Like Southwark, Lambeth is one of the places where it all began for us. Over the past ten years we’ve seen a huge increase in levels of participation, youth work, training and partnerships. Thanks to our friends at Metropolitan Housing, Hyde Housing, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, St James's Place Foundation, ASDA Foundation and Big Lottery Fund we’ve been able to grow our projects. To date we’ve helped more than 20,273 young people, amounting to a total of 40,0174 engagement hours.
More recently ACN has developed both accredited and non-accredited training courses, giving young people the opportunity to develop new skills and build their own personal portfolio. And it doesn’t end there - everyone who takes part is offered the chance to further their learning and gain a qualification.
Here in Lambeth, a total of 35 young people have attained 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.
ACN believes volunteering can be a gateway into paid work. We provide placements for young people seeking a career in coaching or youth work. Our volunteers help to build ACN’s projects and many progress onto paid sessional work.
For those whose interests lie outside sport, we can arrange impressive work experience placements with our London-based partners. This year four young people from Lambeth spent four days working at St James’s Place, a prestigious wealth management firm, gaining invaluable experience and learning new skills.