Newham’s Detached Youth Work Team are based primarily in Stratford providing youth work support to young people in their environment, and on their terms. We typically work on the street, in parks, pitches, shops, malls and cafes etc. The nature of our work means we engage with and support some of Newham’s most vulnerable young people who are not accessing any other LBN services.

Detached youth workers create safe social environments in which young people can explore in alternative ways of thinking and acting.

Detached youth workers engage young people in a range of discussions around issues of personal safety, risky behaviours and attitudes and are often exposed to disclosures regarding young people’s offending behaviours.

We will support young people to access and undertake a process of Social and Emotional learning through engaging with our youth work practice, youth work offer (experiences and opportunities) and youth work settings. 

This process of Social and Emotional learning will focus on the learning and development of domains of skills - Responsibility, Empathy, Problem Solving, Initiative , Teamwork and Emotion Management, underpinned entirely by the foundational domain of safety (physical, social, emotional etc) that transfer into other areas of young people’s lives  including - Education, Employment, Health, Family and Community.

It is our intention that throughout undertaking this process as well as beyond, young people will:

  • Feel Valued
  • Have Influence
  • Feel Safe
  • Realise their Potential


The Detached youth work team currently deliver sessions in Stratford and Green Street. Sessions are delivered Monday to Saturday, which include after school, early evenings and late evenings in both areas.

We are also leading and coordinating the Newham Detached Network where we are trying to bring together our VCSO partners who deliver detached youth work in Newham such REIN, AAA and XLP.

You can find our latest offer to young people Youth Empowerment Weekly Programme (


We don’t work on a registration or referral basis, as we provide open access and universal youth work. However, if you are aware of a particular young person who may need our support at this time, in the Stratford area, please reach out to us via the contact information given above.


If you’d like to know more information about the Detached Team and the work they are doing during within the borough as part of the wider YES offer, please contact the lead workers given below. 

Mohammed Rafi 
Senior Detached Youth Worker 

Shaheed Miah
Detached Youth Worker (Green Street)

Venetta Edwards
Detached Youth Worker (Stratford) 
07773 481118 

You can also follow the team’s Instagram here

Current Offer:

Detached youth work sessions, connecting with young people in their own spaces and places across our two locations. Times of sessions vary to suit needs of young people. 

Stratford: Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri and Saturdays 
Green Street: Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri and Saturdays 

If you have any questions regarding our universal sessions, please contact

Boxing: Age – 14 -19 year olds, Every Wednesdays 5pm – 6pm pm at Stratford Youth Zone, Theatre Square, E15 1BX to register please provide young person details to Venetta Edwards (

Basketball: Currently every Wednesday, 5pm – 7pm at Forest Gate Youth Zone 1 woodford Road, E7 0DH to register please provide young person details to Joshua Anyanwu ( and Venetta Edwards (

Football: Every Wednesday in collaboration with West Ham United Foundation – Stratford Park MUGA pitch, E15 4PT to register please provide young person details to or Mohammed Rafi (

Under What Power our Youth Independent Advisory Group: 
The UWP meet on a fortnightly basis. The project aims to bring young people together to provide advice and highlight how young people experience policing in Newham. If you would like to get involved or refer a young person please contact, or


Last updated: 09/11/2023

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