The iDream alliance consisting of six Lambeth based organisations (Photofusion; Raw material and Alford House) has been commissioned by Lambeth Council to deliver their Youth Drugs and Alcohol programme.
The iDream programme is being delivered simultaneously in three locations, Dunraven, Park Campus and Alford House, and is open to young people living in Lambeth aged between 14 – 21 years who are using or at risk of using cannabis or alcohol.
Using an asset based model the programme aims to build on young people’s strengths rather than categorising them according to their deficits. The programme consists of building blocks of positive activities including group work and creative workshops, allowing participants to gain skills in photography, moving image, rap, lyricism, spoken word, music and sound recording.
Flexibility and sustainability is a vital component of our programme which provides a roll on roll off approach, enabling young people to start the programme at any time during the year. These modules are designed to progress participants towards the designing and delivery of multimedia community events at the end of the programme, providing young people with a tangible goal that builds on their existing skills and involves leadership, risk taking, problem solving and good communication. These modules are underpinned by one-2-one support which includes motivational interviewing; dreaming and a focus on developing young people’s individual strengths and capabilities.
Membership of a iDream team gives participants the opportunity to access partner’s activities and facilities. These include high quality sporting facilities (including free gym access); multimedia skill training; employment training; work experience; enterprise; leadership training and international opportunities.
The programme is being independently evaluated by the University of Brighton.
Photo courtesy of Photofusion