Community Labs in London

The KEYSTONE Community Labs in London are run by Arcola Research.

The KEYSTONE ‘Community Labs’ and the ‘KEYSTONE Collaborative Support Programme’ for young people launched in Lambeth at the Stockwell Community Trust and the Marcus Lipton Youth and Community Centre in Brixton, in late March and early April 2019. These two Labs have benefited from the collaboration and contribution of a large number of Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth initiatives and projects that have supported project development through their work and communications with Arcola on KEYSTONE so far. BPT, Fight4Change, Alford House, The Oasis project, Fulham FC youth support workers, BigKid Foundation, Inspirational Youth, Infuse and Future-Skills, YLC to name a few, and many others.

In both Community Labs KEYSTONE’s ‘Collaborative Support Programme’ is delivered through a flexible ‘blended learning’ approach structured around six core modules covering:

  • Life’s challenges
  • Needs and Problems
  • Working with and in the community
  • Expressing your talent
  • Education and personal development
  • Employment opportunities.

The modules are delivered through interactive workshops that are co-designed by participating young people. These are supplemented with a wide range of ‘extra-curricular activities’ including trips to towns outside ‘the manor’; art galleries; canoeing and team building activities.

The action research projects in the Labs focus on ‘fixing what’s broken’ in the community Ideas are being explored by the group around music, podcasting, telling stories about young people’s lives in the community and inter-actions with young people in the other pilot sites as well as developing a local youth football team.