Peer Power Youth is a social justice charity based in London that promotes empathy towards vulnerable children and young people. They support these children and the agencies involved with caring for them to develop strong and trusting relationships, increase young people’s voice, improve their emotional health and well-being, and work together to transform services for children in need.
We are currently working with Peer Power Youth to enhance the great work they are already doing with young people that have experienced significant adversity in their lives and have lived-experience of justice, social care and health agencies.
“My journey at Peer Power has been welcoming and I feel comfortable sharing my story. I’m able to connect with other people who have similar stories and it has helped me develop as a person, being more confident. It’s been fun and I’ve been able to do a lot of different things, like conferences and HMYOI Feltham procurement of health services.
I’ve also been able to have my voice heard. I learnt a lot of new things like empathy, what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes.
I’ve learnt to speak out and have my say and not let the barrier between professionals break me down.
I have also learned what it’s like to work as a team.
My dreams and ambitions for the future are to work with young people and become a future young leader.
In September, I began my course, BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences, Community Development & Youth Work, at a London University.”
Josh, 19 years old – Peer Leader at Peer Power Youth since May 2019 – has taken part in Peer to Professional, youth involvement and commissioning activities across health and justice.
Most recently he co-designed and delivered a sports and wellbeing social action project for peers in Westminster, sharing knowledge around how healthy bodies have helped with a healthy mind, they hope to inspire others with this message.
When starting with Peer Power Youth 12% of the Peer Power Experts were in Education, Training or Employment, six months later this has jumped to 92% in Education, Training or Employment, with two young people in full-time roles at Youth Justice Board, and another four starting University. An incredibly powerful statistic about the importance of social justice charities such as this.