Born from the unprovoked stabbing of art student Oliver Hemsley.
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THE ‘IN OUR HANDS’ PRINT COLLECTION

ART AGAINST KNIVES have launched an exclusive collection of prints and postcards on International Day of the Girl to mark the 5th anniversary of our ‘IN OUR HANDS’ programme that has supported over 500 young women in just 5 years.

The collection of limited edition prints and postcards have been created by the inspiring young women who attend one of our community nail bar’s ‘Dollis Dolls Nails‘ on Dollis Valley estate, North London. Through a series of creative workshops they explored and designed their own positive messages to inspire others.

The IN OUR HANDS programme consists of 2 community nail bars, with a 3rd one on the way, a accredited training programme and regular pop-ups across London. We embed specialist expertise into nail bars that are part of community life, allowing us to intervene early and significantly reduce the risks young women and girls face.

Prints and postcards are available to purchase via our ONLINE GALLERY – all proceeds go straight back into the programme to help us reach hundreds more young women across London.

A special thanks to the young artists, Marisol, Nadia, Saphia, Skye and Valerie

IN OUR HANDS POP-UP NAIL BAR @ THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

Our IN OUR HANDS Technicians were invited to host their very own pop-up nail bar at The House of Commons in Westminster. The event was hosted by MyLotto24 in the Stranger’s Dining Room, who showcased a number of  the projects they have supported through their Good Neighbourhood Fund.

Our IN OUR HANDS Technicians delivered a number of ‘speed appointments’, including mini-manicures, hand massages and ‘man’icures for male attendees. The nail bar was so popular we had to implement a queuing system! The event’s host, Mims Davies (MP for Eastleigh) had the full IOH treatment experience complete with polka dot nail art.

MyLotto24 generously support our annual IN OUR HANDS Training Programme which takes young women from North London, aged 17 – 30 through a unique, accredited programme of support designed to help them in creating their own positive futures. This includes a Level 1 Diploma in Nail Technology, a series of masterclasses from inspiring Role Models and industry professionals, volunteering and showcase opportunities and access into employment. 

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

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