Regenerate & the Wimbledon Coin Toss 2019!

July 12th, 2019 by

Regenerate is delighted to announce that we, alongside The Prince’s Trust, were nominated by the Wimbledon Foundation, the official charity of the All England Club and The Championships to perform the Coin Toss at Wimbledon this year.

Helen Parker, Head of the Wimbledon Foundation, said:

“One of the Wimbledon Foundation’s core goals is developing young people. Regenerate and the Prince’s Trust are two organisations whose mission is to help young people to fulfil their potential and we are delighted to be able to give Marni and Omar, and the two fantastic charities they have been supported by, this amazing opportunity to take centre stage at The Championships.”

In January 2019, Regenerate was awarded a three-year grant from the Wimbledon Foundation to fund their mentoring programme for young people affected by mental health issues helping them to grow in confidence, improve their self-esteem and develop leadership skills.

Marni Johnson (aged 13) and a member at Regenerate, will perform the coin toss at Ladies’ Singles Final on Centre Court on Saturday 13 July, representing Regenerate.

Marni said:

“When I walk onto Centre Court I’ll feel a little bit nervous because I’ve never had an opportunity like this before but I’ll also feel excited as it’s a good opportunity to try something new.”

The Coins themselves have a very special background story …

The AELTC commissioned two bespoke gold coins, featuring the Mission 56 logo on one side, and The Championships logo on the other. They travelled with Feustel aboard Mission 56 to the International Space Station last year, with Feustel interviewed live from space during The Championships 2018. The coins have now safely returned to Earth and will be used in the pre-match coin toss at the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Finals at The Championships, Wimbledon.

American astronaut Drew Feustel, with two gold coins manufactured by The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. He is on a six month stay on the International Space Station, serving as a flight engineer. Credit: AELTC.

Paddles & Saddles – Regenerate Journey

July 12th, 2019 by

A team from Regenerate made up of young people from our Get Leading program and some of our supporters, are currently on a mammoth cycle ride from London to the Pyrenees mountains!

On Saturday, the 13th July, the team will be cycling up the Tourmalet and taking part in a stage of this year tour de France!

To sponsor the team who are raising funds for Regenerate’s youth services, please visit our Just Giving Page .

Get Helping – Ark Putney Academy Students visit Romania

July 12th, 2019 by

Last week Regenerate hosted a trip to Romania for a group of students from Ark Putney Academy (APA).

The Team

Every year Regenerate takes a group of students to visit Soard, a Roma community on the outskirts on a town in Transylvania. People there live in poverty. Many have no running water, electricity and find it hard to get work and fend for their families. Regenerate works with Dare to Dream a local charity based in the community who set up projects to support families and look after children, helping them to improve their living conditions and build hope for the future.

This years group from APA hosted a fun-packed holiday club for the children in the village. In temperatures over 30 degrees heat, they ran a sports day, prepared food for the feeding programme, organised arts and craft and played games with the children.

It had a big impact on the group. Here’s what some of them had say …

“It’s has been really good trip and experience. It has been good to meet the children and see how another community lives. It has been really eye opening.” Maia

“It was rewarding to see how the kids reacted when we gave the kids a sandwich with it is such a basic thing but they were so happy and it was a great feeling that they felt so happy to see up and meet us.” Layly

“I really enjoyed it, it was my first time on a plane and first time meeting children from a community like Soard. They were all really nice and welcoming and this was very surprising.” Marney

“I have really enjoyed meeting the kids again and especially the sports day seeing the whole community get involved.” Cameron

Get Helping provides experiences that takes young people outside of their comfort zones and challenges them to go beyond themselves to develop resilience, tolerance and confidence through being in a different culture.

Get Focused – The big move to Secondary School

July 12th, 2019 by

Regenerate hosted a mentoring group for students from Granard Primary School who are about to move onto secondary school.

The programme helped the group to grow in confidence, realise their strengths and talk about their concerns about moving on to Secondary school. They threw themselves in to all the activities with great enthusiasm, from digging for dinosaurs (that was a craft activity) to talking about their inner strengths! There were honest discussions, where students were given the chance to ask questions about secondary school and voice their fears and worries.

It was practical as well, the group thought about how to organise and manage their timetables, pack bags and remember all the new things that come along with this big change. They talked about how to make positive relationships and reflected on all that they have learnt from their time at Primary school.

The Year 6 teacher said “ The children loved reflecting on their qualities and making a piece of art around this; they were really proud.  The parents were beaming when they left with their artwork with the children running up to them saying ‘Where can we put this in our house?

The final session took place at Growhampton, our local urban farm at Roehampton University and there couldn’t have been a better way to end. We toured the edible campus, picked our own veg and then prepared and cooked lunch on the campfire. 

Followed by a nature scavenger hunt we reflected on all we have learnt during our time together.  The group now feel more confident about moving to secondary school and are looking forward to starting a new adventure!

Get Active – Camping & Kayaking Trip

July 12th, 2019 by

In May we had our annual camping trip in Gloucester with a group of young people from the Get Active programme.

Some had never camped before so it was an exciting experience and the threw themselves into it 100%. They made the camp, cooked food on the BBQ, overcame fears of creepy crawly’s, took part in water sports and had a fat load of fun!

Marni said “Camping made me learn new skills by putting up the tents and I liked sleeping in a different place and environment.

One day we joined the Paddles and Saddles Kayak trip on the start of their epic fundraising journey Kayaking the Thames from the source to the sea. They young people kayaked for 5 hours straight! This was a challenge – but they did it! They were so proud of themselves as it was super hard work and they had to dig deep.

Jayden said “I was so glad we did it, I learnt how to be in a double kayak and help people out on the river when they found it hard work.”

Get Focused – Reclaimed Mentoring Group & Garden project

July 12th, 2019 by

Earlier this year Regenerate was given funding by The Cooperative Foundation to create a community garden space that will bring the community together to help tackle social isolation.

A group of young people took part in the Reclaim Mentoring Project to reclaim an used piece of land at the back of the Ashburton youth centre and transform it into a beautiful garden!

Regenerate worked with the Reclaim Project to plan and develop the new space. This brought the young people together and gave them a boost in confidence as they learnt new skills, made goals together and saw their vision become a reality that everyone could enjoy.

Nicola took part in the project and said:

‘ The best thing about us designing and creating our garden is that we now have a calm, safe and fun space for everyone to use. We can have pizza evenings which we means we get to meet new friends, I thought I would hate being involved as I hate getting dirty but its been really fun and I can’t believe how good it now looks!’

The Garden is an accessible space for all, it will attract wildlife, and has vegetable beds to grow food which can be used by the young people and their families, it has a pizza oven, a BBQ and picnic area as well as a space for a fire pit and area to hang out. This space will bring the community together to keep the space beautiful, to eat together and make happy memories.

For more information about using the space contact

Regenerate Journey 2019!

May 14th, 2019 by
We are really excited about our upcoming Regenerate Journeys.
Regenerate Journeys brings together our young people who might have faced difficult situations in their lives, with others from different walks of life. We step out of our comfort zones, take on challenges together and raise money for our ongoing work with young people on estates in Wandsworth, so that they can go on to reach their potential and make a difference in the world for good. 2019’s challenge has two parts involving Paddles and saddles. In four weeks time, a group of young people and young adults from Regenerate, joined by some amazing volunteers and celebrity YouTubers (including Alfie Deyes and Fun for Louis) will be Kayaking the full length of the River Thames. Starting at the source near Cricklade, the team will kayak over ten days, paddling 215 miles through Reading, Oxford, Windsor, Putney, and Westminster, ending at Southend pier in the North Sea. Part two London 2 The Pyrenees Then in July we will be cycling over 600 miles from London to the Pyrenees mountains in just 9 days. The ride will take in the length of France and ends with us cycling one of the toughest mountain stages of the 2019 Tour de France. This will see us attempt to climb the mighty Col du Tourmalet, 18.6km of steep French mountain reaching a gradient of 13.5%! Please consider sponsoring us on these challenges. 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to support young people in our projects by providing positive activities and mentoring relationships. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more regular updates regarding both Journeys.  

Bronze Quality Mark award from London Youth! 

February 15th, 2019 by
We are proud to announce that we have received a Bronze Quality Mark award from London Youth!
London Youth are committed to high quality youth work, and have delivered support for young people across London for over 130 years. They have a network of over 400 community organisations who create opportunities for tens of thousands of young people every year.  London Youth support these organisations to help them achieve the highest possible standard.  The Bronze Quality Mark award focuses on the policies and procedures that organisations have in place to ensure they operate legally and in a safe environment.  Mark Roberts, Regenerate’s youth work co-ordinator, recognised the honour of the Quality Mark award and felt it was important that Regenerate look at their own policies and procedures to ensure they were operating at the highest standard. He and the team at Regenerate have worked hard over the last two years, improving and applying new policies and procedures, before Mark put forward an application for the Bronze Quality Mark award.  Receiving this award provides Regenerate with a badge of excellence, which is recognised by local authorities and funders. This scheme that London Youth have in place is accredited by City and Guilds and, uniquely, involves the young people in the assessment.

  This is a huge milestone for Regenerate and we are absolutely thrilled to have received this award. We look forward to continuing to deliver effective support to our young people, and are now working towards our application for the London Youth Silver Quality Mark award which focuses on the opportunities provided to young people, as well as the training and support provided to the organisation’s staff and its volunteers.

A huge thank you to London Youth and all of the Regenerate staff members who enabled us to receive this award, and most importantly the young people that we have journeyed with over the last 18 years!

To find out more about the Bronze Quality Mark award go to:

Regenerate Stories: Get Focused Mentoring Programme

January 3rd, 2019 by

In 2018 Regenerate celebrated turning 18 years old as a charity.  Thank you for being part of our story.   When we set out all those years ago, we wanted to make a difference in the community where we live. Now, the young people that we set out to help are the ones that are changing the lives of others and making a massive difference. This is exciting!

Yusuf, grew up on the Ashburton estate and has managed to overcome many challenges. Here are a few of his own words …

“Many youths where I live are stuck in a cycle of drugs, violence, knife crime and prison.  I realised that for me to get out, I would need my head screwed on and for me to take opportunities when they were given to me.  Coming through the charity Regenerate, it has opened my eyes to realise that young people, especially those growing up in deprived areas sometimes need a push in the right direction”.

In 2018 Yusuf helped organise our sponsored bike ride from the Roehampton estate all the way to Africa! He rode over 1200 miles, through forests, conquered mountains, endured thunder and hail storms – but he pushed on through. He made it to the shores of Morocco overcoming challenges similar to those in life.

Yusuf has a mentor through Regenerate and now works for Chelsea as a coach and scout. He is also starting his own business that is creating work opportunities for other young people. He is inspiring his generation and the next.

To find out more go to:

In 2019 we want to continue to journey with young people like Yusuf and grow our Get Focused program Check out this new video to see how you can get involved.

Get Focused – Meet a mentor

June 11th, 2018 by

Let me introduce you to Jenny James.

Jenny did her mentoring training for Regenerate’s Get Focused programme two years ago and is currently mentoring two young people from the local secondary school. We asked her a few questions about her experience.

How would you describe your mentoring experience with Regenerate?

My mentoring experience at Regenerate has been hugely rewarding, to have the privilege to guide, support and follow a young person through exciting and often challenging times has also required lots of self-reflection.

What would your advice be to any one considering mentoring?

My advise to anyone that would like to be a mentor is , have you got a genuine interest in teenagers and their lives? Would you be able to listen actively, mentors listen first and speak last, don’t judge or impose their own beliefs on the mentee. You need to be able to push and set expectations that is perhaps beyond what they had ever imagined, but yet achievable. Provide some perspective and help young people see both sides of a situation.

What is the most fulfilling and most challenging aspect of mentoring?

The most fulfilling aspect of Mentoring has been knowing that the young people are attending our weekly sessions, not because they have to, but because they choose to come and they want to try and make a difference to their own lives. The consistent relationship has meant that intimate thoughts, beliefs and emotions can be shared whilst they feel safe and not judged.

The more challenging aspects of Mentoring has been how to manage the mentor-mentee relationship and its expectations. What am I as a mentor expecting , and what is my mentee, as well as school, parents and Regenerate expecting from our relationship? To have the support in the form of a supervisor on a regular basis has been very valuable.

A huge thank you to Jenny and to all the Regenerate mentors for the amazing work they do.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the Get Focused programme then do get in touch with me. My email is Mari@


Get Focused Coordinator


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