Come and Play!

Over the last few months Somerville Youth & Play Provision has re-opened its brand new doors to children and young people in and around New Cross.  At last, the dilapidated old building has been replaced with a fantastic facility, fit for purpose for the whole community.  

It's great to see it filled with young people after school, and now it is also available to hire during school hours and on Sundays, and on Saturdays in the school holidays.  What a fantastic place for meetings, toddler groups, exercise classes, not to mention parties and family friendly get-togethers.  All proceeds from the hire of the facility go back into the programme to support local children and young people.

Love it.


Staying Youthful with Somerville

Since 2012 I have worked with the wonderful Somerville Youth & Play Provision in New Cross, helping them to formulate a new business plan in order to construct a new building and grow their staff team to deliver more youth services locally. 

I have led the fundraising project and brought in over £750k capital from the BIG Lottery and other funders, and to date almost £500k to fund Youth Worker posts for up to 5 years. 

Alongside the business plan I have undertaken an evaluation of their services, supported the 5 year budgeting process and undertaken surveys with the children and young people.  My ongoing work includes establishing the monitoring and reporting processes for funders and developing a fundraising strategy going forwards. 

The new building is being constructed at the moment, due for completion in early 2016.