What We Do

WLZ helps children and young people grow up safe, happy and healthy. We are currently working in one neighbourhood (White City, W12) and have plans to gradually cover the area around the Harrow Road – from Old Oak through Ladbroke Grove to Kilburn.

We work with local children’s centres, schools and employment agencies (our ‘anchors’) to identify the children and young people who would benefit from extra support. We help each person (or their parents) identify their strengths and goals. Then we bring in the support they need from the partnership of local charities we work with.

This work is coordinated by our Link Workers, based in the anchors, who work closely with children and young people to help them make use of the opportunities on offer. Behind the scenes, the WLZ ‘backbone’ team manages the finance which supports our partners and collects data on their performance.

Children & Young People
We Work With

It takes a community to raise a child – it’s not something a family can do on its own. If a child or young person is struggling it’s probably because they’re not getting the support they need, at home, at school or after school: and this is something the wider community can help with.

WLZ uses evidence of children’s wellbeing to assess how likely they are to struggle in education, health or other areas of their life. We then work with them or their families to identify their strengths and ambitions, and make a plan to help them reach their potential.


WLZ works through ‘anchors’ – local institutions which have responsibility for children and young people, which host our Link Workers and help us identify and support the right individuals. This means nurseries and children’s centres for pre-school children, primary and secondary schools, and job centres (or other employment agencies) for young adults.

Link Workers

Link Workers are based in the anchors – the school, nursery or children’s centre. They make sure children and young people get the support they need by finding out their strengths and needs. Then they support the child or young person to make use of the support that is offered. They work closely with the staff at the anchors, but they don’t work for them  – or for the council. They are independent and their only job is to help young people and their families get the best support they can.

Rahel Goenner


Head Link Worker

Ark Swift Primary Academy

Farial Missi


Link Worker

Phoenix Academy

Esther Ayoola


Link Worker

Ark Swift Primary Academy

Alex Brooke


Link Worker

Burlington Danes Academy

Sophia Grimaldi


Link Worker

Miles Coverdale Primary School

Eleanor Brown


Link Worker

Ark Conway and Ark Bentworth Primary Academies

Ellie Benbow


Link Worker

West London Free School

Rachel Elton


Link Worker

Sacred Heart High School

Shaye-Marie Brown


Assistant Link Worker

Phoenix Academy

Juanita Harah


Link Worker

St John XXIII Catholic Primary School


Children and young people have a huge range of strengths and needs which could benefit from extra support. WLZ seeks out the best charities and arranges for them to work with us (see Our Partners for more information). These are some of the services we plan to provide through our partners.