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How Anima Youth Started

Anima Youth was set up in 2014.  Between 2014-2018, Anima's Youth ran as an unincorporated charitable organisation, running projects which solely supported girls and young women.

However, in 2019 the organisation formally constituted into a Community Interest Company (Social Enterprise) and widened its support to cover both girls and boys, as the number of young men needing support, especially within mental health and career guidance had soared due to the knife crime epidemic. 

 

Though as an organisation, we maintain our specialism in issues faced by young women and supporting young women, with our core organisational project the BeingHer programme, the organisation now additionally runs projects supporting Mental Health and Career Guidance for all young people.

The Founder

MRS ELOISE ANIMA OFORI (nee Dickens)

Founder & Ceo of Anima Youth

Eloise is a Law Graduate and qualified Paralegal, who has a passion for social action. She is an incredibly focused and determined young lady, who wishes to increase the aspirations and wellbeing of children and young people, whilst providing them with support and guidance to tackle the barriers and challenges they face, enabling them to make a smoother transition into independent life. Eloise’s passion for young people has seen her drift away from the typical Law Graduates career route, into a pathway-focused on gaining experience and skills to enable her to solidly understand, support and transfer her learned expertise into Anima Youth.

Since graduating, Eloise has gained specialist experience in Safeguarding and Child Protection, Youth Justice, Mental Health and Criminal Exploitation, Child Sexual Exploitation and Gang Grooming.

Eloise has also undertaken a number of professional development training and qualifications to ensure she is equipped to lead Anima Youth and its Vision, Mission and Objectives. 

 

Some of her qualifications and training include:

 

  • Law LLB (Specialism in Child Law and Family Law) 2:1

  • Level 3 Child Counselling

  • Level 3 Domestic Abuse 

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People Level 3 

  • Level 3 Leadership and Management

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid - Mental Health England

  • Understanding Mental Health in Children, Adolescences and their Families - MIND

  • Child Sexual Exploitation- London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames Safeguarding Board

  • Gangs, County Lines and Exploitation- St.Giles 

  • Statutory Youth Offending  Training- London Borough of Hounslow

  • First Aid Level 2– Croydon Mental Health Service 

  • Effective Practice in Youth Justice Level 5– UNITAS Education

  • Tackling and Preventing Domestic Abuse: Certificate

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