It’s been a fantastic few weeks here at UK SAYS NO MORE.
So many incredible organisations are joining hands and creating partnerships to end Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and today we welcome NOVA to the UK SAYS NO MORE family.
Each year Nova New Opportunities provides a vital stepping stone for over 1400 disadvantaged residents of North Kensington and the surrounding deprived areas who are unable to access mainstream services and lack the skills and confidence to progress. Many of NOVA’s users are unemployed, economically inactive or trapped in low-paid work.
Nova’s history spans for over three decades. Initially housed in a church basement on Lancaster Road and registered as a subcommittee of the Notting Hill Social Council, we set out to help individuals and communities improve their computer skills. The organisation moved into Canalside House for 15 years and subsequently to its present home on Thorpe Close in December 2013.
Based in North Kensington, Nova is a friendly organisation that has been embedded in the community for 30 years. It is situated in one of the poorest wards in the country and aims chiefly to help those living in the margins of society who are finding it difficult to make a go of their lives. Initially, Nova focused on teaching local people vital basic computer skills and has since grown and developed organically in response to people’s needs.
Finding a job can be a struggle for people who missed opportunities to learn at school or have moved to the UK with little English. NOVA welcomes everyone. They listen, offer advice and support and work together to achieve personal goals. Their courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications that can unlock further study and job opportunities.
“Nova has always been more than a skills and training centre – it has become a prominent community hub providing not only a range of educational, employment and pastoral services but also a place where users from different social and ethnic backgrounds can come together to learn and develop themselves.”
NOVA help the community by:
- Supporting local people to move into Education
- Building skills in Maths, English and ICT
- Opening doors throught volunteering and participation
- Responding to tough economic conditions
- Those who have missed out on educational opportunities
- Women returning to work
- Long-term unemployed
- Minority ethnic groups, migrant and refugee communities
Nova offers a variety of courses that help students advance in English, Maths and Computer skills. The courses are tailored to the specific needs of the students and target different levels ranging from entry to advanced levels. In addition, Nova has developed a range of friendly and supportive workshops that will help you find the job you want.
NOVA’s core values are: Focus on individuals, encouragement, professionalism, friendliness.
With these values NOVA believe that helping individuals can help families and the communities. They believe that motivated people deserve our help, as everyone has something to offer and no matter what their life circumstances may be, people can develop and contribute.
For more information on NOVA – click here!
Interested in becoming a partner of UK SAYS NO MORE?
Please get in touch with Lyndsey Dearlove, Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Partnership Manager at Hestia.
You can contact Lyndsey by email at Lyndsey.Dearlove@hestia.org or by phone at 020 7378 3170.