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Cheryl Brown
"I am pleased to announce that Phil Turner, our Community Development Worker, was mentioned in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015. This award recognises his services to young people, the police and community engagement in London."
Cheryl Brown, Chair of Second Wave Trustees
Phil Turner

Peace Award
Second Wave was nominated for a London Leadership and Peace Award in December 2014. The celebrations, organised by the Peace Alliance with the support of the Mayor of London, was held at City Hall on 10th December 2014. Second Wave's nomination was "for successfully building bridges and uniting diverse cultures, religions and peoples in the London community".
Peace award

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

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.

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.

The Shadow Games Project

This youth project is part of Second Wave’s ‘Prevent’ outreach programme. Delivered in collaboration with the Home Office (OSCT), Lewisham Crime Reduction Service, Metropolitan Police Service (Lewisham), local schools, colleges and community partners, it uses a drama based approach to tell the story of a teenage boy who is drawn into a world of extremism. He is influenced by an older man who encourages bloodshed and violence.

shadow games

"Hit them where it hurts, then they listen…. you’re going to make history, Samuel…"

About the Play
17-year-old Samuel is a natural gamer. He can beat anyone on line and his ‘Black Ops’ scores are legendary. But, in his mind, Samuel is playing a different game – one where the stakes are high, for both him and his family. When a powerful new influence comes into his life, what happens when the fantasy of violence becomes a reality?

The Shadow Games project is designed for the 14 -18 year old age-group but is also suitable for inter-generational audiences. Interested in bringing our workshops and performances to your school or community centre? Please contact for more information.

Feedback from some of our audiences

“An important subject - my students loved it”
“You could relate to the characters and see things from different perspectives”
“Inspiring performances by young people…"
"A powerful drama with a hint of humour"
"This work opens up an important discussion in a safe way for people of all ages…"

Second Wave’s Approach

At Second Wave we focus our efforts on strengthening the critical awareness of young people themselves – allowing them to arrive, in their own ways, at a balanced view of these issues – and using drama-based skills to achieve this. Our Shadow Games project is the result of these efforts – a positive contribution by young people to a wider ongoing debate in a play and workshop programme designed to open up discussion in a safe, youth-centred context.

Our youth-led outreach work includes: workshops, performances, community forums and debates which explore the power of ideas and the language of persuasion. Through narrative and counter-narrative, debate and discussion, we open up dialogue on what is extremism; how it presents itself; its cumulative impacts; and its range of consequences for different individuals, families and communities. Inevitably, this is a difficult subject to explore with young people. Complex ethical issues of culture, faith and trust underpin many of these difficulties. We develop collaboration with community partners to deliver this outreach work.

Our aims are to:

• Raise awareness and recognise the susceptibility of young people to ‘grooming’ and how they can be influenced or drawn into risk-taking situations by people they want to trust.
• Work from first-hand experience at a local level – finding ways of bringing people together – not pushing them further apart – in order to address issues of community cohesion.
• Acknowledge the reality of violence and the power of non-violence when communities feel divided against themselves, identifying significant links between victims and perpetrators of violence.
• Work together with young people, community organisations, faith groups, schools, colleges and other agencies – to protect shared values and establish strong local partnerships.
• Offer no simple answers – encouraging our audience to arrive at their own conclusions – raise their own questions and challenge ideas.
• Identify rights, responsibilities and freedoms of an inclusive community – and how citizens actively affirm these characteristics, individually and collectively, by contributing to the life of that community.

For more info click here

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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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Joan Ruddock MP visits Second Wave

Dame Joan Ruddock In October 2010 Joan Ruddock MP visited the centre and met young people, police officers and community representatives involved in ‘Critical Encounters’. Joan heard about the impact of the work from Lewisham’s Borough Commander, Jeremy Burton, community representatives, and young people, including students from Prendergast Ladywell Fields College. She was impressed by the impact of the programme and emphasised her support for the future development of ‘Critical Encounters’ both locally, and internationally.
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Second Waver elected Young Mayor

Young Mayor

BIG UP Kieza! Congratulations to Kieza Silveira de Sousa, elected Young Mayor of Lewisham for 2010-11. A well-known and respected member of Second Wave, Kieza will bring his dedication & creative skills to the role. For more info on Young Mayor scheme go to

From left to right: Jacob, Kieza, Lola and Jawan

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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
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
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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.

Shadow Games
Shadow Games
Shadow Games
Shadow Games

Jill Jameson
"Second Wave is an organisation that empowers young people through a creative journey…taking responsibility for themselves and their community. In doing this Second Wave achieves so much – with creative projects that allows young people to express themselves in a safe space, to grow and develop in a beneficial way…"
Professor Jill Jamieson, University of Greenwich, Centre for Leadership and Enterprise

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
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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