Breaking Barriers Southwark is partly Home Office funded and aimed at reducing and preventing youth violence. It is a partnership involving United St Saviour’s Charity, Active Communities Network, Millwall Community Trust, Southwark Young Advisors and Mentivity delivering a range of services and support to young people in priority neighbourhoods. Our role is to design and deliver a micro-grants and capacity building programme for community groups led by young adults working with young people.
The following exciting local initiatives led by young adults have been supported:
Bridge The Gap Studios is a small company using drama and music to work with young people who are experiencing challenging life situations. #MYSCRIPT will empower young people in Southwark to create their own campaigns, around issues they feel strongly about, using music and drama, and culminating in a production – developed and delivered by young people – in the new year.
Leanne Pero has dedicated her life to community dance and performing arts initiatives. She is Founder and Director of The Movement Factory, an award-winning community dance enterprise in Peckham. Frustrated by the fact that local young people are not benefiting from changes and cultural opportunities in the area, the BBS funds will allow her to work with young local people at no cost to them.
Matthew from STS Community Project is using the BBS funds to deliver sports activities to young people and their families in the school half terms in Burgess Park. He will be engaging with young people whose parents often worry about their safety in the street, and helping them to become young leaders in their own right.
Andrew grew up in the Rockingham Estate near Elephant & Castle but now lives outside of London. In 2017 he set up ‘Train Station CIC’, a health and fitness initiative to help ensure that all members of the community can benefit from sports. His project ‘Platform 1’ will deliver sports and fun activities for young people and their families in the heart of the Rockingham Estate.
Youthnetic are a young team of trained youth workers establishing themselves as a charity. They feel that traditional youth work is often not meeting the needs of young people today. So, delivering from the Brandon Estate, they are exploring new ways of connecting with young people and delivering youth work in a contemporary and relevant way, using arts, media and engaging local professionals to transfer skills, connections and knowledge.
With support from Active Communities Network, 6 volunteer-led football teams are engaging 100s of young people across Southwark. On the back of this, Ibrahim and the Roca Juniors team of volunteers will develop a programme of cultural activities for these young people, taking them outside of the borough and their comfort zone, giving them new experiences and exposure to cultural, arts and sports activities.
DBA are a group of young professionals who recently came together to set up a CIC to work with young people experiencing high levels of disadvantage and life challenges. Their project will work with small groups of young women to support their personal and social development, unlock and nurture their talents and equip them with life and leadership skills.