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Mr James Dellow


The International Centre for Public Pedagogy

James Dellow is a Researcher in the Cass School of Education and Communities and Youth & Innovation Manager @Dragon Hall, with specific responsibility for play and youth work provision in Holborn, Covent & Bloomsbury. This includes staff and volunteer management; fundraising; partnership development; Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Risk Assessment. Recent highlights include the impact of work at Dragon Hall has been recognised by UK Youth (largest national body for the youth sector), as one of only eight organisations across the UK chosen for the report 'Local Youth Groups Today'.                                                    Dragon Hall was identified as a case study of “innovation & best practice across the UK, providing direction and guidance for all local youth groups, membership bodies and representative organisations, to ensure that local youth provisions remain young people centred, deliver effectively and achieve sustainability”. In October 2016 Dragon Hall was chosen by the Government’s Digital Service (GDS) as their Charity of the Year.  And Dragon Hall and Somali Youth Development Resource Centre have recently been successful with a joint tender application for a new youth centre based at the Knowledge Quarter in Kings Cross, London.


    James Dellow is a Researcher in the Cass School of Education and Communities, where he has worked since August 2012 on the RadioActive101 project, promoting 'Voices that are usually unheard' in the mainstream media. In addition, James is a professionally qualified (JNC) Youth & Community worker with 15 years experience as a Youth Work Manager in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. James received his Master's Degree in Youth & Community Work from UEL in 2014. 

    Having focused on generic, universal provision for much of his time as a youth worker, James is now involved in providing young people with access to emerging technologies like 3D Printing & Virtual Reality. He is Director of LonDIN, London's Digital Inclusion Network, a pan-London initiative that seeks to bridge the 'Digital Divide 2.0' for digitally excluded young people. As is required in the current funding environment for voluntary sector organisations, James has extensive experience of fundraising, having raised over £1.377M for the various organisations that he works for in the last five years.

    Funding won since 2012 totalling over £1,377,000 GBP:

    2017: Soap Box Youth Centre, Funded by Children’s Services £700,000  (Islington Council);

    2016: Plimsoll Building (Successful Tender Application);

    2016: Strategic Partners Fund £135,000 (Camden Council);

    2016: Community Infrastructure Levy £185,000 (CIL);

    2016: Older people’s project (City Bridge Trust);

    2016-2019: NEET Technology £90,000 (Comic Relief);

    2016-2019: NEET Technology £45,000 (Mercer’s);

    2014: Innovation Fund £72,000 (Camden Council);

    2012: Youth Work Fund £60,000 (John Lyons Charity);

    2012: Youth Club £90,000 (Merton Council).

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