Streets of Growth

Streets of Growth & Impetus

We’re proud to be an Impetus charity partner, their support will help magnify our impact on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Tower Hamlets. Streets of Growth now has the momentum to grow exponentially, reach more young people and create a lasting difference. This partnership fuels our shared vision, propelling us towards a future where every young person can thrive and overcome adversity.

– Diane Peters, Co-founder and CEO, Streets of Growth 

The need: Cycles of poverty, harm, and violence deeply rooted in social, economic, and racial disparities present significant challenges for young people in Tower Hamlets, especially those of Bangladeshi heritage. Child criminal exploitation is a prevalent issue, with reported links to 13 UK counties, and income deprivation is notably high, affecting 56% of children - the highest in the UK. Moreover, young people aged 16-24 from Bangladeshi heritage face the highest unemployment rate at 20%.

Our charity partner: Streets of Growth is a harm reduction charity working with hard-to-reach, high-need young people in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Their “targeted streetwork” outreach approach involves intentionally engaging and gradually building trust with these young people where they spend time: on the streets, in housing estates, and in parks. Their programme is underpinned by a trusted adult relationship with frontline staff, many of whom come from the local Bangladeshi community and have lived experience of the issues facing the young people they serve.

Our impact: With targeted support that can last up to three years Streets of Growth is re-engaging young people by building confidence and self-belief. Impetus is helping the organisation to develop its employability offer, so more young people can be supported into employment or training.

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Connect Fund

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Race Equity and Diversity

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Sustained employment

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