Carney's Community in Battersea, a registered charity, gets disadvantaged and excluded young people off the street and away from a life of crime and despair by giving them skills, discipline and self respect.

Their approach, inspired by boxing legend Mick Carney, is unusual and particularly resource intensive but ultimately effective because they recognise that creating lasting change takes time, hard work and dedication.

Their work reduces offending, re-offending and anti-social behaviour, whilst improving social mobility and community cohesion. Consequently they improve the quality of life for the communities they serve. Age Unlimited recently supported their Homework Project. Here lead youth worker Rory Bradshaw reports.

Carney’s Community is always aiming to offer more support to its young people and help them to become the best they can be. We have found that the pressures of school, particularly in year 11 (GCSEs), can be overwhelming for our young people, who tend not to have a lot of academic support beyond the school gates. Only half of 15-year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds receive regular help with their homework compared to two thirds from more advantages backgrounds. Bright, disadvantaged students are particularly unsupported. 


Our team of eight volunteer tutors are currently supporting 12 students in year 11. We have already noticed a big difference in the confidence of our young people and in their ability to complete their homework faster and with more precision. Each week, we are receiving more requests from other young people, wanting to gain the support from a tutor and so we are continuing to recruit tutors to the project.


As the project progresses and expands during this academic year and beyond, we are grateful for all the support we receive from Age Unlimited and Allegra’s Ambition.


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