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A networked approach to promoting meaningful musical pathways for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

Ham Youth Centre

Ham In Session is our music project for young people where they can come along and learn DJing, electric guitar, drumming, studio recording, beat making and loads more. The studio is open 4 times a week, get in touch to book your slot.

  • Organisation Type: Youth club / club


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Proportion of the young musicians who face aspects from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation


Income Deprivation: deprivation related to low income; Employment Deprivation: involuntary exclusion from the labour market; Crime: living in an area with high levels of crime; Barriers to Housing and Services: overcrowding/homelessness & geographical distance to services; Education Skills and Training Deprivation: low SATS/GCSEs & low uptake post 16; Health Deprivation and Disability: the impairment of quality of life by poor health (mental & physical)

Three most commonly faced challenges

Special educational needs, Economic deprivation, Young offender

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Composition/songwriting, DJ/MC, Improvisation, Instrumental tuition, Mentoring, Performance, Technology, Vocal


Beatboxing, Grime, Hip Hop, Jazz & blues, Pop and Rock, Rap MC, RnB

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Ham Youth Centre are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Ham Youth Centre:

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Definition of Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:

For more information see: - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)