Code 7 established in 1996 as a performance group and performed at events. Our founder and the organisation’s original delegates received training in management, conflict resolution and teacher training. We became a youth group and started running youth music projects in 2000 where we received the first ever funding in 2003 from Awards for All, Unltd Funds and Capital Community Foundation. Furthermore we went on to receiving an 18-month service contract in 2004 from Hackney Council.
In 2005 Code 7 became a company limited by guarantee and was then assisted in the development of the Lambeth Gun Crime Consortium in 2006 which was supported by the Lambeth Borough Commander.Established a mediation/intervention process in 2007 which gained cease fires within serious youth on youth violence in Lambeth and gained recognition from the local authorities. We then organised the recording of a Peace Track and Video in 2008 which successfully featured 16 key gang leaders/members from different areas who would never normally come together which led to Code 7 receiving 2 awards from Lambeth Safety.
Received 3-year service contracts in 2009 from Lambeth Children & Young People’s Service and BBC Children In Need.Code 7 became joint head lessee of Offley Works in Oval in 2009 and was responsible for the complex (worth in the region of £10,000,000) and a range of organisations. Our CEO received a Community Heroes Award in 2009 from Lambeth Voluntary Action Trust and opened St.Aubyns Holistic Centre alongside Kelly Roland (Destiny’s Child). We gained charitable status in 2010 attaining our PQASSO Quality Mark Level 1 from the Charities Commission between 2013 and 2016.
We are a registered charity, company ltd by guarantee and provider of Asdan Accreditations. We currently deliver our services at Springfield Community Centre. The in-demand service we deliver is music/multimedia for all young people; including mediation, intervention, inclusion, personal development, life skills, job search and enterprise. We have a directorship of 3 trustees, a community group which consists of 7 core members, a management team of 2 and a process for managers on various projects, a Youth Committee made up of 7 young people and we employ up to 25 facilitators per year.
We engage around 300 young people per year, also running projects currently funded by BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief and funders whose funds are managed by London Community Foundation (i.e. The Path Programme). Members serve on boards and forums such as The Lambeth Youth Violence Committee, Path Programme Board. Generating approximately £80 to £100,000 financial turnover per year. Code 7 is also in the process of implementing strategic organisation capacity building to ensure Code 7’s stability and sustainability over the next 5 years.