It will offer professional and personal development opportunities, one-to-one mentoring, and counselling. The young people will be helped to build skills to boost their employability in media, sports, content creation, music production, cooking, and beauty. Trips outside of London will be organised for those who make progress over three-months in recognition of their efforts.
Cllr Dr. Mahamed Hashi, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said: “By providing these workshops a significant number of young people will be diverted from potential harmful behaviours to either themselves or others in the area, and instead can access safe spaces to develop and learn new life skills.
“In previous years the programme has been praised for raising the confidence of young attendees and giving them tools required for a successful future. Many of those participating experienced going out of London for the first time and interacting with young people from backgrounds and nationalities.
“This programme is important because all our young people deserve access to opportunities to develop their skills to achieve their dreams, but too many are missing out. We hope that this programme will again prove a success over the summer and continue to grow.”
The prevention programme is a part of the Council’s Lambeth Made Safer Strategy, which is a partnership approach to tackling youth violence in the borough and reducing violent crime. The strategy plays an important role in our ambition to make Lambeth one of the safest boroughs in London, as mentioned in our Lambeth 2030 Borough Plan.
Young people interested in participating in the programme can contact the providers directly through our summer activities webpage.
The programme is in addition to Lambeth’s Summer of Food and Fun, which has recently been recognised as a Regional Champion at the Department of Education’s Holiday and Food awards that celebrates outstanding services of local providers. The Summer of Food and Fun programme offers an exciting range of free, alongside a nutritious meal for children for four- to 16-year-olds who are eligible for free school meals