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 […]

Drama Production

On Tuesday 3rd October the drama group in UrStage at Future Youth Zone showcased a production of ‘I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won’t Die’. The play, written by esteemed playwright Mark Wheeller, tells the heart-breaking true story of Dan Spargo-Mabbs who tragically lost his life in January 2014, three days after taking a lethal […]

Archie at the Youth Select Committee

On Friday 22nd September, Archie, a Young Leader, was invited to the British Council – Youth Select Committee at the Houses of Parliament. He was invited to talk about the impact of the cost of living on young people and the importance of a Youth Zone in his community. Alongside other Young Leaders, Archie was […]

Reptile Rendezvous at Future Youth Zone

In an event that had children and staff alike buzzing with excitement, Future Youth Zone played host to a thrilling reptile encounter organised by a group of daring herpetologists. The children of Barking and Dagenham got up close and personal with an array of scaly and creepy-crawly critters, from slithering snakes to eight-legged arachnids, all […]

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 […]