Oak London: inspiring healthy community

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Oak London is a retreat and mentoring programme for young adults who are facing disadvantage and setbacks.

At Oak London we work with young adults who may be prison-leavers and those at risk of offending, people living in hostels or supported accommodation, care-leavers, and those simply with very limited support systems. 

We provide a holistic and supportive environment to enable participants to develop a positive sense of self-worth, build healthy relationships, and make positive choices. We intentionally keep programmes small, only taking on 6 participants on each time, ensuring our work is participant-centred and tailored to each individual.

We kick start the programme with a 4-5 day retreat in Bristol where we seek to build healthy disciplines based around community and exercise. Each day starts with a 7am run or work-out which was inspired by uMthombo, a Durban based charity working with young people living on the streets. We view running as a hugely important process in seeking to develop positive lifestyles and routines. We recognise it as a rehabilitative tool which mirrors pushing through the challenges and struggles of life, and recognising that we develop and grow in this process, rather than just willing the final goal.

The retreat involves workshops, activities and cooking meals together. The workshops are based around 'Responsibility and vulnerability’, 'Forgiveness and reconciliation' and 'Our stories'. The activities include mountain biking, Ninja warrior, football and volleyball. We draw parallels between the workshops and the sports we participate in, championing resilience and teamwork.

On return to London we continue to partner with our particpants through weekly workshops, mentoring and community projects. Many participants have strived to continue daily routines based around sports and morning runs. Recognising sport as playing a huge role in promoting community and mental health we continue to build our sessions around and encourage sports participation.

Particpating in the Hackney Half marathon is an opportunity to raise money for Oak London through a means which already runs through the core of what we do as a project!


We started Oak London in order to build supportive networks and inspire positive futures around young adults facing significant challenges.

The number of young adults in London who are at risk of offending, reoffending, or who have very limited support from others is increasing. According to the Home Office, over a third of people arrested in London in 2021/22 were under 25. This is a significant problem, as offending can have a devastating impact on young people's lives, leading to them becoming involved in a cycle of crime and violence.

Additionally, according to the 2020 Shelter's End of Homelessness Count, there are an estimated 91,000 people in temporary accommodation or hostels in London. Of these, a third are under the age of 25. This number has been increasing in recent years, due to a number of factors, including the rising cost of housing, the shortage of affordable housing, and cuts to social security benefits.

•           The majority of young adults in temporary accommodation are male.

•           Around half of young adults in temporary accommodation have been in care.

•           Young people who are homeless are more likely to experience mental health problems,

•           substance misuse, and criminal exploitation.

•           Young people who are homeless are less likely to be in education or employment.

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