Lambeth

They say when you reach the bottom the only way is up.

That’s not true on the Somerleyton Estate in Brixton. With more than half the residents living in dire poverty, it’s more a case of when you reach the bottom, you stay there! How could it be otherwise on an estate The Department for Communities and Local Government classify as ‘extremely deprived’ and among the 10% most deprived areas in the entire country. Small wonder the Metropolitan Police give it the most serious classification of ‘red’ on their Gangs Matrix.

You might think it’s the last place we would want to work. In fact it was the first and it continues to be the focus of our efforts because, quite simply, it is where the greatest need is.

However, Somerleyton is not the only Inner London estate battling against problem of deprivation and despair.  That’s why as part of our strategic growth, from January 2018 we launched our Youth Empowerment Programme on the Churchill Estate in Westminster, and from 2019 the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark.

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