We support young African Caribbean people aged 7-19 who are facing varying issues such as:
Problems engaging with education
Anti-social behaviour/criminal activity
Difficult family relationships/home environments
Poor emotional wellbeing
Involving families is at the core of what we do because strengthening families, strengthens young people
The conception of EMPOWER occurred in my previous role in social services. I was working for a specialist team that worked with high risk young people that were at the brink of being accommodated into Local Authority Care. During my time here, it was a young girl in particular who inspired my desire to start this organisation. She was 14 years old, of African Caribbean descent and came from a difficult home. Due to the time limited nature of our work, this young girl needed further input and I wanted to signpost her to another agency; unfortunately, the service I wanted, simply didn't exist. I was looking for an organisation that did family work, incorporated the system and had a cultural understanding and awareness (if I'm being totally honest, ideally the organisation would have been specifically for the African Caribbean community). I decided to "be the change I was wishing to see" knowing I had ample experience and qualifications and I took the step to start EMPOWER!