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Kit Malthouse meets Southwark youngsters preparing for Thames Festival carnival

Deputy Mayor of London Kit Malthouse this week visited a carnival design course in Peckham where 30 young people have been making costumes for the night procession across Blackfriars Bridge at The Mayor's Thames Festival.

Kit Malthouse meets Southwark youngsters preparing for Thames Festival carnival

On Tuesday the deputy mayor for policing Kit Malthouse visited the Summer Uni London's carnival design course run by Kinetika at the Damilola Taylor Centre in Peckham, where the young people were gearing up for a performance at the Southwark Youth Carnival this weekend.

The youngsters will also be performing in the spectacular Night Procession at The Mayor's Thames Festival on Sunday 13 September.

"Not everyone is lucky enough to have a family holiday and many kids are crying out for things to do that keep them off the streets and out of trouble during the long school break," says Kit Malthouse.

"Summer Uni London has brilliantly succeeded in addressing this by engaging over 24,000 young Londoners with their wide range of free educational courses.

"Our city is full of bright, young things who love to learn new skills and are full of aspirations. These courses are the perfect thing to keep youngsters motivated during the holidays and may also persuade young people who need that extra bit of encouragement to try new things.

"The Mayor and I are committed to providing youngsters with far more character building, diversionary activities, from joining uniformed groups like the cadets, to apprenticeships, grassroot sports and mentoring. The more active and engaged we keep our young people, the less chance that they will fall victim to the lure of gangs and anti-social behaviour. I want to commend schemes like Summer Uni London for their fantastic work. "

24,000 youngsters across London signed up for free courses during the holidays as part of Summer Uni London. The programme includes everything from sports, business studies and cookery to arts and language skills.

• This autumn City Hall will host a public exhibition of work produced at Summer Uni London.

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