In 1931 a group of young people from inner London asked their school teacher to start a youth club for them. He said he’d help but expected them to organise and run it themselves. That teacher was called Jimmy Dixon, the club Athan 31 and everyone attending was expected to put something in. Young people took on leadership roles and made decisions on how the youth club was run. Ultimately, the young people at the club were supported by a youth worker who believed that young people should work together as a team to shape the future of the club and their own lives.

London Youth hold these principles dearly and are able to put them into practice through the delivery of our social action programmes, Dare London our Youth Advisory Board, and our young Trustees. We know many of our members also hold the same youth-led principles and are able to translate them into practical action in many different ways.

Kindly funded by the Jimmy Dixon Trust and delivered by the Youth Action team, we are establishing a new network to allow us, our members and a variety of external stakeholders to:

  • Discuss best practice in the field of impactful youth involvement
  • Understand practical tools to help meet objectives in this area, such as behavioural insights and asset-based approaches
  • Discuss learning reports and evaluations to ensure learning is disseminated throughout London Youth’s network
  • Share experiences and network with other youth workers
  • Hear from expert external speakers
  • Feed into London Youth’s commitment to ongoing improvement in youth involvement and help shape our interventions

We will be arranging a quarterly meeting of the network, with the inaugral meeting on 22 November 2017 (happily coinciding with #iwill week). All members are very welcome to attend.

If you are a member of London Youth and interested in attending  please click here to register.

If you are not from a member organisation, or have any questions, please contact Terry Boyce, Head of Youth Action – terry.boyce@londonyouth.org.