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One Flow – One Brent has been successful in receiving £744,000 funding through the MyEnds London Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) programme to support young people in Brent. This is a unique consortium involving the Young Brent Foundation, local young people and three of the country’s largest housing associations – MTVH, Hyde and Catalyst.

The consortium was formed based on existing place-based work with young people that live on three large estates in Brent – Chalkhill, Church End and Stonebridge. The additional resources and ongoing support from the VRU MyEnds programme will enable young people to lead, influence and devise solutions that will positively impact on the lives of 3,000 young people, their families and wider community over the next three years.

Developing local networks and trusted relationships is key to enabling young people to lead, influence and inform the design of future projects and services. The young people will be supported by the extensive expertise of the Young Brent Foundation, grass roots membership organisations, local youth workers and housing associations via on the ground teams.

Collaboration is key to tackling social inequalities. With the support of the Young Brent Foundation, housing providers, the local authority and the VRU, young people will influence neighbourhood planning and services and the wider youth and community offer for Brent. Working with this range of different partners, who are motivated to work together towards a common goal, young people will be able to use their lived experiences and collective voice to address the structural change needed to tackle the drivers of violence.

Jean Marc (22) from Chalkhill Estate Youth Steering Team said:

“When we found out that we won the bid, I was so excited. I felt like finally we are going to start seeing some real change around here and that the younger generation won’t have to struggle the same way I did. Hopefully this funding will provide a safe haven to keep the young people engaged in positive activities. Finally, this funding provides hope, that the young people of Brent have not been forgotten and can achieve their personal aspirations.”

One Flow-One Brent consortium said:

“We are committed to working across geographical and organisational boundaries to put young people first. We are confident in their strengths, their talents and brilliance to develop solutions that will transform neighbourhoods and positively influence and change how we work, where we work and who we work with. We will nurture the hope and aspirations of young people to change the impossible to possible and create positive futures in Brent.”

The One Flow – One Brent programme will include:

• Youth Community Connectors: these will be developed on each estate to facilitate listening and ensure youth voice is at the heart of a public health approach
• Youth-led solutions: working with and training young people in project co design, research skills and peer support
• Trauma informed: adopting an approach that will include peer to peer mentoring
• Community listening: informing and shaping family involvement and interventions
• New decision-making structures which will work with young people on the physical development of their neighbourhoods and solutions to violence impacting communities
• Cultural competency: developing a mindset that is inclusive and proactive in relation to meeting the needs all young people.