In the words of its members, Young Wandle works “hand in hand with Wandle to make a better future for the young people living in Wandle homes.”
Young Wandle is a group of 16 to 24 year old Wandle customers who meet regularly to shape Wandle’s services. Their purpose is to ensure that our services are responsive to the needs of young people and effective in addressing these needs.
The Young Wandle project aims to:
- Allow young people to have access to services that they need
- Offer support for young people
- Be an accessible hub for all the needs young Wandle residents may have
- Build unique relationships with young people
- Be the first port of call for Wandle's young residents
- Provide a link to the help-to-buy scheme for young people
- Look at the impact of the housing crisis amongst young people due unaffordable homes
- Support the wellbeing of our young customers
Wandle aims to tackle barriers to engagement by:
- Making meetings and events appealing to young people
- Understanding how young people can contribute
- Making it easier to attend events by a variety of trasport options
- Allocating budget
- Understanding and explaining any legislative issues
- Championing diversity and inclusion (sexual orientation, gender, religious belief....)
Young Wandle programme for 2020
Primary Engineer have, over the past 12 years, created an engineering curriculum that spans Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Further Education institutions. Its main aims include; the development of children and young people through engagement with engineering, the promotion of engineering careers for pupils through inspiring programmes and competitions, the development of engineering skills for teachers and practitioners as a sustainable model and working to address the gender imbalance in science and engineering.
This year Primary Engineer are bringing a competition to Wandle residents, via local schools, to encourage young people to find their inner engineer and put their problem-solving skills to the test.
The Leaders Award Competition asks ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do? And is open to children and young adults between the ages of 3 and 19 years of age. The first stage of the competition is to interview an engineer, ask questions about their career and how they solve problems. This then provides the inspiration to find a problem to solve. The pupils then draw and annotate their solution not hampered by any technical challenge or cost. They then add a letter explaining why an engineer should build it.
What you will be doing
- Joining online Engineer interviews to meet and interview engineers across different industries.
- Find an engineer to come to your school to discuss engineering and to be interviewed by Pupils.
- Pupils identify a problem that affects them their family, their community or the world.
- Pupils illustrate and annotate their design including a letter to persuade engineers to build their design.
- All entries are then marked by engineers and are graded pass merit or distinction.
- Winners are selected and entries are shortlisted for exhibitions.
Universities select a design to build, Pupils designs were built year.
What to do next?
If your school is interested in this extraordinary competition please contact: Residentinvolvement@wandle.com
Phipps Bridge Youth Centre
Phipps Bridge provides a safe, friendly environment to enjoy the many activities that take place on a weekly basis as well as information, advice and support to young people on a wide range of subjects.
Tulse Hill Homework Club
Help with homework and school work for school students of all ages. Free for Wandle residents.
Every Thursday, 4.30pm to 6pm
14 Saxonfield Close, Tulse Hill, SW2 2UN.
Imagine Family is a project set up and run by Holy Trinity Church in the Tulse Hill area. Part of their work involves engagement with children and their families. The homework club at Saxonfield Close provides weekly interactive learning sessions for primary aged children, but students in secondary school are still able to attend. Find out more by calling our Community Investment Team on 0300 2000 120.