A youth club in Fulham popular with young people in the area has been given funding from the Starbucks Youth Action initiative.
Sands Ends Youth Club received £1,000 from the coffee shop initiative, which it will use to continue with its work helping young people in the community.
And the centre in Marinefield Road was given a second reason to celebrate after it featured in a short film produced by SBTV, the leading online youth broadcaster founded by Jamal Edwards, MBE , which pays tribute to the work it does.
The film also shows Jamal’s surprise visit to Sands End Youth Club during a recent football tournament where he met and spent time with the young people and youth workers.
Sands End Youth Club opened in 2010 and brings groups of local young people together, offering greater cohesion through sports and providing young people with increased opportunities to build self-confidence and employability skills.
It hosts a weekly cookery school and creative writing course and a fully functioning music studio is being built, and there is also a weekly football competition.
Jamila Jama from Sands End Youth Club said: “I’m thrilled with the progress the club has made in the last six years.
"The funding from Starbucks Youth Action has meant we have been able to continue in progressing our plans to help the local community.
"My aim and hope is to create a place where young people can become totally self-sufficient and take ownership of the projects they believe in.”
Simon Redfern, vice president of corporate affairs at Starbucks, Europe said: “We’re delighted that the funding and mentorship provided by the Starbucks Youth Action initiatives means organisations like Sands End Youth Club are able to make their dreams a reality and better the lives of those the club supports.
"The Starbucks Youth Action initiative is all about giving these hungry entrepreneurs a helping hand, providing mentorship and guidance for the greater good of both business and community.”