Project information

The Ashburton Estate Youth Centre Refurbishment

We're refurbishing a gym and games room as part of a major work to create a world class youth centre for young people in London offering sports, music, arts, mentoring, volunteering, support finding work, employment through social enterprise and trips to both UK and international destinations.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information


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  • Need


    Many of the young people we know have unhealthy lives, low self esteem, little hope for their future, limited ability to take opportunities and negative attitudes towards their community. The majority of their families receive State or Local Authority Benefits due to low incomes or worklessness. These young people are at risk of: exclusion from school, becoming NEET (not in education employment or training), becoming a young parent, exploitation, or getting involved with gangs.


    The gym and games room will host positive activities designed to develop participants in areas important to their social and economic futures.
    We create opportunities for young people to:
    • Grow their self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence.
    • Improve key social skills
    • Improved their attitudes and behaviour towards communities (i.e, families, peers, teachers and/or employers).

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create a world class facility where young people can grow and achieve


    » Secure pro bono support from leading design agency to develop inspiring plans for the youth centre
    » Raise the capital necessary to refurbish the youth centre
    » Effectively project manage the refurbishment of the youth centre

    The centre will be refurbished by March 2017 and will double young people's attendance in activities

    Aim 2

    Improve the social and emotional capabilities of young people


    » One on one mentoring with trained mentors
    » Delivering engaging positive activities; football, gym classes and drop in sessions using both spaces.

    150 young people will have shown an improvement in each key outcome by March 2017

    Aim 3

    Improve the health and wellbeing of young people


    » Delivering engaging positive activities; football, gym classes, cooking, music studios, arts awards and drop in sessions.

    150 young people will engaged in sports and activities; 40% of whom would not otherwise be active

  • Impact


    Positive activities that improve social and emotional capabilities in turn improve employability, educational attainment and health reducing the cost to social welfare and the health. Access to positive actives and volunteering for vulnerable people improves health, employability and community cohesion and reduces isolation in the elderly. Given the representation of ex offenders activities help reduce crime, violence & anti social behavior.


    Not all the refurbishment costs might be raised. We would deliver part of the work leaving elements for future years.

    Refurbishment project work could be delayed causing disruption to services. We will carefully project manage proceedings and develop contingency plans for disruption.

    As a small team we are vulnerable to staff sickness and absence. We have a strong record with staff retention and engagement and have sessional staff available at short notice in case of staff absence.


    Donors are next sent a follow up after the donation period has ended outlining the result or impact of their donation.

    Donors have a choice of any future correspondence.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,069

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,740 Flooring Floor for both rooms
      £2,220 Spacing Rooms established
      £2,329 Wall & Ceilings Ceilings in both rooms
      £3,600 Lighting Gym and games room lighting
      £1,320 Bench & Blackboard Seating in game room and blackboard in gym
      £2,760 Window Treatment & furnishings Energy efficient windows and furnished spaces
      £1,100 Screen and LEDs Gym and Games room TVs with visuals

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous Donation £2,500 Guaranteed
    Richmond Golf Club £2,700 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We work alongside young people who live on or around Roehampton's and Putney’s Alton and Ashburton estates in the borough of Wandsworth; some of the largest council estates in the UK. On the Alton estate some 31% of children and young people are living in poverty (ONS), deprivation is in the top 5%, health deprivation in the top 15% and employment deprivation in the top 20% (ONS). Wandsworth has higher than London average levels of young people who are not in education, employment or training.


    Young people who live on the margins of society. Many have low self esteem, little hope for their future, a limited ability to take opportunities, and negative attitudes and behaviours towards their community. The majority of their families receive State or Local Authority Benefits due to low incomes or worklessness. They are at risk of: exclusion from school, becoming NEET (not in education employment or training), becoming a young parent, exploitation, or getting involved in gangs and crime.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since launching in January 2000, Regenerate has run many different activities engaging thousands of people in the community.

    In the last three years:
    • 90 young people engaged in Roehampton Youth work each year
    • 92 attended football clubs
    • 52 accessed studio sessions
    • 321 positive activities through outreach using a bus
    • 120 young people and young adults accessed group mentoring and one to one coaching
    • 80 young people have volunteered at local community events and festivals

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    CEO, Andy Smith

    Andy Smith, CEO, has over 20 years experience as a youth and community worker.

    Development Director, Clare Smith

    Clare Smith is the Development Director responsible for managing and developing service delivery and has seventeen years experience in the community.

    Director Of Fundraising & Resources, Jonathan Skaife

    Jonathan Skaife is The Director of Fundraising & Resources. Jonathan has a master’s degree in management from Cass Business School.

    Mark Roberts, Project CoöRdinator

    Youth work qualified with over two decades experience in public and voluntary sector youth provision, Mark oversees the services at the centre.

"Regenerate really helped me with mu communication skills. Here I get together with my mentor and we look at my goals for the future and how I will be able to achieve this...."

Armani, 15 - Mentee