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Momentum returns with record attendance

Momentum returns with record attendance

CCHA joined forces with Elevating Success and 13 other organisations to sponsor South London’s biggest youth conference.

Momentum Youth Conference saw record numbers of young people attend the event held at Fairfield Halls last Thursday.

The event aimed to inspire young people to achieve more. This was achieved through a number of stalls, workshops and a performance segment.

CCHA’s Chief Executive, Tracy Cullen, who attended on the day, believes strongly in working with young people in the local community.

She said: “CCHA already collaborate with Elevating Success on our very successful School’s Out Summer Holiday Programme and to be one of the driving forces behind Momentum is always a pleasure. As a community-based housing association, we aim to support everyone who makes up that community, including the younger people. A number of our young residents attended on the day and we have had some brilliant feedback from them and their parents.”

This was the third time Momentum has taken place and, as usual, the young people participated in an abundance of activities and entertainment.

After the stalls and workshops, the day finished with the performance section, boasting names such as Mandem On The Wall, PYT, DJ Afro B and many others.

Andrew Brown, Elevating Success Director and mastermind behind Momentum, has watched the conference grow year on year.

“This year Momentum was the biggest and best to date with over 900 people registered on the day, 85 volunteers and 100 stall holders. We all saw and felt the difference between 2014 and 2015.”

Andrew, who is looking forward to holding the event again next year, was thrilled to see the young people engage with the day and receive recognition for their achievements.

He said: “I was very happy with how the workshops went and how well attended they were by the young people. To walk into a room and see over 130 people in attendance on one of the workshops was a nice sight. My biggest smile of the day had to be Vignesh Balasinghan winning the High Achiever Award and the young girl who won the iPad Mini; the joy and excitement on her face was amazing.”