Street-based Youth Work

Thanks to NCIL funding, we will be running Street-based Youth work in three Lewisham wards including Evelyn, New Cross & Lewisham Central.

The Street-based Youth Work team aims to meet young people in places where they spend most of their time - whether in the local park, on a high street, in a shopping centre, or at the bus stop. The team can act as a friendly and trusted face, offering advice and support where needed. Previously, the team has played a core role in breaking up violent interactions and ensuring the physical safety of those involved.

We live in a social climate where young people are often hesitant to approach the police in times of need due to fear or lack of trust. The presence of police can often have the opposite desired effect, further escalating a situation. The unofficial authority of youth workers can be very effective in de-escalation.

The team also connects young people to their local youth club and adventure playground. By referring young people with particular needs to their local site, our community-based Youth & Play Managers can ensure that individuals continue to receive the support they need.

This project was previously possible with generous funding from Children in Need. During this period, it was managed by Youth Play and Community Manager, Ashleigh, supported by a team of Youth & Play Workers. 

In the past, the street-based team supported events such as Lewisham's People Day, helping young people stay safe and diffusing any high-tension or dangerous situations.