Our work within communities reflects our belief that young people play an active role in building a stronger society in which everyone can flourish.

We are distinctive and important nationally, locally and in our sector, delivering direct services, primarily in London, and campaigning and lobbying for a fairer deal for young people and local communities.

BME Network

Our BME (Black and minority ethnic) Network is comprised of over 120 BAME stakeholders, all working tirelessly to support Lewisham’s BAME community organisations and the people they serve. The Network leverages and promotes a ‘Collaborative Impact’ model of community development as a means of providing BAME groups with critical tangible and intangible resources. This involves fostering improved communications and working relationships between all of Lewisham’s BAME stakeholders.

The Network works to support the sustainable development of BAME community groups and projects that seek to deliver positive outcomes in Lewisham. Through the Network, members have enhanced access to regular learning opportunities and formal training in areas including fundraising, marketing, and governance at an individual level.

Leadership Academy

Our BAME Leadership Academy aims to build the leadership skills and capacity of BAME community leaders and their organisations operating in Lewisham. Through a programme of taught and self-taught elements, group work, experiential and peer learning as well as a constantly evolving range of approaches to support their success, participants will contribute to the diversity of Lewisham’s community leadership, showcasing the depth and breadth of BAME talent in the borough.

Lewisham Young Leaders Academy

Our Lewisham Young Leaders Academy (LYLA) is a youth leadership accreditation programme for young people aged 15-24 representing the diversity of racial and ethnic groups in Lewisham and Greenwich. The programme seeks to strengthen and develop personal leadership skills of the leaders-to-be within the BAME community in Lewisham.

As a member of LYLA, young leaders work towards pioneering a local campaign, gaining an AQA Level 3 accreditation in Volunteering Skills through a range of workshops, activities, and events. LYLA participants will undertake up to 30 hours of office-based voluntary experience in support of a local charity or community group in areas such as communications, marketing, social media, fundraising and campaigning, and will work with mentors to explore their skills and reach their full potential.

Workshops included a vlogging and digital content creation session at the Youtube Space in Kings Cross followed by a Q&A with artist Ray BLK, and a trip to the Houses of Parliament to speak to Vicky Foxcroft, Labour’s MP for Lewisham Deptford, about her personal journey, local activism and the passing of legislation.

If you would like to find out more about these programmes, or are interested in getting involved, please email us

If you would like to learn about our work with community groups for Stephen Lawrence Day, click here to visit the SL Day site.