APSC in May 2019 joined forces with TROAN Charity and together both organisations are making sure that the excellent work TROAN Charity is already developing with different groups of people, in order to serve, support, advise and contribute to the society are properly delivery and well administrated, while Troan does the outreach work, APSC provide with voluneers, admin and Self-Development Training, Motivational Speech, Mentoring and Coaching to TROAN Managers and Volunteers that every week give their time to help others.
We currently serve the Homeless or the “forgotten” in the street of east London, work with young people to train and mentor them in various activities and programme including Fundraising, job search skills, and other basic skills for life.
We serve through various volunteering activities specifically designed for the service users including, food distributions, distribute blankets and sleeping bags, etc. Below is the core outline of our services:
APSC & TROAN CHARITY PARTNERSHIP
For us it is essential that the homeless people in our community have the ability to access food, shelter and clothing. We see everyone in our environment as equal and believe that everyone should have access to vital resources for them the survive.
In this project we serve for the homeless people living in the community of East London. We work with young people, to train and mentor them in various activities including fundraising, job search skills, and other basic skills for life. This is so in the future they have the ability to find jobs, that can help them provide for themselves.
We serve by organising various volunteering activities that are specialised for the service of users such as, food, blankets and sleeping bags distribution. Below is the core outline of our services:
Working with Homeless people
Mentoring and coaching young people
Rehabilitation scheme for ex-offenders and befriending programme for prisoners
Support troubled teens and adults (drugs and alcohol)
Developing skills to promote business and entrepreneurship in the communities
We serve through our volunteering efforts, where we rally community members through our network of people from all ethnic backgrounds, gender and creed. All of our volunteers are people aged 16 years old and above.
The Forgotten (Homeless)
TROAN Charity & APSC
Osvaldo Gomes is an active African Portuguese Speaking member of the community who identified within the community a huge lack of trust among their own groups and organisations resulting in division and lack of integration and participation within the community. For the last 15 years he has devoted a great part of his time putting together a work strategy that would attend and motivate the community groups and organisations in getting involved in the delivery of a Community Development Strategy that would build trust and eliminated from the APSC the sense of been excluded from the British society.
The APSC argues that in the British society, there is no system in place that is efficiently working with the APSC, and this is due to the almost 95% of the just over 53,000 APSC that entered in the United Kingdom with a Portuguese Passport, and consequently resulting in the APSC for the last three decades with a sense of been excluded from the British society. There is also strong evidence to suggest that whatever in place CIC, Charity, Non-profit Organisation, very little or almost nothing has been done to change this. The APSC argues that this is due to the lack of access to funding due to lack of identity acknowledgement by the British society that results in lack of Participation on the community initiatives or projects. The APSC also argues that, the fact that all of the already in place NGO’s that has been working only as volunteers and in their spare time, makes it impossible to have a proper structured organisation that can attend the community needs and aspirations.
With regard to the migration of the white Portuguese-speaking communities, some argue that their experience in the UK has been somewhat more prosperous most because they have formed their own organisations and invariably there is a very strong presence of differential treatment towards the APS communities who are rendered as figures to be used to get support and not to be supported.Thus, the social oppression experienced by many of the APS community prior to migration continues to exist.Given the extent of such experiences, APSC would argue that among the white Portuguese-speaking communities (whether unintentional or deliberate) “racism is a norm” and that being black equates to minimal status and less intelligence.
Too often in our society APSC families, are not heard; they are left out, made to feel that they don’t belong. And APSC exist to put that right. That is why the APSC Team joint forces with TROAN Charity and BATUKE and together they are organising WORK STRUCTURE AND A BUSINESS PLAN to raise money for an APSC COMMUNITY CENTRE to help more APSC families get their voice heard and be seen by others as African Portuguese-speaking Community that can stand for themselves. And despite been for more than half a century un-noticed in the UK, without a voice and with a feeling that we the APSC, have been completely excluded from the British society, We the APSC Team decided to develop partnerships and public speeches on the Afro-Portuguese identity to publicly recognise the community.
The APSC Team also identified the need for a strategic plan to develop the community, the aim of the strategic plan is to support African Portuguese Speaking communities (from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Equatorial Guinea) to develop a unified, resilient, sustainable African Portuguese Speaking Community
(From invisible to visible)
Currently APSC and TROAN are working extensively with young people on several projects such as I.M.A.G.E.M. Base Model which is designed to help them realise their future, and what they are capable of. We believe that there aren't enough access to the opportunities for young people to progress, or do positive things whilst they have the chance in life, which can often results in them going down in a negative path, and lead them into trouble. The I.M.A.G.E.M. Base Model Program and services we currently provide for the youths will benefit them as well as create better opportunities, below are a list of the services:
Provide them with work experience opportunities etc. Fundraising events
Weekly group meetings where we provide motivational speeches and discuss about the young people and their background.
Organise events where young people come to socialise and bond with each other
(Combat knife and gun crime)
APSC & TROAN bring youths together during their school holidays and keep them occupied with fundraising events, they also take them to local areas in East London to feed the homeless people, Both organisations also provide motivational speech and educational talks about the adult world on the importance of managing their own life without having their parents around, from how to manage the NO answer to the importance to know that the world out there do not care, "if they do not fit the criteria's they will not be getting what they want". With these we aim to take kids out of the street and at the same time giving them valuable life skills and lessons.
School Holidays Projects
A great percentage of the APSC and Amigo community’s parents that emigrated to the UK in the last 20 years do not yet speak or do speak very little English, many of these families are still living in absolute poverty with incomes of 8.21 an hour or less sharing rooms in overcrowd houses and exist evidence to say that a consider percentage of their community are experience work exploitation.
Many of the APS parents the APSC Team work with the fallowing were identified; because of the language barriers, and even those who can speak English, due to the lack of confidence and trust are unable to speak for themselves. They can’t express themselves in ways that they start to think that some of a non-bilingual British citizen or other well establish communities sometimes can take them for granted at work, during their daily routine like shopping, or even at a school or social project meeting. APSC exit to help and support families with a advocate services in Health, Employment, Education and Welfare.
Help & Support with Housing, Employment, Health & Welfare,