We support existing Youth Zones in operating effectively, as well as introducing new Youth Zones to towns and cities across the country.
In developing new Youth Zones, OnSide adopts a total management approach, from supporting local stakeholders, identifying the need in each area for a Youth Zone, through to the completed building and its opening.
Building design & development
This includes the initial building design using experience gained from the six Youth Zones now operating, as well as the construction and internal specifications, ensuring it’s all delivered on time and on budget.
Alongside the physical building we work with the local Board, offering advice and support to raise the first three years’ revenue ahead of opening, while initiating the recruitment of the team, both staff and volunteers, who will go on to run the Youth Zone.
Fundraising & Marketing
Equally important is establishing a cohesive marketing strategy, from overall branding and internal/external communications to supporting fundraising activities and helping the local community understand how they can make the most of the soon-to-be Youth Zone. And as every business requires sound financial management, we have approved systems to manage capital, revenue, membership and attendance.
Young People’s Development
Throughout all of this we involve young people as much as possible; it’s their Youth Zone. Young people’s active participation and influence in areas of brand identity, transportation, fundraising and the interior design of the Youth Zone are fundamental to our approach.
[OnSide has a mission to build a network of 21st century Youth Zones giving young people and children quality, safe and inspiring places to go in their leisure time. As such, direct delivery to children and young people by OnSide employees, volunteers and trustees is limited; however, the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people is paramount. All children and young people have the right to be protected and OnSide’s commitment is set out in our Safeguarding Policy, which is promoted and implemented by all employees, volunteers and trustees. The OnSide Designated Managers for Safeguarding Children are David Barton (outside London) and Mark Blundell (London). Karen Griffiths is the OnSide Board member with responsibility for Safeguarding.]