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.



Moving with the breath

There was lots of colour on show during tonight’s dance session. We started the session talking about the NYDC performance that we went to see at Sadlers Wells last Wednesday. The three main themes we took from the show was breath, spoken word and rhythm. For the next two weeks we will be looking at breath so the dancers had lots of fun with blowing and creating a colourful studio.
The young people were blowing a handful of colourful tissue paper then tried to catch them with beautiful dance moves. This showed real creation from all the young people as they all showed their individual styles.

Tonight we also did our Jack Petchey nominations – watch out next week to see who the winners is 🙂