When OnSide started about 3 years ago, I saw our work as all about young people in terms of; helping them, investing in their futures and giving them choice and opportunities.
But it is possible to see OnSide as part of a bigger movement which is all about communities, localism and building from the bottom up. Like minded people are out there and are coming up with creative and different ways to lead change in their areas. For example an interesting group called Spacemakers, set up in 2009 with the aim of doing something about the decaying shopping arcades and High Streets, which they saw as being a blot on their own landscape. Their first project was The Granville Arcade in Brixton, they got the owners, the council and local people together and now it’s alive with small local fledgling businesses.
OnSide is doing so much more than invest in young people, perhaps the really great thing is the opportunity our Youth Zones present for local people, councils and business to come together and regenerate a whole Community, through a desire to improve the lives of local young people.
It doesn’t take much to get people active, most of the time they want to be involved in improving the places where they live and they certainly want to invest both time and money in young people!
Some of the interesting groups doing similar things…
CEO – OnSide North West
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