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"  


Hi there!
Welcome to Second Wave 👋

We are a youth arts centre in Deptford and all our programmes are FREE for young people aged 11-25 years.
Sessions bring a mix of drama games, acting, devising, song writing, music, film, photography, writing and media. 🎭 🎤 🎥 🥳 We also offer work experience, volunteering, traineeships, production, events and outreach project.
Just scroll down to find what's on or get in touch with us to tell us about you. See you soon!

For schools & colleges

Free Workshops for Young People

Fusion for 11-16 yrs
Saturdays 12 - 2pm from Sat 4 May - 20 July
Drama games and confidence building

A fun and friendly group, Saturday Fusion is a great way to develop your skills and confidence.
No experience needed and new people are always welcome.
Summer term workshops start on Sat 4 May 2024 and run every Saturday until 20 July.

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Underground for 14-18 yrs
Saturdays 3-5pm from Sat 11 May - 20 July
Performance skills and Writing

Gain new skills in acting, writing, lyrics, music and performance.
No experience needed and new people are always welcome.
Summer term workshops start on Sat 11 May 2024 and run every Saturday until 20 July.

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Creative Leadership

Work Experience
Develop your creativity, confidence and event skills
Saturday 18 - 25 May 2024

Get in touch or ask your school, college or university to contact hena@secondwave.org.uk.
Learn what happens behind the scenes in community arts settings.
Meet different members of the team and discover career opportunities and connect with current projects.

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Changemakers: Young Volunteers
Developing your leadership skills and potential
Starts 27 April on Weds, Thurs and Sats 2024

Discover your voice and engage positively in your community.
Support your peers and build your skills and CV.
Expenses provided.

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Critical Encounters Workshops
Learn how to manage conflict and reduce violence
Every month starting 25 April 2024

Take part in workshops with police officers where young people set the agenda.
Use your creative skills to manage conflict.
Sharpen your critical skills, learn your rights and support young people in the community.

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Coming Up

Can You Hear Us?
Sat 29 June 12:30pm - 5pm

A young woman and her friends are facing threats and intimidation. What can they do to protect themselves without making things worse? Second Wave’s short drama presentation, devised and created by young actors, will include ‘hot seating’ the characters to encourage the audience to ask questions and open up a discussion.

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Our Performance Event
Sat 20 July 2024

Like to help out as event crew? Interested in performing at our events? Get in touch to find our more. All young people welcome.

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More About Us

Our Purpose

Our programmes are designed by young people, for young people.
We believe that young people need a person-centred approach to bring out their strengths and build their resilience. We also believe that placing young people at the heart of decision-making is one of the best ways for our communities to learn and grow together.
Find out more about our practice.

Community Partners

Second Wave is an active member in the community, placing young people at the heart of change.
We work in close partnership with those who have influence over young people's lives with a view to building trust and improving relationships so that young people feel heard and valued.
Thier creative work is always followed up with discussions and debates with a mixed audience.
Find out more about our partnership approach.

Our Legacy

Second Wave has been placing youth voices in the heart of local decision making for over 40 years.
We have extensive experience in supporting young artists, creating new materials, working with educational settings to deliver youth-led workshops, and developing youth-centred dialogue and practice.
Find out more about our legacy.


Support Our Work


We know that these are difficult times and we are working tirelessly to ensure young people have access to high-quality arts provision. All your contributions will go directly into keeping our venue and programmes by the youth for the youth.

Get in touch

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If you’d like to speak to someone, please call 020 8694 2444. Alternatively, please use the contact form below.
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