Tuesday 13 March, 2018
The Goldsmiths’ Company and London Youth
The Goldsmiths' Company's association with London Youth first began after the Second World War, with a gift of Woodrow High House to the organisation. To mark this long standing association, Prime Warden Judith Cobham Lowe and Charity Staff visited Woodrow High House in February.
In more recent years, the Goldsmiths' Company Charity has contributed to the 2011-14 Wonderful Woodrow appeal to safeguard the fabric of the House for future generations; and in 2016-17 and 2017-18 to their membership development function, quality assuring community youth organisations and enabling small local projects to benefit from London Youth membership.
London Youth is a growing, thriving network of 330 youth organisations serving young people in communities across London. During evenings, weekends and school holidays, members offer opportunities for young people to develop across every London borough.
Their aim is that all young Londoners grow up healthily, are able to navigate a fulfilling career and make a positive contribution in their communities. Working with and through their network, London Youth delivers community based programmes focused on sports, social action, the arts, and employability. They also provide out-of-town outdoor education opportunities at our two residential centres – Woodrow High House and Hindleap Warren. They help thousands of young Londoners engage in out of school opportunities every year - giving them the confidence, resilience and leadership skills to become successful adults.
London Youth works with all young people, especially those who would not normally have access to the kind of opportunities they offer. Over 60% of their members are located in the 30% most economically deprived areas.
Woodrow High House
The Goldsmiths’ Company for donated Woodrow High House to London Youth (then the Federation of London Boy’s Clubs) in 1945.
Woodrow is London Youth's residential centre in the Chiltern Hills, providing memorable learning experiences for young people from local schools, community groups, London Youth member youth organisations, and organisations supporting young people with disabilities. In the last 12 months 7,744 young people have developed their confidence, resilience and relationship skills through the outdoor adventure and team-building programmes at Woodrow. And every term over 900 local children benefitted from swimming lessons in the Woodrow Sports Centre – where they delivered 3,956 lessons in total.