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Selby Centre Congolese Group Hosting Challenge Events with London Youth


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Selby Centre Congolese Group Hosting Challenge Events with London Youth

The Selby Trust1 will be hosting a series of events for 16-17yr olds starting this week as part of The Challenge Network2 with young people from the Selby Centre-based Congo Empowerment Action3 and London Youth4. 

Hosted at the Selby Centre in Tottenham, the events will begin with a skill-sharing visit on the 1st and 2nd August where the two groups aged 13-17yrs will exchange skills in Media Production and Dance. 

The event will be attended by representatives of Positive Youth News Haringey as a key example of young people coming together to make a difference in their community. 

Films created by both groups will be promoted by the Selby Trust and Congo Empowerment Action to raise awareness of the place of young people as a driving force in local entrepreneurship and leadership.

The young people will return to learn more about the projects and work of the Selby centre and partners through a sponsorship visit on the 5th August and enjoy a chance to watch the films they’ve produced the week before. The groups will then have an opportunity to raise crucial funds for the Centre’s Global Garden-Global Kitchen Project as part of the Challenge BIG walk in August from Victoria to Manor House. Across the city, the young people will be ‘capturing’ smiles and tweeting their progress to help transform our community site into an inclusive multicultural food growing area with raised beds and terracing.   

Up to 60 young people will then end the summer with a range of practical activities in the Global Garden - Global Kitchen, Wood Works Wonders and Community Energy Lab projects at the Selby centre in the first weeks of September5. 

Summer events with London Youth and Congolese Empowerment Action will bring together young people from different backgrounds to access skills and confidence they wouldn’t normally reach.  

Completing The Challenge means that young people are more prepared for life after college while gaining recognition for their talents and contribution to the community.

By getting involved in youth activities as part a vibrant BME Community at the Centre in Tottenham the young people will further learn about the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills in film and media from a successful youth leadership programme run by Congolese Empowerment Action and the Selby Trust. 


Selby Centre is a major community resource in the heart of Tottenham. It is located in an area of high deprivation, bringing together a rich mix of individuals and organisations, primarily from BME, refugee and other historically excluded communities in Tottenham, Haringey, North London and beyond. 

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James Smith

Communications and Outreach Officer

Selby Centre 

Selby Road 

London N17 8JL 

Tel:  0208 885 5499 

Fax: 0208 493 8517

Notes to editors

• (1) The Selby Trust provides a range of community-led services, including facilities management, under the banner of "Many Cultures, One Community". It manages the Selby Centre - probably the second largest community centre in England and Wales. 

• (2) The Challenge is a National Citizen Service programme run in close association with Youth groups and community organisations across the country to provide a unique and exciting summer programme for 16-17yr olds in the summer after exams. The Challenge begins with 3 challenges over 15 days and is followed by 4 social action days in September and Autumn focussing on inspiring young people with confidence, team working and skills for the future. Find out more at

• (3) 

• (4) London Youth supports over 400 diverse community organisations across London. 

Working with more than 75,000 young Londoners, London Youth delivers programmes with and through this network in every London borough and in two learning centres. Find out more at 

• (5) For full dates and details please see the table below, provided by London Youth: 

What When Who with What’s involved

Media/Dance skill sharing visit Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd of August (approx. 1.30-2.30pm)

  Selby Trust and youth groups from London Youth and Congolese EmpAct 12 young people (+2 mentors) from The Challenge will coach dance to their peers from Congolese Empowerment Action and learn how to film and use media. 

Sponsorship Visit Monday 5th of August (approx. 11.30am-12.30pm) Selby Trust and youth groups from London Youth and Congolese EmpAct 12 young people (+2 mentors) will come to find out more about work that goes on at Selby Centre and the community groups that use the centre. The objective is to give young people a better idea about the contributions they could make to Selby Centre by volunteering and fundraising over the summer. 

Volunteering Day Sunday 8th of September 11am-4pm Selby Trust and youth groups from London Youth and Congolese EmpAct 12 young people (+1 mentor) will come to volunteer at the centre on a range of activities including wood working and gardening for the Global Garden, Global Kitchen Project. 

Big Challenge Saturday 29thand/or Sunday 30thof September 11am-4pm Selby Trust and youth groups from London Youth and Congolese EmpAct 60 young people (+8 mentors) will be available to help with decorating/gardening/clearing as part of a BIG volunteer day at the Selby Centre. 

• The Selby Centre is a £1m social enterprise operation based in Tottenham, Haringey and is a success story against the odds: almost 80% of its income is self-generated from incubating and supporting social enterprises that hire out community facilities at the Selby Centre at affordable rates. 

• The organisations at the Selby Centre read like a checklist of the government’s Big Society agenda: providing citizenship and employability training for the local Somali community; social care providers for vulnerable people; training organisations aimed at helping ex-offenders, young people without work, the long-term unemployed; and job support agencies working with those who are hardest to reach. There is also a developing plan for a free school. 

• In 2010, Selby Trust was listed in RBS’s UK Top 100 Social Enterprise Index for growth and in November 2012, the Selby Trust was awarded the Social Enterprise Mark as a result of dedication to improving the community and our fast growing Green Hub - incubating on-site enterprises Wood Works Wonders, The Community Energy Lab and fundraising for the Global Garden, Global Kitchen Project with partners Spacehive.  

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