London SE1 community website

Chris Grayling launches Teenage Job Club at Downside Fisher

London SE1 website team

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling was the guest of honour at the launch of Downside Fisher Youth Club's new Teenage Job Club.

Chris Grayling and Loanna Morrison
Chris Grayling and Loanna Morrison
Chris Grayling launches Teenage Job Club at Downside Fisher
Young people from Downside Fisher at the launch of Teenage Job Club

Devised by local Conservative parliamentary candidate Loanna Morrison, the club will be the first of its kind to offer young people in the area career advice and training through a membership system.

"I think she's done a really good job in organising this," Chris Grayling told guests at the launch. He encouraged members of the youth club to believe in their own ability: "This can be a real launching pad for the rest of your lives," he said.

Other speakers at the launch event included Dr Jack Lewis from Sky 1's 'Body Language Secrets', Laura Avery from Central Saint Martin College of Arts & Design and Chris Wilson from Southwark Chamber of Commerce. The speakers were introduced by Chris Dick, chairman of the Downside Fisher Youth Club.

As well as advice on motivation and presentation, young people attending the launch event will received a green starter membership card.

The Teenage Job Club will collaborate with local businesses to offer free advice, assessment, career strategies as well as training and introduction to potential employers for young people in the borough.

By taking part in the club's activities they can progress to a gold and platinum membership card.

"This incredible project will reflect our passion for ensuring a brighter future for young people," says Loanna Morrison.

"It will also have a positive impact on raising awareness in the business community to the potential of our young people. I strongly believe that the 'Fast-Track' system will be a good way of nurturing and encouraging our young people while achieving a practical outcome."

• Next week all the main parliamentary candidates for Bermondsey and Old Southwark will take part in a young people's hustings event at Downside Fisher Youth Club.

The SE1 website is supported by people like you
We are part of
Independent Community News Network
Email newsletter

For the latest local news and events direct to your inbox every Monday, you need our weekly email newsletter SE1 Direct.

7,000+ locals read it every week. Can you afford to miss out?

Read the latest issue before signing up

News archive from February 1999 to January 2001
Got a story for us?
Contact us with your tip-offs and story ideas.