Young Person's Development

Our young person's development programme consists of two projects, Motivate and Build Yourself. 


Motivate is an after school youth club targeting 10-16 year olds. The programme supports young people to gain confidence, make informed healthy lifestyle choices and progress into further learning and employment.

The project is currently being delivered across Sussex and South London.
In Sussex we are operating in Broomgrove and Downs Farm (Hastings) and Tilekiln (St Leonards on Sea).
In South London, the project targets those living in Church Manor Estate SW9, Landsdowne Green Estate SW8, St Martins SW2, St John’s SW11 and in Croydon, in partnership with Croydon Youth Zone.

Typically, young people in these areas risk falling out of education and training. They’re also vulnerable to negative influences including alcohol, substance misuse, poor nutrition, obesity and gang influences. 

Motivate sessions run weekly from local community centres, the sessions provide a safe space for the young people to regularly meet up, gain support and learn new skills. The sessions include a variety of activities, from sports to informative talks around knife crime and mental health. Other activities include, arts and crafts, wellbeing talks, learning photography skills and much more.

We encourage attendees to help shape the sessions themselves and allow time for regular feedback and consultation, this enables us to provide a service that is extremely beneficial to the young people we work with.

For more information and how you can sign up, please contact for the Hastings & St Leondards project and for South London.

Build Yourself

Build Yourself is a young person’s development programme, targeting 17-28 year olds across Sussex & Swale.

The project allows young people work in teams completing makeovers on community buildings over the course of six weeks, they get the opportunity to learn practical painting, decorating and DIY skills from a trained professional and also gain an accreditation in the form of a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) to help them into employment.

For more information and how you can sign up, please contact for Sussex and for Swale.

As part of this project we are always looking for potential venues for our next course. If you think you have the perfect place to give young people a chance to learn new skills and in return have a renovated room, we’d love to hear from you.

Young person's develpment

Jamie's story (Motivate Project)

Jamie, was 17 years old and NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training). He'd been asked to leave college and was known to the police for involvement in a gang. The scale of his offences were escalating. He lacked support systems and believed he was losing control of the direction his life was taking. He came along to Motivate and he was matched with a youth mentor who worked with him on a one to one basis over a period of eight months. During this time they mapped out the options and life choices he could take and he took back control of his life.
Overcoming setbacks, Jamie secured a paid plumbing apprenticeship. He's extremely happy and working hard to progress in the company. He now has a five year plan to become a fully qualified self-employed plumber. Jamie is still involved with the Motivate project. He wants to inspire others so they too can find a direction, work hard and fulfil their potential.

With your help we can support more disadvantaged young people like Jamie regain control of their lives and have a bright future.