Festive Community Day

All young people aged 12 and below will need to be accompanied by an adult. The event will be running from 11am to 3pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Power of Youth Work

Whenever I’m asked why I work in the youth sector my answer is simple – it’s because I am a product of some excellent youth work. It helped me find myself and to access opportunities I never would have otherwise. I joined my local youth club when I was 11. I went along and never […]

Unlocking Opportunities

Unlocking Opportunities: Youth Clubs as Lifelines in the Cost of Living Crisis Young people in Barking and Dagenham, like many across the country, have been grappling with the harsh reality of the cost of living crisis. The struggle to make ends meet has had a profound impact on their lives outside the classroom, prompting us […]

Winter Support for Young People

After a late surge of sunshine it seems that the Summer is now well and truly behind us and we are all starting to think about the onset of Winter.  We know that families in our community will already be planning for a tough few months ahead with increased financial pressures, colder homes and less […]

Exam Season

Its exam results season and lots of young people having received their GCSE and A-Level results. When I think back to when I received mine, I had a very traditional route through education through GCSEs and on to A Levels. The only route that I thought was an option for me was to go onto […]

Gavin Evans, Chief Executive of Future and Legacy Youth Zone

Future Youth Zone has always been a prominent and proud member of the ever-growing OnSide Network of Youth Zones.  Over the next couple of years the number of Youth Zones is set to increase from 14 to 22 and as part of the growth of the Network it is important to consider our models of […]

Summer Holidays!

It’s the first week of the Summer Holidays and I’m sure many young people are jumping for joy at the prospect of having 6 weeks off school.  However, I know that many parents and carers wont be as excited about the prospect of developing a new routine, finding things to do and of course funding […]

Presidents Cup 2023

Over 400 young people descended on Warrington Youth Zone on Saturday 13th May for the annual OnSide President’s Cup for a day of fun, colour, noise and friendship. All 14 Youth Zones were represented while young people also joined from the development groups of Grimsby, Hammersmith and Fulham, Bristol and Leeds. Activities and challenges ranged […]

Our Fourth Birthday

Last week we celebrated our 4th birthday. This time 4 years ago we welcomed young people through our doors for the very first time. They were able to explore their Youth Zone, find activities they loved and most importantly build relationships with their peers and their Youth Workers. 4 years on those same things continue […]

Balancing the Books!

It’s the time of year when everyone is talking about budgets!  Whether it’s the government, Business and Charity leaders or households up and down the country we are all concerned about money.  A recent poll by Charity Research showed that nearly nine in 10 charities (86%) are worried about the impact that rising living costs are having […]