Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest

We work at building supportive lasting relationships where young people and participants feel valued.  We provide and help young people engage in positive activities, where they can develop skills and community.  

What we do

Worth Unlimited in Waltham Forest works with young people from marginalised communities to reach their potential.

Worth Unlimited for Waltham Forest was started in 2000 and has a strong reputation responding to the needs of young people in the borough.  We are trusted and supported by the statutory, faith-based and charity sectors and are able to work in effective partnership with all. 

We work with young people and families from communities of social deprivation.  We work at building supportive lasting relationships where young people and participants feel valued.  We provide and help young people engage in positive activities, where they can develop skills and create community.   


Detached Youth Work:  Our starting point for all our work is to seek to meet young people where they are at. Detached Youth work takes this very literally as our teams spend time on the streets and in the parks meeting young people on their own ground and their own terms.

Through this model of youth work we can sign post young people and work directly with them in their community supporting their development and aspirations and tackling some of the issues young people regularly face when growing up.

Mobile Youth Venue Sessions:  Worth Unlimited in Waltham Forest has a youth outreach van which visits housing estates in the Borough offering sessions where young people are able to access information and support from trained youth workers, whilst engaging in positive activities such as cooking, games and quizzes.  The Mobile Youth Venue has a gaming area and cooking facilities.

Youth Club Sessions:  Worth Unlimited in Waltham Forest runs youth club activities and informal sports activities in various community venues around the Borough.  Sessions are run by trained youth workers who are able to offer information, advice, support and mentoring.

Mentoring:  Worth Unlimited in Waltham Forest supports young people on a one to one basis. Mentoring is an opportunity to build a relationship with another person who can be a positive and consistent role model in a young person’s life. A mentor can encourage a young person to make the right life choices, reach their potential and provide support for the young person to talk through any issues or challenges that they are facing’.


Mobile Youth Venue (MYV)

This video was made in 2017 about our work and the previous Mobile Youth Venue (single decker bus)

Get involved

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We always need a few bits and pieces for our work, from cooking equipment to craft materials.  If you'd like to buy something tangible, have a look at our shopping list and see what appeals to you!

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Could you take part in a fundraising event and help to raise some much needed funds for our work with vulnerable young people? See our fundraising page for more details.


If you've got a little free time in your week, maybe you'd be interested in joining the Waltham Forest team.  We currently have a range of opportunities to suit different skills, interests and availability.

Volunteer Youth Workers needed for our Mobile Youth Outreach Van and Youth Club Sessions.  By giving just a couple of hours a week, you will help young people aged 11-18 overcome challenges and grow up to be the people they want to be?

We are looking for volunteers to support our experienced and fun youth work team in welcoming and helping young people to join in with the positive activities that we run on our Mobile Youth Venue or in our Youth Clubs sessions.

No experience is needed, just a non-judgemental attitude and an ability to chat with young people.

Training is provided.

To find out more about any of these opportunities or arrange a visit, please contact Helen Perry (details below).

Worth Unlimited is a Safe Recruiter - the safeguarding of children and young people is of paramount importance to us, so we will expect all applicants to complete a Volunteers Application Form, we will take references and seek a DBS Disclosure for all roles involving direct work with children and young people.

A volunteer's story...

Monique is one of our amazing volunteers who has been volunteering with us on our Mobile Youth Venue and Youth Club Sessions

"Volunteering is an invaluable use of your time – you get so much out of it. The young people are very open to anyone who wants to get to know them.  Giving isn't all about money. I'm doing something useful, and doing it in my own community, where I live and grew up.  

"Worth Unlimited has been great to work with, very organised! I feel supported by the youth workers, very welcomed, and impressed with all the support I get."

Our people

Helen Perry

Branch Leader

Helen joined Worth Unlimited in 2011 from the Waltham Forest council's youth service.  Having worked for Care for the Family and Oasis Trust, Helen graduated with a first in Youth Work & Informal Education from YMCA George Williams College.  Now the Leader of our Waltham Forest branch, Helen enjoys working one to one with young people and supporting other youth workers to learn and grow.  

Charlotte MacRae

Youth Worker - Programme Lead

Charlotte joined Worth Unlimited in 2024 as a full time youth worker- programme lead. She has a degree in Community Drama and is excited to share her experience using art and drama to connect and support young people.

Yvonne Hamilton

Youth Worker

Yvonne started volunteering in 2013 with Worth Unlimited as a Volunteer Co-ordinator and a literacy mentor. She is now a part time youth worker, working on the youth bus with young people.  She has always wanted to work with young people and give back to the community.  Yvonne lives in London with her two teenagers.

Dion Johnson

Youth Worker

Dion joined Worth Unlimited in 2016 as a sessional youth worker, shortly after graduating in BSc Psychology and Counselling.  She works as a Behaviour and Learning Mentor in a college as well as previously working in schools and a Pupil Referral Unit.  She has a passion for working with young people and empowering them to be the best version of themselves.

Dumo Jubane

Youth Worker

Dumo started working as volunteer youth worker in 2015 and is now a part time sessional youth worker.  He particularly enjoys supporting the young people with sports activities as he sees this as a positive outlet for them to assist in developing skills for their futures.

Errol Burke

Errol started in January 2024 is our newest part time Mobile Youth Venue Driver.

Monique Francois

Volunteer Detached Youth Worker

Monique Francois is a volunteer youth worker

Helen Porter

Volunteer Detached Youth Worker

Helen Porter is a volunteer youth worker

Surna Khan

Volunteer Detached Youth Worker

Surna Khan is a volunteer youth worker

Mark Cadman

Volunteer Detached Youth Worker

Mark Cadman is a volunteer youth worker

Jack Taylor

Volunteer Youth Worker and MYV Driver

Jack Taylor is a volunteer youth worker and MYV driver


Helen Perry
Branch Director

Email: helen.perry@worthunlimited.co.uk
Tel: 020 8090 5045

Volunteer Application Form

434 Forest Road
London E17 4PY

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