• Making a positive contribution to our local community

  • Swipe Trough each of

    our project and companies below

  • Ay Group Community Hub

    AY Group Community Services CIC plans to acquire and successfully run a centre in the East India & Lansbury ward in Tower Hamlets. This idea has germinated out of the three areas in which we are helping disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty, improve their career aspirations and encourage them to participate in helping and changing their community for the better.

     

    So far, we have envisioned the following activities running:

    • Children: Parties, tuition, health and fitnessactivities, homework club

    • Elderly: Social groups, arts and crafts and health,and fitness activities

    • Local residents: Meeting space
    • Marquee Events: Wedding parties, Trade Fairs
    • AY CIC’s Café: tea, coffee, healthy drinks, sandwiches and cakes
    • AY Group Community Services CIC skills and abilities workshops: where we will help ourattendees develop their skills and find an idealrole that best suits their ability

    Acknowledging Youths

    First Aid Training gives you the skills and knowledge needed to handle an emergency situation

     

    Acknowledging Youths CIC is not for profit organisation ; we are planning to provide FREE First Aid Training to the young people of Tower Hamlets, Hammersmith & Fulham - our aim is for them to become Trainers delivering courses commercially and to their wider community. Saving local lives - Not taking them.

     

    Profits from sales will fund this training

    Eysiat

    Eysiat has two goals. The first one is to provide suits and clothes to people going to job interviews. Indeed, these clothes are expensive, and therefore lending or giving a reduction on them can be a big achievement for disadvantaged people.

     

    Moreover, we are working on a project under Eysiat, which aims to provide sport equipment (Tennis, Football, etc) for the people of our community. Sport is key for the well-being of a community, and a way for people to socialise and succeed.

  • Support us now !

    AY Group Community Services CIC plans to offer a facility that provides social, educational, recreational and well-being activities in a safe and secure community environment. It will also promote community cohesion through dialogue and discussions at the centre where all groups from diverse backgrounds will be welcome. As our business idea is currently in the development stage, we currently looking for funding for expenses as we move forward.

     

    Our aim is to:
    • provide a positive focus
    • develop skills
    • have equality in life
    • be a success in London

    Donate by cheque

     

    Make cheques payable to 'Acknowledging Youths CIC' and post to: Opposite Block J, Peabody Estate, London, SW61UH

    Donate over the phone

     

    Call us on 0044-(0)-7852 945 928

    Donate through our Just Giving page by clicking on the icon above

  • Donate With your credit card through Paypal

    You can also your PayPal account directly of course

  • Our Community Hub

    Building a space where people can work and learn

    We not for profit organisation which is planning to provide a Hub where people of all ages, cultures and abilities are encouraged to use the community facilities offered.

     

    The aim is to provide community cohesion and wellbeing.

     

    We believe passionately that the area of East London is in desperate need of Community Hubs to provide a safe, secure and pro-active set of services.

     

    The aim is to provide services that will promote social enterprise, training services, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities within in the local area. The hub is looking at providing a cellular office opportunity designed to offer a "place to work" and a "place to learn". 

     

    Once the hub has secured a long - term lease and has a more permanent home to operate from, it is anticipated that there will be some dedicated space to offer a function room. The room can be let on a day, hourly or half day basis and will be adequate enough to be used for Weddings, Family Celebrations and Conferencing.

     

    It is anticipated that appropriate licencing will be secured before offering such services. Furthermore, the Hub will also be the operating facility for Acknowledging Youths CIC and for Eysiat and will require dedicated space in which to operate.

     

  • MEdia

    Click on the button below to see our media gallery !

  • Work with us

    Do you want to have an impact and be part of our company ? Click on the button below !

  • Meet Our Team

    Danny Barnes

    CEO

    Asad Ali

    Director

    Mihail Donea

    Director

    Shereen Mclaughlin​

    Director

  • Success stories

    Testimonials from AY Group CIC’s interns, volunteers and people who benefited from our services

    Soukayna Maqdache

    This all might sound very cliché and maybe even too good to be true, but sometimes you find certain organizations and people with whom you share the same vision in life which makes it that much easier to connect with them. I have had the opportunity to see up close and personal how rewarding it is to lend a helping hand to a community that is in of just that. I will never forget my 4-month internship, as it was an amazing and memorable time.

    Tai Cullen

    I found this experience as unique and different, learning what it takes to help youths find a better future has its own benefits. I feel like this experience was worth the time and effort and this week has been very beneficial towards both my educational life and my personal life as well as it helps me gain confidence and a wide range of computer skills. I appreciate everything that the team has offered to me and I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to be a part of it.

    Rajiul Rahim

    I completed three weeks of voluntary work experience in the AY head office, within those three weeks I gained my first insight of actual work life. As a designer I was working closely alongside their professional graphic designer, this helped me so much within the short time I was working there. I am more of a proactive person now and this experience has definitely benefitted me in all ways.

    Amal Er-Raqaoui

    After my 4-month internship here, I can state that I have developed myself on both personal and professional level. During my educative period, I have seen how much passion each and every team member has and I learned that passion is what it’s all about. I have learned that if there is something you want to achieve, you WILL and CAN, no matter what! And I have had the chance to experience what it really is like to be part of a company that changes the lives of people.

    Alex Pizzoni

    As an intern at Acknowledging Youths, I had the privilege of working alongside the CEO, in both Victoria and Tower Hamlets. I appreciate all the support that the team offered throughout the internship. Having started as a volunteer working externally, I soon felt very settled and resultantly, invited to work internally. My time spent there was invaluable and I was provided the opportunity to develop communication and computer skills. I got involved in tasks such as creating new databases to store candidate’s details, contacting companies, working with volunteers on numerous projects and visiting job centres. I always found helping out disadvantaged people a good cause and the chance to experience this in a company environment was incredible. I will remember the good work I did here for a long time.

  • A Word from our CEO

    "I’m on a mission to help as many people as possible" - Danny Barnes

    In 2012, while unemployed himself, his daughter inspired him to set up a community project in London called Acknowledging Youths.
    Acknowledging Youths community interest company, was set up to raise aspirations and make a positive contribution to the lives of young people in London and provide education and training and employment.
    He’s overcome major obstacles in his life and wants to help others do so too.

     

    "Whenever I tell people my story, they’re inspired to change their lives. I’ve been in prison myself, I’ve been in gangs, I’ve been homeless. My sister died of leukaemia at 14, I grew up not knowing my mum. Because of this is how I’m able to engage with young people and I know exactly what are going through, having beeng through the same experience."

     

    Whilst at first he couldn’t find funding for such an endeavour, he wanted to raise the aspirations of young people in inner London who were unemployed and didn’t expect to get work because they lacked both skills and opportunities.
    He wanted to make a positive contribution to the lives of those young people, by increasing their self-esteem and confidence, giving them new skills and ultimately helping them become more employable.

     

    Danny started Acknowledging Youths by working in the local community to find out more about what local young people needed to support them – he carried out focus groups with local people to work out what he needed to do. Acknowledging Youths now offers young people one to one support to help them identify where they could get work, with writing their CV and training in interview techniques. They also offer the chance for young people to volunteer within the organisation so they can gain valuable work experience.

     

    "When a young person comes to us, they might not be ready to go into a job, so we ask them what they want to achieve, work out what we can do for them and then help them to reach their goals."

     

    Danny recognises that some young people have the potential to start their own businesses. To help them get started, he set up an Enterprise Club in partnership with NatWest. This offers young people the opportunity do a business course to make sure they’re on the right track and have the best chance to make it on their own.

     

    Acknowledging Youths is going from strength to strength, now running a Community Interest Company staffed by volunteers with Danny as CEO. Their initiative has been recognised with several contracts from the DWP to work in Westminster, Chelsea, Kensington, Hammersmith, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Southwark and looking to expand in entire London.

     

    "I know our approach works and I’m determined to carry on and show that it can be done."

     

    Acknowledging Youths has worked with juvenile ex-offenders, drug dealers, gang members young people in care, and pupil referral units – for young people who are not able to attend mainstream education, often due to exclusion. AY has engaged with over 4000 young people to date.
    Youth unemployment is the biggest single issue facing this country today and throwing money at the problem won’t solve it.

     

    In 2012, while unemployed himself, his daughter inspired him to set up a community project in London called Acknowledging Youths.
    Acknowledging Youths community interest company, was set up to raise aspirations and make a positive contribution to the lives of young people in London and provide education and training and employment.
    He’s overcome major obstacles in his life and wants to help others do so too.

     

    "Whenever I tell people my story, they’re inspired to change their lives. I’ve been in prison myself, I’ve been in gangs, I’ve been homeless. My sister died of leukaemia at 14, I grew up not knowing my mum. Because of this is how I’m able to engage with young people and I know exactly what are going through, having beeng through the same experience."

     

    Whilst at first he couldn’t find funding for such an endeavour, he wanted to raise the aspirations of young people in inner London who were unemployed and didn’t expect to get work because they lacked both skills and opportunities.
    He wanted to make a positive contribution to the lives of those young people, by increasing their self-esteem and confidence, giving them new skills and ultimately helping them become more employable.

     

    Danny started Acknowledging Youths by working in the local community to find out more about what local young people needed to support them – he carried out focus groups with local people to work out what he needed to do. Acknowledging Youths now offers young people one to one support to help them identify where they could get work, with writing their CV and training in interview techniques. They also offer the chance for young people to volunteer within the organisation so they can gain valuable work experience.

     

    "When a young person comes to us, they might not be ready to go into a job, so we ask them what they want to achieve, work out what we can do for them and then help them to reach their goals."

     

    Danny recognises that some young people have the potential to start their own businesses. To help them get started, he set up an Enterprise Club in partnership with NatWest. This offers young people the opportunity do a business course to make sure they’re on the right track and have the best chance to make it on their own.

     

    Acknowledging Youths is going from strength to strength, now running a Community Interest Company staffed by volunteers with Danny as CEO. Their initiative has been recognised with several contracts from the DWP to work in Westminster, Chelsea, Kensington, Hammersmith, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Southwark and looking to expand in entire London.

     

    "I know our approach works and I’m determined to carry on and show that it can be done."

     

    Acknowledging Youths has worked with juvenile ex-offenders, drug dealers, gang members young people in care, and pupil referral units – for young people who are not able to attend mainstream education, often due to exclusion. AY has engaged with over 4000 young people to date.


    Youth unemployment is the biggest single issue facing this country today and throwing money at the problem won’t solve it.

  • What is CIC

     

    Community Interest Companies (CICS) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage.

    This is achieved by a "community interest test" and "asset lock", which ensure that the CIC is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes. Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role.

  • Our achievements

    Since 2012 Acknowledging Youths CIC helped over 3000 people, over 800 attended courses and workshops, 700 people found a or voluntary or Work placements. and over 600 are in full time employment. we work in Tower Hamlet, Hackney, Newham, Southwark, Hammersmith, Westminster

     

    AY Group has an excellent track record of success

     

     

    June-2016 - Ongoing

    Deeveloping You Pearson Work skills,

    80 Starts-40 Attending 6-13 Weeks -13 into full time employment

     

    November 2016- Ongoing

    BENCAP-ESOL-ICT-Work skills

    80 Starts-60 Attending 6-13 weeks 40 into full time employment

     

    February-October 2016

    On-Going-Work skills

    80 starts -30 into work

     

    Big Lottery Fund: Free Workshops: Career Advice and Volunteering - Tower Hamlets and Westminster residents
    May 2016

    Ongoing activity for young people aged 18+
    Career advice: one-to-one interview + individual action plan, mentoring and progression, as well as career exploration
    Volunteering: workshops that captures, record and recognises the work

     

    Pathway Group: Acknowledging Youths CIC became a Pearson Edexcel centre - EU and UK students
    April 2016

    Ongoing Student Loan Courses
    Level 3 & 4 courses for clients who are eligible for Student Loans
    ALL QUALIFICATIONS AT LEVEL 3/4
    • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3
    • Business Administration Level 3
    • Customer Service Level 3
    • Health & Social Care Level 3
    • Early Years Level 3
    • Management Level 3
    • Certificate in Education and Training Level 4
    • Certificate in Assessing Vocational Training Level 3
    • Hospitality (various) Level 3
    • Information Advice and Guidance 3/4
    • Retail Level 3

     

    DWP: ReCreate You - Hackney & Tower Hamlets residents
    March – August 2016

    Engage 50+ clients and provide back to work workshops and one-to-one support to enable them to become job ready and find sustained employment

     

    DWP: Work experience in Hackney
    October 2015 – April 2016

    Objective: to add value to a young person’s CV to enable them to move into the labour market.

     

    AY Group & Big Lottery Fund: AY Recruitment CIC part of AY Group London residents
    June -2014

    Launch of website www.ay-recruitment.com
    To date, received over 250,000 visitors on the website and 20,000 CVs uploaded

     

    AY, DWP & LTEN: Engage to change - Newham residents
    Feb 2015 - August 2016

    Objective: To support fifty (50) NEET young people 18-24 and 50+ engaged and started the program. Forty (40) candidates from both target groups were placed into work and or voluntary placements and twenty seven (27) into full time employment

     

    DWP: Breaking Barriers -Tower Hamlets residents
    October 2014

    Objective: To support 125 NEET young people. 96% of our candidates completed the first stage programme and were invited to progress into work- based volunteering.

     

    DWP: Targets achieved
    June - December 2014

    In Tower Hamlets 40 candidates found employment as a result of our training and support.

     

    Big Lottery Fund: Eysiat an online Retail shop (new and second hand products) run by the Tower Hamlets community
    May 2014 - ongoing

    Goal: To provide opportunities for the community who wish to enter the retail and customer services industries, in terms of training programmes, work experience and short term employment roles

     

    Newlon Fusion: NEET programme - Hackney residents
    May 2014

    ESF/SFA contract
    Currently taken on for a small charity working with 12 young people. We are supporting 16-19 year olds into the long term NEET 26 weeks programme

     

    DWP: Employability - Newham residents
    February – August 2014

    Newham project 50 starts and 40 going into work and voluntary placements and 10 into employment

     

    DWP: NEET - Southwark project
    August 2013 – February 2014

    Southwark project 30 starts, 12 into employment

     

    Big Lottery Fund: Music forever - Westminster residents
    February 2013 – March 2014

    Music forever song creation music course - 30 young people attended

     

    DWP: Work to Success - Tower Hamlets residents
    October 2013 – June 2014

    18-24 years old - 60 started on the programme, 40 into employment and 20 into voluntary placements and work experience

     

    DWP: The Enterprise Club - Tower Hamlets residents
    March – September 2013

    18-24 years old – The Enterprise club project helped 40 people set up their own business

     

    DWP: NEETS programme - Tower Hamlets residents
    January – July 2013

    18-24 years old - Tower Hamlets One programme

    Engaged with 160 NEETS aged 18-24, 60 started our program, course was delivered to 50 and 29 into work. Our target of 24 was achieved.

     

    Zurich Trust: Youth Forum programme - London residents
    January 2012 - Ongoing

    - 18-24 years old – Youth Forum programme set up an online youth board to exchange ideas on issues affecting them that include unemployment, education and training. Engaged with over 100 young people.

     

    CDG: Work placement - London residents
    May 2012

    Worked with CDG on A Day One Support for young people London Trailblazer offering 13 week placements for young people

     

    DWP: Employability workshops - London residents
    October 2011 – April 2012

    18-24 years old - delivered Employability workshops that included CV and job search to 200 young people in Westminster, Chelsea, Kensington, Hammersmith, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Southwark.

  • GDPR

    The law has changed around how organisations communicate with and store data about you (GDPR).

    Your email address is currently on our marketing, AY Group support list because we’ve either worked with you, or you’ve shown an interest in our Services in the past.

    We want to make sure we stay legally compliant, but more importantly, we don’t want to be a pest and make sure we are only contacting people who are happy to hear from us.

    So we hope you don’t mind us asking, but…

    Are you happy for us to carry on sending you emails about AY Group?

    If you would like to stay on our lists, and hear from us occasionally about our latest AY Group offers, support then please follow this link to let us know you are still happy to hear from us.

    Our Privacy Policy explains how we store and use your data, you can read it here.

    You’ll be able to unsubscribe or change your contact preferences at any time.

    If you do nothing, you will no longer receive AY Group Support/Marketing (new AY Group products/offers/discounts info) emails after 25th May 2018.

    We thank you for your interest in the past – and look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the future.

    Your privacy and data is of the utmost importance to us and we will never share it with anyone else, or use it for any other purpose.

    Kind Regards,

    AY Group