Support SE1 United! In its 9th year and doing amazing work with young people in Southwark

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?”

Read the article on the London SE1 site, visit their website here, and support them at


4th Annual Flipside Youth Film Festival

This year there are screenings taking place all over London over a 4 separate days. All screenings are free, un-ticketed and open to all.

The Opening Gala Screening at the Old Blockbusters Video Store, Catford on Thursday 24th May from 8pm.
Rioted Blockbusters Becomes Screening Site for Youth Films “From Destructive to Constructive” window screening until 27th May.

BFI Southbank, NFT 3, on Thursday 31st May from 2pm-3.30pm.
Prize giving to all 10 shortlisted entries on this day will be followed by some refreshments in foyer.

The Cinema Museum, Kennington on 2nd June from 2pm-3.30pm.
Contemporary screening set amongst the memorabilia from the glory days of film.

Closing Gala Screening at the HOrse Hospital, Russell Sq on Saturday 9th June from 7.30-10.30pm.
Lively closing event, screening the festival programme and accompanied by music and a bar in an avant grade arts space.

REBELS WITH A CAUSE…? Young people in contemporary society

Public forum with Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh, Live Magazine editor Celeste Houlker and Natalie Ross from the Prince’s Trust.

The speakers address crises and new challenges facing young people today

Organised by Southwark Cathedral‘s Justice and Development Group.

Rebels with a Cause? at Southwark Cathedral

Thursday 3rd May


Garry Weston Library, Southwark Cathedral

London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA

Now the spring is here, just so you know…

… about Mint Street Adventure Playground!

Within the boundaries of Mint Street Park, and just off Southwark Bridge Road, the Mint Street Adventure Playground complex consists of a hall with kitchen and toilets, an outdoor adventure playground and a football pitch.

The adventure playground has free opening times for children aged 6 – 15 years, and also runs regular groups for children aged 0 – 5 years, and young people aged 11+.

See the website for more information

One Little Spark: A Pop-Up Exhibition For Southwark

Last Friday saw the grand launch of ‘One Little Spark’, a pop-up shop on East Street Market that is being stocked an run by young people from the area. As Sam F describes it over on londonist  they are “showing and selling work inspired by the surrounding area and created by local young people … it is a testament to what a group of young people can achieve in a very limited time with a very limited budget”

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The building is owned by Peabody, and creation trust have also been involved, along with Southwark Council, but it is clearly the efforts and direction of the young people involved that have made this happen.

One Little Spark is on 57 – 59 East Street, SE17 2DJ, and will be open until Sunday 25th March.

Every Sunday is a ‘meet the artists’ day, when local people are encouraged to come in and meet the people involved, and to talk about the area – what people value, what people want to change, and hopefully will encourage some discussion.

17 – 21 and Interested in Arts and Events Management?

Southbank Centre’s Training Academy has teamed up with SE1 United and E4 Udderbelly to set up this training scheme in arts and events management. Gain skills whilst helping co-ordinate and run up-and-coming events at the Southbank Centre with E4! Applicants must be between 17 and 21 and living in Southwark and Lambeth. Contact for more info, deadline 9th March!