The Shadwell area of Tower Hamlets had a gap of 8 years with no youth club or facilities for young people, which related to major drug dealing, alcohol misuse and ASB. Since the development of the new community centre and the launch of The Rooted Forum (TRF) at Tarling East Community Centre, TRF has had an overwhelming attendance of all different ages of youth utilising the services since opening.
The Rooted Forum has traditionally worked with hard to reach groups of youth from the community. We have identified certain risk groups which we work with, they are as follows:
- Not in Education, Employment and Training (NEET)
- Risk of offending or reoffending
- Engaged in or risk of engaging in Anti Social Behaviour (ASB)
- Youth at risk of social exclusion
- Risk of truancy
- Youth engaging in or risk of engaging with Drugs use
As there is a lack of provisions for these risk categories we tailored our services to directly benefit them. Our primary focus is on the Shadwell Ward in LAP 4 Tower Hamlets, and the primary ethnic group is youth from the Bangladeshi Community followed by youths from the Somali Community.
Our provisions are delivered from the Tarling East Community Centre which is in the heart of the Tarling Estate in Shadwell and the heart of Shadwell itself. The facilities are brand new with access to everyone including those who are disabled or less able.