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Remembering NCY Staff


Mel & Roy

Over the past year NCY has lost two much revered ex-staff members, Roy Gopinathan and Melissa Urbans/Playfair.  Foremost our sincere sympathy continues to be with their loved ones.

Roy and Melissa were equally loved and respected by all the charity’s stakeholders, young and old.  Though they never received formal recognition through award or commendation regarding the impact of their work practice.  They leave a legacy of hundreds of vulnerable and marginalised young people being able to improve their lives through the advocacy, advice & guidance Roy and Melissa provided.

For those who had the privilege to know Roy and Melissa as colleagues or friends they are missed each and every day, but we find solace in the fact they are only a thought away.

NCY’s tribute to Stephen Sutton


Kids Count Awards 2014

In October last year when NCY’s BMX Club coach received the Darren Campbell Positive Sports Award on the terrace of the House of Commons at the Kids Count inspiration awards.  Nominees, winners, presenters and other guests alike took time to reflect on the fantastic impact Stephen has had on young people.  This had a profoundly effect on the young riders & coaches we took the event.  (Pictured above.)  Stephen so far has raised £4,542,177.39 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, smashing his target by 454%.  Much more than this he’s broadened awareness regarding the issue of teenage cancer and become an eternal positive role model.  Please take a moment today to reflect on his words . . . “I don’t see the point in measuring life in terms of time anymore.  I’d rather measure life in terms of making a difference.”   (For more information about Stephen’s story visit: )

Kicking Off MHAW


Wellbeing Tour-11.05.15

It was NCY’s privilege to deliver elements of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Well-being Tour with our state-of-play partners to kick off Mental Health Awareness Week.  (MHAW 2015-11th to 17th May)  Today’s theme was five-a-day; Keep-on learning, Being active, Taking notice, Staying connected and Giving time for the benefit of students close to White Hart Lane Stadium.  YMCA Well Being Champions co-facilitated the tour workshops throughout the day.  For further information about the NCY Well Being Champions accredited course contact:




The countdown continues . . . One month until New Choices for Youth’s 30th birthday celebration.  Have you been involved with NCY in anyway since the charity being established in 1985?  If so please contact NCY on 020 8471 1749 or

NCY thirty years old this year



NCY has had its part to play in many thousands of people’s lives. We are calling out to anyone who has been involved with the charity over the past thirty years.

Whether it was Newham Consortium for Youth, Newmartin Community Youth Trust or New Choices for Youth if you have been involved with NCY we want to hear from you.

Whether through taking part in activities, programmes or projects, as a volunteer, staff or partner please contact us as we would like to share our celebrations with all stakeholders old & new.

Please also remember to RSVP by 02/06/2015, so we can confirm numbers.

Marcia’s Brilliant Moment


My Brilliant Moment-NCY

Those of you who watch the Community Channel would have seen an episode of  ‘My Brilliant Moment’ titled New Choices for Youth – Options & Opportunities.  The series is funded by the big lottery.  If you missed it click on the following link,  also featured are Grow Wild and New Link Wales.

UK Youth produces resource from Right Here learning


Heads Up Cover

A UK Youth free resource is now available for sessions to run with young people to promote mental health and emotional well-being, which draws on the experience of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation five-year (2009 – 2014) Right Here young people’s mental health programme, jointly run with the Mental Health Foundation and four ‘pilots’ in Brighton and Hove; Fermanagh, Northern Ireland; Newham (managed by New Choices for Youth) and Sheffield.

The resources author Wook Hamilton says: “These activities will be of interest to workers who are looking to find a way of addressing mental health issues with young people in the work they do. We are confident in the materials, as most of the ideas in ‘Heads Up!’ have been ‘road-tested’ by the projects involved in Right Here.”
To order a FREE copy of ‘Heads Up!’ simply fill in this short registration survey

* Please note: Organisations wishing to use the toolkit to accredit young people’s learning will need to be registered to deliver the Youth Achievement Awards or Award in Personal Achievement, and delivery workers must take part in introductory training.

New Choices for Youth continues to support the valuable work undertaken by the 4 in 10 network addressing London child poverty.



On the 9th of March 2015, the 4in10 project moved to Children England from its previous host Save the Children UK. With new funding from Trust for London and City Bridge Trust, there are plans to have an exciting new program of work,  continuing support of members and raising the issue of child poverty in the capital.

NCY Retains its ISO Accreditations


New Choices for Youth have again successfully passed the comprehensive audit for the ISO Accreditation 9001 In Quality Assurance and 14001 in Environmental Management.



Inter-generational Cinema night


SafeZone young people support Hamara Ghar residents.

SafeZone young people support Hamara Ghar residents.

Eleven young people from NCY’s SafeZone youth club set up equipment and served refreshments to twenty nine residents of the Hamara Ghar supported housing project, whilst they watched Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

Residents and staff from Genesis Housing prepared snacks and intermission food for the event. Equipment and young people from NCY voluntary contributed and supported this event, which was also joined by Councillors from Green Street. Everything was co-ordinated in partnership with London Borough of Newham Adult Social Care.

Hopefully this will be the first of many joint projects.

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