StreetInvest is a UK based, not for profit organisation delivering training to street worker agencies throughout the world. With over 30 years in the sector, we offer an innovative training package which equips professional helpers to support, advise and counsel street children, allowing them to make their own positive choices in life. This process builds the capacities of the organisation receiving the training, and the capabilities of the worker, whose skills are developed, and ultimately create a productive relationship with the child and young person on the street.
StreetInvest works closely with a local ‘host' partner. Very often this local partner has been recommended by a UK agency, or is a partner with whom we have worked with in the past. The host partner works as training co-ordinator and is responsible for many of the logistical elements to deliver the training. Local costs are transferred to this partner and all expenditure recorded against an initial budget which has been compiled with StreetInvest. We compile a budget in both pounds and local currency and build in a small contingency to allow for the actuality of currency fluctuations. At all times we encourage an approach with local partners that does not allow for expenses to be unrealistic, inflated or unnecessary. Our trainers stay in local budget hotels and travel economy class.
StreetInvest believes that the extraordinary work undertaken by street workers deserves support, respect and recognition.
The University of Ulster has taken the first step by formally recognising the "Take your shoes off" training. The University has assessed the credit rating against first year at University and confirmed a rating of ten credits for this initial training of street workers. This is the first step in a longer process. Other modules of the training can be similarly assessed. In the UK, 60 credits creates the possibility of a formal Certificate of Education and 120 credits is the exit point for a Certificate of Higher Education. These possibilities are under further study. Of equal or greater importance is formal recognition in the country where the street work is carried out. StreetInvest hopes to be able to bring the UK accreditation to local universities and others to be able to develop recognized standards of accreditation for street work. We believe that street workers provide a service as valuable as any social or youth worker and they should be able to receive similar formal recognition. StreetInvest continues to work to try to make this a reality.
StreetInvest aims to work with street children globally. Our criteria for working with agencies supporting street children is that the NGO:
- Does or intends to start street work as a way of developing relationships with children and young people on the street
- We would prioritise working with agencies where there are no existing structures to assist street children and youth in that place.
- Recognises that the term street children has different interpretations in different countries - in the context of Europe we would understand street children as being runaways or homeless.
We are non denominational and willingly work with organisations, children and young people regardless of faith, ethnicity, tribe or clan. We respect the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This is a fundamental human right explicitly set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
StreetInvest Club 12/04
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12th April is the International Day for Street Children.
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