Youth and adolescent services consultation

We are holding an eight-week consultation on the future of the borough’s youth and adolescent services.

The consultation, from 19 October to 13 December, is on a restructured service and to explore alternative models of delivery in order to save money. The council is having to reduce the cost of the service due to unprecedented government cuts to its annual budget, currently £148.4m. As a result, it has to save £74m from its annual budget between 2011 and 2019. So far the council has saved £43m from its annual budget. There is a further £31m to go.

You can find out more about the proposals and fill in the questionnaire online at

We want to hear from you – there will be a range of opportunities for young people to have their say. This work includes 25 focus groups; 300 surveys; a series of short films on what the impact of the choices being made will mean for them; 80 selfie images showing the choices you are making; and one-to-one interviews. If you want to take part in any of these activities please email

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October Half Term

We have four fantastic activities coming up for October Half Term!

Please note that most of these activities are referral only. This means that you will need to be referred by a professional, such as a teacher, social worker or youth worker.

Tuesday 27th October: Halloween Party @ Sutton Youth Centre, 7pm – 9pm. This session is OPEN ACCESS, so there is no need for a referral!

Wednesday 28th October: Activity Day @ The Quad, 11am – 3pm (TBC). Referral required.

Thursday 29th October: Science Museum. Referral required. Places are limited.

Friday 30th October: London Bridge Experience. Referral required. Places are limited.

Please do not attempt to attend the activities on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday if your place has not been confirmed.

Activities are open to young people aged 13-19 (or up to 25 with additional needs) who live or study in the London Borough of Sutton.


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2:1 at the Charles Cryer Theatre

A show called 2:1 will be taking place at the Charles Cryer Theatre from the 5th – 10th October. Kansaze Dance Theatre is run by a former Sutton foster child.

2:1 is a response to the current representations of high-achieving and ambitious women. Using a contemporary visual style, 2:1 uses real stories to depict the parallel journeys of Alexander and Alexandra as they leave education and enter the workplace and the journey that takes them there. Merging dance and theatre, 2:1 examines the distribution of power between the sexes and how this manifests in our modern world.

2:1 is collaboration between Kansaze Dance Theatre and emerging playwright Emma Dennis-Edwards. The development of this work has been supported by Arts Council England, The London Hub of sustained Theatre bursary ‘Pitch It’ and the Arcola Theatre ‘Lab’.

Please note that this is not an Integrated Services for Young People activity. Please contact Kansaze Dance directly for more information.

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Imagine Festival of the Arts: FREE Spoken Word Workshops

Please note that the following activities are not being run by Integrated Services for Young People. For further information about the event, please use the contact details provided.

Free Spoken Word Workshops

Contact Joanna for more information or RSVP via eventbrite.

Digital literature event 

Sutton Central Library, Saturday 24th October 2.30-4.30pm.

This unique event will be hosted by the one and only performer John Hegley, who has made many appearances on the BBC and featured in the Guardian, Independent and Observer.

This live event will bring you the re-imagined stories of Sutton and offer a unique insight into spoken word, poetry and live performance. We will have performances from emerging talent and John Hegley himself, alongside the original recorded stories of many who’ve lived or worked in the borough.

There will be something for everyone, whether you have a passion for performance, history, music or your local area.

More information about Sutton Central Library can be found on the London Borough of Sutton website.

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Exciting Internship Opportunity from Sutton LSCB

Are you a young person in Sutton who is enthusiastic about making the borough a better, safer place for children and young people?

Can you bring expertise, creativity, innovation and drive to one of Sutton’s top priorities?

We’re looking for three enthusiastic young people who live or go to school or college in Sutton and are passionate about making sure that children’s and young people’s voices are heard.


The London Borough of Sutton (LBS) is recruiting three young people for the role of Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Youth Engagement Officer. This is a two week post, split into two separate periods: first, a 1 week summer internship 24 – 28 August 2015, and then a further 5 days over the autumn term at weekends and/or evenings.

The role involves working closely with LBS officers, health colleagues, schools, the voluntary & community sector and other children and young people (including children) to create a three year child and youth engagement plan for the LSCB. Activities will include:

  • Setting priorities for a two year child and youth engagement strategy for the LSCB.
  • Identifying a project(s) that young people can lead on over the next two years.
  • Come up with suggestions about how the LSCB can engage with other children and young people working groups in Sutton.
  • A day of research and activities in London.

Opportunities for young people

The successful candidates will have opportunities to receive community research training, training in Sutton’s approach to commissioning, project management and community research, as well as references from senior managers, if requested.

How to apply

Please read through the Job Description to get a further understanding of the role, and then email a Word document to explaining how you meet three of the nine points under the personal specification on page three by Friday, 7 August  (any three will do – the choice is up to you!). Please note that there is a maximum limit of 150 words per point, and please also include a CV (a tutorial on how to write a CV can be found here). Please include an email address and a telephone number that we can contact you on, should your application be successful.

If you wish to discuss this position or have any questions relating to the post please contact Camilla Webster (LSCB and Children’s Learning and Development Manager) on 020 8770 4879 or at

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