Southwark 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 Trainstation UK, Southwark Council, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, St James's Place Foundation, Asda Foundation and Millwall Community Trust we’ve been able to grow our projects. To date we’ve helped more than 33,112 young people, amounting to a total of 72,973 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 Southwark, a total of 37 young people have attained 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.
ACN believes volunteering can be a gateway into paid work. We provide placements for young people seeking a career in coaching or youth work. Currently, we have 41 volunteers helping to build our projects and many of these will progress onto paid sessional work.
For those whose interests lie outside sport, we can arrange impressive work experience placements with our London-based partners. In 2016, four young people from Southwark spent four days working at St James’s Place, a prestigious wealth management firm, gaining invaluable experience and learning new skills.
different skills relating to business.