Initially, the charity was set up in 2003 under the 'Russian Circle' to deliver services and projects to families with Eastern European background and served refugees, asylum seekers and people from low-income backgrounds.
However in 2019, we decided to change our name to reflect the fact that we now, we work with a much vaster community of children/youth who are seeking extra support or involvement in their boroughs.
All our work has always been to benefit the wider community and advocate integration, bringing the community together primarily focusing on social inclusion and integration of children/youth.
Originally opened in Ealing, we now cover and serve all London boroughs.
In March 2020, due to the Covid-19 Lockdown and closure of schools and events, we were faced with having to cease our operations or pause for a considerable amount of time; However, we decided to do the opposite, and use this time to increase our reach, instead of limit it. Currently, all our operations are now running online, including lessons, tuition, art and singing, and we've even managed to continue planned events and launch new ones!
Being online means that we now can reach not only people across London and the UK who could not physically access our projects before, but we can reach children, youth and families globally.
We currently benefit and support over 350 children weekly in Supplementary Education, both from an academic standpoint, but also from a cultural, artistic and personal growth standpoint. We also run community projects which aim to improve the lives of children through education. Our main projects include our free maths classes taught by multilingual staff (benefiting over 150 children), heritage projects (benefiting over 800 people), and our Confidence and Wellbeing programme (benefiting over 1000 people).
We aim to develop the capacity and skills of community members who are socially and economically disadvantaged so that they are better able to participate more fully in society. We do this through projects such as our 'Family days' (benefiting 300+ people) and our Concert at Ealing Shopping Centre which allowed local groups to perform and saw over 5000 attendees attend.
We also support low paid workers access training to develop their skills so that they can progress into other roles equipped with the correct experience. We also regularly research the benefits of multilingual education, our most recent research being conducted with UEL, the data of which is then implemented into our lessons and work to continue developing.