The Master’s Charity: For Jimmy

In 2017/18, Master Mr Peter Magill has chosen For Jimmy as the Master’s Charity to receive financial and other support from the Company. For Jimmy was founded in memory of Jimmy Mizen, a Lewisham schoolboy who was murdered in a local bakery in an unprovoked attack in 2008.

 

Jimmy Mizen

Jimmy Mizen

For Jimmy works with young people to build self confidence and resilience. We believe change must come from each one of us which is why For Jimmy challenges, inspires and equips young people to build stronger and more cohesive communities.  We help young people build up their local communities as safer places to live and work and create safe places to turn to. For Jimmy also provides work experience for young people with additional needs, through its Good Hope Cafés.

Jimmy’s older brother Bill Mizen, CEO of For Jimmy, writes:

“As the Master’s Charity, For Jimmy would love to offer members of the Merchant Taylors’ Company the chance to engage in our work and provide opportunities for young people in Lewisham.

When my parents Barry and Margaret Mizen, MBEs lost my brother Jimmy to an unprovoked attack in south-east London in May 2008, they made Jimmy two promises. Those promises were to keep his name alive and that they would dedicate their lives to working for peace in his memory for every young person. The past eight years have seen them share Jimmy’s story and work with young people up and down the country on projects that bring communities together, and help young people lead in building the types of communities that they want to grow up in”

The Talks for Change Programme provides a catalyst for changing behaviours.  We engage and inspire young people by sharing Jimmy’s story, addressing issues such as anger, consequences, forgiveness and bullying. The talks can be specifically tailored to address the needs of the audience, for example a school may by having a issues with bullying and therefore we will talk about the fact that the murderer had a history of bullying behaviour which escalated as he got older resulting in more and more violent acts. We will talk about the consequences of actions and encourage the children to think about how they respond to situations; how anger can cause so much damage and get out of control so quickly.

Our Safe Havens Programme is designed to inspire and equip young people to take responsibility for the places in which they live and learn. Each Programme connects communities and creates Safe Havens -places of safety for those who are in immediate danger or feel threatened.  The programme takes young people on a journey from feeling disconnected and unsafe in their communities, to an awareness of their ability to bring about change, a desire to work with others to make their community safer, and the confidence and skills to take the first steps.  Following completion of the Programme For Jimmy’s community workers deliver training and accreditation for the designated Safe Havens and arrange other activities to facilitate engagement between young people, parents, school staff and other community members.

In addition For Jimmy has always given young people opportunities outside of their school and communities, to expand their learning and understanding of what lies ahead of them in their adult life as future leaders and changemakers. These opportunities have ranged from gaining an understanding of the political landscape with tours of The Houses of Parliament, City Hall and visits to Number 10. Our young people have also got the chance to get to grips with technology at Google and Twitter and to learn about the role of big business and the world of finance at Mayer Brown, BlackRock and Waverton Investment Management.

“I actually changed my mind about what I wanted to be in the future after we had the tour of the building. At first, I wanted to be a mechanic or to work with animals, but now I want to do something like be a lawyer or work with computers.”

(Ryan, Year 10 pupil at Deptford Green School who visited Mayer Brown.)

We’d love to talk to members of the Merchant Taylors Company about how you may be able to help us either as an individual or through your networks or your company.

Can you unlock a unique experience for our young people?  Does your company encourage employee volunteering?  Does your company have a Charity of the Year programme or a staff nominated charities fund?

If you think you might be in a position to help please get in touch with me at For Jimmy, or if you would prefer to discuss it first with someone at Merchant Taylors’, please contact the Charities Officer Giles Hutchinson.”

Bill Mizen, CEO of For Jimmy: T: 020 8852 7855  E: hello@forjimmy.org

Giles Hutchinson, Merchant Taylors’ Company Charities Officer:  T: 020 7450 4447  E: ghutchinson@merchant-taylors.co.uk.

 

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