What’s on offer from Youth First

Youth First delivers universal – safe spaces, experiences, and support to young people aged 8 to 19 during term time evenings and daytime weekends and school holidays.

This is offered via a mixed economy of direct delivery by over 50 directly employed staff working from 5 adventure playgrounds and 5 youth centres and a number of partner organisations.

All provision is provided by professional youth and play workers and well supported volunteers.

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Adventure playgrounds

Youth First have 5 Adventure playgrounds in Lewisham.

  • Dumps Adventure Playground
  • Home Park Adventure Playground
  • Honor Oak Adventure Playground​
  • Ladywell Adventure Playground
  • Deptford – Richard MacVicar Adventure Playground

All 5 open all year round, including school holidays, closed only for bank holidays and occasional training/maintenance.

For young people aged 8–19 (up to 25 years with additional needs). Children under 8 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Some holiday use to under eights may be restricted, please contact the site for more information.

All are free and open access, which means you can come and go as you please. Each site offers a place to meet other children and young people and take part in both structured and non-structured fun. Come and enjoy exciting outdoor play on unique structures including rope swings and climbing frames for all skills levels. Or hang out in the indoor lounges where you can cook, do arts and crafts, watch movies and game on a big screen, play table tennis, pool, table football and lots of other activities.

Youth Clubs

Youth First has six directly run youth clubs:

  • Bellingham Gateway
  • Honor Oak
  • Riverside
  • Woodpecker
  • Ladywell
  • TNG

All our open for young people aged 8–19 (up to 25 years with additional needs) all year round, including school holidays, except for bank holidays. Individual sessions vary in terms of times, age groups and activities.

Each site is unique and always developing new and fun things to do. This includes:

  • table tennis
  • arts and crafts
  • movies and gaming on big screens
  • cooking
  • roller-skating
  • homework support
  • pool and table football
  • Board games
  • Football and other sports
  • Debating
  • Support around health, sex and relationships and employment.
  • Special events