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CitySafe: Jermain Jackman launches ‘Safe Haven’ at Cambridge House

Jermaine Jackman, CitySafe, 'Safe Haven', launchOn 12 December 2014, Jermain Jackman, winner of the 2014 Voice UK, launched Cambridge House as a CitySafe ‘Safe Haven’.

CitySafe is a community-led campaign from Citizens UK to make our streets safer. The campaign is about young people building relationships with the police and local businesses to open Safe Havens.

CitySafe Havens are places of safety for people in immediate danger or feeling threatened. Each Safe Haven displays a purple CitySafe logo in its window and works with the police to report 100% of crime. There are currently over 600 Safe Havens across London. Check out our map to find your nearest Safe Haven.

CitySafe works with thousands of young people and adults in schools, colleges, charities, churches, mosques, synagogues, and community groups, as part of the Citizens UK network. Through Community Organising, we bring together diverse groups to reweave the fabric of society.

Cambridge House is privileged to be part of this important campaign.

End Racism This Generation!

Hands piled togetherLast week we joined Runnymede’s fantastic and inspiring campaign, End Racism This Generation.

Although it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on their race, racism is still extremely common in our society. Did you know that young black people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed compared to young white people in the UK? And that almost half of all Bangladeshi and Pakistani workers in the UK earn less than £7 an hour?

By encouraging organisations and individuals to make a public pledge to do their bit to end racism, this campaign aims to ensure everyone actively strives “to make changes in their own lives, workplaces and communities” so that, together, we ensure the law becomes a reality.

In making our pledge, Cambridge House has joined over 100 other organisations in the hope that “we can cause a shift in society so that treating people equally becomes the norm”.

Our pledge:

“As Southwark’s community hub we pledge to continue to break down the social and economic barriers which inhibit the lives of BME communities and to promote inclusion, equity and personal development for all. As 50% of our management team come from BME communities and 50% are women, we will also continue creating positive role models for young people from all backgrounds.”

Now it’s your turn. Whether you’re an organisation or an individual, take your stand by making your pledge today. Together we can lead by example, spread best practice and drive the change our society so desperately needs.

End Racism This Generation

Sounding Out Southwark

Sounding Out SouthwarkThe follow up event to One Big Debate is here. Join us for Sounding out Southwark.

One Big Debate – the first ever event of its kind – took place in November last year to officially launch One Big Community (1BC).

The six hour online debate was organised by young people, for young people, with 14-25 year olds coming together from across London to express their thoughts on the issues which cause youth violence and contribute their opinions.

The atmosphere was electrifying as 190 young leaders and social campaigners were joined by thousands of young people across the nation who took to the Twittersphere to participate in the trending debate. Questions ranged from “Do you know your rights and responsibilities with the police?” to “Does the way the media portray young people contribute to youth violence?”

The results that were gathered on the day are astounding. Here are a few to stir your interests: 60% of participants said they didn’t believe the Police could keep them safe; 72% of participants said they felt the media contributes to youth violence; 94% of participants said they didn’t believe all youth violence is because of gangs

Sounding out Southwark offers a unique opportunity for 50 young people from Southwark to discuss these findings and other ideas about how to end youth violence in greater detail. The event will bring together young people from Southwark, local policy makers and members of the media, the Police, the NHS and local schools. This is your chance to get involved in these critical conversations and shape the future of our society as information gathered will direct the future work of 1bc.

This event is kindly supported by the Safer Southwark Partnership Fund.

19Plus End of Year Show

19Plus End Of YearOn the night of the 16th December 2014, at 6:30pm, there’s one show which you quite simply do not want to miss!

Returning with much aplomb and revelry – “the absolute highlight of the Cambridge House year” – 19Plus will be back with their annual end of year performance.

This year’s show – Games of the Games Gameshow! – promises to be just as wonderful, unmissable and spectacular as last year’s event. An interactive performance with music and film – with fabulous prizes thrown in too! – this is the perfect opportunity to come and support our fantastic learners.

For those of you who don’t know about 19Plus (where, may I ask, have you been??), let me fill you in. 19Plus is a bi-weekly club for adults with learning disabilities which enables our learners to learn new skills, gain confidence and socialise in an enjoyable environment. All the staff are practising artists.

So come on down and watch an ensemble cast of our staff and learners in action. If you’re lucky, you’ll even have the chance to mingle with the Gameshow Giants after the show. It’s going to be one heck of a ride!

If this sounds like you’re thing (how can it not!?), then come along, on December 16th at 6:30pm, to:

Cambridge House
1 Addington Square

Places are in high demand so please RSVP to

1BC invite you to One Big Debate

One Big DebateOn Saturday the 30th November 2013, our wonderful young people, who together make up One Big Community, will be launching their new initiative – One Big Debate.

This will be the biggest online debate ever seen about youth violence in London.

Their aim is to get young people from every London borough discussing youth violence – the causes, effects and solutions. By bringing everyone’s views and ideas together, we’ll hopefully be able to start finding solutions to youth violence which London’s young people believe in.

Registration and opening remarks will be at 12pm, with the online debate formally starting at 1pm and ending at 6pm in the evening. The day will include videos being launched by our participating organizations and partners, and hashtagged debates on Twitter and Facebook allowing every young person to get their voices heard.

1bc and Cambridge House need YOU to help us spark this online conversation. Whether you’re a Tweeter or you’ve got an opinion about what’s going on, your views all count. So come on, join us and share your views and ideas on the 1bc website, You will be creating the first wave of passionate debate.

After the debate is over, we’ll be using your exchanges and comments to put together a report on possible solutions to youth violence in London.

The event is open to all young people aged 13-25 who are passionate about finding the solutions to ending street violence.

For more information, email us or visit the 1bc website.

Read on to learn more about the work Cambridge House and One Big Community are doing.

Jeremiah Emmanuel becomes a patron of Cambridge House

Jeremiah EmmanuelSay hello to our new patron!

At this year’s Annual General Meeting – held on the 24th of October in our beautiful Gilroy Hall, it was announced that Jeremiah Emmanuel, the founder of One Big Community has been appointed as a patron of Cambridge House.

“As a 14 year old boy, Jeremiah is an inspiration to us all. His passion and dedication to tackling youth violence, one of the gravest issues facing society today, is truly remarkable. He had the vision and drive to found One Big Community and I’m sure he’ll be at the forefront of many other social action projects in the years to come. Joining His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester as a fellow patron is nothing more than he deserves. We’re very happy to have him on board.” Karin Woodley, CEO of Cambridge House.

In addition to founding One Big Community, Jeremiah Emmanuel is also the Deputy Youth Mayor for Lambeth. He has been campaigning for over 10 years, fighting to give the people of his community a better standard of living, safety and opportunity, and recently – just 2 days ago! – won BBC Radio 1’s Teen Hero Award.

He has visited many schools, inspiring young people to chase their dreams, stand up for themselves and become leaders. When he isn’t leading One Big Community, Jeremiah is a 14 year old boy going to school like every other 14 year old boy.