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Fairbridge Estate Youth Committee

Fairbridge Estate Youth Committee

Campaigning for a community centre on the estate.

Project started: Jul 2004

My name is Chanell and I am a part of a youth committee on the Fairbridge Estate.

Around our area there is a lot of youth crime and vandalism. The causes for this are that there is nowhere for them to go and nothing for them to do. This is why I joined Youth Act!, for help and guidance on how to build a community centre.

We already have the planning permission and the Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) are organising other ideas. The only problem is raising these funds. So, myself and the rest of the youth committee want to organise a fun day to raise some funds.

Youth Act! has helped a lot, as we have met other groups and heard their ideas and opinions. We also went on a residential weekend with the groups where we did a lot of sessions. We went away with other ideas and we are moving along organising it all. Youth Act! has been a big help to our committee.

Meeting the other groups was good and we saw what their objectives were. The trainers were good and gave us some information to help us. When we first started Youth Act! we had nothing organised and didn't know how to go about it. Now we've sorted out who's in charge of what, and are writing to companies for donations. We are also getting others involved such as the TRA and other residents.

Chanell, 2004

Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (

This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (, which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime.

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