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Brand discussions

13 October, 2015

Brand discussions

Young people from Barking and Dagenham kicked off the brand identity development for their new Youth Zone. The session, led by Studio 3 Arts – a local performing arts charity, involved a range of activities to get the group thinking creatively about what they want their Youth Zone to represent in their…

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Young people talk about branding

16 December, 2015

Young people talk about branding

Hear from our Young People’s Development Group of Barking and Dagenham’s new Youth Zone who talk about the branding process so far and why young people are important in the decision making of any OnSide Youth Zone.

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Future of London is determined

8 March, 2016

Future of London is determined

Over 2,000 local young people have officially voted in branding Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone ‘Future’, which will go down in history as the name for our first Youth Zone in London. Over 20 different names, ideas and designs were narrowed down to just two, which then saw thousands of…

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Young people spread the word at Youth Parade

18 September, 2016

Young people spread the word at Youth Parade

Members of the Barking and Dagenham Young People’s development group spread the word about Future Youth Zone to hundreds of people at the borough’s annual Youth Parade. The group joined in the walk from Barking Park to Abbey Green where they set up a stall. There was plenty of interest…

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Author Paula Hawkins supports Future

3 October, 2016

Author Paula Hawkins supports Future

Author Paula Hawkins came on board as Future Youth Zone’s first Founder Patron

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Planning application submitted for Future

20 February, 2017

Planning application submitted for Future

London’s first OnSide Youth Zone took one step closer to becoming a reality after a planning application was submitted to Barking and Dagenham Council. The Youth Zone is being developed by OnSide, which has eight open facilities across its ever-growing network in the North West and the Midlands. The charity is…

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Barking and Dagenham Gives Green Light for London’s First OnSide Youth Zone

22 July, 2017

Barking and Dagenham Gives Green Light for London’s First OnSide Youth Zone

Barking and Dagenham is set to be the first London borough to develop an OnSide Youth Zone, as the Council’s Cabinet agreed proposals for the project at a meeting held last night. Councillors gave the go ahead for us to deliver a state-of-the-art £6million youth facility at the proposed site of Parsloes…

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Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone gains planning permission

19 September, 2017

Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone gains planning permission

London’s first OnSide Youth Zone has been given the green light after Barking and Dagenham Council and the Greater London Authority approved a planning application. Building work on Parsloes Park – at the corner of Gale Street and Porters Avenue – will commence later this year. When it opens in 2018,…

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5 October, 2017

We were delighted to announce Gavin Evans as our Chief Executive. Gavin has spent several months working at The Hive in Wirral helping to oversee the opening process ahead of Future’s opening. Read more.

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SQUIBB GROUP CONFIRMED AS FOUNDER PATRONS

31 October, 2017

SQUIBB GROUP CONFIRMED AS FOUNDER PATRONS

Demolition Contractors Squibb Group have shown their generous support and for Barking and Dagenham’s Young People by becoming Founder Patrons of Future Youth Zone. The company, headed by Managing Director Les Squibb, moved to Barking in 1999 and following a period of expansion has recently opened new offices in Stanford-Le-Hope….

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WORK BEGINS ON FUTURE YOUTH ZONE

15 January, 2018

WORK BEGINS ON FUTURE YOUTH ZONE

History has been made after a spade went into the ground to officially start work on London’s first ever OnSide Youth Zone in Barking and Dagenham. The Youth Zone’s Chair Charles Mindenhall was joined by Barking and Dagenham Council Leader Darren Rodwell, the facility’s funders and other dignitaries, including West…

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HOARDINGS UNVEILED AT YOUTH ZONE SITE

8 March, 2018

HOARDINGS UNVEILED AT YOUTH ZONE SITE

It has only been two months since the spade went into the ground at a special ground-breaking celebration to officially start work on the £6.5million centre and a steel frame will soon be erected to help move the development onto the next phase. Youngsters have come together over the last…

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FUTURE YOUTH ZONE STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE

13 April, 2018

FUTURE YOUTH ZONE STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE

Youth Zone Chief Executive Gavin Evans said: “It’s great to see the building starting to take shape and the size of the structure clearly demonstrates the investment that is being made the young people in Barking and Dagenham. Over the coming months we will be focusing on recruiting a passionate…

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STEEL FRAME COMPLETED

30 April, 2018

STEEL FRAME COMPLETED

Construction on Barking and Dagenham’s OnSide Youth Zone moved a giant step forward with the completion of the building’s steel frame this week. Work began on the facility, named Future by local young people, in January this year and despite wintery conditions carrying on through Spring, the building is developing…

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