The Agency 2019

The Agency

The Agency has begun at Blackhorse Workshop! We’ve recruited a talented group of 15-25 year olds from Higham Hill and Walthamstow who have ideas that need to happen.

Agents on the programme are receiving professional training, support, funding and advice they need to make their project benefit our local community. Ideas include: addressing London’s youth homelessness issue, gang violence, celebrating heritage and culture, and mental health awareness.

On Saturday 20th July, Agents pitched their idea to an expert Panel to win £2,000 and support on Cycle 2, where they can learn how to make a positive change, lead a unique business, and gain the skills needed to achieve.  The judging panel included local Councillor Ahsan Khan, Clare Lovett from the Greater London Authority, David Bryan Chair of Battersea Arts Centre, local resident and award-winning designer Shaz Madani, together with a former participant in the project Osmond Gordon-Vernon.


Winning projects from the Panel will now receive 1:1 support from specialist producers, £2000 of seed funding, and entrepreneurial training throughout 2019. The three winning ideas are:

Non-Stop Boxing developed by Tauheed (aged 15)
A boxing club aimed at diverting young people away from violence and getting involved with knife crime.

Essence by Faith developed by Faith (aged 16)
A series of workshops and a natural hair treatment for afro-black hair, aimed at young women with the aim of building confidence, self-love and countering the use of carcinogenic products.

Ignite by Dorea , Tori and Asiya (aged 16, 15, 15)
Responding to the lack of real life skills learnt in school, this trio have developed a 10 week programme of sessions for young people where they can learn everything from budgeting and finance, first aid trauma skills and ways to deal with conflict.


We’re looking for Mentors to support our Agents with their business ideas. If you’d be interested in becoming an Agency Mentor, please get in touch with Xenia at


Sessions take place every week from Wednesday 28th Aug 2019 – Saturday 14th Dec 2019:

  • Wednesday Sessions: 5.30 – 7.30pm at Blackhorse Workshop
  • Saturday Sessions: 11am – 5pm at Waltham Forest Community Hub



As the project continues we’ll be posting on Instagram.

The Agency UK is a Battersea Arts Centre and Contact programme devised in partnership with People’s Palace Projects. Current partners include: Blackhorse Workshop, National Theatre Wales and Fablab Belfast. Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and London Borough of Culture – a Mayor of London initiative, with support from City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust and Airbnb. The Agency is a programme originally conceived by Marcus Faustini in Rio de Janeiro where it is delivered by Agência de Redes para a Juventude. The UK pilot (2013 – 15) was funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.