£100K of funding for Ubuntu Police-Youth Project

The Ubuntu Police-Youth Project

The Tutu Foundation UK is very excited to receive matched £100K funding from the Sir John Cass Foundation and the Mayors of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to run ten more Ubuntu Police-Youth Round Table projects with our partners Youth Futures following our successful pilot project in Southwark, London.

Desmond Tutu said

“May I say a big thank you to you and your colleagues in the Foundation”

Read more here

The next ten projects will run in the most vulnerable Boroughs in London.

The Ubuntu Police-Youth Project is based on the Tutu Foundation UK's successful Conversations for Change programme and Youth Future's successful Youth Futures Round Table discussion programme with the Police in Camberwell.The Ubuntu Police-Youth project’s objectives are twofold:

  • to provide the members of the police force working on the ground and the young people in those communities with the skills and confidence to listen to each other and express themselves to each other.
  • Enable the police and young people to build trust and so that they can work with each other and talk to each other to build safer communities.

Both of these objective include elements of education and training so people learn about each other and start to gain the skills they need to interact constructively with other people in their community, including the police and young people.

The Ubuntu Police-Youth Project will develop in four stages that train and educate the participants so that they can establish self-perpetuating local forums for discussion and engagement between police and the local youth community. The projects conclude with a series of round table discussions between local police and young people facilitated by young people. Each project will include an independent continuous evaluation programme.

The independent evaluator for the project in Southwark said

“The Tutu Foundation and Youth Futures are to be commended for the Initiative.”

“The full involvement and cooperation of the police officers who too part is a clear indication [the] commitment and willingness …. of the local police service. …. The Youths’ commitment to the programme was also obvious in their full participation in the planning and staging of the events.