18 December 2018

As it comes to the end of 2018, we wanted to look back at what has been an exciting year for London Youth, our 131st year. We’ve worked with tens of thousands of young people through our programmes and residential centres, and even more through our network of over 450 community youth organisations.

We kicked off January 2018 with a careers event at the Transport Museum in partnership with Transport for London, marking the launch of TfL’s apprenticeship recruitment for 2018. The event was incredibly popular, with over 1,000 young Londoners attending! You can read more about the event here.

In February, we launched a pivotal report – Hidden in Plain Sight – shining a light on the 480,000 young people who are ‘hidden’ from national unemployment statistics. We used this platform to call for an overhaul of youth employment strategies and the development of a tripartite approach between Government, business and the youth sector to fund youth-centric employment initiatives and re-engage ‘hidden’ young people. Click here to read our Chief Executive, Rosemary Watt-Wyness’ blog on the report.

March 2018 saw the second annual London Youth Awards held at Channel 4. Through the awards, we aim to recognise the incredible contribution that youth organisations make to the capital. This year, over 300 people came together to celebrate youth organisations, youth workers and young people from across the capital. Read about this year’s award winners here.

In April, with the headlines dominated by stories of youth violence in the capital, our Chief Executive, Rosemary Watt-Wyness gave her perspective on how youth work can help reduce rates of violence in London on BBC and Channel 4. You can watch the interviews here.

In May we launched our three new websites, for London Youth and our two residential centres. Having a strong online presence enables us to communicate the power of good youth work to policy makers, the media, funders and supporters amongst others.

In June we held a showcase event to celebrate the wonderful work produced by over 100 young people taking part in our new arts programme, Young Culture Makers. You can see some of the art displayed here and the evaluation report for year one here.

Pride in London took place in July 2018, with the theme ‘Pride Matters’ and our Chief Executive wrote an inspiring blog reflecting on her experience as a youth worker at an LGBT youth organisation in North London, some of the changes that have happened over the past 20 years for the LGBT+ community, and how far we still have to go to achieve equality. Read the full blog here.

In August, participants on from our employability programme, Talent Match Croydon, took part in an explore day with Tideway. As one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the capital, the day offered young people a unique insight into the roles and skills required and some of the career paths open to them. You can read more about the day here.

In September, our network grew to over 400 members and we now work with organisations in every London borough! Read our Head of Membership Development, Rosa Palli’s blog on why this milestone is so important for young Londoners here.

During the October half-term holiday, we held a number of sporting events aimed at getting young people active. Over the course of four days, 30 of our members and over 250 young people took part in a variety of sports including football, table tennis and switch sports. Read more about this here and why funding for sports development work is so important here.

November was an exciting month for London Youth where we kicked off Youth Work Week 2018 celebrations at City Hall. Sian Berry AM hosted the evening which brought together 50+ youth workers from across our members and you can read their blogs here. We also launched our Champion London Youth campaign, in partnership with the fashion brand Champion. Find out more about the campaign here and the ways to get involved.

In December, we are wrapping up our Talent Match London employability programme after five successful years (funded by the Big Lottery Fund). We have secured funding for our new programme, Future Talent, which will launch in 2019! Talent Match London enabled us to work with thousands of young Londoners and support them into sustained employment.

To everyone celebrating, we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas, a happy holidays and a brilliant start to 2019!


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