Our southwark programme was one of the first projects to kick start Active Communities London. Since starting in 2007 the programme has seen a large increase in participation, youth work, training and partnerships. With the help of Trainstation UK, Southwark Council, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, St James's Place Foundation, Asda Foundation and Millwall Community Trust the projects have seen over 33,112 young people take part in a variety of different sports, cultural activities, youth clubs and training qualifications. This has amounted to a total of 72,973 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 Southwark we have had a total of 37 young people attain one of the following qualifications;
- OCN Equalities and Diversity Level one
- OCN Employability Level one
- Award in Developing Community Activities for Youth at Risk level one.
As part of the development process Southwark also provides volunteer opportunities for young people trying to achieve a career in coaching or youth work. We currently have 41 volunteers helping to build the projects with many of these eventually evolving and turning into paid sessional workers.
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. In 2016 four young people from Southwark achieved this 4-day work experience and qualification which has seen them develop a multitude of different skills relating to business.