News and Updates
BTEG is now an approved BIG Assist supplier
BIG Assist is a programme for infrastructure organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; delivered under contract to the Big Lottery Fund by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
The programme works to support infrastructure organisations based in England, to be more efficient, effective, sustainable and better able to adapt to the current and future operating environment. For more information on the BIG Assist programme visit the BIG Assist website.
BTEG has recently been approved as a BIG Assist Supplier to offer support to infrastructure organisations. We can be found in the BIG Assist ‘marketplace’ here
This recognition builds on over 20 years of supporting voluntary sector organisations to support their organisational development and sustainability.
Eliemental: Helping you to develop enterprise in your community.
The Eliemental project ran for three years and has been a partnership of universities, businesses and enterprise support agencies creating an EU-wide qualification in enterprise and employability with electronic resources to support the delivery of the qualification
The project was funded by the European Union Lifelong Learning Fund, and involved partners from the UK, Poland, Greece and Romania. We worked with over 150 people from groups vulnerable to social exclusion, including older women who have been out of the labour market, minority ethnic groups (Roma, Bengali and others), migrants, people with chronic health problems (including mental health issues), young people out of education and training, ex-offenders and recovering substance users.
On the 1st December 2015, a project closure event was hosted in Brussels which had high-profile speakers from across Europe, including business owners, MEPs and academics. The event included a number of workshops in which we shared the Eliemental approach to developing enterprise in disadvantaged communities. This approach has gained tremendous momentum and has helped communities in the UK, Romania, Greece and Poland tackle a number of challenges within hyper-local areas, as evidenced by one trainee who commented recently: "Without the Eliemental enterprise training, I would not have done my business plan so well...I've tried it before on other courses and never managed to do
The training materials will be available online on the BTEG website or Eliemental website in the New Year.
R2S in West Yorkshire
The Routes2Success team are excited that we have received further funding to reach out to young black males in West Yorkshire
The R2S team have been very busy this year, not only with our local projects but with ensuring that we expand our reach on a national level. So we were very pleased when Big Lottery agreed to fund a Project Support Officer in West Yorkshire. In addition we just received news that the Safer Communities Fund in Leeds have agreed to help fund R2S in Leeds for a further two months, which means we will have more of a capacity to reach and inspire young black males in West Yorkshire.
Claude Hendrickson is our new R2S Project Support Officer for West Yorkshire; he is currently recruiting role models in Leeds, Huddersfield and Wakefield. We had our first role model training and induction day in Leeds on 26th September.
Seven successful black professional men attended the day, all from different professions such as barristers, teachers and youth workers and are ready to start inspiring the next generation of young black men.
“The day’s session was excellent. Thank you” Frankyln Zakers, Barrister.
The day was filled with vital training such as safeguarding, delivered by consultant Annetta Bennett, presentation and facilitation skills by Programme Manager Brianna Cyrus and then, most importantly, sharing information about what is required by our role models at events.
It was a great opportunity for the men to find out more about the programme, our objectives and our successes to date.
We are hoping to have another training and induction day again in West Yorkshire with more enthusiastic black men who want to get involved. If you know anyone who would be interested or even simply wants more information, please tell them to get in touch with the R2S team email@example.com or visit our website
Self-development through creative writing
Routes2Success Role Model DD Armstrong helps young black prisoners from HMP Wayland to publish their own collection of short stories
R2S role model Dd Armstrong’s first visited HMP Wayland in October 2013 where he presented his story about how creative writing changed his life. Having being excluded from school just before his GCSE exams and getting involved in criminal activities Dd ended up in HMP Wandsworth on remand. While in prison Dd found a new love for reading and writing. After his release, having been found innocent of all charges, Dd decided to pursue a career in writing. He has since had his book ‘Lynch’s Road’ published and his play ‘You Know What You Are’ was featured at Talawa Firsts 2013.
The role that creative writing has played in turning Dd’s life around led him to not only volunteer as a role model for R2S but also to expose other young offenders to the benefits of expressing themselves through the creative arts. As a result, Dd created a short creative writing through self-development course to be delivered at HMP Wayland. In June 2015, Dd, along with R2S Programme Manager Brianna Cyrus, spent two days at the prison in Norfolk delivering the course to eight black prisoners. The result was Beyond Words, an anthology of short stories written by the prisoners and edited by Dd.
In October 2015, just in time for Black History Month celebrations, BTEG Director Jeremy Crook and R2S role models Dd Armstrong and Tony Henry went to HMP Wayland to launch the anthology. The prisoners, who were from all different backgrounds and had different writing abilities, were pleased with the final product. Their sense of achievement and success was displayed on their faces as Dd presented the publication.
“I thought this project was very good and it has really inspired me”
Prisoner at HMP Wayland
“I had the pleasure of working with eight young men, all of different abilities and from different walks of life. But together they found a common ground – writing. They worked hard; investing time, thoughts and used their imagination, surprisingly not always an easy task whilst in custody. Together they have produced a piece of work they should be proud of. I know I am.”
Business Administrator at HMP Wayland
Get your copy of ‘The Beyond Words Anthology’ here