Heritage Programme

About this Programme

Applications for this programme are now closed.

Our Heritage Programme invites diverse youth organisations that work with young people aged 13-19 to discover their cultural heritage through dance, food, music, and crafts. This unique programme is designed to help them connect with their roots, explore the fascinating stories and traditions of their communities, and lead a creative project that showcases their findings. The Heritage Programme is funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. 


What to expect 

A group of girls stretching

We kick off this summer with a skills taster day in July followed by oral history workshops, interviews with individuals and a trip to a local archive. These experiences will give your group an opportunity to rediscover the skills that have shaped their community and contributed to their own cultural identity.   

Whether it’s discovering traditional dance moves, learning about the importance of authentic recipes, playing traditional instruments, or creating beautiful crafts, our programme offers a unique way to explore heritage and understand that it belongs to everyone in this city.   

With training and support from London Youth and our experienced partners from On the Record, Museum of Youth Culture, Eat Club, YSM8, and The Movement Factory we will guide youth workers and their group of young people through the process. 


Why get involved 

As an organisation, you will be able to build capacity by adopting new opportunities to engage young people in heritage and receive up to £3,000 to participate and invest in equipment to continue this important work.   

Your young people will have the chance to connect with the diverse members of their community and share their stories and experiences in creative and empowered ways. 

We believe that heritage is for everyone and that by preserving and celebrating this, we can collectively become stronger and create a brighter future for generations to come. Our programme provides a platform for young people to discover their cultural roots and contribute to the preservation of their community’s heritage.  


Are you …

  • a youth organisation that supports underserved young people aged 13-19?
  • able to assure a youth worker can support this work?
  • passionate about getting young people more connected with their communities and other generations?
  • invested in young people learning about their identities and belonging?
  • working in one of these boroughs, defined as cold spots: Haringey, Redbridge, Harrow, Ealing, Hounslow, Brent, Enfield, and Newham?

Join us on this exciting journey of discovery and exploration. Let’s celebrate our cultural heritage and the lost skills and traditions that have shaped our communities.


For any further questions please email cassie.doerfler@londonyouth.org