Future M.O.L.D.S Communities (FMC) are pleased to announce that they are recent recipients of two Barking & Dagenham Business Awards.
FMC were winners of the Community involvement including Social Enterprise award, sponsored by Sanofi, and Supporting Education, Training & Development, sponsored by Barking and Dagenham College.
A Co-Founder and Director said “Winning these two awards are a real proud moment for the team. They reflect the great commitment of our team of volunteers who are dedicated to bringing change to their local community. We thank our team of volunteers, without them, we would be unable to deliver the degree and quality of work that we do. We would also like to thank Starting Point, for their support in the early days and on-going, the team at Barking Enterprise Centre, CVS, our funders, partners and both Sanofi and Barking & Dagenham College for their recognition of our work.”
FMC are a social enterprise trading since September 2010. We aim to identify and challenge social injustice and help others do the same. We are dedicated to reducing NEETs and providing free positive activities within Barking & Dagenham for young people and services for adults. FMC believe that everyone should have the opportunity to ‘learn through experience.’
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. 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, registered with LBBD YOT. Boxfit is taking place at Tower Hamlets PRU for 9 weeks, which so far has awarded 15 qualifications. This service pays a generated income for FMC to cover overheads.
Boxfit is incorporated into a Job Club held at B&D Foyer, funded by the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and Awards for All. It’s open to those 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 believe we are the only current youth provision locally to tailor its programmes in a way that is beneficial to the unique individual and the community.
Last October a group of young females we were supporting expressed an interest in starting a female football team. The females felt there weren’t opportunities for them to play football locally. The group, 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. The Catch 22 partnership has enabled FMC to have sustainability for the coming year.
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.