About Us

Second Wave empowers young people's creativity and activism through engaging young people as performers, writers, lyricists and technicians - developing new productions and youth-led creative outreach projects in the community.

Our Values
Second Wave's Youth Led Practice
Second Wave Youth Arts

First Floor, Deptford Mission Building
1 Creek Road
Deptford, SE8 3BT
Phone: 020 8694 2444
Email: info@secondwave.org.uk
Registered charity number: 1024836
Company number: 2841537

Our Purpose

Second Wave empowers young people's creativity and activism through engaging young people as performers, writers, lyricists and technicians - developing new productions and youth-led creative outreach projects in the community.
A registered charity, Second Wave has been working with young people and developing new plays for young audiences since 1982. The company has developed the careers of many young writers, performers and educators.
As an independent charity, Second Wave raises income to support an ongoing programme of work with young people.

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Visiting MP Vicky Foxcroft in Parliament
Our Impact

In June 2021, Second Wave received the King’s Award for Voluntary Service for the work of our young volunteers.
In 2015, Second Wave’s Community Development Worker was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of ground-breaking work to build trust between young people, the police and the wider community.
In 2024, Second Wave's Jessica Davey was awarded a BEM for her work in supporting young people.
Young leaders from Second Wave have been invited to the House of Lords to contribute to policy debates around policing of young adults.
In 2023, they visited our local MP Vicky Foxtrot in Parliament to discuss issues of importance for young people. In 2014, Second Wave was nominated for the Mayor of London Peace Awards for youth engagement addressing the growing issue of knife crime.
In 2007, a Metropolitan Police Service Commendation was awarded to Second Wave for services to young people and the wider community.
The University of Greenwich is currently working with Second Wave on a research project examining our model of creative leadership practice.

Our Legacy
40 years of Youth Led Practice

Second Wave was established in 1982 by a group of local young women to address the under-representation of working-class young women in the arts. They created a series of innovative programmes which strengthened young women's participation in the arts as performers, playwrights, musicians, and producers.

In the 1990s, Second Wave registered as a charity, expanding its mission by creating programmes for both young men and young women which challenged under-representation, and supported their wider creative ambitions.

Over the last 40 years, Second Wave has commissioned new writers, produced original plays, films and anthologies, developed bespoke accreditation, toured extensively, developed ground-breaking partnerships, placing youth voices at the heart of decision-making.

Members of Second Wave are curating a wide range of archive materials to share this history with the public. This includes a series of podcasts, play-readings, outreach workshops, exhibitions plus an online gallery of remarkable photographs detailing our history over the last 40 years.

If you are an alumni or supporter of Second Wave, and would like to share your stories with us, please consider getting in touch.

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Second Wave Writers:
Children of the Windrush Generation

Second Wave Team

Our Trustees
Second Wave is registered charity and we are governed by a board of trustees.
Cheryl
Cheryl Brown (Chair)
Natashan
Natasha Matthews (Treasurer)
Dana
Dana Pinto (Vice Chair)
Mary-Anne
Mary-Anne Bamfo
Denise
Denise Dickenson
Naomi
Naomi McConnachie Gregory
Nickesha
Nickesha Grant
Dimples
Dimples Vadher
Our Trustees
Second Wave is registered charity and we are governed by a board of trustees.
Our Trainee Workshop Leaders
We run a youth trainee programme for young people who are interested in developing their skills in facilitation and youth work
Anthony
Anthony Matondo
Precious
Precious Garuba
Peace
Peace Ejedenawe
Josh
Josh Megbo
Sia
Sia Musa
Our Trainee Workshop Leaders
We run a youth trainee programme for young people who are interested in developing their skills in facilitation and youth work
Our Youth Arts Facilitators
Jessica
Jessica Davey BEM
Safi
Safi Koffi
Kareem
Kareem Harris
Evan
Evan Likound
Asiya
Asiya Belaidi
Devane
Devane Boyd
Femi
Femi Wilhelm
Timothee
Timothee Kayembe
Tagz
Tagz Chambers
Our Youth Arts Facilitators
Our Senior Practitioners
JB
JB Rose
Hannah
Hannah Griffiths
Tamsin
Tamsin Kayembe
Angela
Angela Ekaette Michaels
Our Senior Practitioners
Other Staff Members
Following members support day-to-day running of the Centre:

  • Janay Mwanza, Programme Administrator
  • Hena Chowdhury, Projects Manager
  • Ann Considine, Artistic Director
  • Phil Turner, Community Development
  • Carrie Harvey, Associate Researcher
  • Jamie Pickard, Finance & Accounting
Janay
Janay Mwanza
Hena
Hena Chowdhury
Ann
Ann Considine
Phil
Phil Turner BEM
Carrie
Carrie Harvey
Other Staff Members
Following members support day-to-day running of the Centre:

  • Janay Mwanza, Programme Administrator
  • Hena Chowdhury, Projects Manager
  • Ann Considine, Artistic Director
  • Phil Turner, Community Development
  • Carrie Harvey, Associate Researcher
  • Jamie Pickard, Finance & Accounting

Supporters

In Kind Support
Second Wave values the support and advice of the following people:

  • Prof Rosana Pacella, Director of the Institute for Lifecourse Development, University of Greenwich
  • Prof Jill Jameson, Professor of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Greenwich
  • Geeta Subramaniam-Mooney, Director of Environment & Climate Change, London Borough of Hackney
  • DCI Ahenkora Bediako, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Iain Paish, Deputy Head Teacher, Deptford Green Community School, Lewisham
  • Steve Bullock, Deputy Lieutenant, London Borough of Lewisham
  • Caroline Burgess, Designer & Art Therapist
  • Sarah Ainslie, Photographer & Researcher
  • Pete Pitfield, Technical Advisor
  • Heulwen Ostler, Production Advisor
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Prof Rosana Pacella
Prof
Prof Jill Jameson
Geeta
Geeta Subramaniam-Mooney
DCI
DCI Ahenkora Bediako
Iain
Iain Paish
Steve
Steve Bullock
Caroline
Caroline Burgess
Sarah
Sarah Ainslie
Pete
Pete Pitfield
Heulwen
Heulwen Ostler
In Kind Support
Second Wave values the support and advice of the following people:

  • Prof Rosana Pacella, Director of the Institute for Lifecourse Development, University of Greenwich
  • Prof Jill Jameson, Professor of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Greenwich
  • Geeta Subramaniam-Mooney, Director of Environment & Climate Change, London Borough of Hackney
  • DCI Ahenkora Bediako, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Iain Paish, Deputy Head Teacher, Deptford Green Community School, Lewisham
  • Steve Bullock, Deputy Lieutenant, London Borough of Lewisham
  • Caroline Burgess, Designer & Art Therapist
  • Sarah Ainslie, Photographer & Researcher
  • Pete Pitfield, Technical Advisor
  • Heulwen Ostler, Production Advisor

Recognition

King's Award For Voluntary Service

For our contributions to youth arts, education, community engagement and social justice benefits in Lewisham, we were awarded the King's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest honour a charity can receive in UK.
In this video, our volunteers tell you more about the award and what volunteering means to them.

Our policies
Read our policy statements

Second Wave is managed by our trustees and staff who take responsibility for the functioning of our organisation.
We have a set of policies that ensure our participants, staff and volunteers who work with us feel safe and respected. We are committed to taking any and all concerns seriously and seek resolutions to the best of our ability at all stages.
Please click below to see our list of policies around keeping young people and staff safe, data protection and user privacy.

Read our policies
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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.

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