Youth Support

Our goals

One of our key aims is to inform and change policy that makes a difference to young people and the voluntary sector at a local, regional and national level.

We do this by providing policy information and evaluation for its members on issues that affect young people and the organisations that work with them. It also works with its members to create policy positions on behalf of the community youth sector, whether proactively or in response to government consultations.

The current work areas include:

  • Education, employment and training
  • Youth justice
  • Volunteering and positive activities
  • Local strategic arrangements
  • Safeguarding and child protection

See the policy topics section for a full list of policy areas covered, to access briefing papers, consultation responses and position statements. See the resources page for case studies and research by our members which provide evidence of the impact and value of youth work and voluntary and community youth organisations.

Our team also runs various events and seminars on current policy issues.


Richmond has a number of outdoor areas, most notably Richmond Park, making it a great place for young people to have fun.

Richmond has for hundreds of years been a favourite location for royalty, the rich and famous. Richmond lies 15 miles outside of central London but a fast train from Waterloo gets you there in 15 minutes.

When you get there you will be in a new world. The River Thames runs through the centre of the borough for 21 miles joining Hampton Court Palace, the town centre and Kew Gardens with the centre of London. With stunning Royal parks and ancient houses, theatres and galleries rich with exhibits, and town centres full of shops and restaurants, Richmond upon Thames competes with anywhere in London.

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Youth Support

Our goal is to work with our members in voluntary and community organisations to create thriving communities and sustainable networks that enable all young people achieve their potential.

Are you a motivated young person who wants to develop their career and experience with young people? Then we have an exciting part time role for you! We are looking for young people of college leaving age from the Richmond and south-west London area.

Supportive environment

This is a youth project providing a safe supportive environment for local young people to meet new friends, become aware of their community, get involved in community projects or just relax of the streets and keep out of trouble.

Three young people work every night as mentors/staff, which involves serving food and drinks, looking after the I.T centre, ensuring the rules are followed and being there to support the users.

There are also parties organised and hosted at Halloween, Christmas, Easter and New Year.


The café has a regular attendance of around 15 to 30 young people per night who while enjoying the environment, are participating in stealth learning, whether that is I.T skills, working with others or general soft skills.

There is a concerted effort to build on team work and negotiating skills of all who attend by small tasks such as deciding on time limits and sharing of facilities being set by the workers for users

There is also a peer-mentoring program running alongside the befriending scheme which aim to build the capacity of young people’s social skills and broaden their awareness of external networks, how there accessed and there benefits.

The befriending scheme helps to make new users feel safe and welcome to the venue.

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