Who are MCWG?
We’re a community organisation working mostly with young people from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which has the second-highest percentage of Arabic-speaking residents in the UK.
Our organisation was set up 22 years ago to help tackle a range of complex challenges including poverty, unemployment and a lack of educational support.
What do we do?
Today some of the key issues affecting young people in our community include alienation and disengagement. So we aim to enhance young peoples’ self-esteem while teaching them responsibility, promoting integration and discouraging anti-social behaviour.
From football training to cookery lessons, help with schoolwork, group trips, employment support, counselling and advice on mental health, we work actively to enable children and young adults to engage in and contribute to wider society.
We offer a range of activities from our centre in North Kensington:
- Weekly youth clubs for boys and girls
- Sports events and weekly training sessions (football, martial arts, keep-fit, circuit training)
- Cookery classes and nutritional advice
- Homework clubs for children aged 6-14 years
- Supplementary Saturday school for children aged 5-14 years, providing National Curriculum support, Arabic language and Islamic studies
- Employment skills support
- Mother tongue counselling with mental health charity Mind
- Mental health first aid courses for parents and young adults of 18+
- Strengthening families, strengthening communities courses for parents
- Violence prevention projects
- Mother/daughter projects