7 October 2015

YMCA London South West is launching an exciting project for young people aged 13-18 who live on the High Path Estate in Merton.  If you come up with a good idea that will make a difference in the community, we will give you £500 towards your project.

Make a difference in your community

Paul Rook, Youth Worker at YMCA John Innes Youth Centre in Wimbledon and co-ordinator for the Community Leaders scheme, says:

We want young people who live on the estate to make a difference in their community. Our Community Leadership Project focuses on equipping young people to become positive role models and lead an event that will make a big impact for all the residents of the High Path Estate”.

How to get involved

Anyone aged 13-18 who lives at the High Path Estate can sign-up to the project, which is a partnership between YMCA John Innes Youth Centre and the High Path Estate.

All you need to do is contact Paul Rook, either by coming in to YMCA John Innes Youth Centre (61 Kingston Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1JN) after 4pm on a weekday, call 020 8542 6216 or email PaulRook@ymcalsw.org

What does it involve?

As a participant in the project you will get to go on a residential trip to Hindleap Warren, an outdoor educational centre based in East Sussex during the upcoming October half term (from Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 October).

From November to February 2016 you will receive practical leadership and community based workshops at YMCA John Innes Youth Centre on 61 Kingston Road in Wimbledon.

The workshops will be hosted by the YMCA and will include a range of guest speakers from the Borough of Merton. All community projects will launch in February 2016 during the half term on the High Path Estate and will be followed by an awards event evening in March 2016 to celebrate your achievements.

Creating positive activities

Community-leaders-programmeThe aim of the programme is to engage young people from the estate in positive activities, helping to prevent them from entering into anti-social behaviour, through local detached youth work and signposting to positive activities for young people in the area.

We will engage local young people in team-building and leadership development activities which will then be used to ‘give back’ into their communities,” Paul says.

This will be achieved through a skills building residential and a series of workshops where the young people will put their skills learnt into a project that they design to enable their community to be a safer place”.

The project also works in partnership with local residents committees and other community organisations on and around the estate.

Changing the public opinion about the estate

We really believe that this project can change people’s opinions about young people on the estate,” Paul says.

With their projects, they can change the way the High Path Estate looks, or they can educate others about being young and growing up on the estate. They can achieve anything if they put their minds to it”.