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Project information

LCM Youth Project - Forest Gate

Access to recreational and educational activities, as well as positive role models, can make a huge difference to young people, especially when there is pressure to engage in anti-social behaviour. This project will help youth to gain social skills, and improve their educational and life chances.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: London City Mission

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  • Need


    Newham, where Forest Gate is based, is the third worst place in the country for children to grow up - child poverty in Newham is at 41%. There are many low-income households and people reliant on state benefits. There are also high incidences of inadequate housing and ill-health. Gang activity and violent crime are prevalent in parts of the area. Earlier this yea, two men in their twenties were shot in Forest Gate. In April 2015, another man was left lying in a pool of blood after being attacked


    LCM's youth project in Forest Gate engages young people in positive activities, where they have an outlet for learning and creativity. These include after-school clubs during term-time and drop-in sessions during the holidays, providing activities such as homework clubs, film clubs and games. Young people also have an opportunity to talk about issues in their community, the pressures they face, their hopes for the future and explore issues of faith with staff who are approachable and supportive

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a positive environment for youth from low-income households under pressure to join gangs


    » Recreational activities such as computer games, sports
    » Homework club
    » Film club
    » On-going mentoring from staff

    What success will look like

    Young people attending and actively participating in the activities.

    Aim 2

    To help young people engage with issues that affect them and think about their future


    » Discussions around poverty and peer pressure
    » Discussions around faith

    What success will look like

    Young people attending and actively participating in the activities.

  • Impact


    - Improve life chances - help young people to understand their potential and opportunities for them to realise this through homework club and discussions around their future
    - Improve emotional stability - providing a positive, supportive environment will help young people to understand their importance, that they are worthy of time and attention, regardless of their domestic or community background


    Young people not engaged with the project. This is mitigated by offering a range of activities for the youth and building a good rapport with them so there are opportunities to feed back on activities.


    An update showing how funds have been used.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £33,634

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,777 Staff Member 1 Cost of employing a staff member to provide youth activites
      £15,777 Staff Member 2 Cost of emplyoying a staff member to provide youth activities
      £2,080 Refreshments After-school club
  • Background


    The youth project is located in Forest Gate in the London borough of Newham, where a quarter of children grow up in severe poverty. The borough has people from over 30 different ethnic communities and over 300 languages being spoken. Statutory homelessness is very high, and there are also high incidences of inadequate housing and ill-health. One of the local schools has been a nurturing ground for rap artists. One of them, Ben Drew, raps about discovering a dead body on nearby Wanstead flats.


    Young people between the ages of 11 and 18.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    London City Mission is a Christian charity has been working in Forest Gate for decades and its staff have steadily built relationships with people in the area. LCM has a rich history of providing practical support in areas of great need, and helping people to reflect on their lives and explore faith. The centre is used as a base to connect with everyone in the community, not just young people. Staff run a community drop-in, English classes, and many other activities each week.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Youth worker - Sammy is a talented rapper and is able to communicate well with young people from different backgrounds.


    Youth worker - Ali grew up in the borough of Newham in a lone parent household. He is also a talented rapper and able to connect with young people