The Juice Bar is a base for young people in the heart of the Alton estate in Roehampton. It is our venue for the workshops and drop-in sessions that we run. It is kitted out with the latest gaming equipment, a pool table, lap tops, and a table tennis table. The Juice Bar provides a safe place where young people can hang out and take part in positive activities.
The Juice Bar is open
every Monday 6 – 8pm
every Wednesday 5 – 7pm
The Bus is a mobile youth centre for the young people of Roehampton and other estates in London where there is limited youth provision. It’s a fun and safe place for young people to go and is equipped with CD mixing decks, a sound system, the latest gaming equipment, and arts & craft resources. We also organise workshops on the bus that promote health & wellbeing. We are often supported by health advisors and sport tutors, who run tennis, boxing & football coaching, and advice on health & fitness. We also provide volunteering opportunities for other young adults to get experience working with children and young people on the bus.
The bus currently goes to the Lennox, Eastwood, Southfields and Putney Vale estates in Wandsworth.
Mentoring groups have been running for several years. We match young people with positive role models who are trained as mentors. Our current mentoring groups are for young people under 19 who live in Roehampton and are affected by issues related to gang and knife crime. We aim to get alongside these young people and help raise their aspirations. We encourage them to make positive life choices that will contribute to making the community a safer, more positive place to live.
The groups meet monthly for a home cooked meal, inspirational talks, group activities and to socialise in a supportive environment. They also meet more frequently with their mentors to talk about their lives on a one-to-one basis.
Young people in the mentoring scheme also get opportunities to experience work placements here in London and abroad in Romania & Kenya.
The studio is a creative hub in the heart of the Alton estate where our studio producer helps young people to develop their talents, grow in confidence and produce high quality music and film. Over 300 tracks have been written, mixed and recorded in the last two years. In the future we are looking to build on this project by running a ‘Creative Arts Academy’, where young people can make music, videos, websites, and learn design skills with the help of those who know how.
To use the studio contact the studio manager at our office to book an appointment.
A young person once came to us in tears, saying “I want to stop selling drugs but what can I do? I can’t even get a job in Asda. I want to change!”
There are many young people leading negative lifestyles who are desperate for an opportunity to change, but just don’t know how. We make links with local businesses and entrepreneurs who want to offer opportunities for young people in situations like this. We help young people to develop skills that prepare them for the workplace. We then connect them together! Through this scheme we have successfully placed people in a variety of roles to suit their talents: From landscape gardening, construction, carpentry, catering, social care, to investment banking!
Alongside their employment we offer continued support to the young people as they make this transition.
Each year we take young people from Roehampton away on all kinds of adventures! Trips range from cliff Jumping in Wales and mountain climbing in Snowdonia, to setting up a children’s home for street children in Kenya or building a well for a whole community in Romania.
Since 2005 we have taken over 12 teams of young people to Nakuru, Kenya to help set up projects that house, feed, educate and create employment. Through exposure to the realities of poverty in a developing country, young people have been challenged and inspired to think about how they can make a difference with their own lives.
One young person from Roehampton was so moved by the poverty he saw in Kenya he promised some street kids there he would do something to help them. On returning to the UK he raised over £30,000 to build a car mechanics garage which is now training and employing several young people in Nakuru, Kenya.
Recently we have started partnering with charities ‘Liquid connection’ and ‘Heart for Romania’ to take young people on road trips across Europe. We have been visiting a poor gypsy village called Soard in Romania where we have started to support the community there through building work, providing clean water and organising summer camps for the children and young people.
City Lights creates pathways for individuals and church groups to engage in social action. We facilitate events to train, equip and mobilise communities to come together and practically get involved in making a difference on estates in London. These one day events range from opportunities to paint, plant, fix and tidy… to fun days that bring whole communities together using music, BBQs, sport and inflatables!
Next City Lights event: December 2013
City Lights Stories:
We have collated stories from practitioners that are involved in social action and community development across the world. These inspirational testimonies are featured in our new book that is designed to take groups of people on their own ‘City Lights’ journey. It is our hope the book will enable you to connect with your community through social action, nurture meaningful local relationships and develop a richer understanding of community transformation. To order your copy click here To visit the City Lights Facebook page click here
In the summer time we run a community festival for Roehampton. This is a fantastic time for the community to come together. With music, food stalls, free BBQs, table top sales, a mini farm, mini funfair, large inflatables and talent contests… this is a chance to celebrate the community of Roehampton. The event is planned, organised and staffed by the local residents. Get in touch with email@example.com if you want to volunteer and get involved next year.
The Juice bar was reopened tonight after having an amazing make over. Thanks to some of our friends at Standard Chartered Bank we now have a soundproof recording studio and a chill out area complete with fridge, bean bags, sound system, new sofa and an incredible grass carpet courtesy of grassify.co.uk.…