“SE1 United is not a conventional youth club […] It’s what the young people have made it. They see it also as a way they themselves can change other people’s lives in the community. It’s been a huge huge benefit to this part of Waterloo.” Kate Hoey, Vauxhall MP.
Last weekend Young people’s charity SE1 United has marked nine years as a youth group with a reception at County Hall on the South Bank.
Sarah Cretch said that the charity was active in Lambeth and Southwark offering young people a programme of events, cultural opportunities, mentoring, training, educational support and travel. However, funding had recently been reduced due to cuts in government and other public grants.
“Our entire programme is delivered in 2011-2012 for £170,000,” said the chair. “It currently costs £200,000 to keep one person under 16 in the criminal justice system. What’s better value?”