Empowering the Next GenerationHornstars was first established in 1995 with the aim of setting up a football team to engage the local Somali youths who were loitering in around the Harlesden, Stonebridge and Wembley area. Hornstars were commissioned by Neighbourhood Renewal and the home office to carry out extensive research on the conduct of the Somali community and in particular the dis-engaged young people, thus the following provisions were established.
A Supplementary school which was held at St. Raphael’s Community Centre ages 9-14 which Supported on literacy and numeric, mother tongue and cultural activities. Homework club at Preston Park Primary and Brentfield Primary school for year’s 4-6 which offered general support with homework and increased parental involvement by liaising with the schools.
Youth Club provisions at Tavistock Youth Centre ages range from 14 -25, various workshops and general youth club activities were provided. Football Training Program (5 age groups) (under 11, 13, 15, 17 & 21) at Stonebridge Recreation Ground age range 9-25 To provide structured & supervised football training programs for the young people.
ESOL at Bridge Park Complex for over 18’s the aim was to improve the communication skills of the clients. Community Advice & Guidance for over18’s the aim was to support the community members with issues around benefits, immigration, and advocate on their behalf.
Quarterly Awareness events for the over 18’s the aim was to provide education around drugs, Sexually Transmitted Infections. Hornstars worked with agencies to conduct Community Consultation such as the Stonebridge & Harlesden Renewal Neighbourhood Teams for mapping the needs of the community in those wards, also worked with The Black Londoners Forum for conducing an audit with refugee youth crime in Brent.