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Stronger Together
Second Wave Youth Arts believes that only by working together can we support our young people and communities.

About Us

Based in the heart of Deptford, SE London - for 40 years Second Wave has been empowering young people to speak truth to power and affect change in their communities.

In June 2021, we received the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for the contributions our volunteers make to youth arts, community engagement and social justice benefits in Lewisham.

We are pleased to accept this award on behalf of our young volunteers, members, staff and partners who have helped us to deliver our work with young people in the community.

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Hate Crime Working Group

We are co-founders for Lewisham's Hate Crime Awareness Group - established over 14 years ago.

We work closely with our partners in Lewisham Council, SEBCU Police, TSG officers, Lewisham VAWG Forum, Young Women’s Hub and other PRUs, local schools and colleges and Greenwich University on practice-based research in mitigating hate crime.

By bringing together all members of the community, we can make Lewisham a safer space.

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Young women's work

We work closely and long-term with local young women to challenge abuse and violence faced by young women. We offer creative, safe and fun space where young women can build solidarity and resilience and learn new skills. We want to lower barriers and offer safe space with skilled female facilitators bringing a range of drama, film, media and advocacy workshops.

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Shadow Games

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).
The virtual model has reached 6000+ young people across 20+ schools and can be booked flexibly all year round.

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"Second Wave provides excellent, award-winning education and youth arts programmes... making a significant, unique contribution to community engagement and social justice, and influencing local, London-wide and international best practice in youth arts engagement."

- Prof. Jill Jameson, University of Greenwich

"I come to Second Wave to learn."

- Ahenkora Bediako, MPS Specialist Crime Unit

What we have achieved

Over the years Second Wave has been honoured with numerous awards.
In June 2021, Second Wave received the Queen’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 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.

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Mailing List

Young people can join our mailing list to stay updated with our programme. Professionals can fill this form on behalf of young people they know, or send us an email.

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Please tell us your name and contact details and what you are interested in. If you are writing on behalf a of a young person, please also include your own contact details.


Look out for our welcome email + phone call. If you dont receive it in some time, be sure to check your spam. You can always call us too on 020 8694 2444 or text / WhatsApp us on 07943 201307.

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