Our award-winning RISE programme for young people aged 16 to 24 years old living in Southwark and neighbouring boroughs, provides a safe space for participants to tackle the problems they face and to find out what they want to do in life.

We offer long-term 1:1 mentoring, group workshops, crisis navigation support, and special trips and events that deal with issues such as social isolation and exclusion, worklessness, poor health and wellbeing, lack of confidence and negative life experiences.

We have recently received funding (from the Mayor of London through the Propel initiative) to expand the RISE programme, allowing us to significantly increase the numbers of young people we can work with, and we are currently recruiting a new cohort of young people, with 1:1 mentoring sessions beginning in July and group workshops due to start in August.

Here’s what some of our RISE participants have to say about the programme


“RISE has positive vibes, gives me lots of support and helps me think of the future. It makes me feel wanted.”
S, aged 20

A safe place

“I don’t think I ever had a safe space but if I am asked now, I would say RISE is my safe space. But I also don’t want to say it because I don’t want to Jinx it. I don’t want to lose it.”
F, aged 18

Confidence building

“RISE has helped me to build my confidence and self-esteem. Most importantly, it helped me to be myself and exclude what others think I need to be.
T, aged 20

“I am not comfortable sharing emotions anywhere else. I feel less judged. In fact, I feel myself judge myself less when I am here.”
A, aged 18

Be together

“I feel I am not alone. I mean not only as someone who faces mental health issues of loneliness. But, also now I feel, I don’t have to face it alone.”
R, aged 17

RISE participants have celebrated the following positive changes to their lives:


Improved family relationships


Active engagement with specialist support services


Improved wellbeing


Improved mental health


Improved self esteem


Improved and positive peer relationships

How to join RISE

If you think RISE could help you or a young person you know or work with, please complete a referral form below, or contact Wasu, our Youth Empowerment Manager, to find out more call/text/WhatsApp on 07485 931 201, or email RISE@ch1889.org

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