Voices of Riana
RDN Summer Activities
The Voices of Riana Anthology has now been published!
Coronavirus has brought the world to a standstill and everyone has experienced some measure of impact during these unprecedented times. Youngsters are no exception. At Riana, we wanted to hear the voice of young people. We invited students between the age of 8-18 to submit their artistic response about:
How did the COIVD-19 affect you, your loved ones or the communities around you?Submissions were in the form of poems, short stories, visual artworks, photographs and videos. All the entries were published in an anthology called “Voices of Riana” and is part of an engaging experience for participants to express their creativity and share their […]
Online learning during lockdown – A supplementary school approach
We have an action packed Summer Activities Programme planned! Find out more about what you can get involved with this summer
The RDN Summer Activities Programme runs from Monday 3rd August – Saturday 29th August in Chiswick, Hounslow and virtually.Activities include: outdoor games, drama, art, dance, football, multi sports, cooking, gardening , youth socials and more!For more information, please see the RDN Summer Activities poster.To enrol onto the programme, please email Syreeta Bains (firstname.lastname@example.org)Riana Development Network […]
Charity Trustee Insights – Adapting to the challenges of COVID-19
Keeping students engaged with learning has been a challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. At RDN, we’ve adapted the Supplementary School to be delivered virtually. This has enabled us to provide much needed support to primary and secondary students online. In this article, we look at how supplementary schools can be vital in helping children catch up with missed learning hours.
What is supplementary education?Supplementary education is unique compared to mainstream education, as defined by the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE):“Supplementary education can be defined as all out-of-school learning. Particularly classes focused on the provision of additional support for curriculum subjects including all languages, history and cultural enrichment activities such as faith, arts and […]
Food security project ignites hope in Ndhiwa farmers
Janet Omondi (Trustee) discusses with the London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine (LSHTM) about how COVID-19 has affected her work, the timely relevance of her training and how this has helped the implementation teams on the ground in the UK and in Kenya.
Janet Omondi (Msc Public Health, 2017) is a Trustee for Riana Development Network (RDN) which is a UK based charity that works directly with BAME young people in the UK and overseas. In this blog piece, she discusses how COVID-19 has affected her work and how Kenya’s response to the outbreak has come with challenges.How […]
New beds installed at Cranford Community Allotment
Internationally, we are helping those hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Latest press release by The Standard Kenya about the RDN CREDEE programme funded by DFID.
By JOHN OYWA | May 09th 2020 at 03:38:55 GMT +0300 Like other concerned farmers, Sophia Nyaloo, rarely misses the daily coronavirus updates from the Ministry of Health. To catch the latest, her small mobile phone that doubles as a radio, is always at hand. Owing to the curfew and partial lockdowns, her life like the rest of […]
An Evening at the Royal Albert Hall
8 raised gardening beds have been installed at Cranford Community Allotment to aid nature and conservation learning.
Riana Development Network has continued to grow its partnership with Cranford Primary School with the installation of 8 new raised gardening beds in January 2020. The beds are used to incorporate outdoor learning into the school curriculum and after-school activities. Each class has their own bed to grow their own produce with one additional demonstration […]
Jack Petchey Award Winners 2019
On Sunday 17th November, a group of the Riana Development Network Supplementary School were
invited to attend the very first OnSide Youth Zones Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.
During the ceremony, young people who have contributed to their community, in many different ways, with outstanding achievements were recognised and presented with different OnSide awards. Some of these awards included: sports, music, and health and wellbeing.The evening was full of exceptional performances from some of the nominees; The Script with their top hits ‘Superheros’ […]
Edensor Gardens Fun Day 2019
A quick round-up of Jack Petchey award winners for the 2018-19 school academic year from Riana Development Network.
October 2018 Award Winner: Lehar Exceptional dedication and perseverence Lehar is currently studying for her GCSE exams but continues to volunteer and helps younger children with their work during sessions at the RDN Supplementary School. During tuition sessions, she is always willing to help and explain topics where other students might be struggling. She shows […]
Community Trip to Southend
On Sunday 4th August 2019 from 1pm-6pm, the Edensor Gardens Family Fun Day took place. This was our second year running the event and it was truly a great turnout!
It was a community event organised by the local residents from Edensor Gardens in partnership with Riana Development Network to bring residents together. Earlier at #EdensorGardens family fun day in #chiswick with @Rianafoundation @LBofHounslow @VolHounslow pic.twitter.com/FcuRyLS3I4— Cllr Ron Mushiso (@RonnieMushiso) August 4, 2019 As well as this, a group of us NCS volunteers came to help […]
NCS Enterprise Challenge
Supplementary Schools from Riana Development Network and Westpoint Sustainable Community Development came together to organise a trip to Southend for some fun in the sun by the sea!
Families and friends attended the day trip as part of an end of term celebration with students, parents and teachers alike. The trip also provided an opportunity for families to bond and relax, enjoying the warm summer weather.Overall the trip was positive, the children definitely enjoyed it as it gave them the chance to be […]
Vloggers in the making
Over 40 young people from the National Citizen Service (NCS) have worked with Riana Development Network this summer to volunteer for the organisation and make a difference in the London Borough of Hounslow.
Exhibition planning The first wave from Ealing helped to create an enterprise plan for the Your Community Your Change project which will result in an exhibition in autumn 2019. Participants were required to draft a budget, marketing plan and strategy for the event. It was great to see the NCS group take the challenge head on […]
Bringing photos to life
Seven young people represented Riana Development Network at the VlogStar Challenge 2019 semi-finals on Friday 12th July.
The semis were hosted at Google HQ and provided a great opportunity for creatives to learn how to develop their content further on YouTube.One of the sessions, I Am Remarkable, challenged participants to reflect on their accomplishments and discover what makes them unique and how they can share that with others.I Am Remarkable Quotes I […]
Your Community Your Change
The second session of the project "Your Community, Your Change" saw the young people analyse the photographs they had taken over a 2 week period that highlighted social issues and the meaning behind them.
VlogStar Challenge Hounslow 2019
On Saturday 23rd March, Riana Development Network (RDN) successfully launched the next phase of the Life Skills programme which is focused on documenting the experiences of young people in the London Borough of Hounslow.
The project is designed to be made by young people, for young people and led by young people together with RDN staff to identify key issues that they have experienced and vocalise these using the medium of photo-voice. The project will also provide opportunities for young people to learn additional skills in interviewing, public speaking, […]
NRCSE Quality Mark Assessment Day
On Saturday 16th February, RDN hosted the VlogStar Challenge 2019 workshop for West London!
12 young people took part in the day where they learnt presentation, interviewing and video editing skills to produce their own vlogs. In the second half of the workshop, each participant then recorded an entry for the VlogStar Challenge competition. Topics that were covered included: knife crime, the effect of mass media, poetry and reviewsTomi […]
Edensor Gardens Family Fun Day
Teachers from RDN Supplementary School attended the NRCSE Quality Mark Assessment Day on the 20th December 2018.
Staff from Riana Development Network were interviewed by independent assessors on the teaching, assessment and evaluation practices used in the school. There was also opportunity for an in depth discussion with headteachers from mainstream education, covering best practice for the structure and governance of educational set ups.The independent assessors will now review and inform RDN […]
Community Benefits of Chocolate
On Saturday 4th August 2018, the Edensor Gardens Family Fun Day took place—the first of its kind in the area! This was a community event organised by the local residents from Edensor Gardens in partnership with Riana Development Network to bring residents together.
We had a range of activities and stalls on display such as: Arts and Crafts, Food and Drink, Live Music Band, Brentford FC Sports Activities, Dr Bike – Free Bike Check Ups, Information Stalls, African Cultural Jewellery and Face Painting.Here is the documentary of the event filmed by Make A Difference Entertainment (MADE)We would like […]
Edensor Gardens Community Family Fun Day
On the 18th July 2018, Riana Development Network (RDN) was graced by the generosity of Lindt & Sprungli (UK) Ltd; a Feltham based chocolate company in the London Borough of Hounslow.
Through their corporate social responsibility policy, Lindt & Sprungli (UK) Ltd donated over 300 hours of labour and tools for the RDN Schools/Community Gardening and Nature Area Outdoor learning programme at Waye Avenue Community Allotment and Cranford Primary School Nature Reserve Area.At Waye Avenue Community Allotment, with the support of the London Borough of Hounslow, […]
End of Year Celebrations – RDN Supplementary School
Come along and attend the family fun day being run in Edensor Gardens, Chsiwick to bring the local community together! For more information, take a look at our event flyer
NRCSE Certification Evening
On Saturday 14th July 2018, the RDN Supplementary School held the end of year celebration for the 2017-18 academic year.
Staff, students and parents always look forward to this celebration and this year was no exception. In the awards ceremony, Janet Omondi (Year 3-4 teacher), Maxwell Omondi (Year 5-6 teacher), John Ogutu and Halima Ismail (Year 7-9 and Year 10-11 teachers) gave special mentions to the achievements that students in their classes worked hard towards […]
Jack Petchey Foundation Awards 2018
On Thursday 5th July 2018, our volunteers from the RDN Supplementary School received certificates for completing the Level 3 Effective Teaching in Supplementary Schools training.
The topic of the evening was: The Added Value of Language and Culture – a seminar on the role that supplementary schools play in their communities and in education. This was then followed by an awards ceremony for supplementary schools that had received quality marks, and individuals that completed the teacher training sessions. Five of […]
Effective Teaching in Supplementary Schools
On Wednesday 6th June 2018, two young people that had taken part in RDN programmes received the Jack Petchey Achievement Award. This was in recognition for the hard work they have put into achievements in their personal development and also for their contribution in making the local community a better place to live in.
January 2018 Award Winner: Quinter An ambassador and mentor to younger children. Quinter joined and started utilizing the services of the organization in year 7 and is now in year 10. Quinter was quite shy when she first joined the organization, however she soon gained the trust and friendship of her peers. Quinter has been […]
Community Police Engagement: Health and Safety Talk
Volunteers from the RDN Supplementary School have had the opportunity to attend training sessions this year, delivered by the NRCSE on effective teaching methods.
The course, which ran from 21st February – 28th March 2018, will result in participants receiving a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. Supplementary schools from Hammersmith and Ealing also attended, enabling the sharing of ideas and strategies for teaching. Learners progressed through the five parts of the teaching cycle: Planning, Teaching, Assessment, Feedback and […]
NRCSE Bronze Award for Supplementary Education
PC Antony O’Brien from Hounslow Metropolitan police delivered crime prevention talks in October 2017 to young people about personal safety leading up to the Christmas period.
He also talked about knife crime and gang culture and how young people or the general public could access various supports available. The young people were able to watch a video with true life story of how knife crime can change the lives of the members of the family, the victims and society at large.
VlogStar Challenge Finals
On Wednesday 25th October 2017, teachers, students and volunteers visited Hammersmith Town Hall to collect the award presented to the RDN Supplementary School.
The Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Michael Cartwright, was also present at the awards ceremony. The NRCSE Bronze Quality Framework Award is a mark of accreditation for supplementary schools. It recognises good management within schools and the quality of teaching and learning that takes place. Three students from the school were selected to come to […]
VlogStar Challenge Semi-Finalist!
RDN is proud to announce that Rhiannon will be the first young person from Hounslow to reach the VlogStar Challenge Finals!
At the semi-final stage, the VlogStar Challenge semi-finalists had to follow a set brief with their vlogs lasting between one and one and a half minutes. All of the participants had access to professional equipment and mentors on hand to give advice on how to produce a top quality video for an online audience. Rhiannon […]
Local MP Ruth Cadbury Visits RDN
Riana Development Network would like to say congratulations to Rhiannon for reaching the VlogStar Challenge 2016/17 semi-finals!
An enthusiastic individual – Rhiannon demonstrated a natural confidence and a sense of maturity when presenting in front of the camera in the Hounslow VlogStar workshop in September. Young people were given the chance to talk about social issues or about what inspires them in life. Rhiannon caught up with RDN Youth Coordinator, Maxwell Omondi […]
Tesco’s Bags of Help Initiative
On Saturday 26th February, Ruth Cadbury (local MP for Brentford & Isleworth) visited the RDN Supplementary School.
Chairman, Job Omondi, was present to warmly welcome Ruth on her arrival. He spoke of how appreciative the organisation was for Ruth to take time out of her busy schedule to see the great work RDN is doing. Parents, trustees and previous volunteers were invited to attend the open session, alongside existing students at the […]
RDN Saturday School returns for new term
Our Cranford Community Allotment project has been shortlisted to receive a grant from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative.
Here are some of the details of the scheme below. Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from […]
Cranford Fun Day
Our Supplementary Education programme continues this academic year, on Saturday 10th September 2016 for those in Years 3 to 10.
RDN is running Saturday school classes in English and Maths. All the sessions are tailored to help prepare pupils to pass their SATs exams at the end of primary and further their secondary education. We follow the National Curriculum set by the Department of Education and ensure students are given work that are set to their […]
Heston West Life Skills Blog
On Wednesday 3rd August, volunteers from RDN and Heston West Community Partnership organised a fun day for the local community.
This was as part of the 8 week course of Life Skills sessions they had attended in preparation for the day. Check out the video that was made by MADE TV, showcasing the young people and their achievements! Documentary
Life Skills Heston – Week 8
Riana Development Network (RDN) and Heston West Community Partnership (HWCP) have delivered workshops in the Heston West area.
The goal was to equip youth in the area with skills that were useful for life. These included:BudgetingEvent PlanningNegotiationCommunication skillsTeamworkFilm and Media skillsWorking to deadlinesThe outcome of the initiative was to organise a community event for the local families in the area which will be on Wednesday 3rd August. The young people participating in the […]
Life Skills Heston – Week 7
This week was the last week for our Life Skills sessions. We had been inspired by our Made TV film sessions earlier in the month so we decided to film our promotional video. It was a challenging shoot as we had limited resources and small cast but we managed to do all the filming in […]
Life Skills Heston – Week 6
Matthews (RDN) led the session, giving us a talk on how leadership plays a very important role in volunteering and event planning. We watched a video where different people spoke about the qualities that make a good leader. Some of these ranged from being a good listener to being able to compromise. We soon discovered […]
Life Skills Heston – Week 5
Budgeting and Negotiation
With the event planning underway, the group decided to focus more on the budget this week. We split into smaller teams to find out how much certain items would cost such as the venue. There were good discussions going on comparing deals with other shops and venues. One tip that Rodgers (RDN) and Taz (Heston […]
Life Skills Heston – Week 4
With the help of Rodgers from RDN, we started planning our community event. It quickly became clear that there were lots of things to consider such as: Venue location Activities Cost of hiring and buying other items Who would volunteer on the day When the event should take place How to advertise it As a group we […]
Netball Press Release
Made TV – Workshop 2
Due to the popularity of the workshop delivered beforehand, Blaise Singh from MADE TV came back to deliver another session on film and media. He was accompanied by Ben Ah-Time who worked with us to make a video clip on our local area. We were split into two groups and given a design brief which […]
Life Skills Heston – Week 3
An England netball star is set to visit Hounslow in a bid to infuse young people with a passion for the sport.
Lindsay Keable will join young people for a coaching session at the court by the Alf Chandler Centre, in Benson Close, Hounslow, on Saturday, June 4, from 4.30pm-5.30pm. England netball player Lindsay Keable She will meet youngsters taking part in a Sportivate netball project, run by Riana Development Network with support from London Sport. Sportivate […]
Netball Fever hits Hounslow
Made TV - Workshop 1
Make A Difference Entertainment (MADE) came to deliver a workshop on how we can use media to spread a message. The session focused on the creative process of turning an idea into a professional media piece. We were able to film using DSLRs and an auto-cue system to create a promo video for the Queen’s 90th […]
Life Skills Heston – Week 2
On Saturday 28th May, England international, Lindsay Keable came to Hounslow to support RDN's netball club, funded by Sportivate.
There was a sense of excitement as Lindsay walked in on the participants as many of them were amazed at how tall she was. The turnout was large and boys and girls alike got involved in passing, shooting and footwork skills to improve their game. When asked what was their favourite part of the session, […]
Life Skills Heston – Week 1
Getting Stuck In! The Brainstorm
Janet from RDN took the session, inspiring us to think creatively about possible project ideas to do in the area. To help us with the brainstorming, we watched a short video clip on how sharing our skills and talents contribute to making a project work. The clip focused on a charity in Africa which helped […]
The Launch! All About Volunteering
The first week saw a great turnout of enthusiastic volunteers. We had Catherine from Volunteer Hounslow come to us to talk about the benefits of volunteering. We discussed the reasons why people choose to do voluntary work and how some organisations are willing to subsidise travel expenses during a placement. There were many different places […]
Cook & Taste Press Release
The workshops will be delivered by Riana Network Development and Heston West Big Local.
These workshops are designed to enable and encourage young people to:Develop and deliver a community activity and event.Learn leadership and public speaking skillsFind creative ways to express yourself through film, photography and other areas.Find ways to volunteer in the community and have fun.The Life Skills Workshops starts next Wednesday 4th May from 5 to 7pm (and […]
Growing Healthy Together project: Riana and Groundwork community allotment
RDN has been delivering Cook & Taste sessions in Heston West as part of our Health & Wellbeing project. Below is an extract from an article from getwestlondon written by Robert Cumber
Healthy Cooking Classes I dropped in on a Friday cookery and nutrition workshop run by Rodgers Orero, of the Riana Development Network. Participants are taught how to eat well for less, before putting into practice what they learn by rustling up a meal, with each week focusing on a different country’s cuisine. “We want to […]
Local Children with Global Issues
Groundwork South and Riana Development Network (RDN) are involved in a local allotment project at Waye Avenue in Heston/Cranford.
Preparations have been going on over the last months to make plots and seedlings available and ready for individuals and organisations interested in community allotment as a unique ‘growing healthy together’ opportunity. Now’s the time to connect with us and join in – the team are very dedicated and friendly trainers from Groundwork South, friendly […]
Hounslow Youth Capture City Living
Global Community Links Project puts universal education and global partnership in the frame with young people in Housnlow linking with Magina Community Centre in Kenya.
Riana Development Foundation Network (RDFN) has been funded by UKaid from the Department of International Development to run workshops for young people to engage in Global links. Linking young people and children enables them to explore and take active part in local solutions to the global issues that affect their communities and the larger world. […]
16 YOUNG Hounslow borough residents have captured London life on camera for a global photography scheme.
The work of the youngsters went on display at Hounslow Library on Thursday December 9 2010, and is expected to be available for people to view for around three weeks. ‘City Living’ was the theme of the project, run by a charity called Plan UK, which works in 48 developing countries to support children. The scheme […]