ACT-AS-1 brings together diverse and complementary skills from across the borough of Newham, east London to improve the safety, wellbeing and future prospects of young people.


ACT-AS-1, an acronym of All Communities Together Are Strong, unites organisations in the borough of Newham, east London working together to deliver a programme of activities encompassing youth work, employment support, family activities, sports, and help for local grassroots organisations.

This programme draws on a Collective Impact approach and is funded by the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU). The particular focus of the programme is a hyper local area of east London namely the Barking Road corridor (the area from Canning Town Station to McDonalds), Freemasons Road and Prince Regent Lane.


The organisations that make up ACT-AS-1 are Ambition Aspire Achieve, Rights and Equalities in Newham, Exit Foundation, and Fight for Peace, the latter fulfilling a lead partner role. The programme is also supported by others including Shanae Oldham from youth-led project Your Life More Life, and St.Giles Trust, and works closely with Newham Council, local schools, the police, and others. 

ACT-AS-1 also includes two leadership groups, one made up of young people and the other of community members and partners, which guide and influence the direction and decision making of the programme. 


Programme activities include: community-based sports activities to build resilience, fitness, and positive relationships; work with schools to identify and support young people at risk of exclusion; detached youth work to engage young people; intensive one-to-one mentoring and group sessions for young people, and coordinated referrals into other services; support for local grassroots organisations; employment support and qualifications for young people and community members; and work with schools and the police to address issues such as school exclusion and disproportional use of stop and search.

If you are interested in finding out more about ACT-AS-1 please contact Taibah via email (