The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Baroness Doreen Lawrence and staff and volunteers at the centre named after her son Stephen, who was fatally stabbed by a group of white youths near a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London in April 1993.
The centre in Deptford, south-east London, is home to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and is a place for community learning and social research and aims to inspire and motivate young people.
During their visit the royal couple met staff and volunteers in the reception before touring the Harris Academy law workshop facilitated by city lawyers from Stephenson hardwood LLP in the centre’s lecture room and then being shown a display of some of Stephen Lawrence’s architectural work.
The Duke and Duchess finally met with SLIK (Stephen Lawrence Instils Knowledge) Magazine editors in a computer room.
All the work undertaken is entirely made possible by donations and funding from trusts and foundations.
A digital magazine project that began in 2012 has secured continuation funding to build upon its success and reach out to more young people.
“The Write Way” project, funded through Awards for All, will offer the opportunity for young people from BME and socially disadvantaged communities to access training and gain practical experience in media and journalism. The project will also re-launch SLIK Magazine, giving a platform for young people to write about lifestyle and social issues that are important to them.
SLIK (Stephen Lawrence Instils Knowledge) Magazine launched in May 2012. The volunteers involved in creating SLIK Magazine have been able to develop graphic design and journalism skills and interview high profile individuals including Mo Farah, Beverley Knight, Boris Johnson, Jon Snow.
In addition to re-launching SLIK Magazine, The Write Way project will create an interactive news website, organise industry talks and plan an annual event to bring young people together to debate issues that affect them the most.
Doreen Thompson-Addo, Programme Manager, says “I am delighted that we are able to build upon the success of SLIK magazine and offer more opportunities for young people to gain hands on experience in magazine journalism and digital media. The project will help them build industry skills such as writing, interviewing, graphic/web design and photography but also transferable skills such as team work, communication and time management. At a time when it is challenging for young people to get ahead in their careers, particularly young people from disadvantaged communities, this project will create some exciting opportunities to support them on the journey to achieving their career goals and aspirations.”
Editor of SLIK Magazine, Jaye Harewood says “SLIK Magazine has rapidly positioned itself as one of the best volunteer run international digital magazines. It’s an excellent career opportunity for young people to build and gain the necessary skills which will enable them to continue in the publication and media field of work. Our magazine has provided a platform which has seen a number of our volunteers gain full and part time work as well as apprenticeships and work experience with a number of larger publications. I am looking forward to the re-launch and to working with our current team who will act as peer mentors to the young people joining the magazine.”
The Write Way project is aimed at young people aged 16-26 years living in London. The project is one of a number of youth projects being run by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. The Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford will be used as a hub for training, development and activity of the project.