Envision enriches education by enabling young people, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop the confidence and skills they need to succeed in life by empowering them to tackle real-life social problems within their local communities.
We deliver our structured Community-Apprentice programmes in schools as an extra-curricular activity. This enables us to work with teachers to identify those pupils who are most in need of support, and those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in such activities. We bring young people and corporate volunteers, who want to make a difference using their skills and experience, together in their workplace to develop employability skills whilst tackling local issues affecting communities across the country.
We specialise in using social action as a vehicle for development. This means that as well as preparing young people with the skills for work, we are also developing a generation of change-makers willing and able to build a better society for us all. Many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds experience social problems first-hand and are therefore more motivated to change them. The issues our young people choose to tackle range from mental health, knife crime, helping refugees, sexual harassment and homelessness - their ideas are endless!
We work predominantly in inner-city schools in three major cities - Bristol, Birmingham and London - with 14-15 year old's (Key Stage 4) and 16-17 year old's (Key Stage 5). In 2018/19, we launched a brand new programme in six Co-op Academies in Manchester and Leeds. We increased this to 9 schools in the 2019/20 academic year.
You can discover much more about Envision at www.envision.org.uk.
Envision Cycling Challenge 2020
What is the Envision Cycling Challenge? The aim of the event is for riders to get fit, take on a personal challenge, make friends and have fun - and in the process raise money for the brilliant youth charity, Envision. In its first 3 years the ride went from Bristol to Birmingham to London, as these are the cities where Envision has worked the longest. This year we are taking on a new route, from the beautiful Peak District to London. The route has been selected to start near to our new operations in Manchester and Leeds, to keep the popular feature of meeting various Envision teams along the way, but also importantly to take advantage of the stunning cycling countryside of the Peak District and the countryside from there to London.
How long is the ride? The direct route is about 210 miles. However, for those who want even more of a challenge, we will be adding in a couple of special challenge loops on days 1 and 2 so you could do up to 250 miles, including some bonus hills for good measure!
Envision and our cyclists will be grateful to receive donations of any size. We aim to create places for even more young people to benefit from our Community-Apprentice programmes. Every £1,000 we raise enables us to offer this life-changing opportunity to two more deserving young people.
Since launching the annual cycling fundraiser three years ago, we have raised over £100,000 per event and we'd love to get close to this target again. All of our riders have committed to raise at least £1,000 and so they will be extremely grateful for every penny of support you can offer.
Help us to create even more Community-Apprentices that have the character, confidence and skills they need to succeed in life. You can discover much more about Envision at www.envision.org.uk.
Registered Charity Number: 1095328.