Congratulations to our City Leaders!

Our wonderful Youth Management Team have once again done us proud!

winners of the Best Community Project


As part of the London Youth City Leaders Celebration event out YMT took home the award for ‘Best Community Project’ for their ‘life saver’ homeless kit bags.

The group were voted to have the most impactful and outward facing community project as their idea focused on the needs of others in the community and not just themselves or their peers.


On the night the Chair of our Youth Management Team (who is also a member of London Youth, DARE LDN youth board), gave a fantastic speech on the benefits of being involved in projects such as City Leaders and the YMT.

The event was a great celebration of youth leadership, youth involvement and youth empowerment!

Rathbone @ the London Youth INCLUSION Event 2017

On Wednesday 9th August 2017 the youth club took part in the London Youth’s inaugural Inclusion Festival at the Salmon Youth Centre. Not only were we invited to attend and for our inclusive youth group to participate in activities throughout the day but we are proud to say the 2 member of our youth management team supported by our service manager were invited to deliver sessions at the event!

They did a fantastic job of hosting the Youth Action session which encouraged young people to pitch for £50 towards an activity that would benefit their youth clubs. This was the first time our YMT members have hosted sessions with their peers and they did a brilliant job.

All of the youth groups came up with fantastic ideas ranging from fundraising events to sports sessions. The fantastic news is that all groups (including Rathbone!) were successful in securing the funding for their youth club ideas.

It was a fun packed day that enabled youth a diverse mix of young people and youth groups to come together, learn new skills and build new friendships. A huge well don’t to London Youth for facilitating such a great event and allowing Rathbone to be a part of it!

Here’s a link to a short film of the event created by the fantastic team at WAC Arts!


Free fruit – blackberry time

Keep an eye out for blackberries ripening, they are delicious and make great pies and jams.  There are wild plants growing all over the place, watch out for thorns if you pick, and give them a wash.  They freeze well.

One of our Rathbone gardeners won 1st prize at Lambeth Country Show. Well done!
Our new boundary put up by RAA site officers.

Clearing the weeds
Breaking up the soil on the new plot
Sun gold tomatoes

Rathbone @ Buckingham Palace!

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

On Wednesday 31st of May, Rathbone Youth Team were invited to celebrate London Youth’s 130th Anniversary at Buckingham Palace. This great milestone was celebrated by transforming the Buckingham Palace Gardens into a youth club for the afternoon. The day also marked 70 years of patronage from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh of the charity.


One of our youth club members were selected to attend the event, where he was able to take part in a host of activities, from tennis and rock climbing to catapult-making and Fencing.


Our Youth Service Manager, who is also a Trustee at London Youth commented “it was great to be a part of such a huge milestone celebration! Meeting other organisations that are doing fantastic work across London to support, encourage and inspire young people was a definite highlight of the day. And of course meeting HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was great too!”


A huge THANK YOU to London Youth for inviting us to be a part of such a super event!


Youth Social Action Award Winners 2017!!!

A massive well done to the Rathbone Youth Management Team (YMT) for winning the Youth Social Action Award at the London Youth Awards 2017!

The Youth Social Action Award focuses on organisations that have gone above and beyond the ordinary in their dedication to inspiring and supporting young Londoners to lead change in their communities and their own lives.

Through our Youth Management Team we do just that! We encourage and support young people who wouldn’t otherwise have got involved in social action to have a say on and impact the services available to young people and their local community. This is done through involvement in forums, funding presentations and empowering young people to take on leadership roles within the youth club. Our YMT is a fully integrated youth forum that brings together both mainstream and young people with disabilities to take the lead on making decisions on how the youth service is run. 

Winning this award gives well deserved recognition to the hard work, time and energy that the YMT members selflessly give to make their youth club the best it can be. 

We are extremely proud of the youth workers, volunteers and young people for this great achievement!

Rain at last!

We planted potatoes as they help to break up the soil



After weeks of hacking away at the rock hard soil on the new plot we had lots of the rain and were able to dig properly.


Soil on plot 419 ready for planting
Strawberry runners saved from last year


Planting tomatoes on the old plot
Making a border of stones to remind us not to step on the new beds
Shallots appearing




Runner beans and squash
Clearing the paths
We netted the cherry tree, we don’t want to please the birds that much!

We also sowed sunflowers and nasturtiums to add some colour and please the bees and birds.

May on the plots

The raw ingredients for compost
The finished product










Butternut squash ready for planting

We’ve been very busy tidying up the plots ready for May inspections, getting beds ready for planting, making compost to improve the soil and watering everything as it’s been so dry.


We’re growing squash and beans together in the new raised bed.



Watering the squash.
Purple sprouting broccoli
More compost!


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.