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We work improve lives of children and young adults in and around the criminal justice system to lead purposeful, fulfilled lives and reduce offending.

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Who we are

The David Idowu foundation was founded in loving memory of David Idowu who lost his life yards away from his home to knife crime in 2008. As a result of David’s death his parents founded the foundation to share their personal experiences with children and young adults with experience of multiple disadvantages who are disengaged in an around the criminal justice system.

Mifta Choudhry Head of Development at the foundation had his first contact with the criminal justice system at the age of 13 and by the age of 17 he had been convicted and sentenced to prison. His “journey”, as we could call it, started at the age of 13 and would continue through the criminal justice system to date.

We know from our experience most disadvantages and complex needs are not solved overnight. We support children and young adults with long – term development and for them to question their journey address the development and their needs enabling them to grow have structure and make positive contribution to society.

At David Idowu Foundation we support develop those on the margins of society our learning mentors are highly trained and credible peers with experience of multiple disadvantages enabling them to help those who are disengaged from other services.

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Why We Exist

We work with children and young adults in an around the criminal justice system with experience of multiple disadvantages to enable them to gain personal social, development and learning skills, to lead purposeful, fulfilled lives to influence change for the benefit of our community.

Our core belief is that personal social, development learning and rehabilitation only happens when inclusion and participation is shared to create lasting transformation for children and young adults. We are committed to ensuring that those on the margins of society get the help they need.

True to our passion and values of inclusion and participation of young people those who graduate within our programme will have the opportunity to be part of the executive team each year, involvement of peers with experience of multiple disadvantages at all levels of the Foundation is core part of our values and passion.

Our unique approach allows us to gain trust and insight understanding of children and young adults we work with and develop and support them in their desistance journey.

Our unique approach is underpinned by our passion and our success is underpinned by our innovative methods of delivery and understanding of the systemic issues faced by children and young adults in an around the criminal justice system.

About Dvaid

David was born on sunny beautiful day, Tuesday, 31st August 1993 at Kings College hospital, Camberwell, London. David was an extraordinary son and a friend, we talked and laughed together he always dealt with everything with courage the impossible to him was achieved one of our neighbours said to me that ‘David might be a little boy but he was my best friend, he helped me with giving out my Christmas card’.

David has a big heart with willingness to help others, especially his family and his community.

He was a member of student forum in his school. He took part in a project on youth crime and he gave a speech at the education forum in his speech he said, ‘the number of crime committed by children and teenagers has risen by a third, one in ten 11 – 12 years old carries knives, half of 15 – 18 years old carries knives I urge you, fight against violence, and do not let your brother or sister become next victim.’

David’s speech was short-listed for an award and he was going to present to other schools in Southwark, Sadly two days before he was due to present, David lost his life yards away from his home to knife crime outside the part in front of his house he was one of youngest victim of knife crime in 2008.

We will definitely miss not only his cooking but his smile and the strength he gave us as a family and to the community it is impossible for us to forget David; our lives will never be the same.

Despite the sadness David would want us to be happy and keep his legacy alive.

Our approach and methods are underpinned our Model

It takes into account the desistance journey of children and young adults and assumptions made on medium term outcomes and long term objectives of our work.

There are two sides to the impact of our work

Inclusion / Participation– As children and young adults engage and participate with services their insight and Experience supports the development of those services and those engaged.

Active Citizenship – As children and young adults engage and participate improving their personal social development and learning, they develop the skills to lead purposeful fulfilled lives to be active members of society.

David Idowu Foundation

Our Youth_Ink Programmes fit our key aims: Raising educational Achievement, Creating Pathways to Employment, Reduce crime

Inclusion and Participation

At David Idowu Foundation we believe inclusion learning and participation is possible and people can turn their lives around to be an active community

There are three main strand to our Youth_Ink Porgramme:

My Journey

My Journey – storytelling seeks to empower children and young adults with experience of multiple disadvantages to tell their story provides a platform for children and young adults to share their story with their lived experience. My journey programme offers support to children and young adults to identify develop aspirations and goals.

Peer Learning Service

Peer Learning Service –  provides peer learning mentor support for children and young adults who are involved in an around the criminal justice system and those who are at risk; tailored one-to-one sessions and specifically designed peer learning group projects seeks to develop the learning and personal social development of children and young adults

DIF Bespoke

DIF bespoke – workshops and consultations are to help service providers and commissioners hear and act upon the insight of their children and young adults. These include specifically designed workshops to support children and young adults in their desistance journey enabling service providers to address the systemic issues faced by children and young adults in the community and the justice system. Our bespoke service is designed pacifically and tailored to the needs of children and young adults and the service providers and commissioners.

Dvaid Idowu Foundation is a registered Charity Number 1146125

CONTACT US

WHERE TO REACH US

You can reach us at the following address:
48 Pilgrimage Street London SE1 4LL

EMAIL US

At the following email addresses:
info@davididowufoundation.org.uk

WANT TO CALL US?

From Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:00, call us at:
0207 407 9055

SUPPORT US

Why not join us and support children and young adults in around the criminal justice system? Your support plays a vital role within the Foundation to develop our services direct financial contributions to pro bono contributions, opportunities to support and develop our staff and volunteers

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