It all started when…
The organisation Elays (Lighthouse) Network, a bacon of light, was founded in 2003 to provide a community support structure for young people and students where at risk of exclusion from school, and not in employment, education or training.
The evidence on low educational attainment amongst young people from deprived areas in inner London and the increased risk of them being involved in gangs, street violence and risk of radicalisation was having a degenerative impact on young peoples confidence and life chances.
Understanding this danger to community degeneration and cohesion, Elays Network was established to mobilise young people from within the community to undertake peer-to-peer work that included mentoring within schools, out of school activities including film and drama productions, social media work, and organising social and community events.
Elays Network today works with a variety of ages and backgrounds within the community providing a network of support to the Wandsworth community and surrounding areas. Below is a brief history of achievements and impact of our work here at Elays Network.
Elays Madrasah and Booster Club was started in Chesterton Primary School, Battersea. To meet the local demand of families in Battersea Field and Doddington Estate, Elays Network expanded its sessions across three sites during the week.
Elays Network started trips and outings for young people. We went within this year to Butlins, Bognor Regis, Gilford Spectrum and Golden Farm.
'The Abdi Family' play was performed live at The Battersea Arts Centre. The Young people wrote, produced and directed the whole script. This was an extraordinary achievement for those involved.