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Youth Empowerment

Our Stand-Up Programme: Enabling young people to achieve their potential

Our Stand-Up programme works alongside young people facing serious personal difficulty in some of the most challenging areas of the country. We work to enable them to bring about fundamental and lasting improvement in their lives. The programme targets the personal and emotional factors which form the most persistent barriers to young people achieving their potential and succeeding in education, employment, or training. In August 2017 we were awarded London Youth Quality Mark accreditation. The London Youth Quality Mark is the only quality assurance scheme for youth organisations which is accredited by City and Guilds and, uniquely, involves young people in assessment and is regarded as a signature of excellence in the field of youth work.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved, or you’d like some more information, please contact us here

Telephone: 0207 358 7000

Our experience, supported by third party research, has taught us that “social-cognitive” skills (such as impulse control and self-reflection) are crucial to positive life outcomes. We offer a mixed portfolio of activities to enable young people to improve their lives, broaden their horizons, and move towards employment, education or training.

“Trust me I enjoy this programme more than anything in my life. [It] made me do things I want to do, made me change so many things in my life. I’m linked into other people. It’s too much. [The programme] made me learn so many things, made me know about myself.”

Stand Up Graduate

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Stand-Up Southwark

Stand-Up Southwark works alongside disadvantaged and alienated young people in Southwark. The project empowers them to:

  • Confront and understand cycles of destructive behaviour that put themselves and others at risk
  • Build resilience to the complex and interrelated multiple disadvantages they face
  • Bring about fundamental and lasting improvements in their lives

Described by Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society as delivering “the sort of impact you need to better demonstrate, articulate and maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of services”, Stand-Up Southwark enables young people to achieve their potential through:

  • Life skill development, including supporting participants to come to terms with their past.
  • Basic skill and ICT training and access to relevant short courses.
  • Support into and in employment and self-employment, with on-going and flexible support for each participant (and employer) where needed to get in, stay in and progress in employment.
  • Job search, job application and interview preparation support.
  • Job retention guidance and mentoring.
  • Business start-up support including: help with business planning, building infrastructure and sourcing start-up capital.

We take a holistic approach that recognises the complex factors that impact on the progression of disadvantaged young people. The programme provides personalised support that enables participants to create real, lasting change in their lives.

To see the impact of our Stand Up programme, watch this video:


Our Impact

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Our evaluations revealed significant improvements in self-reflection, impulse control, and resilience. Each reported broadened horizons, a healthier self-image, and increased confidence. All reported behavioural improvements and that their key relationships and support networks had become stronger. As a result, participants were in a much better position to benefit from work-readiness and employability activities. By the end of the programme, 83% were in education, training or employment. Retention is 96% 18 months later, with progression advice and support provided as required, while 60% of the first cohort provide peer support to new participants

Stand-Up Southwark holds Standard 1 of Evidence accreditation from Project Oracle, London’s Children and Youth Evaluation Hub.