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Help us SAVE Riverside and unlock £1m investment

Riverside Youth Club is a much loved, well-used and iconic centre in one of London’s most disadvantaged areas, but in recent years the building has become extremely dilapidated. 

With your support, we can restore and modernise Riverside to give young people the sports, health and wellbeing centre that they deserve. 

Help us raise £350,000 by 30 November to unlock the potential of a further £1 million investment for the centre.

This money will kickstart the Riverside Restoration Dream Plan - a project that embodies the desires of many local people to make the centre more accessible and safe, while empowering local young people with lots of new opportunities.

We're working in joint partnership with Millwall Community Trust and Lewisham Council to make this dream a reality.

Check out this short video to hear what youth leaders and young people have to say about the importance of Riverside Youth Centre to the community, some of the current problems they're facing and the impact of a restored centre.
 

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The Riverside Dream Plan

“Is this really all for us?”
-Young person attending Riverside

The Riverside Restoration Dream Plan has been created from consultation with local young people and combines with clear needs for the centre. The plan divides into three areas: opportunity, accessibility and safety.

Opportunity

  • New sports pitch

  • Showers and changing rooms

  • Viewing terrace

  • Larger refurbished music room

  • A bigger kitchen with new units

  • Larger rooms with new flooring

Accessibility

  • Lift

  • Toilets with disability access

  • Large front windows

Safety

  • Secure entry system

  • Keypad access

  • Roof repairs

 


Consultations: What the community say

We've consulted over 150 people from the community inclduing adults, parents, young people, our youth workers and community groups - in face to face sessions

At one of our consultations during a weekly open-access session, we spoke with 31 young people aged 13-19 attending the seniors session. We asked for general comments on the building plans and what activities they wanted to do outside on the MUGA and 3G pitch and in the building.

General comments:

Young people were universally positive about the plans.

“From what I see, it looks good. I just can’t wait that long – we need it now!”

“It needs young people involved in it so that everyone respects it, doesn’t drop litter or trash it”

Concerns were expressed about how long the build would take and about what happens while the build is taking place. Young people said they still need a youth club available.

“It’s great and everything, but I don’t want it to close – where will we go?”
 

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Give or fundraise with us

We've already raised a large chunk of money from very generous private donors, trusts and the Council. But we still need your help to make the Riverside Dream Plan a reality. Every donation will help us in our aim to unlock an extra £1 million in investment for the youth centre.

We'd also love it if you could run a Fundraiser in support of us, through JustGiving. To set up your own, head over to our JustGiving Restore Riverside campaign page and select Start Fundraiser. There are so many fun, exciting and cool ways that you could raise money. Here are just a few ideas including socially-distanced activities:

  • 20K Bike Ride 
  • 10K Run or Walk
  • Pub Quiz
  • Online Games Night
  • Turn your bake sale into a delivery service
  • Get artsy
  • Offer a photoshoot (if you're any good!)
  • Draw portraits

Use your imagination and skills to create your own out-the-box fundraising ideas!

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