Back in 2012, local adults and young people joined forces with the Council to develop a new way of working to give communities more of a say on play and youth services in the borough. It was agreed that local people wanted more power and more involvment in deciding how money was spent and the way services could be run. It was from this principle that the Young Lambeth Co-op (YLC) was born.

We provide an alternative way of managing, commissioning and planning services for children and young people. From the very begining, young people, the community, service providers and local organisations have been working with Lambeth Council to make the YLC a completely independent, community owned organisation.


During the YLC's development, over 2,000 young people and community members have been involved and have led on all key aspects including the constitution, business plan, and branding. 

In January 2013, Lambeth Council officially approved the establishment of the YLC. Following this, in September 2013, Cabinet agreed the funding and transfer of responsibility for commissioning of play and youth services to the YLC. Other key milestones include the appointment of the Board, Steering Group and staff team.

The YLC finally launched in May 2014, and we’re so excited to get even more community members involved!


Project Oracle

In 2016 YLC achieved Project Oracle's Standard of Evidence level 1 validation for our Young Members Commissioning Programme, indicating the project provides a coherent and plausible description of the logic that lies behind it. This includes activities, intended outcomes and aims. This shows that the programme has planned how it will evaluate the effect it has on the desired outcomes.


Want to know more about us?

To find out more about the organisation download our YLC Information Pack


Anyone over 21 who shares the YLC's aims and values

Cooperatives include non-profit community organizations and businesses that are owned and managed by the people who use its services or by the people who work there.

A town council is a democratically elected form of government for small municipalities or civil parishes. A council may serve as both the representative and executive branch.

The current district of Lambeth was part of the large ancient parish of Lambeth St Mary in the Brixton hundred of Surrey.

Anyone between the ages of 11 and 19, or under 25 for those who use services from Lambeth Council because of a disability.