TCF makes an impact at Berkeley Group fundraisers

The Change Foundation were recently involved with two great fundraising events with friends and co-leaders of the Street Elite programme, Berkeley Group.

The first was a joint Berkeley Foundation and The Change Foundation Wine Tasting fundraiser at the Drapers’ Hall. Organised brilliantly by Managing Director of Berkeley Homes (South East London) Limited and TCF trustee Harry Lewis, and his team, the event raised a significant amount of money, which will be split between the two foundations. To start the evening TCF CEO Andy Sellins interviewed Irfan, one of our Street Elite graduates, who spoke passionately about how the support he received from TCF both on the programme and also after graduating has helped him make a success of his life. We would like to say a massive thank you to Harry for making this event such a success.

Two days later Andy was at another Berkeley event, this time joined by TCF graduate and now TCF Coach Mentor, Shedaine at the annual Berkeley Ball, this year held in stunning surroundings at the British Museum. The highlight of the evening was the first showing of a new Berkeley Foundation film starring the talented presenter, Shedaine. Demonstrating talents in addition to being a wonderful Coach Mentor, in the film Shedaine effortlessly leads the viewer from one story to another.

“Sitting with Shedaine as she led a hushed audience though the work of the Berkeley Foundation was an amazing experience and I felt so proud to be her colleague and her friend”, said our delighted CEO, and as soon as the video is available for general viewing, we will be sure to share it with you.

The Change Foundation and Berkeley Foundation are partners on the Street Elite programme. Street Elite delivers prevention academies and intervention cohorts across London for young people aged 13 – 24 at-risk of or on the edges of gangs and crime. Street Elite prevention academies are weekly sessions for 14 weeks that combine sport and skills for work. Young people are also provided with placements, industry speakers and mentoring. Street Elite intervention cohorts are delivered in five phases; ‘On The Street’ recruitment of young people involved in gangs and crime, 15 weeks of training for work through sport, 10 weeks of community engagement delivering sports sessions to children on local housing estates, two week work placements and then into employment, training or education.

For more information about Street Elite, please contact Si Ledwith​.