Leaders Community is a ’Not for Profit’ organisation established with the aim of engaging with marginalised children and young people by responding to the rising tide of inequality and youth violence they face in their communities.
We strongly believe that investing in our children and young people makes good economic sense, and is the right thing to do.
Children and young people face many challenges; communities are faced with continuous changes, increased uncertainty, widespread poverty and inequalities which often lead to youth violence, mental and physical health issues.
Leaders Community has a mission to support this marginalised group of children and young people through the Creative Arts which are relevant to their lifestyles, with the aim of overcoming barriers that hinder the fulfillment of their potential by reducing isolation and marginalisation, improving community cohesion and navigating them away from negative cycles and behaviours, keeping them safe and thereby improving their life chances.
Our programmes support the empowerment of our learners through consistent, high quality programs, inspirational teaching and support. A safe nurturing environment with each learner linked to mentors and role models selected from a diverse group of community, conscious adults who are able to inspire, cajole and support children and young people to engage positively. Our programs support improved well-being, personal development and leadership skills.
Leaders Community are experienced community educators and believe it’s not enough for provisions to be available and widespread, but they need to be meaningful, relevant and of the highest quality. As a result, we design programmes that make a tangible and long term difference to mental, physical, emotional and economic well-being through activities that support self- development, accreditation and social attainment.
Leaders Community are committed to promoting equal opportunities and valuing the diversity of everyone we liaise with regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, disability, sexuality or economic status.
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY ARE FEATURED IN THE LBWF 'CONNECTING COMMUNITIES' LAUNCH VIDEO
Leaders are absolutely delighted to share the LBWF Connecting Communities launch video featuring Leaders Community, along with many other wonderful organisations working within the borough for the good of our communities.
We would like to thank the awesome Catherine Marcus for reaching out and agreeing to feature our young leaders, who are a prime example of all that is great in our community. #risingtalent
We hope that this will help to make more families aware that there are many opportunities available in Waltham Forest, where their children and young people can access quality programs that will help them connect to caring organisations who will help them build a brighter future for themselves.
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY DANCE AGAINST YOUTH VIOLENCE
For the last 3 years our young people have been committed to supporting The Boroughs United talent showcase, which takes a stand against Gun & Knife crime and youth violence.
Alongside young representatives from all London Boroughs, we come together and unite in making a stand against youth violence in our communities.
Recoginsied for our efforts, we were featured on the National news:
Leaders Community are delighted to announce that we are the proud recipients of the accredited London Borough of Waltham Forest ' Feel Good Mark ' which supports the quality of the work we do in our local communities.
Thank you to the borough for this recognition and to all our children, young people and staff/volunteers for making it possible.
This is for you!
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY PRESENTS FREE ADULT STREET DANCE CLASSES
Leaders are delighted to be launching their Adults social dance class on Fridays from 6 March 2020 - open to all residents both male & female - all abilities welcome❤️
This class is being funded by Waltham Forest Connecting Communities Initiative in an effort to socially connect our diverse communities ❤️
❤️ Every Friday for 18 weeks 5pm - 6pm ❤️
NO COSTS INVOLVED
All enquiries please call 07831 224 510
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS MARCH 2020
A massive congratulations to our amazing Faris and Keeyana on being selected as our young Leaders through the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards ❤️
They both deserve the award for being great role models and team players and the best versions of themselves.
We are super proud !
WIN 1ST PLACE AT
BOROUGH'S UNITED 2020!
❤️Strength in Community ......... Leaders Community❤️
It is with great delight that we are happy to announce, our little army of children and young people represented themselves, Leaders & Waltham Forest at the fantastic Boroughs United 2020, which took place at the Hackney Empire and placed 1st in the over 13's Dance Category and 3rd in the under 13's Dance Category !🤩
Taking part in this annual event is always one of our highlights every year and firstly we must give thanks to the amazing The Crib Team for all that they do in an effort to bring together communities from across all London Boroughs, to stand united against youth violence.💕💕💕
We were also treated to an epic performance by SEYKI 4 ❤️
We give special thanks to Aaliyah Sharnell and Emie Emin for supporting all the children and young people with their awesome choreo, to all the Leaders team who always turn up - making it possible for our children and young people to take part in such opportunities and finally to all the amazing supporters on the night.❤️❤️❤️
Since taking part in this event Leaders have achieved the following:
2017 - 1st place over 13's Dance Category🤩
2018 - 1st place over 13's & 1st place under 13's Dance Category 🤩
2019 - 2nd place over 13's & 3rd place under 13's Dance Category🤩
2020 - 1st place over 13's & 3rd place under 13's Dance Category🤩
Its never about where we place, its about teaching our children and young people that talent is a gift and that success is earned (as shared by a special friend of mine YB) this is so very true and we continue to demonstrate year on year that with courage, determination and the right nurturing support, there isn't anything our children can't do.❤️❤️
Boroughs United 2021..........we are coming for you 😎
WIN AT THE LBWF 'FEEL GOOD'
Leaders are truly delighted to share that we are now the proud recipients of the LBWF Feel Good Physical Activity and Health Project Award 2019 💕
It truly goes to show that our small organisation is breaking through barriers especially to receive this level of recognition at the annual sports award, considering we are not a sporting organisation. We must thank Joyce Guthrie and Dean Roberts for always going above and beyond to support Leaders in so many ways.
We also thank all our current and previous funders whom without we would never be able to do what we love-engaging with children and young people !
#TheLVEFoundation Karen Bellamy #Bigcreativeeducation #L&QHousing #Peabody #JackPetcheyFoundation #LondonBoroughofWalthamForest
To all our teachers, staff and volunteers-thank you for all your support.
Finally to all our children and young people-we celebrate you and all that you are we are so proud of all of them which is why they attended the awards and accepted the award on behalf of everyone connected to Leaders❤️❤️❤️
TRAVEL TO SEE 'SOME LIKE IT HIP HOP' IN THEATRE
Thanks to Sadlers Wells Community Engagement team, Leaders were able to visit the Peacock Theatre in Holborn to watch Zoonations 'Some Like it Hip Hop'!
They all got to travel by coach 🤩 which meant we were able to take 65 children and young people on this enjoyable day out.
The show was beyond amazing and everyone had a brilliant time❤️
HOLD BAKE SALE IN
SUPPORT OF MACMILLAN
Thank you to all our young leaders and their families who supported our annual Macmillan Bake Sale where we raised a whopping £275 on the day!
A special thanks to Peabody (Chingford) for donating the drinks.
We are so proud to support such a worthy cause and more so because of the generosity of all our children and young people!
TAKE PART IN LBWF CONNECTING COMMUNITIES CAMPAIGN
Once again, Leaders are honoured to be a part of the LBWF Connecting Communities Media Campaign.
A huge thanks to Rory Knox and his amazing team who spent the afternoon at Leaders taking these amazing photos.
They demonstrate how diverse our community group is and how its safe and nurturing environment is connecting children and young people.
It also enables them to meet various role models, mentors and world class talented teachers, who encourage participants to celebrate their diversity and be all that they can be ❤️
TAKE PART IN BOROUGH OF CULTURE MUSIC VIDEO
Thank you to all our children, young people and their parents who came out to support the making of the Borough of Culture Legends of the Forest Music Video on 12th October 2019.
As you can see every one got to keep the awesome uniforms and they all had such a great experience!
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORLD CAR FREE DAY SEPTEMBER 2019
Well done to all our children and young people who joined Leaders to support World Car Free Day on 22nd September 2019.
Our young people supported Transport For London in Central London and our youngest supported LBWF at their Walk-In-Stow event.
Thank you for the opportunity and to all that came to support.
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY PERFORM AT CHINGFEST AUGUST 2019
Leaders would like to thank LBWF for giving Leaders Community the opportunity to support Chingfest 2019.
We give special mention and our thanks to Luke November and Leki Lemzi for the opportunity to collaborate and to all our supporters who came out in the hundreds to share this special day with us.
ALL our children and young people were beyond amazing and truly showcased what rising talents they all are!
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY PERFORM AT LBWF MELA AUGUST 2019
Once again our beautiful children and young people had the opportunity to be a part of Mela 2019.
Well done to all our young Leaders who came out to support their local community, by putting on performances, dance workshops and such wonderful audience participation opportunities!
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY HOLD WORKSHOPS AT CHINGFORD FOUNDATION SECONDARY SCHOOL
Thanks to management and staff at Chingford Foundation Secondary School for welcoming Leaders to their school for a full day of presentations and dance workshops.
We addressed health & well-being and the importance of navigating away from negative behaviours and cycles.
We were able to engage with over 200 students which was an amazing experience and we look forward to welcoming some students to our ongoing programs.
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY ARE CHOSEN TO TAKE PART
IN A MUSIC VIDEO
A massive shout out to Naomi Chester 'Kinsoulcollective' for selecting a group of our awesome talent to feature in her upcoming music video.
Heres a few snaps to give you a little sneak peak... as you can see they truly had a blast!
Thanks as always to our Joshua Chester for making it happen!
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS -
We are delighted to announce our Young Achiever Award winners for June 2019 Donike and Nashay !
These young ladies were nominated and elected by their peers within our community group.
They were both chosen for being great team members who continually support the work Leaders do within the community.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM BOTH!
'BREAKOUT LONDON 2019'
Congratulations to our beautiful Leaders who represented themselves and all those who support them at Breakout London 2019 held in Barking.
Breakout provides the opportunity to showcase such a diverse group of talent, allowing everyone to celebrate the upcoming rising talent within the dance industry!
Thank you for allowing Leaders to be a part of it!
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY DANCE TUTORS PERFORM AT RADIO 1'S BIG WEEKENDER!
Thank you to these inspirational mentors for connecting with our children and young people and showing them that anything is possible, you just need to dream big!
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY PERFORM AT 'BEACH VOLLEYBALL OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS 2020'
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY had the honor of performing at the Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers 2020 with the 'Feel Good Too' movement in Leyton.
The event took place on Saturday 25th May 2019 and was hosted by the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
A big thank you to the organisers for allowing us this great experience and a massive well done to all our children and young people who dedicated their Saturday to entertain us all!
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY PERFORM AT BOROUGH OF CULTURE
'MAY DAY' EVENT
Leaders were delighted to take part in the Borough of Culture May Day event held on Saturday 4th May 2019 on the Chingford Plains.
Although the weather was awful, being a united community group with over 90 performers, our performers did us so proud by dancing in the rain - that's just what they do ! 💕💕💕
Now that is what you call dedication and commitment - uniting our community through dance.
With thanks to all our parents and families who gave them such encouragement and support, you are all amazing ❤️
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY PERFORM
AT DANCERS DELIGHT 2019
A massive shout out to Yann Bolenge who gave our young leaders the opportunity to be a part of his showcase Dancers Delight 2019, held at the Broadway Barking Theatre in April.
This showcase provides a platform to come together to celebrate all the upcoming rising talent in the dance industry for the UK.
We are always humbled to be invited to take part and we applaud Yann Bolenge for his efforts to support, unite and celebrate the industry!
Check out our performance below!
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY PERFORM
AT LONDON PULSE 2019
With thanks to our friends at London Pulse ( Copper Box Arena) for having Leaders come down on Saturday 27th April 2019 to support their super league charity netball match #shoot4pink, in partnership with Pink Ribbon Foundation - the importance of raising awareness of breast cancer 💗🖤
Our children and young people had the opportunity to perform at the Arena, engage with the team and we even provided the mascot for the day! We then we had the opportunity to meet the awesome Clare Balding.
We are humbled and honoured to be a part of this important event.
#ConnectingCommunities #LondonPulse #ClareBalding
PINEAPPLE'S COMMUNITY DANCE CHAMPION OF THE MONTH
We are pleased to announce our very own founder Maria Theodoulou has been named Pineapple's Community Dance Champion of the Month.
Maria works tirelessly creating free and affordable dance programmes for young people so they feel inspired to lead positives lives.
Thank you for everything you do to keep Leaders alive and the joy you bring to our young people.
FREE STREET DANCE CLASSES
IN HIGHAM HILL
Calling all Higham Hill and neighbouring residents aged 7-11 years!!
We are offering FREE Street Dance Classes every Wednesday starting on Wednesday 27th March 2019.
All enquiries or to enrol please call Danielle : 07415 869568
See more details below.
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS -
Congratulations to all our Jack Petchey Achievers : Caris Smith, Freya Thomas Knott, Zizi Kotyo, Ruth Ekomisa and also to our Leader Award Recipient Toni Connolly !
We also celebrated the achievements of Francesca Thomas Knott, one of our parent volunteers.
A special mention to our young leaders who yet again came out to entertain the audience at the Keneth Moore Theatre in Ilford and as we have come to expect they certainly raised the roof with their awesome performance.
BOROUGH'S UNITED TALENT
Congratulations to our wonderful and talented 40 young Leaders who performed at the Boroughs United 2019 Talent Showcase celebrating children and young people from across 33 Boroughs in London who all come together to make a stand against youth violence.
With thanks to over 200 parents and family supporters who came out on the night to cheer and support-what a night!
Also a big thank you to our amazing teachers: Joshua Chester, Jason Than, Aaliyah Sharnell and Steven Pascua.
2nd place to our over 13's dance group and 3rd place to our young leaders-we are so proud of you all.
This is our third year participating in this show and its now quite clear that even though you all train just one hour a week, the quality of the teaching you access is phenomenal!
You represent everything that is good in our communities, your empathy & support not only for yourselves as a team with one dream but for everyone else is sincere.
You celebrate others achievements not just your own with only love and support in your hearts your stars are rising .
Its your time to shine in that fierce determined manner you are all known for.
Dream Big & Live Big !
This was by far your best work and demonstrates when you are one team with one dream, how much you can achieve.
Bruce Grove Next Generation