The Trustees and Managing Director of Young Lambeth Coop request the pleasure of your company at a canapé reception to introduce our shared vision for Lambeth's youth and play services, together with a select panel of young people from our membership
Thursday 20th October
(run by students from Lambeth College)
45 Clapham Common, Southside SW4 9BL
18.00 to 19:30 (arrival from 17.30)
Dress code: Business / Casual
Please RSVP to Laura Bassett on email@example.com
07969 207669 or 020 7884 5584
I am delighted to invite you and a guest to a reception on Thursday 20 October at the SW4 Restaurant to introduce you to our shared vision for youth and play services in Lambeth.
Young Lambeth Coop was established by Lambeth Council and the community to give young people a greater say in how youth and play services are run and funded. Together we are now embarking on transformational change. On the evening you will learn about our exciting shared vision and how you can get involved. This is not a fundraising event; it is a chance to expand our network of like-minded individuals who care about helping children and young people in Lambeth to have the best start in life so that they can go on to become the leaders, influencers and employers of the future.
On behalf of the Trustees and Managing Director of Young Lambeth Cooperative, I look forward to welcoming you to this very special event.
PS: As expanding our network is the purpose of this event, I encourage you to bring a friend, family member, colleague, or other contact who you think might be interested in learning more. Please include their details in your RSVP or let Laura know their details and she would be pleased to invite them on your behalf.
ABOUT YOUR HOST - RICHARD PARKES
As Managing Director of the Young Lambeth Coop (YLC), I provide strategic leadership to the YLC team. I joined YLC in 2015 after more than 30 years in local authority and youth work. I know Lambeth well from my time as a youth worker in Lambeth Council from 1998 to 2000 and so have seen the changes in the borough and its effects on young people.
I feel passionately about the role of voluntary and community organisations in supporting young people to increase their community ownership and to achieve their ambitions, and about the importance of genuinely inclusive growth.
My interest in music, theatre and sailing further informs my belief that young people should have a breadth of creative opportunities to develop their interests.
In 2005 I changed direction to a different area of work (still in the field of supporting young people towards success) by founding a talent agency aimed at promoting young musical talent in London before returning to the youth sector in Lambeth.
Engaging with a youth service is a huge opportunity at a critical point in young people’s development, and I believe we have a collective responsibility to listen to young people’s voices and do the very best by them.