We offer opportunities that others don’t

Our award-winning community champions pathway provides local young people with volunteering, training and employment opportunities.


The pathway is predominantly aimed at 14-25-year olds (there is flexibility here) who live, work or study in Waltham Forest, Hackney and Haringey.

Prior experience, qualifications and knowledge are not required as skills and expertise develop over time.

However, the following characteristics are essential:

  • Determination
  • Growth Mindset
  • Organisation
  • Proactiveness
  • Punctuality
  • Reliability
  • Teamwork
  • Willingness to learn and improve

Without these essential foundations, there is no room for growth and development.


A range of opportunities are offered to those in the pathway.

Specific roles and hours are tailored around academic/existing commitments, skills, personality and career goals.

The pathway begins with 4-weeks of participating at one of our projects and is then followed by 6-weeks of volunteering with us.

If all goes well, then paid work is offered.

We are a London Living Wage Employer, meaning entry pay rate is £10.85 per hour.

Progression Routes

Typical roles include:

  • Community engagement officer- leading sport, media and educational provisions in East London
  • Administrative support assistant- monitoring and evaluation of projects, bid-writing, developing insights resources
  • Social media management- producing content for, and managing our, social media pages including Instagram and YouTube

These roles are not fixed, and we encourage those in the pathway to get involved in multiple aspects of the organisation, in order to develop a holistic skillset. Training and accreditation are both also offered.

Various progression routes are in place for those in the pathway, with current ‘graduates’ of the pathway now pursuing various roles, including leadership/director positions at Salaam Peace, teaching and work in the public and private sectors.

For More Information

For more information on how to get involved, please contact

Community Champion Case Study Video: Justine

Community Champion Case Study Video: Che

I have had the privilege of working with and supporting Salaam Peace over a number of years. The youth development model created by Salaam Peace is one of a kind and a rare example of how you engage and develop young people into team players, coaches and youth leaders, as well as instilling pride in belonging to a dynamic organisation like Salaam Peace.

Helen TredouxDirector, Community Transport Waltham Forest