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 stands for All Communities Together Are Strong. This programme draws on a Collective Impact approach, bringing together the voluntary sector, statutory services, schools, local parents, young people and grassroots organisations, to build a network that has a shared understanding of, commitment to, and vision for reducing violence.

Our work is focused in Canning Town North, Custom House and Plaistow South,
with particular attention on the Barking Road corridor (the area from Canning
Town Station to McDonalds), Freemasons Road and Prince Regent Lane.

In addition to our delivery of sports, learning and personal development activities for young people in the area, we have been working with young people and community members in an inclusive process to decide which local projects receive funding from our grassroots fund called the Neighbourhood Wallet.

The ACT-AS-1 core team is made up of a consortium of four partners: Ambition
Aspire Achieve, Rights and Equalities in Newham, Exit Foundation, and Fight for
Peace, the latter fulfilling a lead partner role.

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 on the streets; Pan-African Saturday School; intensive one-to-one
mentoring; funding and capacity building for local grassroots organisations; and
work with schools and the police to address issues such as school exclusion and
disproportional use of stop and search.

This programme is one of the MyEnds consortia funded by the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).

If you are interested in finding out more about ACT-AS-1 please contact