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Celebrating youth arts in the heart of Deptford...
Since 1982
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
"Developing invaluable skills for our next generation of leaders and trailblazers"


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Youth Arts

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We offer a year-round youth arts programme for all young people including drama, dance and lyrics workshops and events.


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Second Wave is an active member in the community. We are co-founders of the Hate Crime Working Group and run regular community events with schools, colleges, community centres, PRUs, TSG and MPS and local authority.

Creative Leadership

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Our leadership programme offers several pathways for young people to engage with wider community and gain valuable skills.

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Educational Settings

A drama-based outreach programme for schools, colleges and community settings.
Shadow Games is a PSHE resource for KS3 & 4 and a valuable tool for delivering the Prevent Duty for Schools. The project has been recognised nationally in Prevent Success Stories (Oct 2021).
With guidance from PSHE Association and Home Office, Shadow Games delivers across all three core strands: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
The virtual model has reached 6000+ young people across 20+ schools and can be booked flexibly all year round.


About Us

At Second Wave we focus our efforts on strengthening the critical awareness of young people themselves – allowing them to arrive, in their own ways, at a balanced view of complex issues – and using drama-based skills to achieve this. Our youth-led outreach work includes: workshops, performances, community forums and debates which explore the power of ideas and the language.

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"I just wanted to drop you a line to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the show on Saturday, it was great to see the three DG students in something outside school and to see how their confidence has really grown. I brought my two boys with me and one of them is very keen to join now too in the autumn. The work you do at Second Wave is fabulous, bravo!!"
Ian Paish, Teacher, Deptford Green
"Brilliant! A lot of youth are under peer pressure and some are lacking confidence. The themes of the play were very relevant to young people. Young people gain self esteem, leadership, empowerment and experience here."
Jasmin Bowen, audience member
"We enjoyed the whole play very much. The themes were very relevant. I think young people gain skills at Second Wave: like communicating, self confidence, working as a team, listening, acting and its character building."
G. Muchia, audience member.
"Shadow Games was fabulous. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and having the material online meant that we could target lots of students. The way that the material was presented was really impressive and interactivty was excellent. Good performance and hot seating. Our students really gained from the classroom discussion."
Mary O'Brien, Deputy Headteacher, Langdon Park School

Support Us

As an independent charity, Second Wave raises income to support an ongoing programme of work with young people. Please consider donating to us, to support our work.

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