I joined the NCGS youth forum sometime in January 2008 because I believed that I had some ideas that could be used postively through Norwood community Group Services. Since I joined the youth forum it has helped me build up my personal developement, skills neede for the future; for example punctual skills and also my communication skills I have also gained AQA accreditation in basic self defence Kickboxing and first aid. These iniaitatives happened through me attending meetings and contributing with my own educational input and expressing the views of young people. Being a part of the forum has helped me, I was given a laptop to help with my studies, whilst attending college. Now a couple months down the line I am now running a football/basketball class with one of my fellow youth forum members which was designed by our forum of young people and also led by us. Great stuff!

Currently: Employed as an Estate Agent.


I have been at Norwood Community Group Services since it started back in 2006 and I have attended most of the projects that we have put on. Due to my regular attendance, I have received a number of AQA’s which I brought into school to show my teachers and because of my achievements I was moved up to a higher class. Since I joined the NCGS youth forum it has given me a lots of opportunities and privileges i.e. Take on a bigger role in the planning of projects and to have my say in what should happen for the youths. This is the reason why, I want to thank Norwood Community Group Services for the opportunities they have given me.

Currently: Passed GSCEs – accepted in college/University of choice


Hi my name is Mikhail Preddie – football coach/Norwood youth forum chairman and security for NCGS events. From the first time I got myself involved with NCGS in 2006 I knew it would help change my life and other peoples.

I became part of the youth forum, this was to make help a positive change in Norwood. I was  member of NCGS  for a year, then I moved on to college. I returned in 2008 I got offered a job to become a football coach which I teach every Tuesdays @ Chatsworth Baptist Church.

I am also a Youth worker, NCGS referred me on do a National door Supervisor Course Level 2 which I passed.

Currently: at University.



Introduction: My name is Carl Lamey of Norwood Community Services and I am a Trainee Youth Worker. The qualification I have gained is an NVQ level 2 in Youth Work and i am currently working in a School doing my NVQ level 3. The company who this course is run through is called B2B Engaged. I worked at NCGS for 16 hours a week and got paid monthly. I have completed my time however, I plan to stay on God willing.

My Journey: Since being at NCGS, I have the pleasure of working with youth, planning and delivering projects along with other workers. Going to meetings has often given me an idea of what the community need in Lambeth and how it will have a positive effect on the youth. Planning projects is great, hard work but a great learning curve. Delivering is even better and great way to indulge and hear what the youth want. Since being at NCGS I have liaised with the local Councillors ,and talked at events. I have also received various qualifications such; First Aid, ITQ Level 2 Diploma Safeguarding Children, EYS Training, Dealing With Difficult Families and aim to receive more by God’s grace. I love this work and thank God for my journey.

Currently: at College


Hi my name is Joseph McDonagh I am 16 and I am a football coach at the Fit for life five aside football sessions at Elmgreen School. I started going to the football in 2009. Because of my regular attendance Norwood Community group Services encouraged me to take charge, I now help run the football sessions along with Billy McGregor. We intend to build a team that can challenge the local teams with in the area. I also intend to complete a community sports leadership course in the near future through Norwood Community Group Services in the near future.

Currently: at College


Hi my name is Billy McGregor, I am 16 and I am a football coach at the Fit for life, five a side football in Elmgreen school. I started going to the football in 2009 we was previously at Chatsworth Baptist church, but have recently moved to Elm Green school. I run the football sessions alongside Joseph McDonagh, thanks to Norwood Community Group Services we have been given the opportunity to take ownership. We have recently been entered into a football tournament, in which we competed in during Easter. I am going to be taking a level 2 community sports leadership course in the near future.

Currently: in College.


Community acknowledgement

Norwood Community Group Services are Lambeth Champions

These are two quotes from parents who nominated Norwood Community Group Services:


” I would like to nominate Jamal and the group because of their vision in providing timely services for the youth such as football and karate amongst others.These services give the youth such as my children something to look forward to weekly and keeps many of the youth from bad influences which would attract them if they were left idle. In Jamal there is a positive role model for the young men in partcular and a caring a compassionate individual in general.”


” I am nominating Jamal as he is an extremely friendly and committed person and is dedecated to involving local boys in his friday night football club which he runs at Elmgreen School. Involving 10-18 year olds, the football club enables boys of all abilities to share a common goal, to commit to a healthy and competitive sports club, whilst providing them with a safe and fun enviroment in which to spend their time.”

Lambeth Champions

From the Deputy Leader of the Council

Norwood Community Group Services Is one of the few groups working with young people in West Norwood and does excellent work. Your karate classes at The Old Library are popular and it is good to see your football programme making use of the excellent sports facilities at Elmgreen School. You work closely with the local Youth Forum ensuring young people have a real say over the activities and the young people have gone on to form their own football team. Such experience fosters confidence and self-esteem, essential qualities for young people reaching adulthood & seeking employment in these challenging economic times.

Government cuts are impacting on many public and voluntary sector services. Norwood Community Group Services is to be congratulated on a successful bid to the Capital Community Foundation. This grant funding will enable your organisation to continue & build on the last four years of invaluable work with young people in Norwood, helping them develop skills and gain qualifications. Many have already gained AQA, BIIAB and City & Guilds accreditations and are able to start work as security staff.

Norwood Community Group Services plays a key role in West Norwood, maintaining important links with other organisations and the wider community. As local people, you really understand local needs and how to meet them.

Congratulations again and thank you for all that you do. West

Norwood is lucky to have you.

Jackie Meldrum
Deputy Leader of the Council

From Lambeth’s Strategic Commissioning TEAM


Norwood Community Group Services has demonstrated particular capability in achieving outcomes around increasing access to employment and training. Young people have been supported to gain a range of accreditations and qualifications to improve their employability.

Provider has developed key partnerships to support the achievement of these outcomes. These include Connexions,
NACRO, Business2Business and Train to Gain.

  • Improved physical well-being and fitness through active participation in sport- football, basketball and karate.
  • Improved emotional well-being through mentoring
  • Improved access to education, employment, training and volunteering

Over 80 young people have achieved accreditation in AQA, 40 plus in City & Guilds and BIIAB in Level 2 Award in Door Supervision and others in sports leadership/coaching. A good example of data on IYSS that clearly shows the quality of interventions in helping young people make decisions about choices they are presented with. Very consistent in recording of young people’s attendances and evidencing what was delivered. To date over 103 Young People have used the service which is more than NCGS was originally contracted to provide for.

Mark Foster
Commissioning Team

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