The Nicholas Stewart Project is a charity that supports young people and their families. With the help and support of the local organisations, charities and friends, the NSP is involved in organising events and educational activities for children and young people, working within local communities in London since 2015.
A passionate and kind son
“In loving memory of my Son Nicholas Stewart who was tragically killed on the Henry Prince Estate on the 13 August 2014. He was doing the best thing he knew how – football, this was his passion.”
Nicholas or Nick, Radar as he was affectionately called by close family and friends, loved football from an early age.
That fateful evening, he had just left the house an hour before and was a two minute walk from our home. He was tragically killed in front of children, young adults and adults, by a man who was said to have been mentally ill. Nicholas was 25 years old.
He was very much loved by family, friends and members of the community and beyond. In his passing there were testimonies of his willingness to help others, especially children and mothers. The shopkeepers and people I met on the street would say to me that my son was kind hearted and polite, with good manners and never held a grudge against others. He always wore that smile regardless – Nicholas also had his share of struggles in life.
A few months before his passing he got a job as a sales representative with ACN Communications and weeks before this, he took on a painting and decorating Apprenticeship. He was always trying to do positive things, amidst his struggles in society.
Jennifer Beckford – loving mother, founder, and believer in the power of community
For as long as she can remember, Jennifer has been passionate about helping others. Throughout her adult life Jennifer continues to give her time in the service of others, even when, on occasions, it seems impossible!
Jennifer says: “I feel compelled to do at least one voluntary task each week”.
Since the tragic passing of Jennifer’s son Nicholas, although difficult in terms of physical strength, Jennifer continues to dedicate herself to supporting the community and helping others.
We can host our annual Community Fun Day on or around 13th August and have been doing this since 2015. The Fun Day is the only kind in the area of Wandsworth and brings communities and families from different cultures together. We also host other events throughout the year to support young people and partner/collaborate with different organisations.
The aim is to provide a safe place online for young people through the provision of advice, assistance, and educational programmes to raise awareness on issues surrounding knife crime and its wider effects on families and communities.
The NSP’s vision is to help stop children and young adults from dying on the streets, as well as to support families to strive for success and move forward with hope. NSP’s mission helps to prevent violence amongst young people and support families and communities after a tragedy by giving a listening ear and giving encouragement through phone calls and inspirational writing.
The Nicholas Stewart Project provides support for teachers in some local schools in the London Borough of Wandsworth by encouraging children and young people to express the things that worry them both verbally and in writing. In addition, writing competitions run by the NSP help children and young people to improve their writing skills. Rethink presentations are carried out in some schools in the London Borough of Wandsworth and a church in the London Borough of Croydon.
Mentoring and presentations are given in local schools mainly during anti-bullying week. Close attention is given to ‘listening’ to the students by observing their body language alongside their teachers. Observing body language allows the teacher to identify and recommend who could benefit from the one to one mentoring, the students who take part in one to one mentoring tend to become friends as this is encouraged.
The volunteers and NSP team provides a different perspective to the teachers, to support the students and their development.