About us

Youth First CBS spun out of Lewisham Council’s Youth Service, launching in September 2016. Born from the passion of staff and the council to create a means to sustain and ideally grow youth work in Lewisham during a climate of continuing cuts and financial pressures across the public sector which elsewhere have served to end more traditional universal youth provision.

We have set up a Community Benefit Society with Staff and young people as the owners of the not for profit organisation. The adopted participatory structure provides a framework to galvanise this passion and direct it to best meet the needs of Young people.

Staff and Young people are directly involved in our management, meaning we’re truly young person centred and have a committed workforce.

We provide youth work to over 11,000 young people, delivered by over 50 directly employed staff working from 5 adventure playgrounds and 5 youth centres. Alongside our direct delivery we aim to be an umbrella for youth provision across Lewisham and to this end fund and partner with a range of other organisations who share our values and aspirations in a variety of ways. To find out more about our activities see here.

We provide Lewisham’s Young people a universal open door youth offer of:

  • Safe places to go
  • Fun things to do and learn
  • Help, support and early intervention from professional and passionate youth workers

Put simply, our vision puts Lewisham’s youth first.