Born from the unprovoked stabbing of art student Oliver Hemsley.
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WE’RE LOOKING FOR A PROGRAMME MANAGER…

We’re on the look out for a Programme Manager to join our team and drive forward our award winning early intervention and prevention programme for young women and girls.

This is a senior management role taking full responsibility for the successful delivery of one of our core programmes, and playing a leading role in its further development. The post holder will join a newly formed senior management team at an exciting time. In Our Hands has been consolidated into a multi-faceted programme working at the cutting edge of support for young women and girls and of creative youth work with increasingly close collaboration with partners in youth work, family services, the youth justice system, mental health and domestic violence. This is an opportunity to take charge of it and enable its expansion and growth.

Grown from a nail bar devised by young women on the Dollis Valley Estate in 2012, In Our Hands is our award-winning programme for young women and girls. It delivers:

  1. Two weekly community nail bars, offering free nail care/art and training, and a safe space for socialising, accessing support, tackling issues and getting creative

  2. Targeted interventions for high-risk participants by a team of 3 specialists – a Young People’s Domestic Violence Advisor, A Serious Youth Violence Specialist and a Young People Development Specialist who work across all of our programmes

  3. Regular nail bar pop-ups at community events, festivals and corporates, providing work experience opportunities for advanced participants and social enterprise development

  4. An advanced training programme for 17+ participants, offering a level 1 nail technician qualification and hands-on career development support

The programme supports approx. 160 young women and girls each year and receives referrals from local agencies ranging from youth offending to the community nurse programme.

Please see HERE for more information.

VOLUNTEER WITH ART AGAINST KNIVES

It’s national #VOLUNTEERSWEEK – an opportunity for us to shout about our wonderful volunteers & encourage you to come and join the team…

60% of our current staff team started working with us as volunteers. Supporting our volunteers in creating careers in the sector is something we are proud to do; our team have stepped into all sorts of roles including assistant youth workers and programme managers.

We feel incredibly grateful to have the support from some amazing volunteers, such as Alisha who has volunteered every Tuesday for 2 years at one of our community nail bars, DOLLIS DOLLS NAILS. Or Franco, who volunteers at our music project The LAB when he’s not busy working as a specialist police officer. Or Maeve, who volunteers at one of our weekly projects alongside finishing her degree at London College of Communication.

Feeling inspired? Here are some examples of how you can get involved – we’re also keen to hear from you as to how you think you may be able to support.

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR: support our Director in managing our diverse day-to-day operational activities. This placement will give you full insight into an award-winning, young charity that works at the cutting edge of creative youth work in London; and into all aspects of operational management in charitable and creative organisations. 2-3 days per week. 

NAIL TECHNICIAN @OUR COMMUNITY NAIL BARS:  We’re looking for an nail technician to join our team as a volunteer to paint nails and deliver our in-house training programme for young women age 8-25. This is an exciting opportunity to make a long-term, transformative impact on the lives of our participants who live in some of London’s most isolated communities. Our award winning community nail bars have been featured by the likes of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and BBC London News. Mondays or Tuesdays // 4-7pm 

MUSIC PRODUCERS @THE LAB MUSIC STUDIO: We’re looking for music producers of Hip-Hop, Grime, Trap, RnB, Dancehall to come and volunteer at our weekly music project, The LAB. You will support young people in making music, teaching them how to use industry standard programmes, and supporting them in completing tracks that will be promoted via our online platforms and showcase events. Wednesdays // 4-7pm 

GET IN TOUCH HELLO@ARTAGAINSTKNIVES.COM 

LAUNCH OF OUR NEW N2 COMBAT ACADEMY

We have teamed up with the East Finchley Combat Academy to launch a new programme of activity & mentoring support for young people in the N2 community.

The N2 COMBAT ACADEMY,  a weekly martial arts & fitness training session launches on Monday 5th June. Participants can access weekly training classes for free, progress within EFCA internal grading scheme & receive mentoring from the inspiring staff team.

This opportunity has been set-up as result of listening to local young people who told us that they wanted more free activities, space to hang out & support into education, employment & training. Working with them, our experienced staff & the team at EFCA, we’re created a unique offer on their doorstep – in direct response to their needs.

We have trained staff at the EFCA in our own ‘safe delivery model’, which includes safeguarding, conflict resolution & mental health first-aid and our bespoke monitoring system. We’ve designed ‘passes’ that will be given out to young people – providing them with free access to the sessions and an awards scheme to celebrate their commitment.

“We’re really excited to be working with such a pro-active organisation, not only to change the lives of vulnerable young people but to change the way that we do things to better affect a wider range of the community in which we exist. Everything we have done with ART AGAINST KNIVES in the past has bred pure positivity.” East Finchley Combat Academy

STUDIO N2 is a new programme of support designed by ART AGAINST KNIVES to reduce serious youth violence & safeguard young people living in the N2 area. We aim to strengthen & increase the early intervention & prevention offer for local young people. It is a partnership between Grange Big Local, Barnet Homes & the local community.

ON THE LOOK OUT FOR NEW TRUSTEES…

We are a young, award-winning charity working with London’s most isolated communities to prevent serious youth violence; through specialist, creative and consistent interventions. In just 6 years we’ve reached and supported over 1000 young people, and we have ambitious plans to widen our impact over the next 3 years.
Check out our TRUSTEES RECRUITMENT PACK & CHAIR OF TRUSTEES RECRUITMENT PACK for more information.

ART AGAINST KNIVES PRESENTS ‘STUDIO N2’

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR

PROGRAMME MANAGER HANNAH BOWMAN

HANNAH@ARTAGAINSTKNIVES.COM

ART AGAINST KNIVES PRESENTS… The LAB “Sessions Vol.1”

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This week we held a listening party to launch our music project ‘The LAB’s’ first mixtape. The evening consisted of an interactive display of the tracks at ‘listening stations’ – curated by the artists themselves, and providing an insight into what inspired them. This was an opportunity for the young artists to gain valuable feedback from industry professionals – and provide them with the energy and confidence they need to stay committed in 2017.

The mixtape feature 10 exclusive tracks, by 10 young artists who have recorded original material during their weekly studio sessions. The album is a true reflection of the hard work, commitment and the fresh talent coming out of the communities we are lucky enough to work with.

We would like to invite you to LISTEN TO or DOWNLOAD the mix tape here.

If you would like to know more please drop us a line on hello@artagainstknives.com

ART AGAINST KNIVES IS RECRUITING FOR A NAIL TRAINER…

WE’RE LOOKING FOR AN EXPERIENCED NAIL TECHNICIAN TO TEACH AT OUR COMMUNITY NAIL BAR PROJECT FOR YOUNG WOMEN

Are you an experienced nail technician & interested in taking on an exciting new role training young women in the community?

We are looking for someone to drive our in-house nail training programme, introduce industry-standard skills training, encourage creativity and support the personal development of young women aged 8-25.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a long-term, transformative impact on the lives of the young women living in one of London’s most isolated communities.

 Instagram @dollisdollsnails // Twitter @DollisDolls

If you are interested please get in touch with Hannah at hello@artagainstknives.com  for the full job description. The deadline for applications is Thursday 23rd February 2017.

 

 

IN OUR HANDS GRADUATION EVENT

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Last night we welcomed local supporters, industry professionals and friends to celebrate the achievements of the first IN OUR HANDS Training Programme. Seven local young women graduated from our pilot programme, and have now launched their careers as freelance nail technicians. This unique, accredited programme of support included a 4 month accredited nail-training programme, a series of masterclasses from inspiring Role Models and industry professionals, volunteering opportunities, weekly mentoring and support into employment.

We invited a whole host of inspiring women to host workshops; Jenny Longworth, an industry known high fashion nail artist, Sharmadean Reid of WAH Nails and The London Academy of Beauty who supported the young women in gaining their Level 1 Diploma in Nail Technology. A bespoke personal development programme was delivered by Jo Smith, of Elevate Associates, which included tools for Managing Yourself, Mindfulness and Goal Setting. Venetia Archer of RUUBY launched the programme with a set of quality standards and summed up the Community Technicians achievements last night with this message…

“On behalf of Ruuby, I wanted to say that we are so delighted to have been involved in this stellar IOH training programme. The girls have all shown immense promise and dedication to building their own skill-sets. Our participation involved detailing the quality standards required with our own Ruuby freelancers: what is required to deliver a fantastic service. The three pillars are 1. Technical Excellence, 2. Professional Conduct, and 3. Desire to Succeed. We have every confidence and belief that after having completed this course, the graduates will be well equipped to deliver on all of the above.”

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So what’s next… this month the the IOH Community Technicians will be putting their new skills into practice by delivering a number of pop-up nail bars for some of our corporate partners –  kick starting with a halloween themed event at the projects funder’s office, MyLotto24.

If you would like to book the IOH Community Technicians for a community or corporate pop-up please contact hello@artagainstknives.com

GOODBYE TO TWO OF OUR LONGEST-STANDING VOLUNTEERS…

On Tuesday we said goodbye to two of our longest standing volunteers Jessica and Janneke who have been volunteering on our Dollis Dolls Community Nail Bar project for 2 and 4 years respectively. Every week they have painted nails, shared their creative talents and been inspirational positive role models for the young women on Dollis Valley Estate, North London.

Whilst she had her nails done, we asked one of our regular participants Ramisa to interview them both about their experience volunteering with Art Against Knives….

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Why are you leaving?

Janneke: “I’m leaving because I am proud of what we have achieved: a dedicated counsellor, accredited teaching programme, and the girls I have known since they were 12/13 have blossomed into brilliant young women. They make me so proud and I have nothing more to teach them ’’

Jessica: “I’m leaving to concentrate and develop my career path and build on the work I did during my masters, in which Dollis Dolls played an important role in’’

What made you want to volunteer in the first place?

Janneke: “When I still worked office hours, I vowed that when I went freelance I’d pay it forward. It has been more rewarding and conducive to my creative career than I could’ve expected #AllTheCheesyFeels ’’

Jessica: “I saw Art Against Knives Founder Katy give a talk and I thought that she was inspiring and very authentic, and I wanted to work with young people during my masters research, but it quickly became more than just research – I fell in love with the project and all the people involved’’

What has been your most favourite moment at Dollis Dolls?

Janneke: “My favourite moment would be when we all went to Universal Music to host a pop-up nail bar, because the girls really stepped it up, and made me so proud. Another would be watching our girls pick up their well deserved Jack Petchey awards, and finally painting nails in the burning sun with Katy in the middle of Grahame Park estate on a broken ping pong table’’

Jessica: “My favourite moments have been when we went to the House of Commons, as well as doing the street photography workshop with Tanya Nagar, and doing the fashion revolution project, and finally taking some of the Dollis Dolls to the ‘better lives’ conference at the London College of Fashion.’’

To read the full interview check out our DOLLIS DOLLS BLOG, created by the participants themselves.  

If you are inspired by Jessica and Janneke and interested in volunteering with us, then please get in touch hello@artagainstknives.com

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4TH ANNUAL DOLLIS VALLEY BALLERS BASKETBALL EVENT

 ART AGAINST KNIVES

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DOLLIS VALLEY BALLERS

2 : 2 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE // SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST 2016 // 11AM – 4PM

@THE RAINBOW CENTRE, DOLLIS VALLEY DRIVE, BARNET, EN5 2UN

This summer we will be hosting our 4th annual Basketball event on Dollis Valley estate, and this year the FREE community event is set to be bigger and better than ever. Entertainment will include…

LIVE MUSIC from local DJs, MCs and Musicians from THE LAB

LIVE DANCE performance from a local dance group

A SIZZLING BBQ – FREE for young people

POP-UP NAIL BAR hosted by our very own DOLLIS DOLLS NAIL BAR

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WATCH OUR FILM HERE TO SEE A PAST EVENT & HELP US TO SPREAD THE WORD!

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Teams need to pre-register to play on the day, all the details, rules and sign-up forms can be found from our event website: https://dollisvalleyballers.wordpress.com/

For more information please call 07984481971 or drop us a line at hello@artagainstknives.com

 

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