The Nicholas Stewart Project (NSP) – Refocus

I started The Nicholas Stewart Project (NSP) in 2015 In memory of Nicholas Stewart who
was tragically killed on the Henry Prince Estate, on 13 August 2014. He was doing the best thing he knew how – football, this was his passion. Nicholas, Nick or 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 about an hour before and three minutes’
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.
No parent should lose their child to violent crime…

The Nicholas Stewart Project aims to provide a safe place for young people through the
provision of advice, assistance, and organising educational programmes to raise
awareness on issues surrounding violent crime and its wider effects on families and
community. The organisation has been holding Annual Community Events since 2015,
bringing communities and families from different cultures together.
In the last six years, The Nicholas Stewart Project supports young people in Wandsworth and surrounding areas who have been affected by youth-on-youth violence, typically knife crime. The project involves young people, offering a space where they can express their feelings safely, through poetry, art, and essay competitions. Sessions to build positive expression cascade through the community, with beneficiaries reaching out to their fellow students/young people or any other person with whom they have contact with.
This would not be possible without the support of partner organisations, sponsors, donors, schools and volunteers, to whom I am greatly indebted in being a part of this journey.

I believe that we have made a difference, I think is important – we were able to engage with children, enabling them to share their anxieties around peer pressure and bullying, speak up, how to avoid unnecessary conflicts and possible forgive even when they have done nothing wrong- it is a good way to release tension. The NSP encourages young people to find their voice to express themselves.

There comes a time in our lives when we all need to take a pause and look on life, see how we have been doing and what engines need recharging. I have always been passionate
about putting people first and have devoted all my time and energy to running the
Nicholas Stewart Project (NSP) since 2014. We have achieved much working with families
and young people in different ways. Replacing pain with hope, it was fulfilling to engage
with children and young people in schools by doing presentations, essay competitions, writing expressions, and one to one sessions.

For me personally, it has been a long journey and I have put my whole self into the project. Loving what I do, I didn’t realise how emotional and physically demanding the challenge was and its impact on my own health and well-being.
Having been at the helm of this important journey for 7 years, I believe that the time has
come to anchor the ship for a while and for me as captain, to take time out to focus on my well-being and my family.

I am sure you will agree that as individuals our well-being and family are very important and must take priority. I want to reassure you all that this is just a pause in the journey to
recharge the engine and I remain committed to continuing onwards with your support in
due course. As we look to embrace a new chapter, I welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have in the meanwhile to increase our impact in the community.
You will hear from the NSP from time to time but in a different way.

Thank you very much for your understanding and support.

Jennifer Beckford
Nicholas Stewart Project
Walking in -Peace, Hope, Love