• Being a youth worker in 2020

    Jo Hrabi, Youth Empowerment Coordinator at Cambridge House, was the winner of the Youth Professional of the Year at the London Youth Awards in November 2019. One year on, we interviewed Jo about the experience of being a youth worker in 2020. What was the situation for youth work and the youth sector in London […]

  • Why young Londoners need sport now more than ever

    My first experience of Youth Work Week has been anything but normal, in the midst of a pandemic and the start of our second national lockdown. But, as we pause face-to-face delivery, I have no doubt that youth organisations will continue to step up, make adaptations and support young people however they can; whether it’s […]

  • Black History Month: Conflict, courage and campaigning

    Throughout October, we’ll be showcasing a series of blogs to mark Black History Month, giving a range of perspectives from the London Youth team and our board. My sister is a writer. She is also a northerner and a mixed heritage woman; proud of her Yorkshire and Nigerian roots. We sometimes talk about ideas for […]

  • Black History Month: there’s power in our history

    Throughout October, we’ll be showcasing a series of blogs to mark Black History Month, giving a range of perspectives from the London Youth team and our board. These days I feel really comfortable talking about my race, but when I was younger it was a different story. People used to take the mick out of […]

  • Black History Month: A mile in my shoes

    Throughout October, we’ll be showcasing a series of blogs to mark Black History Month, giving a range of perspectives from the London Youth team and our board. Black History Month for me has never been a time for tokenistic celebrations of Black history nor a time to remind myself of the racial inequalities that exist […]

  • Black History Month: Let’s talk about the UK civil rights movement

    Throughout October, we’ll be showcasing a series of blogs to mark Black History Month, giving a range of perspectives from the London Youth team and our board. During the icebreaker of a recent all-staff meeting, we were asked, ‘what skill do you wish you had?’ I took this in its broadest sense and chose the […]

  • Coaching Week 2020: Breaking down barriers in sports

    When I reflect on who has influenced who I am as a person, my dance coaches are always at the top of my list. Around the age of 11 I became really involved in ballet, drawn in by the community of coaches and dancers around me. Every day after school I’d run home to eat […]

  • Coaching Week 2020: I want to coach…

    Today is the start of UK Coaching Week 2020 and a chance to celebrate and publicly thank all the people who help keep us active, connected and motivated. I want to coach is a thank you to all those young people developing themselves as the next generation of community and sport leaders.  I want to […]

  • The importance of employer  insight days

    “But I’m not interested in construction.”  “I don’t want to be a bricklayer.”  “I see Lendlease on my way to school but know nothing about them.”  These were some of the responses we got when HeadStart Action participants were introduced to the programme’s corporate partner. The sea of uncertainty, negative perceptions and nerves around the room was enlightening.   “You’ll be supported on the programme and will increase your employability skills, […]