Leap’s Pioneering Approach to Addressing Youth Violence: What We Have Learnt

Madeleine Weaver, Communications and Events Assistant
Wednesday 10th April 2019
In 2016, Leap launched a three-year 

 In 2016, Leap launched a three-year programme to pilot our approach to working with young people in the London boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth. The Leadership and Enterprise programme works with whole friendship groups of young people aged between 13-25 at risk of offending and gang involvement. Through discussion and experiential learning, young people are encouraged to support each other to make positive choices in their lives.  

On Tuesday 9th April, we were delighted to welcome 70 representatives from grassroots organisations, local councillors, government, trusts and foundations to learn about our work supporting peer groups and community organisations to manage conflict in Southwark and Lambeth. 

 The L&E programme has demonstrated successes, both in terms of outcomes for young people and its partnerships working with local organisations. The team have worked closely with other local organisations in the boroughs to: 

  • learn more about the friendship groups and local issues affecting young people
  • identify friendship groups that were potentially at risk of gang involvement and violence
  • build trusted relationships with young people
  • tailor the curriculum and exercises to the needs of the young people

To read the programme design, impact data and responses from the young people, click here: Three Year Summary_LeadershipandEnterprise_PrintMaterials.pdf

 Gabin Sinclair-Constance, the Leadership and Enterprise Programme Manager, said:

'Partnerships have been fundamental to the success of this programme. We are grateful to Mel Christodoulou from the Yellow Qube, Meconah Morrison and Hazel Turay from the Tule Hill Tenants and Residents Association for sharing their experience and talking positively about the programme's impact at the grassroots level in Southwark and Lambeth'

To close the evening, Lib Peck, Director of the Mayor’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), spoke about her new role and both the short and long-term priorities of the VRU in addressing violence across the capital. 

If you are interested in finding out more information about Leadership and Enterprise, please contact    

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