Youth Programme

The Youth Centre at Coram’s Fields is a safe space for young people 8 – 19, to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship and recognition. Young people progress into adulthood equipped to manage the challenges ahead of them and have meaningful relationships with their community and have broader horizons.

Support from the Youth Programme provides young people with an increased self-awareness of their behaviour, thoughts and feelings and impact on others. It provides diversion from gang activity and culture and a better social support network young people who become more able to take up opportunities.

We are currently running:

Monday: Triage Support (no appointment necessary opportunity to ask for help with anything)
Tuesday: Targeted outreach and 1:1 appointments
Thursday: Schoolwork and homework support
Friday: Virtual Pan Arts Drama Session

Virtual Employability Support available throughout the week

Our current schedule in the Youth Programme.

During the pandemic, Comic Relief and the KFC Foundation came down to Coram’s Fields to check on how we’ve been adapting our work with young people in response to COVID-19. The following clip captures what our young people had to say.

Red Nose Day 2021 Feature: Hear from the young people

Our dedicated projects, services and activities:

Drop-in sessions – Running 3 days per week, our open access drop-in sessions include a mixture social activities such as pool, table tennis and computer games. Here, young people can interact with their peers, and get to know our team or Youth Workers.

Music – Our AQA Unit Award and Arts Award accredited music programme is run out of our music studio on site; featuring a recording booth, latest Apple computers and a collection of other equipment. Our Music Studio is available to be booked 1:1 during drop-in sessions and during the day to work on projects.

Arts and drama – We are fortunate to have a dedicated Arts Room with facilities to draw, paint, craft and express yourself. Art features heavily in our Girl’s Group and Generations classes!

Cooking – Delivered to small groups in-line with National Youth Agency guidance on the ground floor, with 3 workstations, each featuring their own hob, ingredients and utensils.

Girl’s Group – Run weekly by a dedicated member of staff, featuring a mix of art, cooking and holistic support. Our activities are self-selected by our young people, ensuring there is something for everyone!

Employability – Our dedicated employability sessions are available twice per week as part of drop-in sessions. Young people can access vital support from CV and interview advice to careers support. Our partnerships across the local community ensure our young people have access to mentorships, training, and entry level work.  It is designed to equip participants with the skills knowledge and experience to seek work and eventually progress into a career. The scheme works alongside several different industries; law, media, hospitality, finance and many more.

Hear from Christianah in our video as she talks about our Employability Project.

Homework support – Available face-to-face every Thursday throughout lockdown.

Mentoring – Intensive support for young men at-risk of youth violence available 1:1 with our Senior Youth Worker.

Outreach – An embedded part of our programme includes detached youth work, prior to the pandemic this would include spending time on local housing estates where high levels of anti-social behaviour amongst young people is reported. It can also include spending time in local parks or other areas young people are known to spend time away from the Youth Centre, during the pandemic this has been more targeted and involved meeting young people 1:1 or in small groups in places they feel comfortable. We have adapted music, employability and fitness sessions to an outdoor delivery model where weather permits by using two bicycles and trailers to transport any equipment.

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Trips – Our trips are now back on and we look forward to all of our amazing trips including paintballing, go karting, ice skating, rock climbing, canoeing and white water rafting.

Coram’s Fields remains the lead VCS partner on Project 10-10, a partnership with Camden and Islington NHS Trust and Camden Council to provide mental health support to young people who are impacted by youth violence in Camden and Islington. For more information, click here.

The quality of our Youth Programme has been recognised frequently:

-London Youth Awards: Social Action Award Winner 2018 (Homelessness Project)
-Camden Youth Awards: Best Practice Award Winner in Health and Wellbeing 2018 (Project 10-10)
-Camden Youth Awards: Best Practice Award Winner for Young People’s Partnership 2019 (South Camden Together partnership with KCBNA and STCA)
-Our Youth Programme Manager Daniel, and our young person Sheldon, were both recognised in the 12 Heroes of Camden campaign in 2020

Our Supporters

Our Youth Programme is funded entirely through grants. Thank you to all of our incredible supporters who make our work possible, and thank you for standing up for young people. Read why our funders choose to support Coram’s Fields!

Youth Music are pleased to support Coram’s Fields Youth Music programme, which provides opportunities to young people from Camden and Islington and nurtures their musical, personal and social development.
In partnership with the KFC Foundation, Comic Relief has been funding Coram’s Fields Inner Strength project because it puts the needs of young men at the heart of the provision of specialised mental health support.
Many young people are floundering as a result of the disruption caused by the pandemic. Some have given up entirely, feeling that they have no future. The Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust exists in part, to help disadvantaged young people to achieve their potential. Coram's Fields provides a life-line through their Youth Centre and mentoring programmes to help keep these young people on the right track. Their expertise in providing support, both actual and virtual, is vital in these difficult times, which is why Tom's Trust has no hesitation in giving financial backing to Coram's Fields.
We are proud to support the vital work of Coram’s Fields Youth Programme. It plays a vital role in the community and changes lives for the better. Coram’s Fields Girls Group gives young women a safe space to build self-confidence and new skills. During Covid, it has been an indispensable source of both practical and emotional support.
Coram’s Fields are right in the ‘sweet spot’ for the William Wates Memorial Trust. They have great people and are deeply embedded in their local community. These are the foundation stones for high impact work with young people in need of support.
If you want to help provide vital support for local young people, please get in touch with our Fundraising Manager, Victoria Lewis, on victoria@coramsfields.org.uk.
If you have any questions please contact Daniel Jourdan, our Youth Programme Manager on 0203 598 1254 and daniel@coramsfields.org.uk