• AbiandaAbianda

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  • Abianda is a social enterprise that works with gang-affected young women and the professionals that support them. Gang-affected young women are a hidden group in our communities, experience sexual violence and exploitation and can’t always access services for help. We aim to bring about a culture change in the way services are delivered to gang affected young women in order that:

    • They are no longer a hidden group in our communities;
    • Services can respond in partnership to their complex needs;
    • Young women and their children can be safe, and;
    • They can make the changes they want in their lives and contribute positively to their communities.

    We work to the assumption that GAYW are the experts on their lives and that those people affected by a problem are best placed to find solutions to it.

  • Address: Office 1, Andover Community Centre, 55 Corker Way
    London
    Greater London
    N7 7RY
    United Kingdom
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  • Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Abianda.pdf
  • Social Impact Statements:

    Social Impact Statements

    The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.

    In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.

     

    Updated June 2017


    1) Key services

    1. The Star Project: a one-to-one service for high risk GAYW aged 16-24
      • We have further developed The Star Project in Islington by securing the full time delivery of the service in Islington. The service is now co-located with the integrated gangs service on the borough which is a multi-disciplinary team of statutory, no-statutory, specialist VCS and local authority services. Collectively we are able to provide a robust and agile response to gang affected young women.
    2. We have increased our reach to young women in the borough and are now receiving referrals and working with partnership with many more external services. These include: pupil referral unit and mainstream education; mental health and other health service providers; children's social care; and specialist police units.
    3. We were also successful in tendering for one-to-one mentoring services for another London borough local authority where, in 2017, we will be delivering The Star project - once again increasing our reach to vulnerable young women. This is a clear sign of our reputation and social impact increasing and of organisational growth.
    4. Train-the-trainer: training for GAYW to become professional trainers
      • Our young trainers have developed their own seminar that they have delivered to professionals across London. Increasingly organisations and institutions are requesting that the young trainers train their teams, as they recognise the benefit and value of having first hand testimony from those people who have been affected by the issues that the professionals are trying to address. This has included working with hospitals; youth offending services, universities and voluntary organisations across London.
    5. Yo Mumma's House:
      • In partnership with London Village Network (LVN), we are supporting young women to become their own boss. Over 26 weeks young women take part in LVN’s ‘Be Your Own Boss’ programme where they will learn about business planning, finances, branding and marketing, networking and all other aspects of starting a business. They will be introduced to some amazing and inspirational women who have founded their own businesses. The aim is to develop a co-owed social enterprise that, on one hand provides employment for young women in a way that works for them as young mums and/or with limited resources and access to opportunity, and on the other hand, supports us to pursue our social aims of working with gang-affected young women.
    6. Bespoke participation projects: national projects to understand problems, and the solutions to them, from young people's perspective
    7. We have been involved in an innovative, year long project with the University of Bedfordshire which has been supported by the Royal College of Police, Home Office and national police lead for child sexual exploitation. Through the Marginal Gains project we have supported young people across England to have their voices heard and to influence the culture of policing, recognising that small changes in policing and their approach to safeguarding can have significant impact for young people.
    8. Training Delivery for professionals: increasing skills and confidence amongst professionals to better identify and support gang-affected young women. As well as our young trainer seminars we have delivered our other training packages to professionals nationally.
    9. Young Women's Business Advisory Group: for young women to develop business and leadership skills and influence strategic planning and the development of Abianda.

     

     


    2) Beneficiaries and example measures of support

    The main beneficiaries of these activities have been:

    1. gang-affected young women In Islington
    2. professionals across London and nationally who may work with young women (including police; social workers; youth workers; health sector professionals etc).

    During last year the number of people accessing these services were:

    • 20 x gang affected young women in Islington across Star and young trainers work
    • 500 x professionals trained in London and nationally
    • 20 x young people and 7 professionals through bespoke participation projects

    The income distributed to support these social outputs has been approximately £60,000. This has been generated through grant funding and self earned income.

     


    3) Outcomes of services provided

    Gang affected young women tell us that working with Abianda has changed their lives and they can safely talk to us about risks they feel they cannot discuss with other services. Outcomes for young women include:

    • Increased knowledge:
      • of the risks they face in the context of gangs;
      • of healthy and un-healthy relationships;
      • of sexual violence, CSE and other VAWG issues;
      • Identifying skills and strategies to keep themselves safe

    Professionals tell us they have increased:

    • understanding of how young women are effected by gangs;
    • confidence to work with young women more effectively

    We have contributed to police services in England and Wales being better able to respond to young people who are effected by safeguarding issues (such as sexual exploitation, trafficking and going missing).