Regenerate inspires and supports young people by building strong, lasting relationships and creating life changing opportunities; helping them grow in confidence, make the best of their lives and impact the world for good.
Regenerate is a youth charity established to work with young people who live on housing estates in Roehampton and Putney and surrounding areas.
Regenerate is …
- Relational- We respect and listen to people, and accept them as they are
- Adventurous- We have bold ideas and take risks to experience new things.
- Collaborative- We work together with those who share our vision to create the best results.
- Generous- We aim to go above and beyond what is expected of us.
- Authentic – We are true to ourselves and faithful to our vision.
In January 2000, Regenerate was set up by Andy Smith and his mother Mo Smith and with a lot of help from people within the community. The work began by organising a lunch club for the older people in the area. We rented a church hall and employed a cook and within a few weeks we had 100 regular members.
It then started developing projects for young people and children, such as, football clubs, dance and homework clubs, minibus trips out of London, a Juice Bar drop-in youth centre, a music studio, mentoring schemes and trips for young people to volunteer in Kenya and Romania.
Over the years Regenerate also took what had begun in Roehampton to many other estates around South West London. By using our Double decker bus (a mobile youth centre) and volunteer days, we have helped others to initiate projects in their own communities.
In 2006 Regenerate RISE was established as a separate charity to focus on developing the work with the elderly.
In 2014 Regenerate started its first social enterprise and community interest company The Feel Good Bakery and took on another youth centre on the Ashburton estate in Roehampton. In 2020 the feel good bakery has now also started running mobile coffee shops to create more employment and training opportunities.
Regenerate continues to focus their work on housing estates in Roehampton and Putney and the surrounding areas by helping and supporting young people and their families.