Photo of Lewisham Link-up attendees including Bellingham Police's PC Ciaran

Lewisham Link-Up showcases talent of young people in our community

Updated: 22 July 2019 at 09:30am

The first ever event in Lewisham for young people organised by young people saw teenagers from across the borough take part in coding workshops, spoken word performances and music production.

Lewisham Link-Up was organised by our youth group of 16-25-year-olds who wanted to celebrate the creative talent and potential of young people in the borough.

On Saturday 20 July, 11-16-year-olds were invited to attend a free festival of arts and performances that would be a safe space to meet other young people and for them to express themselves.

Attendees enjoyed music, a performance from the Lewisham Youth Theatre, scrap-styling workshops and opportunities to talk about their hopes and aspirations.

Seda Gurbuz, a student at Goldsmiths University, helped organise the event and said: “We as young people really want to make our voices heard as loud as possible. This event is for 11-16-year-olds to come down and experience real community.”

The event was funded by Phoenix following a competitive pitch from our youth group, who wanted to create a safe space for young people in the community to express themselves.

Jim Ripley, Chief Executive of Phoenix Community Housing, said: “We believe in our community and we believe in Lewisham’s young people. As one of the few resident-led housing associations in the UK, we know that the best placed people to make a change in their community are those who live in it – and based on the incredible young people who made Lewisham Link-Up happen, we know our community will be in very good hands.”

16-25-year-olds interested in joining the youth group are being encouraged to join to have a say in how it goes forward. Their views will see opportunities to take part and organise cultural events and have a say in decisions in the resident-led housing association, with members of the group having attended meetings of Phoenix’s Board previously.

If you’re 16-25-years-old and live in south Lewisham, why not be part of the change? Contact us to find out more.