve learnt about themselves and each other.

The following week another group was out getting their hands dirty. This time at Cody Dock community gardens, on the banks of the River Lea in East London. The Cody Dock is part of the Gasworks Dock Partnership, a Charity formed to act as a vehicle for community led regeneration and to forge links with the wider community and enable them to access and enjoy the River.

Working with Risk Agency, a construction charity who work to empower young people, the group had the opportunity to build and create a space close to home they can revisit. Working in teams they built, filled and planted flower beds to grow plants and herbs, crafted tiles and constructed a bench with a shelter that can be visited all year round.

What I have learnt from myself during the residential is that I am more confident and I will take that back to school. One things I am proud of is that I helped a lot of people. Overall I think this residential has helped me find myself and be confident.”

Mehnaz, Make it! participant

We are now nearing the end of this year’s programme as the mentoring finishes in mid-June before a graduation in July to celebrate and showcase the tremendous achievements and hard work of the young people this year.  

To see more photos from the trips, follow our Make it! Instagram account

If you’re interested in becoming a Make it! Mentor and help change the life of a young person in Tower Hamlets, we are recruiting for next year's programme. Find out more and apply here.