This year is Success4All’s tenth anniversary therefore managing director Caroline Afolabi-Deleu reflects of the first five years. To know she’s helped so many children go into higher education, become volunteers and to see them getting jobs is what makes this cause so important. Success4all is not just for the children but for our staff, sessional workers, and volunteers; As Caroline said it’s a “win, win, win all around”.
The first mile stone for Sucess4All came in March of 2006, where we were given a grant as a community champion to set up the first learning hub. This was piloted at the Millin Centre and in Byker, the Study Support centre only ran for three months in the beginning but had nearly forty children coming! In November of 2006 the Study Support groups started up again, this time expanding to the Walker Technology School; Walker Technology School has since been a constant partnership which has allowed Success4All to help mentor and befriend a significant number of children.
This year was extremely fruitful in helping children with English as an additional Language, the first summer school was started which focused on integrating EAL children over the holiday period (the African Summer School at Kids Kabin in Walker). Caroline Afolabi-Deleu also began to give advice to EAL parents on how to find school places, and also became a mediating force between the parents and the schools. Many Workshops were put on including geography, history, storytelling, story writing, drumming and dance on Nigeria at New Delaval First School in Blyth; all making importance steps towards integration and creating support systems.
In 2008 we started Homework & Study Support Groups for Walker Technology College and six feeder primary schools, as well as an after-school Study Group in the Millin Centre and start-up of Spanish and Chinese Language Clubs at Walker Technology College. This year was also the first year Success4all had a meal with all the volunteers in April, which was the beginning of a great tradition and a brilliant chance to celebrate all the achievements made.
This was the year Success4all overcame a number of hardships, despite cuts in funding from Connections, we continued to provide children with: language clubs, workshops including making Belgian Waffles as part of the Enterprise Day at Walker, holiday club at Kids Kabin and cooking classes. As Caroline said, Success4All is a “lean mean social machine”.
Year five, we got a number of quality marks. Success4All became an approved member of the befriending foundation, wrote a skill audit for AQA on student tutoring, became an approved provider for alternative education from the city council and received ‘good’ from Ofsted. This year we also ran African Heritage classes, Young Writers, Music Producers and a Intercultural Holiday Club.