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Second Wave Youth Outreach Team is leading on an innovative creative project at Sedgehill School in SE London, exploring community safety issues.

26 September 2009
Tasha Matthews
Chair of Trustees Tasha Matthews attends a full meeting of Lewisham Council with volunteers and members of 2Wave. Recognition of 2Wave's work in collaboration with Lewisham Community Police Consultation Group.

27 June 2009
MPA Community Engagement Award
2Wave was given a Metropolitan Police Authority Award for Good Practice in Community Engagement for our work with young people and police around community safety.

25th Birthday
Birthday cake
Originally set up in 1982 by a group of young women from Deptford, Second Wave celebrated its 25th birthday in 2007. At the AGM on 17 March 07 Second Wave trustees and members welcomed guests to a celebration performance by young women lyricists and presentations by Dr Jill Jameson, Dr James Ogunleye, Sgt Phil Mockett and Sgt Neil Zabitt from the TSG.

Together in Europe, Rotterdam Conference
19, 20 November 2010
Led by young facilitators, the Second Wave team offered a series of practical workshops and presentations summarizing the five-year journey of Second Wave’s work in the Critical Encounters and how this work informed the concept and methodology behind the International Initiative, My City Real World, and inviting partners to discuss future collaborations between UK and Europe. The conference, organized by the International Debate Education Association in cooperation with the Open Society Youth Initiative, enabled different organizations to share ideas about successful projects focusing on the inclusion of marginalized, migrant and minority youth. For more info
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StopWatch launched by Rev Jesse Jackson
King's College London
Monday 18 October 2010

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3 – 5 JUNE 2010
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Friday 11 December 2009
Second Wave held it's 5th Symposium event with Second Wave Trustees opening up a debate about community cohesion and the role of the young people in offering leadership and creative, youth-centred solutions. Invited speakers included Dr Rebekah Delsol (Open Justice Society), Dr Jill Jameson (Greenwich Unversity), Gary Connors (Safer Lewisham), Dr Basia Spalek (Birmingham University), David Michael (Chair of Lewisham Community Police Consultative Group), Superintendent Lisa CrookMahad Abdullahi (Somali and Somaliland London Community), Superintendent Terry O'Connor, and the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock.
Click here to download the Symposium Event Programme.

'I found it the Symposium extremly interesting and uplifting'
Nadia Whyte, MARAC Young Person's Support Worker
'It's a pleasure to work with Second Wave'
Mahad Abdullahi from the Somali & Somaliland London Community

'I had an amazing day on Friday and I would love to return to Second Wave'
Dr Basia Spalek, University of Birmingham

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A successful long-term partnership led by Second Wave young artists, the Swagga Partnership Project brings young people and police officers together to address issues of violence, safety and gang intimidation in the community. The project has won recognition and awards from the Metropolitan Police Authority for Good Practice in Community Engagement and a Commendation for Professionalism in Partnership Work from the Metropolitan Police Service (March 2007). The ‘excellent work of Second Wave’ was recommended in Dying To Belong, a recent study by the Centre For Social Justice (Feb 2009), championed by the Right Honorable Iain Duncan Smith.

Second Wave plans to develop the initiative in other London Boroughs, as well as pursue an Exchange Project with a similar youth organisation based in Amsterdam (Feb 2010).

“Most young men are not in gangs but they get drawn in, or become victims. Our writing process enables young people to explore their stories and anxieties, support each other and even find positive solutions.” Talmud Bah, lead writer and Second Wave’s Associate Director

“The process at Second Wave challenges convention...It brings you as a writer into a process with young people, and other young artists. You work with the experiences they bring to shape the story.”
Tamsin Kayembe, Co-Author, SWAGGA

“Swagga was incredible...a professional and well-written piece. I was blown away with the talent and enthusiasm of the young people involved.” Dr Rebekah Delsol,
Open Society Justice Initiative

“At Second Wave young artists create the narrative” Talmud Bah

To see pictures of the August performance of the show, click here.
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SYMPOSIUM 'Working in partnership'
28 May 09
Lewisham Police Station

'I am continually inspired by the work of grassroots organisations, working to tackle our most deep rooted social problems' Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith

In May 2009 2Wave Youth Outreach Team presented their creative work to an audience which included RT Hon Iain Duncan Smith, who chairs the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).
Martins Imhangbe, 18 year old member of the 2Wave Team said, 'our workshops allow the police to see where young people are coming from, and vice versa'.
Mr Duncan Smith said, 'There is a good practice in Lewisham but not everywhere, and their good practice needs to be taken to other places'.

'Dying to Belong,' a report on young people and gangs by CSJ made recommendations that, 'the National Policing Improvement Agency develops a programme based on the excellent work being done by Second Wave'. They also commented that 'the relationship between third sector youth workers and young people is usually one of trust, and because the project is seen as independent from enforcement agencies, there is greater potential for collaboration with young people'.

Author of the report Charlotte Pickles (CSJ), presented some of the research findings to guests who included officers of the council, police officers, community workers, and Geeta Subramaniam (Head of Crime Reduction Lewisham), David Michael (Chair of LCPCG) and Superintendent Lisa Crook, Terry O'Connor (TSG 4 ). Cheryl Brown, and Denise Dickenson (2Wave Trustees) thanked the Borough Police for providing their hospitality for the event.
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Vs in the house DEC 07
On 6 December 07, young volunteers hosted a visit from MP Phil Hope, Minister for the Third Sector. The young volunteers’ showcase included a Q&A session with the minister, performances by young artists, and presentations from the TSG (Territorial Support Group) demonstrating their pioneering work with Second Wave.
Mr Hope was shown around Second Wave by workshop tutor Tori Taiwo. He said: "I am extremely impressed with the energy and enthusiam and delighted to see first hand the way you work with the police and produce inspiring performances..."

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Summer Symposium 2007 JUL 07
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On 19 July 07 a Symposium co-hosted by Second Wave and TSG4 (Territorial Support Group) explored issues of Stop and Search. The theme Walk In My Shoes inspired the day’s presentations and performances, and raised the issue of negative stereotyping of police and young people. Workshop discussions opened up the issue of shared responsibility for community safety. The event was the culmination of two and a half years’ continuous work between Second Wave and TSG4. A further Symposium is planned for June 08.

Symposium workshop
Above and below: workshops and presentations in role reversal with young people and police
Symposium workshop
Gordon Glean‘There’s a lot we can learn from the TSG, but a lot they can learn from us. We are only limited by the things we believe we cannot achieve’ Gordon Glean, Chair, Monitoring Sub Group, Stop & Search Conference Report, July 2007

Chief Inspector Terry O'Connor, TSG4'The TSG look forward to continuing our relationship with Second Wave to build on trust, understanding and forge new links in the community’ Chief Inspector Terry O’Connor, TSG4

Borough Commander Alan Pughsley with Mayor
Borough Commander Alan Pughsley with Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham
Samina‘A lot of young people out there don’t feel safe. It’s good to feel you can support other young people and be a role model for them’ Samina Jusu, Wave volunteer, aged 18

Dr Jill Jameson‘I am pleased to be working with Second Wave to nurture young people to become reflective practitioner-researchers’ Dr Jill Jameson, who is working with Second Wave young artists on practice-based research
Phil Turner & SSLC
'Young people are leading the way in improving police and community relations and making a difference to people of all ages’ Phil Turner, Learning & Development Officer at Second Wave, with members of the Somali & Somaliland Lewisham Community Group (SSLC), who are working with Second Wave to build more positive relationships between young people and the police.

Moving On DVD
DVD filming
In June 2009 Second Wave completed a short film about our work with young people and the police, for use as a training resource.
Moving On DVD

February 2009
"We recommend that the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) develops a programme based on the excellent work being done by Second Wave...and TSG4"
Recommendation of the Centre for Social Justice 'Gangs Working Group' in Dying To Belong, A Review of Street Gangs in Britain (published Feb 09).

Members Nite OCT 07
Phil Mockett

‘Police Officers cannot know what is happening in young people’s lives – unless there are opportunities to meet and talk on an informal basis beyond that zone of confrontation. This is what we have been doing at Second Wave and it is ground-breaking work’
Sgt Phil Mockett (TSG4) pictured above meeting young volunteers at a Members Nite at Second Wave, 18 October 07

Girl Power
Girls Go Kart team
Girls Rally Go-Karting Team taking part in REAL EVENT with TSG4
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