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: Why we must do something about the unfair lottery of birth

11th January 2023 by Jamie Masraff, Chief Executive, OnSide

January is typically a time of new beginnings, especially true for me as I start my role as OnSide’s Chief Executive. Over the Christmas break,…

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Youth work blog series: What we’re doing to support with the cost-of-living

14th December 2022 by Fahima Iqbal, Universal Service Manager, Blackburn & Darwen Youth Zone

Since early this year, we’ve been watching the situation unfold with the pandemic’s lasting effects, political uncertainty, energy crisis and cost of living. Blackburn and…

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