This is a Brent-based youth programme for young people aged 11-24, largely supporting those from Stonebridge, Harlesden and Wembley. Connect Stars provides football, American football and multi-sports sessions after school during term time as well as in the holidays.
In partnership with Hyde Foundation, Connect Stars also offers outreach activities with an extensive summer programme, as well as overseeing the Connecting Ambitious Leaders Movement (CALM). CALM is a youth-led initiative that brings talented and aspirational young people, aged 10-21, together from the Stonebridge and Church Road estates.
They are also one of the key delivery providers for the Detached Outreach Team (DOT), a partnership created to respond to supporting young people and the communities of Brent throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
This partnership offers additional benefits to the families of participants, as they can be referred directly to Hyde Foundation’s money and debt and support services.
Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF)
This youth organisation was established in 2006 and offers inclusive training, education, sports development and targeted provisions for young women, and those with special educational needs and disabilities.
JRF is based at the Bridgestone Arena sports ground in Stonebridge and engage with more than 175 young people through the flagship Night-time University programme which, in partnership with Hyde, is now in its third year.
JRF also offers an intensive summer programme of arts, sports and recreational activities for young people aged 11-24 with an annual programme providing weekly sports development sessions and centre-based activities.
This partnership offers additional benefits to the families of participants, as they can be referred directly to Hyde Foundation’s money and debt and support services. [link to ST website info]
Phone: 0203 959 2388
Young Brent Foundation
Young Brent Foundation leads the Detached Outreach Team (DOT) which provides outreach across Stonebridge, Harlesden, Wembley Central, Willesden & Dollis Hill delivered by Connect Stars, My Romania Community and Stephen Graham partners. This work involves engaging with young people on estates to support their needs, signpost them to local opportunities and encourage them to reach their potential. This could be through sports, further education, enhanced employment opportunities or just having someone to speak to.
The DOT partnership initiated by Hyde, Catalyst and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) and Brent Council has provided six hours of outreach seven days a week throughout the pandemic. This work has provided crucial insight to enable us to understand the challenges facing young residents, and how we can help to support them.
Young Brent Foundation works collaboratively with its members and is committed to developing a diverse and vibrant network and youth voluntary sector across Brent. One of their key goals to build, improve and strengthen overall capacity for the 300+ voluntary sector youth providers in the borough.
Phone: 020 8912 5839
Hillside Performing Arts (HPA)
This performing arts organisation seeks to make the arts accessible for young people between the ages of 10 and 14. HPA’s programme helps students to identify values through accessing their own creative ideas. Students build self-esteem, communication, team building and personal development.
They offer dance and performing arts sessions for young people and their families every Saturday, during term-time. Virtual sessions are available via Instagram, enabling participants to keep active throughout lockdown.