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Help us grow our Network

OnSide is a well-established charity with the experience of creating Youth Zones across the country for more than a decade.

But we’re not done. We have a vision that any town and city across the country that wants a Youth Zone in an area of deprivation can have one. That this Network grows rapidly and extensively to deliver great youth work to hundreds of thousands of young people who need support.

In the next five years we plan to grow to opening 4 new Youth Zones each year; significantly increasing the number of young people accessing our support. This would grow our membership to over 100,000 young people.

We have invested to build the knowledge, skills and expertise in the team and the relationships with local authorities to make this happen. We have experienced fundraisers who will raise the capital and revenue funds for new Youth Zones within the communities we hope to serve.

We’re looking for partners who share our vision. Who know that now is the time to invest in young people across the country. We’re poised on the cusp of major expansion, all that’s holding us back is investment. If you’re interested in making a transformation to how young people are supported in our society, join us.

Learn about how we develop new Youth Zones

Our impact

77%

of members are more self-confident as a result of their membership

89%

of members on Free School Meals feel happier about their lives

78%

say staff and volunteers at the Youth Zone encourage them to prepare for the future

92%

consider that they had a trusted adult to whom they could speak

We have evidence across the national Network of Youth Zones that what we do works. We also know that our model can be delivered at scale through the growth of the Network, but we can't do this without your support.

How your support makes a difference to a young person's life

Every year Youth Zones across the country support over 50,000 members. Be inspired by reading stories of the life-changing power of youth work from across the OnSide Network of Youth Zones.

Read our impact stories
  • "The Youth Zone staff have always supported me when I need it." Adam* aged 21 from Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone.

Speak to the team

If you or your organisation could offer support to help us expand the Network of Youth Zones, we’d love to hear from you.

Alison Benjamin

Director of Fundraising

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Simon Marsh

Head of Trusts, Grants and Statutory

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Isla Coole

Head of Philanthropy

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