Lambeth Elfrida Rathbone Society

The Old Library Youth Club

Our integrated youth club is free and open to young people with or without learning disabilities and Autism. Our Big Idea is to provide a service which supports all young people to achieve their aspirations regardless of their needs and abilities.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 April 2017 to 12:00 AM, 1 March 2019

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1096727)

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  • Since I have attended The Old Library I have new skills e.g. CV writing & job searching. I have also become more confident and have a passion to give back to my community like the youth workers gave to me.

    — Billy, young person aged 17 from the local community.

  • I like to see my friends at youth club. I have become more confident and worry less about what people think of me because of the youth club. The youth club has taught me that everyone is different and we should accept that. The youth club also gives me space to hang out with friends.

    — Louise –aged 17 years old. Young person with learning disabilities.

  • It's been great since he's been going to youth club. He runs downstairs when the bus arrives. There has been a great improvement in his behaviour. The staff have been fantastic.

    — Sylvia, parent of a young man with Autism and challenging behaviour.

  • I like to see my friends at youth club. I have become more confident and worry less about what people think of me because of the youth club. The youth club has taught me that everyone is different and we should accept that. The youth club also gives me space to hang out with friends.

    — Louise –aged 17 years old. Young person with learning disabilities.

  • Since I have attended The Old Library I have new skills e.g. CV writing & job searching. I have also become more confident and have a passion to give back to my community like the youth workers gave to me.

    — Billy, young person aged 17 from the local community.

  • It's been great since he's been going to youth club. He runs downstairs when the bus arrives. There has been a great improvement in his behaviour. The staff have been fantastic.

    — Sylvia, parent of a young man with Autism and challenging behaviour.

Situation

The project is trying to support young people who are facing the dilemma's of growing up in inner-city London. Many of the young people we support come from single parent families and have experienced early-life disadvantages. Too many disillusioned young people are being drawn into gang and drugs activities and damaging their future life potential.

Solution

We are trying to offset these challenges by offering targeted activities to engage with local young people. Our youth work interventions aim to increase self esteem, personal resilience and encourage aspirations. We are building a youth club environment in which young people can come along and fee safe, respected and valued.