The Bridge at Waterloo will create a centre where young people from Lambeth and Southwark can come to learn life skills and gain experience that will lead to employment. This much-needed initiative has been devised and led by St John’s Waterloo and is based in its large, historic parish church in the heart of the Waterloo community.

St John’s Waterloo was restored after severe wartime bombing as the Festival of Britain church. Since then it has built on its close proximity to the vibrant Southbank arts complex and its good quality interior space to become a unique home for organisations such as the Southbank Sinfonia, SE1 United, Futures Theatre, Bankside Keys and Southbank Mosaics.

St John’s provides far more than just a physical base for these organisations. In developing the vision for The Bridge St John’s has led a shared conversation about how to meet needs in the area. The arts organisations partnering with St John’s are engaged in the preparation and training for employment of young people through music, theatre and art, with the associated benefits of competence and confidence building. St John’s has become a place of shared ambition, expertise and opportunity.

The full potential of The Bridge at Waterloo will be realised through the creation of fit-for-purpose facilities in the crypt of St John’s. This is to be sensitively modernised to provide a London-standard auditorium that will generate income to finance The Bridge initiative.

Giles Goddard, Vicar, St John’s Waterloo

The Bridge At Waterloo – Getting Young People Into Work