Pioneering youth co-creation in Lambeth

Our Story

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.

A growing network

40

young
assessors

62

young
commissioners

100+

Visits to providers
to evaluate provisions

25

champions

4000

young people
engaged in
YLC-funded work

£1m+

Of funding strategically
allocated to our
providers 2018/19

1,500

Children and young people
achieved measurably improved
social and emotional capabilities

55+

organisations
commissioned

£100k+

Of funding strategically
allocated to our
providers 2018/19

8

steering group
members

Meet the team

Ellie Johnson
Interim Managing Director

Ellie Johnson
Interim Managing Director

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Andrea Castillo
Office Manager

Andrea Castillo
Office Manager

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Tom Cunningham
Procurement Manager

Tom Cunningham
Procurement Manager

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Taiwo Afolabi
Digital and Media Support

Taiwo Afolabi
Digital and Media Support

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Simmone Reid
Pathway Coordinator

Simmone Reid
Pathway Coordinator

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Karim Abdullah
Pathway Coordinator

Karim Abdullah
Pathway Coordinator

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Chloe Thorogood
Project Support Worker

Chloe Thorogood
Project Support Worker

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Maria Taylor
Advocacy Assistant

Maria Taylor
Advocacy Assistant

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