Children & Young People Are At The Forefront Of Our Work
We use sport, media and education to improve the lives of young people that live in areas with high levels of crime, antisocial behaviour, and deprivation.
While pathways to excellence are in place for individuals who excel in any of these domains, our priority is to use sport, media, and education as engagement tools, in order to enhance wellbeing, reduce social isolation and develop fundamental skills/traits including confidence, resilience, teamwork, communication, leadership, empathy, citizenship, conflict resolution and cultural understanding.
The development of such characteristics, in a diverse, safe and welcoming environment, means that the children and young people that we work with are equipped with a strong skill base and set of values. Thus, if they encounter difficulties, they are equipped with the tools to make the correct decisions and have the knowledge that, in Salaam Peace, they have a positive support network around them to lean on in times of difficulty.
Currently, we deliver football, multisport, cycling and education sessions across the week. For information on specific dates/times of sessions, check out the get involved section of our website.
We deliver a range of football sessions in parks, ball courts and housing estates across Waltham Forest, Hackney and Haringey. Some of which are supplemented by interactive nutrition-based workshops, delivered by City Dietitians.
Through playing football, young people are able to develop friendships with people from different cultures, backgrounds and areas, as well as harness skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork.
Sessions are tailored to the age and ability levels of participants, with progression routes in place, including our youth football teams, who play league matches on the weekend. For more information, see the SP United F.C page.
We deliver multisports sessions in parks, ball courts and housing estates across Waltham Forest, Hackney, Newham and Haringey.
Our sessions entail a wide range of sports including baseball, handball, football, cricket, basketball, tennis, wallball, volleyball, tag rugby, golf, athletics, American football, hockey and more.
We expose our participants to as many sports as possible, as this increases the likelihood of developing a passion in at least one sport.
Furthermore, such exposure facilitates an increased openness to experience and helps develop a holistic skill base.
We deliver cycling sessions throughout the year, tailored to the age and competency of participants, usually meeting in Walthamstow on a Sunday morning or early afternoon.
With less experienced cyclists, we tend to cycle on quieter roads and off-road routes, such as along the River Lea and Walthamstow Marshes. Whereas, with more experienced cyclists, we cycle around the entirety of London, exploring attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, The Big Ben and The Shard.
Through cycling, participants experience improved wellbeing, make friends and develop a sense of belonging to, and awareness of, their local area.
We currently deliver 3 study support and life skills sessions in Walthamstow, one being a girls only session led by female members of staff.
Each week, young people access a safe and social space to complete homework or revision, with support from trained members of the SP team.
One in every four sessions is a life skills session which consists of an interactive workshop based on a carefully planned scheme of work, covering fundamental skills that we are not necessarily covered extensively in mainstream education. The skills covered include self-awareness, mindset, mental health, nutrition and more.
Parent & Child sessions
- Hand/eye coordination
- Movement and agility
- Handling equipment
- Fine motor skills
Project Footage: Study Support
Project Footage: SP Academy of tennis excellence
Project Footage: Girls football
Salaam Peace reflect what we believe at London Youth. Young people need opportunities outside of education and the home to have fun with their friends, be healthy and make positive change in their local community. I have worked with Salaam Peace since 2013, and their impact on young people’s lives in Hackney and Waltham Forest has and continues to be transformative. They are rightly regarded as a key part of the local DNA – ensuring young people have access to a safe space and trusted adults to enable them to make the often complex journey through childhood and the teenage years.
The SP team are truly inspirational in their pursuit of achieving positive outcomes for young people. Salaam Peace has helped to raise expectations levels of many of our young people in themselves; recognising that perceived inequality, low-level perceptions needs to be overcome to develop them into inspirational and capable young people. The uniqueness of SP’s approach allows for our young people to be in an environment that is mutually respectful and supportive, whilst fully understanding the challenges that young people face.
When Bobby first joined Salaam peace, he was suffering from a lack of confidence. However, since attending SP projects, his determination to succeed and thrive has really shown. During my son’s time with them, his footballing skills have dramatically increased, as has his attitude to being a team player and helping out – his enthusiasm has been fed and recognised by his coaches. I can’t praise the team enough.
The SP staff have a brilliant rapport with the children, which helps the children’s self-esteem and confidence