• Coaching Week: 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, […]

  • Employability Day 2020 | Q&A with Emmanuel, Physiotherapist and Youth Worker at The Somerville

    Could you tell us a bit about the work that you do? I have always been interested in sport, I used to play football at a semi-professional level. That really motivated me to then become a physiotherapist working within sport. So right now, I work within a sport’s medical clinic within central London and I run my own […]

  • London Youth Poetry Challenge

    Since lockdown began in March 2020, our team here at London Youth has been hearing from youth organisations, youth professionals and young people about how they are coping and adapting.   Many youth organisations have started delivering online sessions, sharing resources and setting fun challenges for young people. Many young people are using their interest in […]

  • Young Londoners lead their own projects on mental health – blog part 2

    At London Youth we absolutely believe in the power young people have to lead positive change. Last week, I highlighted six examples of social action projects led young people on our youth advisory board both before and during the pandemic. You can read that blog here. This week, in celebration of the #PowerOfYouthDay and the […]

  • Young Londoners lead their own projects on mental health – blog part one

    London Youth Microgrants provide up to £400 funding to encourage young people to create a project that promotes or raises awareness of positive mental health and wellbeing in their community. So far this year, 33 pots of funding have been awarded, with 15 pots still available to our members.   In the lead up to our fourth round of funding in […]

  • Six tips for fundraising  during lockdown  

    During lockdown, it’s more important than ever to use your time and resources well. This is especially true when it comes to fundraising for your organisation. Many organisations are struggling financially and looking to step up their fundraising at this time.  We’ve put together some helpful tips and advice to help you get the most out of your fundraising […]

  • Safeguarding young people online during the COVID-19 lockdown

    As soon as COVID-19 reached the UK in early March, our sector was turned upside down. Most youth workers across London were forced to stop all face-to-face work. This left us all wondering: how on earth can we support young people if we can’t see or speak to them in person? Our thoughts quickly turned […]