Changing aspirations into realities

We inspire and support women and girls to gain the skills, confidence and wisdom they need to thrive in life, work and family.

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The Baytree Centre

is a social inclusion charity for women and girls, based in the heart of Brixton, south London. An integral part of the community since 1991, we provide holistic support through personal development activities and workshops, mentoring, coaching, as well as English classes and integration support for newly arrived migrants and refugees.

Why We Exist

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Vision

All women and girls achieve their potential and lead fulfilled lives.

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Mission

We inspire and support women and girls to gain the skills, confidence and wisdom they need to thrive in life, work and family.

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Values

Love & Respect Person-Centred & Family Oriented Safe & Welcoming Professional & Trustworthy Collaborative & Positive

BAYTREE’s unique approach provides the accompaniment, programs and opportunities that Empower women and girls. By supporting the women in our community, we aim to improve Economic and social inclusion for them and their families.

Our Women’s Service is committed to providing a warm, friendly and supportive space for women from all backgrounds.

Our Youth Service provides a safe and supportive space for girls, aged 6 to 20, to develop personally and academically.

At Baytree we value the ongoing commitment and contribution of all our volunteers who provide invaluable support towards the delivery of our services.

Women’s Service

 

Youth Service

 

Volunteer Service

 
What is mentoring

What Is Mentoring?

Into school video

Into School Program

Dream a little dream video

What Our Women Dream About

Story 1

Amara’s story

Story two

Shay’s story

Fatima's Journey

Fatima’s Story

Our Impact

Youth Services

Improved relationship with friends
Improved relationship with friends
Improved commnunity integration
Improved academic achievement
Increased aspiration
Improved self-esteem
Developed employability

Women’s Services

Increased confidence and agency
Increased family stability
Improved physical or mental well-being
Improved language or other skills/education
Improved housing situation
Improved employbility
Improved finances or financial skills
Increased networks and community engagement

Volunteers

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Sparklers Club

Sparklers takes place weekly for girls in their final term of Year 6 and starting Year 7. It supports the transition from primary to secondary school by making it a smooth and enjoyable process. Sparklers currently runs on Tuesdays from 4.30-5.45pm.

Junior Spark Club

Junior Spark is a weekly group for girls in years 8-9. Each term, the girls decide what topics they would like to work on or discuss – for example friendships, finding motivation, or challenges at school. Junior Spark currently runs on Thursdays from 4.30-6pm.

Spark Club

Spark Club is a weekly club for girls in year 10 and above and, much like Sparklers and Junior Spark, is a space for girls to develop life and leadership skills. Girls are empowered to understand and value their identity and potential. Spark currently runs on Wednesdays from 5-7pm.

Sparking Futures 

Sparking Futures supports girls and young women who are interested in taking the next step towards their futures. This is a great opportunity for girls to get some hands-on experience for their CV and a taste for working within a field of their interest.

  • Employability workshops
  • Learn to write a CV and personal statement
  • Learn about different careers
  • Exciting work experience opportunities

Workshops and opportunities take place on the last Friday of every month, from 5-7pm as well during school holidays.

Time Commitment: up to two days per week/or afternoons to be agreed.

“We are currently seeking a volunteer to support our Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Evaluating our programmes and monitoring their impact is an integral part of BAYTREE’s work.  Knowledge of the local demographic and understanding the needs of our beneficiaries and women in the local community helps us to shape our projects and deliver tailored support programmes.

In this rewarding and interesting opportunity, you will help organise and deliver focus groups, gather and input data for reports, design evaluation forms and conduct research. This role is suitable for someone who wants to make a difference in the community and has an interest in community development and programme development in the voluntary sector or wants to learn more about it. Desired skills and qualities:

  • Good communication skills, one to one and in groups
  • Good written communication skills
  • Ability to deal with people of different ages and backgrounds
  • Administrative skills
  • Non-judgmental approach
  • Confident using MS word and Excel, databases

Whilst this is a volunteering opportunity, we are also open to those seeking an Internship to gain experience in the voluntary sector.”

Time Commitment: One session per week – Monday to Thursday between 12.00pm – 4.00pm

During Term time only for up to one academic year or a minimum of 2 terms (6 months)

“We are recruiting volunteers to provide mentoring and befriending support to women accessing our adult service. Our Women’s Service is committed to providing a warm, friendly, and supportive space for women from all backgrounds. In this rewarding and mutually beneficial opportunity, you will provide one to one support to women to increase their sense of social inclusion and reduce isolation. Most of the women requiring this support are already attending ESOL classes at BAYTREE. Therefore, the focus of these sessions will be befriending, English conversation practice and providing basic information and support to access services.

As a volunteer in this role, you will need the following skills and qualities:

  • Fluent English
  • Empathy
  • A good understanding of services and how to access them
  • Reliable and able to commit to the required time commitment
  • Good communication skills

Please do apply if you think you can give back in this way!”

Time Commitment: Flexible, 1-2 hour sessions every 2-4 weeks

“BAYTREE’s social mobility programme aims to empower women to realise and fulfil their potential. Women are helped to access resources, support networks, develop resilience and ultimately improve their lives and that of their families and community.

We are seeking a Cantonese speaking female volunteer for within our coaching programme to assist with translation in sessions with a client and a mobility coach.  The sessions take place every 2-4 weeks at mutually agreed times, and last for up to two hours.  They are ongoing according to how well the coaching progresses.”

Time Commitment: One session per week for up to an hour over the academic year, sessions start from between 4pm– 6pm weekdays Monday – Thursday remote or in person

“We are recruiting academic mentors to join our dynamic Youth Mentoring programme to provide one to one academic support to girls aged 8 -18 who may be falling behind in their schoolwork due to the disruption to learning over the past 2 years. We are looking for volunteers with good GSCE or degree level education to provide support in a wide range of subjects. Excellent interpersonal skills, patience and enthusiasm towards learning are welcomed qualities for this rewarding opportunity. Full training and ongoing support will be provided.

Volunteers will act as role models, supporting academic progress and providing inspiration and encouragement to young people who may be at risk of becoming vulnerable to further disadvantage as the attainment gaps widen. Whilst the focus is supporting academic progress, wellbeing and confidence building is also an important aspect of the role.

If you have passion for supporting and inspiring others to reach their potential and want to pass on your knowledge please get in touch!”

Time Commitment: Tuesday 4pm –5pm

During term time only from mid-September 2022

“This popular club is running for a second year and we are looking for a volunteer to inspire and engage young readers aged 9-11 to discuss and share the books they read together over the term.  This club is all about bringing books alive by facilitating discussions and sharing the enjoyment of reading in a group and sharing opinions.  Each session will vary, but the simple format of sharing what the girls have read, doing book-related activities and choosing new books will remain. This role is great for anyone who enjoys working with children and can commit to a weekly session.”

Time Commitment: One class per week – Tuesdays or Thursdays 4pm – 5.30pm

During term time only for up to one academic year or a minimum of 2 terms (6 months) 

“We are looking for volunteers to help run our very popular cookery and baking club!  Teaching children to cook from a young age is a great way for them to learn important life skills whilst having fun.  The aim of this club is to inspire and build confidence in cooking, and the importance of healthy eating and nutrition.   If you would love the opportunity to teach a small group of girls aged 6-11 how to prepare nutritious snacks and meals from quick and easy recipes each week, with the creative freedom of devising your own recipes, please do apply!

Time Commitment: Thursdays 5.00pm – 6pm, for a term or up to one academic year, term time only

“We are looking for a support volunteer to help deliver our fun and energetic hip-hop dance club for girls aged 8-11. This club promotes confidence and self-expression through dance and we are looking for someone who can inspire and motivate girls, and work closely with our existing volunteer to tailor and create simple routines.  For this opportunity you will need:

  • A degree or professional qualification in dance
  • Experience of delivering dance classes
  • Experience working with children (desired but not essential)
  • Good communications skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Patience

If you have passion for dance and creative arts and would love this opportunity to teach others, please do get in touch!”

Fatima's Journey

Fatima started her journey from Afghanistan at the age of 9. She witnessed her mother dying after being shot and her father decided to leave their home for his daughter's safety. Fatima has travelled by foot, train, boat and bus and this journey took 2 years to complete.

Fatima and her father were placed in a hotel in Crystal Palace, along with 500 other refugees. The Baytree Centre got in touch with the manager and together we extracted all the information of girls that would benefit from our Programme. As most of them were waiting for their paperwork to be processed, money and transport was a big issue. The Baytree Centre was able to fund their travel to and from Brixton. On 16th November, Fatima and 7 other students registered on the Into School Programme, where they would attend daily English and Maths classes from Monday to Wednesday.

Due to the uncertainty of living in a temporary accommodation, Fatima struggled to secure a place in a secondary school. She attended the Into School Programme for a term until she was told she was being sent to North Yorkshire. We kept in touch with her and she expressed her struggle to apply for schools and she was being refused helped, too. We therefore contacted her local council and supported her application process. She is now in school and her father has said she is thriving and they feel happy she is accessing education. We still keep in touch with her and she is always updating her ESOL teacher on her school reports.

Fatmia's Journey

Shay's story

Shay is originally from Angola where she was living in a small village but was always striving for a brighter future. She came to the UK in 2017 and has been studying ESOL at BAYTREE since 2018, beginning with a Beginners’ class and working her way through the levels until completing Entry 3 in 2022. She took part in BAYTREE’s Digital Champions IT course in 2019 and in the BAYTREE Coaching programme in 2019- 20, which helped her to develop her confidence.

BAYTREE’s employment coach helped Shay to prepare her CV and coached her in interview skills. Shay was successful at interview and started her new role. She works across three central London restaurants and is enjoying being part of all three teams. Shay now has a significantly increased, steady income and is thinking about her long-term goals. Eventually, she would like to qualify as a hairdresser and have her own business in the UK.

Amara's story

I grew up in Africa. Not able to go to school. I worked - helped my mum. I was only 17 when I married.
Me, my husband and my two children came to the UK because we dreamt of a future for our children, for them to get a good education. When I first came I couldn’t read and I couldn’t help my children with homework like English and maths. My third child was born in the UK but me and my first two go to BAYTREE to learn English together.

Since my friend brought me to BAYTREE, with the help of my mentor I am now able to read and write! I can read texts and emails.
I am very grateful for BAYTREE and my mentor. I am no longer scared of people and can ask for help if needed. My mentor helped me with my CV and I have a cleaning job now.

My plan is to keep studying and get my dream job in healthcare. Then I’d love to pass the Life in the UK test and get a UK citizenship.