BANG Edutainment (referred to as BANG) is a registered charity (no. 1086541) founded in 1999 by Jennifer Ogole and a group of young adults in Brent. Having grown up on the Stonebridge Estate, Jennifer had a vision for an organisation that would inspire and support young people by providing services to develop their skills and talents.

BANG’s first office was in Jennifer’s house and later moved to the Stowe Club in Paddington with support from the Paddington Development Trust.

Although BANG’s work now focuses mainly in Brent, we’ve delivered activities and projects for young people across London in the past. BANG has also set up 4 youth/community radio projects across the capital.

BANG delivers projects for young people in Brent, designed to build their motivation, skills and experiences. It focuses on young people who are considered “at risk”, experiencing negative outcomes or on the pathway to offending. BANG’s programmes improve outcomes in emotional resilience, self-esteem, confidence, educational attainment and family circumstances. The charity uses a variety of platforms ranging from mentoring to group and individual sessions, sports sessions, focused learning and work experience. BANG also delivers activities designed to improve employability and life skills in partnership with its sister organisation, The Beat London 103.6 FM (formerly BANG Radio), a community-radio station whose distinctive content encompasses urban music and culture.

All of this means that BANG occupies a central role within the strategic landscape, both locally and further afield. One of the charity’s core aims is to build strategic partnerships with key stakeholders and to influence the adoption of best practice around youth services by contributing positively to local, regional, national and international policy development. Pivotal to this is a substantive role in building the capacity of local youth providers and it is to this end that the BANG Chief Executive has become of the Chair of the new Young Brent Foundation , which is tasked with safeguarding, strengthening and sustaining the local, grassroots youth sector for the benefit of Brent’s young people.

 

VISION

Creating opportunities for young people to nurture and develop their talent, skills and creativity so that they can contribute positively to their communities and lead fulfilling and happy lives.

MISSION

BANG’s mission is to be a leading provider of services to young people aged 8-25 that will develop functional, life and work related skills through a range of creative and focused developmental programmes in order to enable them to achieve their life and career goals.

AIMS

  • Improve outcomes in aspirations, emotional resilience, self-esteem, confidence, education and family circumstances.
  • Equip young people with skills they need for life and work so that they can participate positively in their communities and the world of work.
  • Reduce the number of young people on the pathway to offending and anti-social behaviour.
  • Build bridges between young people, families and other service providers/opportunities within the community.
  • We believe that everyone has the ability to excel
  • We’re passionate about Caribbean, African and Youth art forms and culture
  • We believe in building mutually beneficial relationships
  • We strive for a fair and just society
  • We believe that people are their best asset
  • We strive to deliver services that are of the highest quality
  • We are inclusive of beneficiaries, staff and partners
  • We believe in partnership and collaboration
  • We strive to deliver effective results against targets and in all of our operations
  • We are Innovative and entrepreneurial – seeing opportunities even in adversity
  • We strive to be accessible
  • We aim to create an environment in which everyone is caring, learning and happy
  • The outcomes we aim to achieve:

    YOU – Young people are confident, motivated and resilient. They are able to make positive informed choices so they can achieve their ambitions.

    YOUR COMMUNITY – Young people are creative, caring and contributing to their communities.

    YOUR CAREER – Young people are skilled, trained, equipped and ready for work

    BANG delivers projects for young people designed to build their motivation, skills and experiences with a special focus on Brent.

    Our programmes aim to improve outcomes in emotional resilience, self-esteem, confidence, education and family circumstances. We use a variety of platforms ranging from mentoring to group and individual sessions, sports sessions, focused educational learning and work experience. BANG works with sister organisation The Beat London (formerly BANG Radio); a community-radio station whose distinctive content encompasses London street music and culture. This enables us to offer unrivalled ‘real-life’ learning opportunities to engage hard to engage young people in volunteer activities around community broadcasting.

    1. Early intervention programme delivering health and educational outcomes

    2. Volunteering and internship programmes in partnership with The Beat London 103.6 FM

    3. Development and delivery of African/Caribbean/Urban creative and cultural programmes

    4. Organisational development and sustainability

    In the last two years BANG has worked with and supported 215 young people and 80 families by providing activities designed to build motivation, skills, experiences and tackle youth offending.

    Below are the key projects we delivered:

    Making Men (funded by Mayor of London) – training volunteer mentors to support 80 boys of black heritage aged 10-16 in improving educational outcomes, confidence and motivation.

    Radio Training Toolkit (funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation) – BANG developed an open sourced radio training manual through creating and delivering accredited radio based training for young people in secondary school.

    Fixed 4 Ur Future (funded by Big Lottery) – BANG provided personalised one to one support to looked-after young people and young offenders, Improving their personal effectiveness, resilience and employability skills through work experience and radio training.

    Peer-2-Peer Mentoring for girls and young women (funded by Awards 4 All and LB Brent) – training groups of young women to mentor younger ages through group/individual sessions, workshops and taster days.

    CEO & Director

    Jennifer is the founder of BANG and has led the organisation for 16 years. She grew up on the Stonebridge Estate in Harlesden and has a passion for young people and the local community. Jennifer’s key strengths are (strategic) leadership, regeneration, project design, bid writing. She has raised over £5 million in her position as CEO of BANG Edutainment. Jennifer has extensive networks both locally and outside the borough. She is known locally as a community champion and has sat on various boards such as Brent Children Partnership, Brent Community Safety partnership. She is Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership and the RSA, has been trustee of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services and is currently the founding chair of the Young Brent Foundation.

    “I love working with young people; the fact that BANG is based in the community I grew up in is a massive bonus. The people I work with are passionate about their work and truly dedicated to BANG’s mission. Seeing positive changes in the young people we work with is priceless.”

    Operations Manager

    I have been working at BANG since January 2016. I have worked across Brent for over 25 years, in particular Harlesden, Stonebridge and Kilburn neighbourhoods and feel proud to be part of a movement to enrich the lives of children and families we work with. As the Operations Manager, I work with the senior management team to ensure that our vision, mission and values to create opportunities for young people are embedded across all aspects of our programmes. BANG is a very special and upbeat place, I love working at BANG because there’s never a dull day in the office and it’s good to work among genuine and talented people from all walks of life every day.

    Programme Coordinator

    My name is Mireille, I have been working at BANG since 2015 as Project Coordinator and Project Worker, in a warm and friendly atmosphere where the Young People and their families can find support and comfort. I am very proud to be part of this exceptional project which clearly empowers our community

    Project Officer

    I am really enjoying working for this organisation for it believes in the work it is doing and every so often time is taken to remind people of the importance of the contribution they make. As project worker I engage with families, schools and other organisations to provide the best support we can to ensure these families and especially their younger members feel valued and know they have a voice when things are not going well. The role is a great opportunity to support families and help shape a community that quite often feels isolated in many ways.

    Finance Officer

    I have been with BANG from October 2012 and had the chance to work first as a Volunteer (Finance Assistant) and now a member of Staff as Finance Officer. I am very lucky to be part of BANG with such a dedicated, great and supportive team that work to create an enabling environment for young people to thrive in

    Project Officer

    I am passionate about young people and working with them to achieve their goals. As a project officer I work alongside schools, organisations and families in the community. I am inspired by the growth in confidence and motivation of the young people I’ve worked with so far. BANG is a unique environment in which to support families and to develop as a Project Officer. I am looking forward to the future where I will have the opportunity to work with even more young people and families.

    Project Coordinator
    Project Assistant (Intern)

     

    CEO & Director

    Jennifer is the founder of BANG and has led the organisation for 16 years. She grew up on the Stonebridge Estate in Harlesden and has a passion for young people and the local community. Jennifer’s key strengths are (strategic) leadership, regeneration, project design, bid writing. She has raised over £5 million in her position as CEO of BANG Edutainment. Jennifer has extensive networks both locally and outside the borough. She is known locally as a community champion and has sat on various boards such as Brent Children Partnership, Brent Community Safety partnership. She is Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership and the RSA, has been trustee of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services and is currently the founding chair of the Young Brent Foundation.

    “I love working with young people; the fact that BANG is based in the community I grew up in is a massive bonus. The people I work with are passionate about their work and truly dedicated to BANG’s mission. Seeing positive changes in the young people we work with is priceless.”

    Director

    A chartered ACA (ICAEW) Accountant employed by Grant Thornton UK LLP, London as as Assurance Associate.Nick Hawkins – Director

    Working as the in-charge accountant for clients, leading the onsite team and being  their main day to day contact. Specialising in working with clients operating under UK GAAP, IFRS and Charities SORP regulations.  Previous experience primarily in the charity, media and entertainment, and real estate sectors, with some exposure to financial services.

    Became a Board Member with BANG Edutainment in 2014 to bring financial expertise and good practice.

    Chairperson

    Yewande Sadiq has been a BANG Board member for the last three years. She was called to the Bar in 2001, and has worked for Abbey Legal Protection for 11 years in-house in their risk management department. Abbey Legal specialise in Commercial legal expenses, in particular contract dispute and the defence of Employment Tribunal claims. Yewande has extensive experience in commercial and employment law. She has worked with small to medium sized businesses. She manages a legal time of nine members and contributes to strategic management within Abbey Legal. Yewande advises on all BANG contracts and legal matters.

    Director

    Audrey’s professional background is in administrative and facilities coordination within the health sector. She joined the BANG Board after her children were involved in projects to represent our beneficiaries’. Audrey is a long standing member of the NW10 community and has extensive links with the local community. She is coordinates Parent Hub – a support group for parents of children we work with.

     

    Project Assistant (Intern)

    At BANG, my role is a project assistant for my university placement. I have several responsibilities in the charity; from assisting project workers in sessions, to admin work, to coordinating (social) media. Working here has given me experience and skills for my future career and has enhanced my knowledge on working with young people. We have a great team here at BANG!

    Project Assistant (Intern)

    My role at BANG is a project assistant. I work in BANG as part of my university placement. I assist project workers with their duties including administration, organising and delivery of sessions to young people. This role has given me an insight into the charity and the programmes it runs, the changes it makes and the effect it has on the lives of young people. It is amazing to see all the hard work the charity does and be part of the team!

    Volunteer Project Assistant

    My name is Rupert, a volunteer project assistant on the NoLimitz programme at BANG. I’m in the middle of training to become a primary school teacher, and when I heard about the kind of work BANG does with young people I knew I had to get involved!

    The work and values held by BANG are both remarkable and invaluable, and the staff are dedicated and enthusiastic. Their work is creative and individually tailored to suit each young person, and most importantly they inspire young people to improve themselves in every way. I feel privileged to be a part of this organisation and to help them.

    Project Assistant (Intern)

    I work as a project assistant and also help out with the social media here at BANG Edutainment. Although I have only been here since January 2016, I have learned so much in a short space of time. Being a project assistant, I get to see the amazing support that the charity gives the young people and witness the change in them as they progress through the programmes here. I would have never expected my university placement to be in a fun and vibrant atmosphere such as the one that BANG provides, and I have to say it rubs off on all the adults and the young people who visit!

    Project Assistant (Intern)
    Project Assistant (Intern)
    Project Assistant (Intern)
    Operations Assistant

    Below are the organisations that BANG has membership of and/or is affiliated to. These organisations support our work by providing information and news on the civil sector Some provide accreditation.

    lvsc-logo
    LY_Master_RGB
    Ambition-logo
    OCN-logo