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
About Second Wave's youth-led practice to bring change
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.

Visiting MP Vicky Foxtrot 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 create a safe space and address issues around under-representation in the arts for young women.
In the 90s, we registered as a charity and expanded our mission to support all young people barriers around creative arts.
Over the last 40 years, Second Wave has commisioned new writers, produced original plays, developed bespoke accreditation, toured extensively, build ground-breaking partnerships and more - all while placing youth voices in the heart of local decision making.
We are currently curating our archive contents and look forward to sharing our history with public.
If you are an alumni or supporter of Second Wave, and would like to share your stories with us, please consider getting in touch.

Playread for 'England is de place for me'
Our Trustees
Second Wave is registered charity and we are governed by a board of trustees.
Cheryl Brown
Natasha Matthews
Naomi Gregory
Dana Pinto
Dimples Vadher
Mary-Anne Bamfo
Denise Dickenson
Nickesha Grant
Receiving King's Award
At Second Wave AGM
Community safety event
Representing youth voices
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


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.

Support Our Work

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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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