£100k raised for Camden’s Youth
Camden Spear Trust (CST) held its sixth annual fundraiser on Thursday, May 17th, at its centre on Finchley Road to raise almost £100,000 in much-needed funds for the proven and highly awarded Spear programme that seeks to transform the lives of 16-24 year-olds in the local community.
Volunteers and trustees transformed the venue to host approximately 150 guests, evoking impressions of an elegant summer night. The warm May night air was filled with live music and the buzz of energy and anticipation, as guests discovered amazing auction items and conversed with trainees and alums that have benefited from the programme.
The live auction was excellently executed by Carrie Longton, co-founder of Mumsnet and an ambassador of CST, while an extremely successful pledge section of the evening was led by Chi-Chi Obuaya, a CST trustee, along with Ehab Hamdallah, an alum of the Spear programme.
CST is committed to transforming the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, or those who are experiencing barriers to employment, by providing them with training, skills and coaching to set them on a path to success.
The results to date have been outstanding, with over 81% in employment or full-time education a year after completing the course. Since launching CST in September 2013, over 350 young people have completed the foundation programme and many have achieved job placements in companies such as the National Theatre, John Lewis, Accenture, Sainsbury’s, Knight Frank and Camden Council.
The charity is supported by a number of ambassadors Libby Potter and Lady Jennifer Leigh, as well as several corporate partners and sponsors, which were well represented on the night.
Fundraiser raises £70,000 to help youth
Camden Spear Trust (CST) held its fifth annual fundraiser on Thursday, March 9th, at its centre on Finchley Road, raising over £70,000 to continue to transform the lives of 16-24-year-olds in the local community by getting them into work.
Volunteers and trustees transformed the venue into a sparkling garden, with live jazz, coveted auction items, such as tickets to see Adele, and a showcase of the trainees and alums who have benefited from Spear.
Since launching CST in September 2013, over 234 young people have completed the foundation programme at the centre, and many have achieved job placements in companies such as, the National Theatre, John Lewis, Accenture, Sainsbury’s, Knight Frank and Camden Council.
CST is supported by Tulip Siddiq, Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn, who said, ‘I am glad to see that the fantastic impact Spear makes on the lives of so many young adults in Hampstead and Camden, is growing from strength to strength.
I would like to reaffirm my support to the work that Camden Spear Trust do to improve the employability of young people amongst our different communities’.
The live auction was excellently executed by Carrie Longton, co-founder of Mumsnet and long-time supporter of Spear and Revd Kristin Breuss, Chair of CST.
Photo: (C) Nichole Rees
‘The Importance of Small Talk’ – Spear receives widespread news coverage
An article about small talk originally published in The Daily Mail (on Tuesday 26th January 2016, and also online here) has been featured in other news media, including:
The importance of small talk features as a component on the Spear programme, helping young people increase their soft skills so that they are well-equipped for interviews.
Tom Jackson, Resurgo’s* CEO was also interviewed by LBC’ lunchtime radio show, talking about the value of small talk which you can listen to by clicking here.
*Spear programme is Resurgo’s leading employment initiative. Camden Spear Trust works in partnership with Resurgo to deliver Spear programme in Camden.