Partnership is crucial to the success of Talent Match London; the programme was designed through a partnership approach, ensuring that the programme benefits from the expertise and experience of organisations from the voluntary sector, statutory sectors, employers and young people. London Youth work with outstanding organisations to collaborate with and deliver the programme at a local level. The programme has three Local Delivery Partnerships (based in and across the 11 selected boroughs), two Specialist Support Organisations (for young parents and carers and young people with disabilities) and an Enterprise Pathway Provider.

London Youth

London Youth is a network of over 400 diverse community youth organisations where young people choose to go.

With a unique reach to over 75,000 young Londoners, it delivers programmes with and through this network in every London borough and out of town at its two outdoor education centres, helping young people to learn in a range of settings through sports development, youth social action, outdoor education, employability and inclusion.

Its mission is to support and challenge young people to become the best they can be.

London Youth has spent the past 18 months working with employers, training providers, local authorities, voluntary organisations and, most importantly, young people to design Talent Match London. London Youth will lead the programme, which will be delivered locally by a range of partners including Community Links, Collage Arts, Hackney CVS, Gingerbread, The Prince’s Trust and 3SC.

Big Lottery Fund

Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.

It is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been providing grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 the Big Lottery Fund has awarded close to £6bn.

Community Links

Community Links delivers employment, education, training, children and youth projects and community-based services across east London. It will use sports and outdoor activities to engage young people and will work with Street League in Tower Hamlets and West Ham United Community Sports Trust in Barking and Dagenham, Newham, and Waltham Forest.

As well as sports, young people will have access to motivational training and coaching, employer-led employability training and will be matched with a personal advisor who will support them throughout their journey.

Community Links will work with a range of other organisations including City Gateway, Poplar Harca, Groundwork and Lifeline. The partnership will use local knowledge and research to make sure they support those most in need.

Collage Arts

Collage Arts is a leading arts development, training and creative regeneration organisation based in North London. It provides access and support to under-represented sections of the community by offering skills, experience and opportunities in music, film, performing arts, visual arts, and multimedia, to develop transferable skills through creative skills development and mentoring.

The Talent Match partnership led by Collage Arts will work across Enfield, Haringey, and Waltham Forest. Collage Arts will work with a range of other organisations including Enterprise Enfield, Kori Arts, Fashion Enter, Rinova and Metropolitan Housing. They will inspire young people to develop transferable creative skills within music, fashion, performing arts and media and also to gain contacts among people in this industry.

Collage Arts believes that all young people possess talent and creativity and that in many cases they have simply not been given the opportunity to explore these interests or discover their own very individual talents and strengths.

Hackney CVS

Hackney Council for Voluntary Services works with organisations that support hard to reach communities to achieve their vision of an equal society where local people are empowered to tackle local problems. It will work in Hackney to improve the confidence and skills of young people, and support them into positive activities and work.

The Talent Match partnership led by Hackney CVS will work with organisations that are rooted in the local community including Immediate Theatre, Off Centre, Skyway, St Giles Trust, Street League, and The Prince’s Trust.


The Talent Match partnership led by Gingerbread will work across all the Talent Match London boroughs to offer support to young parents and carers.

Gingerbread is the national charity for single parent families. It provides information, advice, training, membership and peer support through groups and online forums. It campaigns against poverty, disadvantage and stigma to promote fair and equal treatment and opportunity for single parent families. Gingerbread will work with Barnardo’s, who support young carers, and Working with Men, who will work with young fathers.

The partnership will support young single parents and carers with tailored activities that will help them develop the skills and motivation to make the most of their talents. The partnership will also help employers understand what they can do to support young single parents and carers to become outstanding members of their organisation.


The Talent Match partnership led by 3SC will work across all the Talent Match London boroughs to support young people with disabilities.

3SC will work with partners including Mencap, The Royal Association for Deaf People, The Royal Society of the Blind, City and Hackney Mind.

Young people with disabilities are often excluded and so the partnership will support them to build networks, raise their confidence and find ways to build personal responsibility. The partnership will offer personal budgets so young people can choose to buy services from other Talent Match London providers, including mainstream services, and can work alongside young people in other partnerships.