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November 14th, 2017

Half Term Fun!

Hello again! I have been with Canaan Project for just over a month now, and what a month it has been! I have loved getting to know the girls at all of our provision and starting Girls Club in a new school. We had a great response to our 2 new girls lunch clubs, over […]

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October 17th, 2017

Welcome to our new Young Womens worker!

Hello, My name is Jess and I am the most recent addition to the Canaan team. WOO! I am so excited to be working as a young women’s worker and have just entered my second week of work. I have been to made feel so welcome and valued already which is amazing. So let me […]

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September 1st, 2017

The Game of Life

One of the reasons I like to think I’m so passionate and excited about youth work is because as a teenager, the relationships I valued the most were the ones that helped me navigate those awkward years of finding out who I was, where I wanted to end up, and who would celebrate my successes […]

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June 14th, 2017

Defying Gravity

During the May half term, we had a full and varied week of fun with different young women from each of our Lunch Clubs and of course, the one and only Cranbrook Girls Club. We kicked off the week with a cooking competition on the Cranbrook Estate, where each team had to make garlic bread […]

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March 20th, 2017

International Womens Day

Happy Belated International Women’s Day to our male and female readers alike. This day is particularly special to me (Annie) because it was this time last year that I received the call to say I’d been offered the job as the new Young Woman’s Worker – and what a year it has been. Over the […]

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September 23rd, 2016

A model of trying

At the beginning of the summer the Canaan Project took some of our young women on trips. We went into Central London and down the Thames in a River Boat (the Essex girl in me was super excited that you could use an Oyster card on a boat – who knew?!) and we braved the […]

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August 30th, 2016

Taking centre stage

Hi! My name is Annie and I’ve recently starting working for the Canaan Project as part of a Graduate Placement. I’ve just finished my degree in Theology, and am looking forward to starting an MA in Youth and Community work come September. As much as I’d love to keep talking about myself, I’m actually writing […]

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March 11th, 2016

Our Pledge for Parity

As many of you will be aware, it was International Women’s Day this week – an opportunity to celebrate the valuable and vital contribution that women make to the world but also to remember the inequalities that still exist and the work still to be done. This year’s campaign called on people to make a […]

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February 5th, 2016

Journeying well

Since the last time I wrote I have travelled several thousand miles across the world and walked several thousand meters up a mountain. Meanwhile, I am stunned to tell you that the total you’ve given has increased by several thousand pounds as well! At last count we had received just over £3,500 in donations. Enormous […]

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December 14th, 2015

Kili for Canaan Update!

I’ve just done some maths and am excited to announce that we have raised an amazing £1,579.81 in sponsorship so far. Over the last few months we have been blown away by the generosity of friends, and friends of friends, near and far! A special mention must go to Marianne’s colleagues who not only gave […]

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December 11th, 2015

Sanctuary

We’ve been thinking a lot recently about what 2016 could look like for our work and held a consultation today with some of our older girls to try to understand what it is that made them come and what keeps them coming. When we put these questions to them, with almost no hesitation one girl said, […]

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November 23rd, 2015

Unity in Diversity

Like people across the country and beyond, I went to work last week with the events of Beirut and Paris, and all that they represent, very much on my mind. We ran our lunch club as usual on Monday and as I looked around the room of 20 young women, chatting, laughing, playing and eating […]

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October 26th, 2015

Kili for Canaan

On News Years Eve, I (Fiona) and one of our brilliant volunteers and friends, Marianne, will be jetting off to Tanzania to take on a six day trek to the ‘roof of Africa’.  It was whilst summitting the Beeston Bump, Norfolk (63m above sea level), that we were inspired to embrace our mutual love of […]

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October 16th, 2015

Another small step

I have another mini success story for you this week. I’ve been talking at length to one of our girls over the last couple of weeks who has faced some situations that have really upset and worried her. We discussed the situations from every possible angle, exploring her perception of how she and others had […]

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October 7th, 2015

Reflections from the ‘newbie’

Being the ‘newbie’ at Canaan Project has been fun and challenging. Having been in my previous job for 6 years, it has taken some getting used to having to be the new person in the team and the one asking all of the questions! I’ve learnt lots of new things already, including how to play […]

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September 18th, 2015

Role Models

This week has been a good week. I achieved two goals, one personal and one professional, that were the result of months of work and persistence. On both occasions I was buzzing with excitement and bursting to tell someone. My mind quickly went to people that knew how important this would be to me and […]

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September 7th, 2015

Endings and beginnings 

This summer has been a time of change at Canaan Project as we said goodbye to two of our youth workers, Tessa and Tanya. Inspired by their experiences of working with Bangladeshi people in Tower Hamlets, Tessa and her husband Phil have made the exciting decision to move to Bangladesh for two years where Phil […]

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January 23rd, 2015

Feeding the ducks

We often hear stories of difficult incidents or situations that are faced by the girls that we work with or those close to them. We work hard to support these young women by listening, allowing them space to talk about and process their feelings, helping them decide how they want to respond and advocating for […]

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December 19th, 2014

Its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Canaan Project has been getting in the festive spirit this week as we had our last session of the year, our Christmas party! As has now become tradition, Tanya and the team cooked an impressive Christmas dinner and we played some silly games all of which seemed to have the main purpose of making as […]

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November 21st, 2014

Community

Last week we helped run a Community Day on the Cranbrook Estate along with several members of the Tenants and Residents Association and Cranbrook Community Garden. There was biscuit decorating, a bouncy castle, a fancy dress competition, face painting and a tree mural which everyone that came was encouraged to contribute to. A group of […]

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November 7th, 2014

Half Term Highlights

Half term holidays always mean trips for us and last week was no exception. We have a whole new cohort of Year 7’s in our Year 7 Lunch Club who we are loving getting to know and a mass pilgrimage to the ice skating rink always works wonders for this process so two minibuses of […]

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September 12th, 2014

Summer Fun

Its been a busy summer here at the Canaan Project and lots of happy memories have been made. Each week we had an afternoon at the centre doing a variety of arts and crafts, games, sports and baking, and an afternoon of ‘shop, cook, eat’ where the young women got to choose a recipe, buy […]

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June 20th, 2014

Woodland Adventures

Its been a couple of weeks since we returned from our Cranbrook Girls Club residential and though the tiredness, bites and bruises have faded, the impact the trip had on the group is still very much alive. After making ourselves at home in our woodland lodge, we soon found ourselves scrambling over walls and under […]

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May 23rd, 2014

Overcoming Barriers

This time next week we will be in the Kent countryside with 10 of our girls, preparing for the journey home after 3 days of navigating rope courses in the tree tops and roasting marshmallows over camp fires, exhausted but hopefully happy! We absolutely love taking young people out of London, to explore new places […]

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May 16th, 2014

Womens Rights

At our Cranbrook Girls Club this week we had a great discussion about what it means to be a woman. I read out a series of statements about women’s rights and roles and the girls had to go to a different part of the room to show if they agreed, disagreed or weren’t sure. They […]

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April 18th, 2014

Easter times

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been making the most of the Easter holidays and the sunshine they’ve brought with them by getting out and about with some of our girls. We had the pleasure of hosting a self defense workshop run by Liz and Pete Anderson from Inner Change. It was interesting to […]

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April 11th, 2014

Cooking Club Celebration

Our first Cooking Club group has successfully completed their course. And to celebrate we took the group for a meal at a restaurant on the Southbank. We got the tube to Embankment and walked across the bridge, checking out the sights on the way and waving at the boats. None of the girls had been […]

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March 28th, 2014

Broadening Horizons

On Wednesday this week we took two young women to visit the Spotlight Youth Centre. This is a new Arts Centre for young people in Poplar, offering state of the art facilities and specialist instructors in a whole range of arts based activities. We got the bus together with our girls, from Bethnal Green to […]

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March 17th, 2014

Love

This week at Girls Club was an opportunity for the young women to show off their artistic skills as we painted some beautiful canvases. The girls were asked to come up with a word that was important to them, such as ‘family’ or ‘hope’, and produce a painting based around that. Some of the girls […]

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March 7th, 2014

Why I love this picture

I love this picture. It captures for me some of what Canaan Project is about. I love the diversity represented. Every one of the girls in this picture has a different cultural heritage and therefore life experiences and expectations. Yet in this instance they are not being defined by their difference but by what they […]

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February 21st, 2014

Schools out!

As teenagers and teachers across the country both breath a sigh of relief as the arrival of half-term signals a weeks well earned rest, we at the Canaan Project also look forward to the change it brings to our routine. School holidays act as a punctuation mark in our programme and offer us the opportunity […]

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February 7th, 2014

Cooking

It’s been another great week on the Cranbrook. We had our first Cooking Club session. We got warmed up with a nice game of Food Safety charades! Then had a little rummage in the Cranbrook Community Garden under the expert guidance of Laura, the head gardener, to discover what a herb is, see how they […]

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January 24th, 2014

“A place where things get sorted out”

As we have just begun a new term, we spent some time with our after school group, reflecting on what things they’d enjoyed and learnt from last year. It was a good time remembering fun activities and trips and new things that had been tried. It was also encouraging to hear what things the girls had […]

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January 17th, 2014

Happy New Year!

The New Year is well under way but I just wanted to pause to update you with some reflections on our last term and its many firsts as there was lots to celebrate. It was our teams first term together and it was a pleasure and privilege sharing in our passion for young women, discovering […]

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December 20th, 2013

Christmas at the Cranbrook

We’ve had a lovely Christmassy week at Canaan Project full of paper snowflakes, Mariah Carey renditions and perhaps most impressively a full Christmas dinner cooked by our wonderful staff and volunteers for our Cranbrook Girls Club. Tessa and I wrapped presents and strung up fairy lights while Tanya and her kitchen crew somehow squeezed 3 […]

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December 13th, 2013

We did it!

Last Sunday the long awaited day finally came and we got to don our Santa Suits and put all our training in to practice. 10 Canaan Project staff and trusty volunteers joined several thousand other Santas to run 5km round Victoria Park to raise money for our charity of choice – Canaan Project! It was […]

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December 6th, 2013

The Importance of being Interrupted

My thoughts have been on safe guarding this week, after attending Child Protection training and following the release of the Children’s Commissioner’s report in to Child Exploitation in Gangs and Groups. These both brought into stark and distressing reality, the horrors that are faced by some of our children and young people. A key theme […]

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November 15th, 2013

Jumble Sale pt 2

Our preparations paid off and we had a great time at the Cranbrook Jumble Sale last Saturday. Seven of our girls gave up their lie-in and braved the rain to help set-up and run our stall. In fact we had so many willing helpers that we were able to lend them to help out other […]

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November 8th, 2013

Jumble Sale

This week we have been busily preparing for a jumble sale that is taking place this Saturday in the Cranbrook Community Centre where we work, organised by the estates Residents Association (TRA). Over the last few weeks we’ve been gathering and sorting (and trying on, as you can see…!) lots of clothes and other bits […]

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November 4th, 2013

Run Santa, Run!

The Canaan team and some of our friends are going to be taking part in a sponsored Santa Run on 8th December to raise money for the projects valuable work. Running to raise money for a charitable organisation is something that we see every year and we know that the hundreds of thousands of pounds […]

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October 25th, 2013

Cookies and Cream

Our Cranbrook Girls Club were at large this week as we took them out for ice-cream at Cookies and Cream in Whitechapel for an end of term treat. For many this was their first visit and they made full use of the unlimited sauces and squirty cream (not going to win a prize for healthiest […]

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October 18th, 2013

Volunteers

The Canaan Project is a little charity; we only employ four members of staff, three of which are part time. This means we rely massively on our wonderful volunteers. We are really grateful for our volunteers that offer time on a weekly basis as well as those that come for just one or two sessions. […]

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October 11th, 2013

Happy Day of the Girl!

Today is the second annual International Day of the Girl Child, which was established as a result of a UN resolution adopted in 2011. The Day of the Girl came out of a recognition of the “the unique challenges girls face around the world” and is about highlighting inequalities, campaigning for positive change and encouraging […]

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September 27th, 2013

Introducing…Tanya!

Hey beautiful people! My name is Tanya. I am excited about being the new member of the wonderful Canaan Project team. It is sweet to have the opportunity and pleasure to be working with young women in Tower Hamlets. I have already been blessed by all the girls I have met. So a little about […]

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September 20th, 2013

The little things

When I tell people I’m a youth worker they often say to me, “that must be really rewarding”. When I started doing youth work I thought this reward would come from seeing dramatic, overnight changes in young peoples’ lives. And although there are occassions when this is the case, I have learnt that more often […]

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September 13th, 2013

…and we’re back!

Well autumn seems to have arrived over night and shorts and flip flops have been exchanged for coats and scarves as the heat of our amazing summer already seems like a distant memory. Canaan Project is also entering a new season with a few changes of its own. This summer we said our final farewells […]

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July 26th, 2013

Summer 2013

We are going to take of the next few weeks off and return to blogging some time in September. The summer is going to consist of looking toward the future of the Canaan Project as Fiona takes over and leads with her vision for the future. It is an exciting time and opportunity to develop […]

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July 19th, 2013

The last words…

This is my penultimate blog (James). These are my ‘famous last words’. As you can imagine I have been reflecting over the last 5/6 years at the Canaan Project, the high lights the low lights of my experiences. There are plenty of examples of things I am proud to have been involved in, over all […]

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July 12th, 2013

A week of Goodbyes!

So we have been finishing off some of the sessions this week especially in schools. These weigh heavy for Canaan Project volunteers and staff – we are not falling to piece’s!! But we have strong relationships with young people and have had for a number of years and it saddens us to leave these relationships because they […]

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July 5th, 2013

A new direction…

We began our girls-only work in response to the fact that we were seeing very few young women accessing our mixed, evening provision. This situation is replicated in youth clubs in Tower Hamlets, and right across the country, and means that young women are very often not accessing or benefitting from youth provision as much […]

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July 5th, 2013

PARTY!!

We had a big leaving do at the Teviot Centre last night! With a BBQ – here is the queue! More pictures coming soon!

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June 28th, 2013

The Need…

Fiona has developed some incredible work with young women which is a leading example of practice in Tower Hamlets and will look to continue to focus the work of the Canaan Project on young women in the future. From our experience, young women in Tower Hamlets face many issues, from the universal experience of negotiating […]

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June 21st, 2013

Endings and Beginnings

‘What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.’ T S Eliiot, ‘Four Quartets’ This Blog is a personal blog from me (James Fawcett), I am going to leave the Canaan Project at the end of August 2013. […]

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June 14th, 2013

Endings

So there are some changes at the Canaan Project which will be announced in the coming weeks. These changes are bringing about endings, these two combined, change and endings can lead to people feeling insecure and insecurity can lead to lots of different behaviour, especially in young people. Endings are in important in Youth Work, […]

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June 7th, 2013

Sun and Exams

Lots of the young people we are working with at the moment are going through exams, rather than sitting in the sun (although some of them are sitting in the Sun!) and that will be a problem in the future when it comes to results day! We spend this time of year in a mix […]

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May 31st, 2013

Sustainable?

This is a term that seems popular in charity/business/media culture at the moment. We often have these words or phrases that are fashionable for a time, a few years ago everyone was ‘innovative’! Our 4th missional point is that we say we want to be ‘sustainable’, it’s really important for us to be here and […]

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May 24th, 2013

Working ‘with’ rather than ‘on’…

I have been thinking this week about the picture we present to others about the young people we work with. It’s important to the Canaan Project that we are honest with ourselves, our funders and most importantly with the young people we work with. The latest film ‘I Want to Be’ paints a beautiful picture […]

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May 10th, 2013

I Want To Be – Screening

Tonight we are screening the new film called I Want To Be. The film will go live on the Website tonight and you will be able to view it! Exciting times!

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May 3rd, 2013

Conversations

We had an interesting conversation with a group of young women this week about their upcoming work experience, as some of the young people in the group were not sure what they wanted to do for it. As we talked through the different job options the young people began to share fears they had about […]

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April 26th, 2013

Derek’s Perspective!

Nearly sleepless nights, coffee packed days and noise all around… it sounds like a residential! So just the other week (as you can see in previous posts) that we took a number of young people away on a residential. Amidst all the craziness I think that the young people learnt a lot getting to do […]

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April 19th, 2013

Tessa’s Residential

Now that we’ve all almost recovered from the residential we’ve had some time to think back over what we learnt whilst we were away. It was great to see the young women back at girls club this week, and to hear them still talking about the residential! At the beginning of our residential to Hind […]

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April 12th, 2013

Easter Residential

We took 13 young women from the Teviot Estate and Langdon Park School to Hind Leap Warren, an activities centre for young people in the Sussex Countryside. It was fun!! Here are some of our favourite quotes: Setting in the natural forest: ‘Why did they make it sooooo muddy?’ During the forest adventure: ‘Just kill […]

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April 5th, 2013

A Residential!

Easter is under way! We are running a residential next week for 13 young women, residential are really important for the Canaan Project, we tend to focus our residential on certain aspects, this time we are focusing on Communication. We will engage young people in a range of activities that encourage them to practice and reflect on different aspects of communication in […]

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March 29th, 2013

He’s a ‘road man’…

This term is used by Young People to describe a person that spends their time on the street generally it has a negative feel, ‘road men’ tend to hang out on the street corners, speak in a slang, and possibly engage in illegal activities, they may have a general street ‘swagger’ – an air of […]

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March 22nd, 2013

All Change…

So after Easter the we are slightly changing what we are doing, we are continuing to develop the new work in the Cranbrook with an extra couple of sessions. We are going to stop one night of provision on the Teviot after the Easter break, we do this with a mixture of sadness and excitedness […]

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March 15th, 2013

Voluntary Participation 2

So on Monday we went Rock Climbing with a group of young people…this is the end of a story… A particular group of young people have been asking for a while (what seems forever) if we can take them on a residential holiday trip. The main reason we have not, is financial we can not afford to […]

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March 8th, 2013

Voluntary Participation

100% of the young people that cross the threshold of the Canaan Project sessions are there because they want to be there. It is really important to the Canaan Project that young people choose to access our sessions and choose to engage with us. We believe in your people as autonomous beings and their choice […]

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March 1st, 2013

New boots, old shoes (Child Poverty)

Big news: one of the staff here at the Canaan Project have just gotten a new pair of boots! This exciting feature has brought us round to looking at the area we are working in; Tower Hamlets. The BBC have recently released an article where a campaign has given some shocking statistics. These new boots […]

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February 22nd, 2013

Ice Skating

This week we went ice skating with 20 young women for Langdon Park School Young Women’s lunch club. This was a slightly terrorising prospect for the Canaan team, partly because of the ‘millions’ of amateur young people skating in Half Term and with falling over left, right and centre and visions of fingers and skates […]

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February 15th, 2013

A Spotlight shines in Tower Hamlets

So we were just given the privilege to walk around the new Spotlight Youth Centre being built in Langdon Park. This new centre will be a big part of youth work in this area, and of course, a big part of the young people’s lives. They will be able to get more involved with the […]

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February 8th, 2013

The new film

The new film is in the last stages of editing and production! It has been long haul! But we are nearing completion and it is really exciting! We are hoping to have some sort of release in March. The Canaan Project is all about giving young people a voice and this film is part of […]

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February 1st, 2013

London has a river?!

I saw this quote this week: ‘You would be surprised how many of my children have no idea that there is a river flowing through London’ Amanda Phillips, Head, Culloden Primary School, Poplar Part of our role at the Canaan Project is about helping young people to broaden their horizons. In our experience young people […]

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January 25th, 2013

Communication

This has come up over the last few weeks in a new way at the Canaan Project. Communication is a continual issue for the young people that we work with, and the difficulties they face because they struggle to communicate, what they think, or feel. The Canaan Project works with a diverse range of young […]

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January 11th, 2013

New year – new start

It was good to go back into one of the centres that we have been using for a session for young people 11 – 19,  after a 3 week break which was before the Christmas break, we continued the session outside on street based detached. We ended up outside because a couple of the young […]

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January 4th, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

A happy new year to all the readers of the Blog! Do keep reading for more exciting news on the journey from the Canaan Project!

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December 28th, 2012

Looking back…numbers

Well it has been a an exciting year, with lots of highs and some lows! Here is some stats that some up our year: The Canaan Project has 751 Registered young people on our database Over 250 individual sessions for young people in 2012 In November we averaged 76 hours per week of face to […]

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December 21st, 2012

Happy Christmas

This week was full of Christmas parties, making ginger biscuits, quizzes, karaoke and lots of silly games! As the picture suggests! HAPPY CHRISTMAS from CANAAN PROJECT!

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December 14th, 2012

Working together…makes us stronger

We have a number of partners that we work with and really appreciate. These people contribute and compliment the work that we do with young people. Canaan Project as a small dynamic organisation which sees its role as discussed before in this blog as being ‘Generic Specialists’ we have information to share, in areas such […]

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December 7th, 2012

Funding the Gaps

Just to make sure you are up to date, we are currently £13,320 short for this years budget which runs September to August (we have a strange year!) We are continuing raise funds through application to Charitable Trust Funds which we are very grateful to those that have given toward the Canaan Project, vision and […]

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November 30th, 2012

The Contrast!

Last night the Canaan Project had to call the Police to a session, as we had some drunk young men refusing to leave the session and then the whole youth club turned against us! The boundaries being pushed again a regular theme in this blog! We stood our ground and drew a line which they […]

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November 23rd, 2012

Tessa’s new!

Hi, I’m new too! I’m Tessa. I’ve just moved from Chester, where I’d been living for the past three years studying Christian Youth work, to live here, in the lovely Tower Hamlets, and work for the Canaan project as a Youth worker. Originally I’m from Birmingham though. I feel very honoured to be working for such an […]

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November 16th, 2012

Crossing the Road…

The other day whilst on my bike I was waiting at a traffic light and a whole group of school pupils were parading past with the Green man confirming their safe passage.  At the back of the group was a teacher as the teacher and 3 or 4 of the pupils approached the crossing the […]

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November 9th, 2012

Ever Grateful!

Sometimes it is really difficult working with young people! I have described youth work, in the past as looking for golden nuggets in a massive piles of hay, often times we talk on this blog about the nuggets, not about the hay. This is mainly because the hay is really boring! I was thinking about […]

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November 7th, 2012

Hey, I’m new here…

Hello everyone, I’m Derek. I’ve just started working with the Canaan Project as a Student Youth Worker. Here’s a little about me… I’ve come all the way over to London from the small place of Northern Ireland, and even before that America. So basically, I was born in America and lived there for 15 years […]

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November 2nd, 2012

Diversity

I was asked to do a lecture on working in a Multi Faith environment last week. It was a really interesting opportunity, it is something I am really aware of, working in Tower Hamlets. 60 – 70% of the young people we work with are of a Bangladeshi ethnic origin and I would say that […]

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October 26th, 2012

New Staff

In the coming weeks I will introduce you too, two new members of the team. This is really exciting for the Canaan Project as we move forward in bringing excellent services to the young people of Tower Hamlets. This will increase our capacity for each week as we continue to develop the service, we are […]

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October 19th, 2012

More Filming

As the picture shows (if you look closely) we have been doing a little bit more filming for the new Canaan Project film ‘I Want To Be’. The footage is now with the editor being edited and we will hopefully have a finished product in November. The film is really exciting and is a great […]

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October 12th, 2012

New Session

This week we started a new session on the Cranbrook Estate in Tower Hamlets. It took off with 10 young people registering and 5 or 10 more hanging about testing out whether we are ‘ok’ or not, with suspicions running deep that we were the ‘feds’ (police). Some of the feedback from the young people […]

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October 5th, 2012

Archery

We had another first for the Canaan Project last night…. Archery at the Teviot Centre provided by The Urban Adventure Base. We love taking young people out and about to experience new things but it was also amazing to be able to bring a specialist activity like archery right onto their doorsteps. Everyone enjoyed it […]

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October 1st, 2012

New Term…New Books

We at the Canaan Project are settling back in to a normal(ish) rhythm after the summer break. Some clubs have taken off others are quieter as young people settle back in to their new school year. We are starting some exciting work in Morpeth High School over the next few months aiming to work with […]

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September 21st, 2012

Peter

This week I (Fiona) had the pleasure of attending a Certificate Ceremony with one of our volunteers, Peter Draper, who completed a Conflict Resolution and Leadership Qualification with Leap Confronting Conflict. Peter took part in a leadership weekend and a week long training course called a Quarrel Shop in Conflict Resolution Skills which he then […]

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September 21st, 2012

Role Models

With the Olympics fading into the background and questions about Legacy hanging in the air. The conversations about Mo Farah or Usian Bolt are great and a celebration of the extra-ordinary people is really inspiring but I think sometimes can sometimes seem so far removed from us. After all only one person can be the […]

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September 14th, 2012

I Want To Be

Just a reminder that the film we made mentioned in the Blog a few weeks ago is on the way really soon. It is in the final stages of editing. Lots of the young women the Canaan Project works with lack self-esteem and this means that they often assume they don’t have anything of value […]

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September 7th, 2012

A Big Thank You!

I wanted to write a blog to THANK the small trust funds and personal donations that the Canaan Project receives each year. They make such a difference to the finances and the general running of the Canaan Project. In fact we could not run without them and they therefore make such a difference to the […]

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August 31st, 2012

Painting!

We helped paint the Community Centre on the Cranbrook estate over the Summer. Here are some photos! This is a picture of the team from the Faroe Islands that helped to make this possible. You might notice the green doors behind them, they did those too! Before: That is Keith – he basically made sure […]

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August 24th, 2012

Planning

As a follow on from last weeks blog – the evaluation of the year –  we made some plans (aided by the book)! We especially concentrated on the environment we want to create in all the sessions we run for young people as mentioned in the blog a couple of weeks ago. We felt that […]

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August 17th, 2012

Evaluation

So last week the Canaan Project took the week out to do some planning and evaluation as mentioned in the last blog. This was a really excellent opportunity to look over the last year and think about the successes of the Canaan Project, the number of young people totally registered with us – 651, the […]

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August 10th, 2012

Olympic Fever

Along with many of you I’m sure, I’ve (Fiona) taken every opportunity this week to be glued to my TV, watching the worlds best athletes and sports people push the human body to its limits and achieve the most incredible things. At the time of writing, I’ve just watched the men’s 800m final. The winner, […]

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August 3rd, 2012

Summer Continues…

This has been our second full week of Summer Programme. The weather has not been as good this week as last, but it has not dampened our work or spirits! It has been a real privilege meeting so many new young people. It is a great to be outside in and amongst the young people, […]

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July 27th, 2012

Summer Provision

So it is the Summer and the Canaan Project is out and about for the next couple of weeks. We are working with a Team from Athletes in Action from the Netherlands and a team from the Faroe Islands. We are doing loads of sports activities whilst the weather is as beautiful as it is. […]

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