British Airways i360’s local charity partner is Trust for Developing Communities (TDC).
TDC provides advice, support and training for disadvantaged communities in Brighton and Hove, empowering them to aim high and work together to effect positive change.
British Airways i360 will support TDC’s child and youth projects, raising awareness and funds for a whole range of activities and projects.
Read more about the work that TDC do, and what the partnership means to both the charity and us, here, or read on to find out more about their current projects.
TDC are currently working in:
- Queens Park and Craven Vale
The Youth Work Team at TDC are trained and qualified in Youth Work and/or Community Development. They help children and young people help themselves through hand ups, not hand-outs, working on community engagement and offering training so that young people can form and run their own groups.
TDC have some incredible stories of the work they have done and these case-studies really showcase their work on the ground.
Riziki was 12 years old when she first became involved with TDC. It was clear she had the motivation to improve things in her local community, and after thriving in several TDC groups she was asked to join the Big Dish Out, a teen-led project to commission £20,000 of council money to local charities.
Riziki went from strength to strength – speaking at the national Green Party conference at the age of 16. When she was 17 years old, TDC invited Riziki to join its board of trustees. Last year her voluntary efforts were formally acknowledged in a letter from Prime Minister David Cameron, later reported on in the Argus. What a story.
When TDC workers met Daisy she was 1 years old, her family had no money and she had behavioural issues. They encouraged her to join a young women’s group in the community and by the time she was 15 years old, she was helping run the sessions.
Following incredible growth through the women’s group, Daisy wanted to study Health and Social Care at college. She immediately hit a stumbling block because she could not afford the bus fare. TDC helped her build her CV with the skills she had accrued from volunteering and gave her a reference which helped her secure part-time work. Daisy could now support herself and control her own life.
Daisy is now 18 years old and continues to volunteer with TDC. She believes the volunteering has helped her achieve her potential so would like to give other young women those same opportunities. A sustainable change in more ways than one.
When the TDC met CC she was 11 and hanging out alone in the local park. Her confidence was low and she was very shy amongst the other girls, barely talking to anyone, so she was encouraged to join a youth group.
During a session where the group were discussing health and wellbeing, CC drew a poster about eating disorders. The TDC worker noticed and arranged to meet with her 1:2:1, discovering CC was indeed worried about weight and was hiding food, skipping meals and exercising excessively. TDC workers helped CC tell her mother and offered support and counselling with specialist mental health services.
Now 16, CC is excited about going to college and has become an advocate for mental health projects in the City. Her messages are heard by younger children through schools work and her testimonials.