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The charity, For Jimmy, held a volunteering day in partnership with financial company American Express. It was also a day that reflected the values of the charity; bringing people together and creating a sense of community.  The link between For Jimmy and American Express came about through a conversation between Bill Mizen, the CEO of the charity, and a colleague working for Business in the Community, which is a business-community outreach charity.  American Express were looking to hold a team-building event and help a local cause in the community. Through this, the charity connected with American Express and began discussions over ideas in ways in which American Express could help. Coincidentally, there had been a flood at the Good Hope Café, in Place Ladywell, Lewisham which is owned by the charity.  It was through this unfortunate event, that For Jimmy partnered with American Express by holding a volunteering day, which involved volunteers helping with the cleaning and clearing up the damage caused by the flood.

 

The day started by sharing the story of young Jimmy Mizen, a 16-year-old who was tragically killed in 2008 in an unprovoked attack. This was important as it allowed the important message of the importance of having better relations in the community, it was a story of forgiveness and hope. Everyone involved on the day, had an enjoyable day of building relationships, working together and eating good food whilst helping with refurbishing the café.

 

For Jimmy is a charity that aims to create a safe environment for young people and tried to build a bridge between the youth and their local area.  They also try to motivate them in getting involved with local causes in several ways.  One way is through the Safe Havens programme, which is an initiative whereby young people get involved in workshops run in schools and local businesses, which are designed to help young people with their confidence in a safe environment.  In addition, For Jimmy is dedicated to giving Talks for Change, a campaign in which the story of Jimmy is shared in schools up and down the country. This is something the charity is extremely passionate about to bring about change and hope by inspiring young people to come together and connect them to their local communities.  For Jimmy has three Good Hope Cafes across Lewisham; Hither Green, Place Ladywell and Ladywell Fields. These cafes provide employment and volunteering opportunities for young people whilst promoting a safe space for young people to come.  There will hopefully be more events to come in the run up to 10th anniversary which will be a celebration of the life of Jimmy Mizen. For anyone that would like to get involved please get in touch by emailing hello@forjimmy.org .

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