We're OnSide, a national youth charity that believes all young people should have the opportunity to discover their passion and their purpose.

Our mission is to empower young people to lead positive, fulfilling lives by providing access to incredible spaces and exceptional youth work, delivered by outstanding people, where they are needed the most.

To achieve this, we fund, build, launch and support a national network of state-of-the-art, multimillion-pound Youth Zones in the UK’s most economically disadvantaged areas. These youth centres, we call Youth Zones, are staffed by skilled and dedicated youth workers who truly believe in young people – helping them see what they could achieve, and giving them the skills, confidence and ambition to go for it.

Watch our video to witness the power of youth work, and read on to find out more about us.

The OnSide Network of Youth Zones

The OnSide Network of Youth Zones is a thriving collaboration of 14 independent local charities committed to exceptional, life changing youth work that has a genuine long term impact on the lives of young people.

They have a national reach and  come together as a Network to share their experiences, learn and grow – while we provide training and support across almost every aspect of their operations.

Learn about the OnSide Network

Generation Isolation youth research

We asked 5,000 young people aged 11-18 about their lives outside of school, their perception of the opportunities open to them and awareness of services designed to support them. 

Here’s what we found.


Click here to read Generation Isolation

Get involved

When you support OnSide, you’re supporting all Youth Zones and every community, both now and in the future.

You’re supporting systemic change – through a growing national network of incredible spaces delivering inspirational, life-changing youth work.

And you are joining a growing movement of supporters who believe that how we treat the next generation defines who we are as a society. Find out how you can support our important work.

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Stories from the Network - in their own words

We believe that young people should always own their narrative. Each one of the 50,000 Youth Zone members across the OnSide Network nationwide has their own unique story – which is theirs to tell.

Their stories bring to life what can happen when young people have the opportunity to experience the life-changing power of exceptional youth work – in their own words. Read some of their experiences.

Click here to read their stories

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Latest News

CEO Blog: Reflecting on Youth Work Week 2022

11th November 2022 by Kathryn Morley, Chief Executive, OnSide

This week we’ve been celebrating Youth Work Week 2022, a time dedicated to raising the profile of the positive impact youth workers have on young…

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Trustee’s Week Guest Blog: Involving young people in decision making

10th November 2022 by Abubakar Buwe , OnSide Associate Trustee and Saeed Atcha MBE DL, CEO of Youth Lead UK

Trustees’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate and thank trustees for their contributions. We’re fortunate to have a fantastic board who give their time, bringing…

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