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

Read our latest publications

We are committed to making sure more young people have access to local youth facilities staffed by trained and skilled youth workers. Find out about how we will achieve this in OnSide’s new Strategic Plan.

You can read about what youth work and Youth Zones across the Network achieved over the last year in our 2020/21 Annual Review.




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

The Journey of opening a Youth Zone

28th September 2022 by Dave McNicholl, Chief Executive, Warrington Youth Zone

On 2 July 2022, I was delighted to be part of the team officially opening Warrington Youth Zone to much fanfare, becoming the 14th to…

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Cost-of-living crisis: what it means for our young people

26th September 2022 by Robin Moss, Chief Executive, Unitas Youth Zone

It’s been a tough few years. The pandemic swept aside so many assumptions and presumptions about what ‘normal life’ was like. And just as most…

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