The Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey has been reaching out to young people in inner city London for over a hundred years.

Salmon’s youth work model is based on the foundation of “open access” for all young people. Our multi-purpose facilities and our skilled staff members provide a safe place and purpose for young people from the ages of six to 24.

We support young people's transition to adulthood
Salmon membership is free and once the young people are in, we work to promote positive change in them and support their transition to adulthood in three key ways:

  1. Improving Young People's Health & Wellbeing and encouraging a continuous development of healthy eating habits and lifestyle;
  2. Involving Young People in Positive Community Engagement through boosting their volunteering activities and political and spiritual awareness, increasing their ability to relate to others in the wider society;
  3. Preparing Young People for Education and Work with the overall aim of improving their educational attainent, providing access to relevant training opportunities and supporting them in gaining meaningful employment.

Good relationships are key
In order to achieve these three key objectives, we concentrate on building good relationships with young people through various activities. We undertake over 32 sessions and 60 mentoring relationships a week and we run 60 day trips and 10 residentials a year.

Our programme includes children and youth work (6-9s, 10-13s and 14+) in sports, adventure, drama, dance and music, as well as detached youth work, outreach, mentoring, working with young people with disability, providing prison after-care support, assisting with school work, and carrying out group and one-to-one work.

Building good relationships opens the door to provide support to young people – especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged – in their personal lives, whether by dealing with challenging behaviours or intervening in the crisis situations and multi-faceted issues these young people often face. 

You can read more about our organisation here.

“… I am proud to have supported the hard work of the Salmon Youth Centre, it is an important hub for the local residents, and I hope it will remain so for many years to come.” Boris Johnson, Mayor of London


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Tel: 020 7237 3788 

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