Welcome to the organisation and the team!
Future M.O.L.D.S. Communities (FMC) are a social enterprise. We aim to identify and challenge social injustice and help others do the same. We are dedicated to reducing those who are not in employment, education or training and providing free positive activities within Barking & Dagenham for young people and support services for adults. FMC believe that everyone should have the opportunity to ‘learn through experience.’ We support the challenging of negative labels and the development of aspirational futures.
Our aim is to provide positive and informal educational activities with projects that are unique and innovative such as Boxfit, using non contact boxing as a tool to educate young people in healthy living, healthy minds and bodies including sexual health. Using such tools enables us to reduce isolation and identify barriers preventing people accessing mainstream services, particularly formal education and health services.
We are experienced and competent in the delivery of ABA Awards which equal credits towards an Asdan Qualification. The activity increases health and fitness, teaches discipline and has successfully been completed by 7 young offenders in the borough, whilst working with the local YOT. Boxfit is taking place at Tower Hamlets PRU, which so far has awarded 15 qualifications. A new Boxfit project will be coming soon to Barking & Dagenham after FMC received a Comic Relief grant.
Boxfit is also incorporated into a drop in Job Club held at Barking & Dagenham Foyer, funded by the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and Awards for All. It’s open to young people aged 16-25. Combined with finding employment or further education FMC also support young people to complete a choice from; Level 1 or 2 in Employability Skills, Level 1 Personal & Social Development and Key Skills.
We work with young people to develop their own unique progression routes and continue to support them throughout their journey for as long as required. We tailor our programmes in such a way that is beneficial to the unique individual and the wider community. We seek to identify personal and social barriers and explore and develop strategies to overcome them.
A group of young females FMC were supporting expressed an interest in starting a female football team. They, with our support, sought and gained funding from CVS for equipment and the Princes Trust for its sustainment. As the team grew and developed their skills we encouraged them to enter the Essex County FA Ladies 7’s league. We are the only social purpose team within Barking and Dagenham to compete in this league.
FMC have worked in partnership with the national organisation Catch 22. FMC supported male young offenders in positive activities and entry into education or employment. From April 11 – Nov 11 a total of 21 young offenders were supported from various boroughs including 15 from Barking and Dagenham. 21 completed a level 1 award in PSD, and 7 gained an ABA Preliminary Boxing Award. 15 young people entered into further education with our support and an additional 2 secured employment. The partnership enabled FMC to support Studio 3 Arts in Barking, accrediting 10 students who completed the PSD award in 3 days, as part of their summer programme in 2011.
5 of our young volunteers gained Princes Trust funding to deliver an anti-knife crime music project within a local school, supported by FMC. The project was a great success and the students wrote their own lyrics and made beats which reflected their learning on the subject.
FMC provide volunteering opportunities for all ages 14+. This enables people to take ownership of their communities, gain new skills and work experience, and develop confidence. The idea behind all of all projects are to include young people, parents and the community, giving them ownership and the motive to maintain and sustain the provision after our involvement. Opportunities range from supporting project delivery to back office administration. If you would like to volunteer or require further information, please contact us for guidelines and an application form.
The organisation would not be as successful or rapidly growing if it were not for the supportive team of over fifteen volunteers. The volunteers come from the local community and bring the diversity and knowledge needed in order to accurately represent their lives they and identify and address the barriers they face.
Our pro-active members of the board support service delivery, back office administration and the finance department. The young volunteers create ideas, develop projects, deliver and evaluate their own work. All the volunteers are supported with their personal and social development and encouraged to undertake training opportunities. As their skills and knowledge develop they go on to support their peers and creating a learning community.
FMC are thankful and appreciate the volunteers support in creating a learning organisation!
Sarah Robertson Bsc - Managing Director
Sarah has a solid background in all aspects of youth work having over 10years experience thus acquiring good interpersonal and communication skills. This is being complimented with a second degree in Informal Education, the first a BSc in Psychology with Criminology, and successfully qualifying as an assessor and achieving a teaching qualification. Sarah is accomplished in developing, implementing and delivery of standardised policies and procedures, incorporating community cohesion strategies and the development of new initiatives focused on addressing local personal and social issues. Experienced in club based, both council and third sector, and school based provisions, NEET & employability projects, outreach and detached work as well as trained and experienced in research methods, she has many transferrable skills. Sarah’s motivation, drive and passion arise from the knowledge of the many possible opportunities for people to develop and grow but the barriers preventing their achievement.