The Putney Vale estate has no significant youth provision. There are many young people but no projects or funding. The young people are beginning to get involved in anti-social behaviour and mixing with a local gang of drug dealers.
This MUST change.
Youth work has been cut nationwide across the country and that has meant more young people on streets and less support. Many of these young people are from broken homes, homes where their parents speak no english, homes where there is abuse but schools aren't getting to the bottom of this.
Youth work is needed. We can provide a space away from the turmoil of home and mentoring and support.
I have worked for many years as a youth worker and seen many young people's lives impacted by the love we show for them but sadly my skills are no longer valued, I am told it is hard to get a job in youth work.
I have a vision of a youth centre where we serve all young people's needs. Sofas and games for them to relax, food that is tastier, cheaper and healthier than the local chicken shop, a hairdressers to get your latest trim or fade, a salon to relax, be looked after and talk and a space to talk about life.
Please support this vision, I can't offer much in return other than the fact you will be changing lives, I can guarantee you that!