About Future Youth Zone

Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘Future’, is a charity offering a safe and fun place for young people to spend their leisure time, inspiring young people to live healthier, happier, more aspirational lives. Future gives young people somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.

Future is open 52 weeks a year, during evenings and weekends when young people need us most. We have 20+ activities every session from boxing to beat boxing, cooking to climbing and nail art to fine art. Check out the full range of activities  on offer at Future from sports and arts, to music, drama and employability workshops.

Thanks to generous donations from our supporters all this is available to young people, aged 8-19 (and up to 25 with additional needs), for the cost of £5 for an annual membership and 50p per visit. Find out more about how you can support Future.

Check out a virtual tour of Future Youth Zone here.


Our History

Future was opened by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in April 2019 as London’s first OnSide Youth Zone.We are proud to be part of the OnSide network of state of the art Youth Zones, based in towns and cities across England. They send the clear message to young people, “You deserve the best”.

Every part of our building, brand and development was guided by local people. Read about their involvement here.

We’re grateful to our capital partners, Barking and Dagenham Council, The Queen’s Trust and Jack Petchey Foundation for funding the building of Future, and our Founder Patrons for funding our revenue and giving young people the very best future.