Bringing our community together

TNG - The Next Generation

Supporting range of community activities

Youth club sessions are running 5 nights a week and we hope to expand to 7 days a week. At present Millwall Community Scheme will deliver sports for 2 evenings a week and one other session which will either be street dance sessions or a boxing session.

There are various partners for example, Public Health use the clinical room, Dulwich picture Gallery are also interested in doing workshops with young people and the local community operate from the centre. Discussions are taking place with Active Communities who are working with Celtic FC about running a Celtic FC Summer Soccer Camp for the 6 week holiday programme.

In addition to a programme of youth activity discussions are taking place with Lewisham Homes and London & Quadrant to provide funding for community programmes.

There is a free film programme for older people on Friday afternoons.

Sydenham Wells Park Youth Centre

Labour has delivered £3.5 million to redevelop Sydenham Wells Park Hall into a fabulous new youth centre. I joined Jim Dowd MP and Labour Mayor, Steve Bullock to celebrate the great news that our £3.5 million bid to build a state of the art youth centre on the existing Wells Park site had been successful.

At the first Sydenham Assembly in March 2008 you voted as your top priority providing youth facilities including a new youth centre and your councillors have been working hard on delivering this. On the doorstep many people have said to us that providing youth facilities and activities for young people was extremely important. We know that giving young people access to positive recreational activities is an important tool in tackling antisocial behaviour, as well as helping young people to socialise in their communities. This project is great news for everyone in Sydenham and we look forward to continuing the work with the local community and young people as this really exciting project takes shape.

Sydenham and Forest HIll Youth Forum

Young people from the Sydenham and Forest Hill are keen to discuss their local issues in a recent three hour session of chat with games and music at Rockbourne Youth Centre.

I hope that representatives of the Youth Forum will come along to the next Sydenham Assembly on the 4 March to discuss the Youth Forum.

Please visit the Sydenham and Forest Hill Youth Forum web site.

Honey Pot Campaign

The Sydenham and Forest Hill Youth Forum are asking local people to invest a small amount of money per month that will be placed into a bank account that becomes the Honey Pot. The Honey Pot is a public fund accessible to young people to improve their talent and benefit the local area. For example young people can bid for funds for music provision or football coaches. The more investment and applications, the bigger the Honey Pot and the stronger the community.

Play area at Hazel Grove

Hazel Grove was awarded £45,000 from the Playbuilder funding to create natural play for children and young people. Cllr Marion Nisbet, a Board member of Lewisham Homes, said “Residents have really worked together to create the Multi Use Games Area and the basketball and football are a great success”.

Other activities on offer for young people living in the Hazel Grove area are the Rolling Sounds bus on Wednesdays and XLP on Thursdays.

Don’t forget the that anyone under 16 (or over 60) can swim for free in Lewisham pools.