Lambeth is one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. According to Lambeth Children and Young People's services, nearly 40% of the borough's children and young people live in poverty.
Options 4 Change was founded in 2005 in response to failings in the social care system in the Lambeth area, particularly for young people. Since then, the organisation has grown into an established voice on behalf of young people and deprived people in the Brixton and wider Lambeth area. It has forged community links and works closely with a number of local bodies, including the police, London Probation Service, and the Karibu Education Centre.
Last autumn, Options 4 Change graduated 14 young people from its groundbreaking Turnaround Project at Middlesex University, the first event of its kind. The event was attended by boxing promoter Spencer Fearon, noted academic Prof. Gus John, and the Ambassador for Jamaica, HE. Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.