Southwark

Southwark is recognized as one of the most financially challenged boroughs in Inner London and is home to the Aylesbury Estate: "one of the most notorious estates in the United Kingdom".

With the philanthropic support of the Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund, Positive View has launched its Youth Empowerment Programme on Southwark’s notorious Aylesbury Estate.

When the estate was built it was thought of as a “great place to live”, but over the years its reputation has plummeted. The estate contains 2,704 dwellings and was built between 1963 and 1977. There are approximately 7,500 residents, spread over a number of different blocks. Recently, major problems with the physical buildings and the poor perception of the estate has led to the Aylesbury Estate gaining the title of “the largest public housing estate in Europe”.

For the large number of disadvantaged young people living on the estate, life is extremely tough. Crime is rife and gang membership is almost obligatory.

It is these young people Positive View will be additionally supporting during 2019.