The Big Lottery fund not only focuses on early intervention for children but recognises the need for change at all ages and stages for there to be social justice. Some of what they are currently tackling is; a better start for babies, youth unemployment, adults with a wide range of multiple and complex needs and rewarding lives in later years. By focusing on these issues they hope to ‘fulfil lives, to support successful communities and enrich the spaces and places our communities call home through real People Powered Change.’
We to, at Success4All, believe that in order to move towards social justice, there must be opportunities for change for all members of a community. We are in the process of becoming a co-operative where we want to offer membership packages to young people, volunteers, parents, staff and schools and other organisations. Although we peer tutor and befriend children and young people in our learning hubs and clubs, we are offering our volunteers experience, training, accreditation and references for future study and employment. We also offer the parents advice and information about the education system, as well as support in leading their own learning club or becoming a peer tutor.
There is a famous Yoruba saying: “Oju kan ni bimo, igba oju lonto”, meaning “It takes a whole village to raise a child’. Our learning hubs and clubs are community based, aiming to get everyone involved to engage, equip and empower children, young people and their families to help build a successful future for all.
For more information on the issues that the Big Lottery Fund supports visit http://bigblog.org.uk/2013/10/30/reflections-on-social-justice-conference-2013/.