Youth put their Trust in Charlton Athletic for a further 3 years

Monday 14th September 2015

After a successful partnership bid, the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s universal youth service, Young Greenwich, will be run by Charlton Athletic Community Trust for a further 3 years.

After originally being successful in 2012, the Trust has won the contract after its retendering and will continue to run the youth service until March 2019.  This will enable the partnership to continue to develop and improve their programme of activities and services for young people across the Royal Borough that have a demonstrable positive impact on the young people and the local community. 

Running a minimum of 60-70 sessions during the week and 20-30 throughout the holidays, the service delivers activities across eight themes: Careers and Employment, Digital Media, Sport and Health, Arts and Culture, Music and Performing Arts, Skills for Life, Volunteering and Discovering the Royal Borough. The youth service also delivers nationally recognised programmes such as The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and is developing a young social enterprise programme.

“We are absolutely delighted that we will continue to work with the young people of Greenwich, and with the Royal Borough, in delivering universal youth services across Royal Greenwich,” said Marc Leckie, Director of Youth and Inclusion at the Trust.

“We are fully committed to further improving the service for youth in the area, providing a range activities, opportunities and pathways for all involved.

“We are open to getting feedback, from young people in Greenwich as we look at all elements to accommodate, deliver and develop a modern day service.”

Trust Chairman Roger Godsiff, Royal Borough’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Cllr John Fahy, Youth Service Ambassador Dave Berry, Youth Service Manager Matt Horne and Trust CEO Jason Morgan took to the field at Charlton’s home fixture vs Rotherham last Saturday to announce the news.

“Young people deserve the best possible future, and the Royal Borough of Greenwich is determined to provide all the support that we can, to enable them to achieve this”, said Cllr John Fahy.

“We remain committed to ensuring that young people have access to good quality youth services, and our successful partnership with Charlton Athletic Community Trust ensures that we can continue to do this for years to come.”

The Trust works hard to ensure that youth activities are accessible to all young people, with and without disabilities.

Young people are welcome to drop in and try out any of the activities, which take place throughout the year at youth hubs and satellite centres across the borough.

Rising musician Autumn Sharif was a regular at the Woolwich Common Youth Hub, as she made the most of its services and facilities to kick start her career in the music industry. It was there where she was given an opportunity to open for rock band Lawson in front of 2,300 fans at the Indigo at the O2, before progressing to the finals of the television talent show The Voice earlier this year. 

“I used to come every Thursday and it’s actually where I recorded my first cover. I put it on YouTube and that’s how it started”, she said.

“The staff told me I could sing and to go for it. If I didn’t have that encouragement, then I wouldn’t have pursued my career”.

For more information on joining the sessions, please look at the calendar for dates and times on the homepage.