The Jimmy Mizen Project:
‘For Jimmy’, is a programme that supports pupils that have been chosen by our schools in Years 5 and 6. Every session is mapped to the KS2 Curriculum and all pupils are supported throughout. The programme takes young people beyond the school gates to engage with key local community partners through social action projects. These create an experience that develops character, resilience and achievement. Empowering young people to succeed socially and academically, democratising social action and building a sustainable legacy for Jimmy.
The end product is yet to be confirmed. However, we envisage using ‘our values’ throughout the Lewisham Borough. We would be keen to invite all stake holders, in and around Lewisham, to enthuse them with ‘our values’, to enable Lewisham to be a safer, more peaceful place, for every child and in Jimmy’s memory.
Like all of their projects, ours started with a ‘getting to know you’ session. The children played ‘trust’ games and games that included sharing opinions, building teams and confidence. Margaret Mizen visited on our second session, to share Jimmy’s story; this gave the children a chance to reflect on what happened to Jimmy and gave them an opportunity to ask Margaret many questions.
At our most recent session, the pupils were introduced to the idea of Safe Havens; which are a simple idea. The pupils go out onto their local high street and ask shopkeepers if they would lock the door and call the police if a young person or adult was in danger or felt threatened on the street. What makes it unique is that young people, who build the relationships with their local community to help make it safer, lead the scheme. This session also included some time with the St John’s Ambulance. The children worked together to learn what to do in an emergency e.g. the recovery position, how to apply a bandage and to call 999.
St John Baptist surprises Margaret with a rainbow coloured cloth of handprints.
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