Help for young people to get into work

Cllr Donates Anyanwu, Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector & Partnerships (job share) at the launch
Cllr Donates Anyanwu (centre), Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector & Partnerships (job share) at the launch

The BiG Youth Social Action Volunteers Scheme, recently launched at International House Brixton, helps young people who are not in education, employment or training to realise their potential.

The brainchild of social entrepreneur Lionel Best, it offers a 12-week course including English and maths qualifications, business support for young entrepreneurs, football coaching qualifications and hospitality training. The scheme also provides work experience opportunities.

Speaking at the launch, the former Mayor of Lambeth, Cllr Donatus Anyanwu said: “The energy and talent on show was simply inspirational. As a community we owe it not only to those who feel, for whatever reason, marginalised and dis-empowered – but also to ourselves, to build a more cohesive, brighter, successful and socially harmonic society so that our children can thrive no matter what their background is or the challenges they face in life. I am supporting the BiG YSA Volunteers Scheme and urge you to too.”

More information on the BiG YSA Volunteers Scheme here.

If you would like to support their work, and would like to recommend anyone to the project for an opportunity to realise their full potential contact Lionel Best on 07908 950 630, or email

The project can only continue working with this often neglected group of talented young people, thanks to generous donations from supporters within the community. instagram @think_b.i.g and or check out the video here.