I’ll never be ‘street’ or ‘cool’ but I know one young lady who certainly fits the cool moniker.
One of many privileges I have these days is to be both chair of the trustees of a fantastic youth and community charity near where I live and a volunteer there. It is the
STREATHAM YOUTH AND COMMUNITY TRUST
Some will know it as the recipient of the proceeds of my first book – every penny spent by people buying it will go there so another reason to buy.
Here’s a link to the charity. Here’s what it says about itself
Streatham Youth and Community Trust (SYCT) provides high quality youth services and facilities to the young people of Streatham as well as outlying areas.
SYCT meets the needs of the local community through the provision of a wide range of activities focusing on education and training, personal development, support for disadvantaged groups, sport and the arts.
We are a dedicated, full time provider of youth services in our area.
You may not know Streatham. It is part of the London Borough of Lambeth and is not a glamorous part of London. But it is ethnically diverse, vibrant, difficult, run down, lively, happy and angry, open minded and challenged in every way. Lambeth is not rich, not an easy place to live, especially if you are young. In this study on poverty indicators, Lambeth is in the top 8 for unemployment (as well as suffering in a number of other areas)
SYCT does a great job trying to address some of these problems and to do that it needs a fantastic team. Both Angie, the chief executive and Mark, the principal youth worker are excellent people to work with, experienced and knowledgeable. But today I want to highlight one of our young team members, Sophie Manzi. Sophie is 19 and works on various programmes bringing some hope to the young people who use our club and take advantage of its facilities.
She works, like all our people, in the background mostly, but once in a while some recognition reaches these corners and sheds a little light on a worthy subject.
That little light is an award by the Mercer’s Company that
recognises the achievements of three young volunteers for their contributions to developing sport in youth clubs
Sophie won. Here are the details. It was against a lot of competition from around London. We think it is well deserved. I hope you do too. It’s helping children of all ages get some confidence, self respect, fun and hope. So as you read this, please take your hands away from your keypad and give her a round of applause.
Well Done Sophie!!