Our Lambeth programme was one of the first projects to kick start London Active Communities. Since starting in 2007 the programme has seen a large increase in participation, youth work, training and partnerships. With the help of Metropolitan Housing, Hyde Housing, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, St James's Place Foundation, ASDA Foundation and Big Lottery Fund the projects have seen over 20,273 young people take part in a variety of different sports, cultural activities, youth clubs and training qualifications. This has amounted to a total 40,0174 engagement hours across the 10 years.
In more recent years Active Communities Network have developed both accredited and non-accredited training courses which are a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop new skills and help build their own personal portfolio. Each young person that participates in our sessions will be offered the opportunity to further their learning and gain a qualification. In Lambeth we have had a total of 35 young people attain one of the following qualifications;
- OCN Equalities and Diversity Level one
- Introduction to Volunteering
- OCN Employability Level one
- Award in Developing Community Activities for Youth at Risk level one.
As part of the development process Lambeth also provides volunteer opportunities for young people trying to achieve a career in coaching or youth work. These volunteers help to build the projects by helping with outreach, delivering sessions and helping our mentoring and evaluation by conducting surveys. Many of these young people eventually turn into paid sessional staff which help to further develop the borough,
In addition, those young people that have expressed a keen interest in other careers outside of sport and youth work can take part in our one of our work experience courses which are offered by different partners across London. One example of this is St James's Place who have created an accredited business course directed at young people who want to have a successful career in business. This coming 2017 we are looking to have young people from Lambeth take part in this business qualification which will see them gain a variety of different skills.