City Leaders Success!!

City Leaders Funding Success!

Our fabulous and dynamic Youth Management Team have once again successfully won a bid for funding for their community project idea! The YMT have been working on a homeless kit bag project (providing essential items for people that are homeless all in one handy bag!), as part of the London Youth City Leaders Programme. This programme enables young people to sit in the driving seat of decision making and gives them the budget to help make their ideas a reality.

On Wednesday, 5th April the young people to part in a funding pitch event at the glamorous Cinven head office board room in St Pauls. The group did a fantastic presentation which saw them walk away with the full £600 funding toward their homeless kit bag project idea.

In addition to the groups success 2 members of the team have been selected to be a part of the Futures Programme which gives them the opportunity to take part in a three month leadership programme tailored to their needs and designed to help them learn about power and influence in London, understand themselves and how to work with others better and develop project planning skills through running their own self-led projects.



MP and CEO visit the Youth Club

London Youth CEO, Came to visit the youth Club On Tuesday 28th September. She had a great time playing games with the Youth Club members and finding out more about The Old Library. Through the generous support of London Youth in the past we have been able to furnish the Lounge, purchase new equipment and restock vital resources which form the backbone of the work we do with young people.

London Youth CEO, Rosemary Watt-Wyness enjoying a competitive game of connect four!





Our Local MP Helen Hayes paid a visit to the youth club on Thursday 29th September. She had the opportunity to see the facilities and programmes on offer here as well as getting stuck into some Arts and Crafts with the young people! The visit was supported by Gail Emerson one of our fabulous trustees who helped paint a picture of the great services deliver by Rathbone.

MP SELFIE!! a huge thank you to our Local MP Helen Hayes and Trustee Gail Emerson for coming along and getting stuck in at the youth club.

We #Trust Youth

As part of the #TrustYouth for international #YouthDay today a few member of the Youth Management Team went on a quest to find out what parents, carers and most importantly young people thought youth should be trusted to do!

"I #TrustYouth to do great things in our local community!"
“I #TrustYouth to do great things in our local community!” (parent)


Some great #TrustYouth statements were shared and have all contributed to us coming up with our very own #TrustYouth statement.







Here at The Old Library we #TrustYouth to work together to create a better community environment where young people thrive and make a positive contribution to society


We encourage you to think about Why Do You #TrustYouth???

Rathbone AGM

At the End of June Rathbone held their AGM where different elements of Rathbones services were discussed and celebrated. We learnt all about the services they run and the achievements of the charity over the past year.

Rathbone AGM

The youth club did a presentation on what we have been doing and all the great funding we have attained.

One of our young people did a speech about how the youth club has helped him develop and grow as a person – increasing his confidence and opportunity do try new activities.

” I found it (making the speech) a great experience because I got to tell loads of people all about the youth club and what we get to do there. Talking in front of all those people was a bit scary but I really enjoyed it in the end”



Recognising Positive Youth

These days negative press on the youth is everywhere however if we look on our door step we can see evidence of positive youth making a positive contribution to their local communities.


This positive impact does not go unnoticed at the Old Library. As part of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme we hIMG_4209ave been recognising the positive contribution our young people make to the youth club, the positive impact on their peers and the positive contributions they make to the local community.


Since the introduction of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme at the centre in October 2015 we have recognised the effort, endeavour and achievement of 4 young people engaging in our youth programmes. We have celebrated young people’s achievements in ‘positive IMG_20160429_201616engagement with peers’ recognising Summer’s great motivational abilities and her willingness to support her peers. ‘Positive contribution to fundraising’ recognising Luca’s confidence and public speaking abilities which have led to the youth group receiving grants from Santander, London Youth and YLC. ‘Positive contribution to the youth club environment’, recognising Laurie’s friendly and positive attitude at youth club. ‘Positive contribution to youth empowerment’ recognising Michaela’s contribution to youth led initiatives such as the Youth Management Team, TBW Girls Group and always being willing to speak up for the needs of others.


Through the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme we hope to continue to recognised and celebrate young people in a positive light. Watch this space for future award winners!!!


#Inclusion Matters

Rathbone took part in the first meeting of London Youth’s new project: The London Youth Inclusion Network. This year’s theme is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”. with this in mind the group got stuck in discussing the definitions of the key words “access” and “empowerment” and the challenges that come with making their organisations inclusive.



The meeting provided a great opportunity for a varied range of service providers to come together to share ideas, discuss best practice and learn from each others experiences of inclusion. Read more here

This was the first of many more to come. Our hope is that inclusion will be at the heart of future youth work!

Fencing Project

The youth club have embarked on an 8 week program, led by an experienced fencing pro to teach us all how to Fence.




Fencing is a sport which promotes honesty, humility, for-thinking and patience. It is also a great workout and the young people at the old library have really enjoyed engaging with an activity which is different to the norm.





















As you can see the young people are really picking up some skills and if you or anyone you know wants to join in the classes are running from 6-7pm every Thursday at the Old Library.. and its completely FREE! So come down and get involved.

Smashed it!!!!

22531688606_76c7146d94_zOur young people have done us proud!

A group of budding young table tennis players took part in the London Youth Festival – Jack Petchey Table Tennis Competition

London Youth joined forces with Jack Petchey at Joola Morpeth TTC on Wednesday 28th October 2015 when many youngsters demonstrated their potential and great table tennis skills.

Our group played hard and fast but were just pipped at the post coming 2nd in the final round.

A big well done to all who took part!

New Table Tennis Academy Launches @ The Old Library!

What a great night at the Youth Club on Friday for the Launch of the Old Library Table Tennis Academy.  Over 18 of our youth club members turned up to see Darius Knight the team GB International table tennis star.



The atmosphere was electric.  Our members were keen to take on Darius and show off their table tennis skills but first Darius and Lina, who will be running the 40 week Table Tennis Academy at The Old Library, wanted to meet and chat with young people and let them know what the Academy was all  about.  Darius gave an inspirational speech, which meant our young people were raring to go and couldn’t wait to take on the great man himself.


All the young people got to play a game of table tennis with Darius and each of them fought valiantly but none of them managed to defeat Darius (although we’re quite sure by the end of the tournament there will be some real contenders who can take on the challenge.).

Darius and team
Darius, Lina (new coach) and Trainees pose for a quick photo!


The event was amazing and a great start to the Table Tennis Academy.  Watch this space for the next rising table tennis star right Outta of West Norwood.


City Pitch

Meeting Levi Roots
It was awesome meeting Levi Roots!

Wow what a night we had at City Hall.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with City Pitch, it gives young Londoners the opportunity to pitch their community project ideas in a dragon dens style event. This would enable us to secure some funding for our truly inspirational 50/50 Project, an idea put together by our Youth Management Team.  The idea being,  an upskilling project where any funding secured will be split 50/50 between the boys Bike Maintenance project and the girls, Beauty Therapy project.

11 of us started out on this project, however, due to over commitments on the night it was left down to 5 of us, (shock, horror!) to deliver the pitch! It was hard work learning new lines on the train to City Hall but I gotta say, we were fairly confident that we could do this.

The PitchIf you’ve ever been to City Hall, you will know that security is tight and we had to go through airport style security before we could actually get into City Hall, time was running out and we were cutting it fine. As soon as we got past security we were over the moon and so excited to meet with Levi Roots who was comparing the evening events.    He was great and soon put us at ease, sharing stories from his time on Dragons Den and giving us his secret tips and advice (which sorry can’t tell you it’s a secret).

We did it!! Congratulations to all the other winners too!

The cheque

It was show time, remember we had minimal rehearsal time plus the nerves we’re kicking in, we started off really shaky for the 1st minute or two, but then we found our stride and we gave a confident presentation of the 50/50 project.  We got a large applause at the end (I think they liked the idea!)

After what seemed hours, when in fact was only a few minutes, the judges returned and we waited anxiously to hear the results.

Get in there! They loved our pitch and as a result we secured £1000 to deliver our 50/50 Project.

IMG_20150924_202908Well done to all of those that took part in what was a great evening.