Lambeth young people take control of their summer


LONDON 24th May 2016: Young people in Lambeth are in for an exciting summer of outdoor adventures, bike building, costume creation and much more.

Young Lambeth Coop (YLC), a cooperative charity, has officially completed the selection process for applications to two streams of its Summer Activities Programme 2016. The final award decisions were based on the assessments made by 20 young people who put the applicants through their paces at a public event in Lambeth last Wednesday, and the remaining stream is now open to public vote.

With over 45,000 children and young people aged 5-19 in Lambeth, not all able to access activities during the summer holidays, YLC is commissioning projects totalling £95,000. The activities are focussed on improving young people’s aspirations, self-esteem, social capabilities and employability.

The three streams within the programme were chosen and shaped by young people across the borough, who participated in consultations in Clapham, Brixton, Norwood, Streatham, and North Lambeth.

The programme was put out to tender through a unique commissioning service influenced by the young people who will be using the services. Shortlisted bidders were invited to a ‘Community Panel’ event to present to 20 trained Young Commissioners who are members of YLC. The Making Summer Memorable stream invited organisations to prepare a video with young people. These video applications are now being put to public vote on the YLC website. While YLC staff oversaw the commissioning process, the voice of young people at every stage put them firmly in control.

The organisations who secured funding are to be announced on YLC’s website in early June:


Summer Link Up

This stream will ensure a minimum of 350 children and young people attend high quality adventurous activities to improve social and emotional capabilities. All activities across the streams will aim to be as inclusive as possible and there is additional specialist provision within this stream for children with Special Educational Needs.


Learning New Skills

This stream will see at least 50 young people have the opportunity to participate in accredited courses, building their digital and creative skills.


Making Summer Memorable

This stream will allow over 400 young people to benefit from amazing days out and short programmes of activity. They will have the opportunity to build their confidence as they socialise, learn and create with other children and young people.


Managing Director, Richard Parkes, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that the winning bidders for our Summer Activity Programme 2016 have now been selected. They have impressed me with their creative and diverse plans, but most importantly they have convinced Lambeth’s young people, who will be using their provision. Our ethos at the YLC is to put our young members in the driving seat. They have been involved in designing projects, awarding projects and will soon get to work assessing the projects they selected. They have proven themselves able to make good decisions - last year they chose to fund over 7,000 sessions over Summer including pottery, adventure play, music production and much more.


‘We are sure the programme will be another huge success this summer, providing fun activities that increase the aspirations and employability of Lambeth’s young people, and bringing our local communities together.”

Anyone aged over 11 who lives, studies or works in Lambeth can become a YLC member and have their say about youth services in the borough, by registering and voting at

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

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