We can’t thank you enough! #communitylove

From all of the young people at Rathbone Youth Club we would like to say a massive ‘thank you’! To the local community members in West Norwood for all their support.

It’s not often that local businesses understand the needs of the community and what makes a community a positivity and fun environment for us as young people. So we would like to give a big shout out from all here at Rathbone to our local West Norwood shops Sorrento’s, Tesco, Subway, Pizza Hut, Iceland and Floral Hall! Each of these shops have helped us put on events and activities at our local youth club for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in the last few months.

We would especially like to give one particular person that is always willing to go the extra mile a huge thank you as even at short notice he has never turned us away even at short notice and that is the store manager Jay at Iceland.

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!


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!

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!!!