National Award Nomination for our Integrated Youth Service

Integrated ServiceAward Nomination!

Congratulations to our Youth Team who have been shortlisted for the Children & Young People Now Awards 2016.  The team, who run our integrated youth service based at The Old Library in West Norwood have been nominated for the Youth Work Award.

The newly integrated service brings together The Rathbone Youth Club which has existed in various formats since the formation of our charity in 1967 with The Old Library Youth Club which was formerly run by Lambeth Council until 2013 when Rathbone took over.

The Rathbone Youth Club has always been a specialist service catering to the needs of young people with Learning Disabilities and Autism from across the borough of Lambeth.  The Old Library Youth Club offered youth work activities to the young people of SE27.  The current youth work team, led by manager Charline King, have been working hard to develop the integrated service which offers a range of youth work opportunities and projects to all young people regardless of ability.

Charline said “Our aim is to make sure that whatever activities we offer, all young people can participate equally at whatever level suits them”.  Our Chief Executive, Andrew Preston stated “This has been a huge challenge for the Youth Team.  A service like this requires a different level of planning and organising to make sure we get things right.  We are still learning along the way – a lot!  I’m really proud of how well Charline and the team have done and we are getting some great results and feedback from the young people who come along.”

We have been nominated in a category with some stiff competition from some excellent and equally deserving providers – See the full shortlist here.