XLP stands for “The eXceL Project”; a Christian charity at the cutting edge of urban youth work in London. Patrick Regan started XLP in 1996 in Peckham, south London, after a stabbing in a school playground. Today XLP works with over 1000 young people and their families, on a 1-2-1 and small group basis, in schools and communities across seven inner-London boroughs each week and engages with over 12,000 young people per year.
XLP is working to create positive futures for young people living in our inner city and make a serious and sustainable impact upon poverty and educational failure. The overall aim of our work is:
to see young people living in inner-London making
wise life-style choices and positively contributing
to their families, communities and society.
The charity operates a range of projects such as schools work, after-schools clubs, mentoring, community buses, arts and sports, and summer camps. This combination of prevention, intervention, diversionary and community cohesion projects combine to deliver the following outcomes:
Young People with:
- a raised sense of self-worth, self-esteem and increased educational achievement, which helps them confidently and positively contribute to society;
- fresh goals and the desire to work hard to achieve them, and who are able to make wise lifestyle choices; and
- positive attitudes and behaviours towards their communities: their families, peers, local residents, teachers and the police.
We believe that by working consistently and long-term with a young person in multiple contexts – in their school and on their estates and often with their family – accelerates the development of trusted relationships with our beneficiaries and the opportunity for change is significantly increased.
In 2003, XLP received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for service to the community. In 2012, Patrick Regan received an OBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours.If you would like to find out more about Patrick Regan, please can visit his personal website and blog: www.patrickregan.co.uk
To find out more about XLP, visit their website www.xlp.org.uk
XLP also runs an Urban Mission Week and a Gap Year project, click on the images below if you would like to find out more.