Why become a partner?

Partnerships are the cornerstone of our work which we build with a wide range of individuals, schools, colleges, universities, corporates and other organisations. Fully reciprocal, many of our partnerships have lasted over a decade. They are fundamental to KORI realising its vision as no individual organisation can provide all that is needed to inspire, support and advance a young person effectively.

We provide access to a network of black and minority ethnic young people aged 14-30 years old that our partners can help inform and develop. Our partners enjoy the rewards and satisfaction of providing a wide range of opportunities that enable young people to access invaluable personal and professional development.


We have two decades of creating and delivering youth work training, creative projects and sustainable international volunteering work. We enjoy using our experience to contribute to the development of confident, ethical and informed leaders.

If you would like us to create, lead or deliver a project for young people or support your leadership teams in schools, youth organisations, universities or corporate settings, please get in touch.

Daughters of Africa Foundation

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KORI’s Vessel UK programme began its work in Africa in 2004, sourcing UK participants that were keen to develop socially responsible and sustainable projects for Africa. After years of work in Tanzania and Kenya the work began in The Gambia in 2014, establishing The Abuko Youth Association. 
In 2016 KORI met with arts practitioner Pauline Bailey and together they founded The Daughters of Africa Foundation (DoAF) and brought together a team of Gambian community leaders who now lead the work through the growth of a range of partnerships. KORI continues to support and source new Vessel UK participants who work to the identified needs and aspirations of youth and their communities in The Gambia.



KORI works with universities to offer their students unique opportunities for personal and professional development. An example is our work with The University of West England, Bristol and the Daughters of Africa NGO, where we have formed a 3-way partnership, creating ‘The Daigo Project’ focused on the development of education and skills in Africa. So far nearly a hundred UWE students, undergraduates and post graduates have been trained to create and deliver relevant projects face to face and virtually. Over 700 participants have benefitted in The Gambia. We have also offer continued professional development to students who volunteer through us.

Virtual schools

Our partnership with Islington Virtual school enabled eight young men, who had grown up in care, to gain industry mentoring and Vessel UK training towards developing projects that they then delivered in The Gambia for other young people. Aged 18 to 20 years, they found the opportunity really challenging as it forced them to work together at a professional level and work to their strengths. The positive impact of their experience was clear when they all returned with new focus. Many of the group then gained entry to further training, work or university.
Our work will continue to enable further groups of young people in care to flourish through our work with them

Case studies



We have worked closely with Embercombe for many years, referring young people to their Catalyst programme. Through our close relationship with our young people, we are able to determine who needed the intense personal development that the programme offers. Take Joanne, for example. She worked as a volunteer in KORI for three years, but as a young mother she lacked the time to pay attention to the emotional turbulence that affected her relationships with those around her. She was reluctant at first to attend the Catalyst programme, but the five-day focus on her own needs, away from the bustle of the city, was illuminating and enabled her to identify her need for counselling to fully move forward.


Lifebeat’s summer programme is another of our long-term partnerships, enabling us every year to refer a small group of young people to experience seven days of therapeutic nurture. They build new friendships, enjoy creative activities, gain leadership opportunities and benefit from personal development support. Many of our young people have maintained a relationship with Lifebeat, continuing to attend and even becoming part of the leadership and support activities it delivers.


As part of our partnership with Haringey council, Muhammed was referred to us to gain work experience at KORI when he was 16 years old. A Somalian who is passionate about the needs of his community, he shared his passion during his work experience and gained new insights into measuring, evaluating, engaging and empowering communities around their own needs. Whilst in college, Muhammed went on to volunteer directly with a Somalian organisation and applied to study international affairs at university. He remains determined to create positive change for disadvantaged communities around the world.

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