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Second Wave Youth Arts can only fulfill its important mission with the support of people like you.

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.

We are pleased to accept the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of our young volunteers, members, staff and partners who have helped us to deliver our work with young people in the community.


"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

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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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