In 2012, young people in Lambeth joined forces with the council to give the young people more of a say on services in the borough. The idea was to give young people and the voluntary youth sector a role in deciding how money was spent on them. Soon after, the Young Lambeth Cooperative (YLC) was born.
Since then, we’ve had responsibility for commissioning and co-creating play and youth services in Lambeth, in partnership with young people and the voluntary youth sector.
We ensure that the voices of young people are always at the heart of the process.
We do this through youth engagement. Young people tell us what Lambeth really needs, and how public money should be spent on the voluntary youth sector to achieve the best possible outcomes for them.
Since the start of our journey, we’ve seen a marked improvement in many areas that matter to young people in Lambeth, including: aspiration, educational attainment, confidence, skills, social skills, emotional resilience and employability.
Our goal is, and has always been, to improve the lives of young people in our community.