The sun is out, school is nearly over and we can’t wait for a summer of fun! After all the challenges of lockdown, our women and girls are looking forward to a chance to relax, meet new friends and try new activities.
A New Partnership
We are pleased to announce our new partnership, Ecosystem Coldharbour, part of the ‘My Ends’ programme funded by the government’s Violence Reduction Unit. This is a network of interconnecting and interacting drivers of change working to reduce adverse experiences in the Coldharbour Ward of Lambeth – a locality historically affected by high and sustained levels of crime, youth and gang violence.
We are looking forward to working alongside the following well-established community organisations: ML Community Enterprise; Spiral Skills; Football Beyond Borders; Big Local Impact; Ebony Horse Club; Longfield Hall; and CHIPS.
If you’d like to get involved, Ecosystem Coldharbour is recruiting for two roles: Freelance Outreach Youth Workers (deadline 16th July) and Freelance Community Consultants (deadline 30th July). You can find the job description and application information here.
Thanks to your incredible generosity in our recent match-funding campaign which raised £5,000, we have planned a fun-packed programme of activities for girls as well as families.
Girls aged 6 to 19, will be taking part in exciting and activities, including a Spa and Wellness day, a trip to the Science Museum and a day out to Thorpe Park! Click here to view the full programme and how to register.
As the academic year draws to a close we want to express our huge gratitude to the 150 volunteers who supported Baytree through what has been a challenging year. In the Women’s Service, volunteers supported women in employability sessions, wellbeing workshops, translation and one to one remote befriending.
In the Youth Service, they have provided online and in-person after school support and were willing to go the extra mile through fundraising initiatives.
The remote mentoring programme has gone from strength to strength. Over 100 girls have received online mentoring since March.
New Trustees and Members of Staff
We have recently been joined by two fantastic new Social Mobility Coaches, Joanne Matthews and Mayra Sanchez.
We are also welcoming former Social Mobility Coach Anna Iacuzzi as our new Service Director. Anna is taking over from Marta Fernandez, who made the move back to Spain with her family in June.
As always, we are so grateful for the support of our Trustees. The wonderful Ekene, Sue, Myuri, Brenda, Tseday and Marie-Claire have all recently joined us.
You can find out more about our new staff and trustees on our Meet the Team page on our website!
A New Way to Donate!
Our website has had a brand new refresh – have a look for yourself here!
And, you can now set up a regular monthly donation to Baytree with our new and easy way to donate!
With a bigger donation of £19 a month you can ensure a refugee/migrant woman receives twice-weekly English classes.
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to Lizzie who has been a fantastic mentor to Rebecca for the past 8 years.
Lizzie has been a huge support to Baytree over the years. She and her husband Jamie even asked their wedding guests to donate to Baytree instead of accepting gifts, raising an incredible £1700!
Lizzie said of her mentee Rebecca, “She’s done brilliantly in her school work but she’s also grown into such a kind, lovely and confident young woman. I’m so pleased to have played a small part in her development.”
Thank you for all your hard work, Lizzie, and good luck in your future endeavours.