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Youth Zones are designed to give young people aged 8-19, or up to 25 for those with a disability, somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to – occupying their bodies and minds with engaging activities, helping them develop new skills and socialise in a safe, positive and accessible environment.
More than 38,000 members make around 520,000 visits to OnSide Youth Zone’s every year, attracting young people from the most disadvantaged communities.
Our Youth Zones convey a clear message to young people 'you deserve the best'
Bill Holroyd CBE DL Chairman and Founder of OnSide
Our network of Youth Zones are a safe, non-threatening environment to spend time with friends, enjoy a nutritious hot meal, take part in group activities and learn from adult role models.
To young people, a Youth Zone is something truly their own. It is their place to escape the pressures of normal life and focus on their own development.
Youth Zones are packed with inspiring group and individual activities, overseen and supported by paid experts and an ‘army’ of volunteers. Alongside accessing their own Youth Zone, young people have the opportunity to take part in residential trips which boost confidence and broaden horizons as well as enter inter-Youth Zone events where young people they will travel, meet and compete with others.
Youth Zones are a place where young people can engage with youth workers on their own terms – away from the pressures of school and family. Through one-to-one sessions and targeted programmes – such as employability and mentoring schemes – youth workers help young people to look after their mental health, develop the skills they need for the future – from communications to sexual health – and much more.
OnSide Youth Zones help young people make positives choices in life.
I've made friends I never would have made in the outside world and it's [Factory Youth Zone] made me realise you don't judge a book by its cover.
Rasheed, Manchester Youth Zone Member