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In June 2016, Youth First was established as an employee and youth owned and run mutual to deliver youth provision in Lewisham. This took over from the previously council run youth service in September 2016. As a social enterprise, all of Youth First’s profits are reinvested to further achieve our organisation’s objects.

To ensure the very best provision for Lewisham young people we are committed to work in partnership with the voluntary sector, including continuing a level of commissioning. This is specifically to facilitate delivery where we do not have our own reach or expertise.

At our commencement we novated all of Lewisham’s youth service commissioned provision. These contracts ran until March 17. A number of these contracts were then extended until August 2017 to allow us to bring the September 2017 to August 2019 commissioning cycle in line with our own Lewisham contract.

We are now shortlisting tender applications for a number of priority areas. Young people are actively involved in the decision making process and will be interviewing finalists soon.

In case your organisation does not get through the shortlisting process, please keep in touch. We are always open to partnering opportunities.

We look forward to working with you in the future.

All the best,
Mervyn Kaye
CEO Youth First

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