Partnership for Young London believes in a future where every young person’s right to wellbeing is recognised and fulfilled. With young people making up a quarter of London’s population, we have to respect that they are crucial to its future.
We’re connecting everyone who cares about young people in London – bringing together organisations, local and regional government, and young people themselves.
We’re developing and sharing knowledge and skills – equipping others to help young people in London access the support they need.
We’re influencing policy and practice – generating the new ideas that will help young Londoners thrive.
We’re laying deep foundations – but a united voice is our strongest tool. Working collectively with the expertise of everyone who cares about young people is the best chance that we have to make a difference.
Sharon Long has worked extensively in the voluntary and community sector in local, regional and national capacities. Prior to joining Partnership for Young London, Sharon provided national support around teenage pregnancy, facilitated external evaluations on a range of health and community development programmes and managed a number of voluntary sector organisations. Sharon splits her time between Partnership for Young London and a major national membership organisation working with children, young people and families. Telephone: 020 7332 3996 Email: Sharon.Long@cityoflondon.gov.uk
Lucy has a background in the advertising and marketing industry both in a full service advertising agency, as a media planner/buyer responsible for accounts such as Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, and in the marketing department for a subsidiary of MBNA Europe. Lucy switched to working in the public sector joining Croydon Youth Service where she worked for two years before taking up a secondment for twelve months at Partnership for Young London. After completing her secondment Lucy joined Partnership for Young London permanently in September 2008. Telephone:020 7332 3599 Email: email@example.com
Sandra joined Partnership for Young London in July 2015. She studied theatre at E15 Acting School and has a BA in Social Sciences and an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies. Sandra worked as an Actor/Teacher for 10 years before developing an interest in the Social Sciences and how they relate to youth work. She has been working in the Voluntary and Community Sector for nearly 20 years and is an experienced practitioner and project manager. Telephone: 020 7332 3599 Email: Sandra.Vacciana@cityoflondon.gov.uk
Matthew works between Partnership for Young London and Children England, helping to coordinate the Engage London programme. He graduated from Queen Mary’s University in History, and has had previous experience in a local authority and in PR. Telephone: 020 7332 3599 Email: Matthew.Walsham@cityoflondon.gov.uk
Zoe graduated from the Institute of Education and has experience of leading community programmes and initiatives with international organisations such as UNICEF and Child Friendly Schools as well as key education coordination projects with the British Red Cross Global Education Team. Telephone: 0207332 3599 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rianne is a graduate of the University of Essex where she read History. Telephone: 0207332 3599 Email: Rianne.Williams@cityoflondon.gov.uk
Partnership for Young London was convened in 2005 from the education charity Fellors/Fourteen plus (established in 1997).
London was, in 2005, one of the few regions without a Regional Youth Unit. A group with representation from London Councils, Greater London Authority, Government Office for London, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations in London was gathered together in order to establish Partnership for Young London.
The charity has been hosted by the City of London Corporation as an independent charity since its inception in 2005. It has continued to have a cross-sector representation role, with local authorities, voluntary and community and social enterprise, private sector and individuals in its membership. Its central role in the early days was to examine and lead the potential impact of the (then) impending Youth Matters consultation, with all the policy initiatives that would follow in London.
Key projects and initiatives the charity has worked on in the past include seminars, events, conferences consultations which have covered a wide range of thematic topics: Youth Matters, Youth Opportunity and Capital Funds, Positive for Youth, Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and work with national charities.