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Andrew’s story: “Since attending Inspire, my potential has grown, and I feel more grown up.”

Andrew's story “I'm Andrew* I'm 18 and I joined Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone 18 months ago and am now one of Inspire’s young leaders. I…

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Alex’s story: “I noticed the smiles when I came through the door”

Alex joined Mahdlo, Oldham Youth Zone when he was 12 years old. A longstanding and active member of Mahdlo, and an OnSide Network Ambassador – Alex shares his story of eight years at the Youth Zone.

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Ellie’s story: “I know there’s always someone at Inspire to talk to”

Ellie’s story “I'm Ellie*, I'm 16 and I have been coming to Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone since 2019. I first joined for something to do.…

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Lydia’s story: “I’m calmer and happier when attending the Youth Zone.”

Lydia's story “I'm Lydia, I'm 17 and I joined Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone for something to do. I was hanging out on the streets a…

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Supporter Spotlight – Ørsted

Duncan Clark is the Head of Region UK for Ørsted, the world’s leading offshore wind energy provider, recently celebrating 10 years of involvement in the…

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Gina’s mentoring journey: The impact of connecting with a young person

I became a volunteer mentor at The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone because I wanted to be a positive influence for young people. I didn’t have…

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Supporter Spotlight – Janaki Allen

Janaki Allen has been a volunteer and Trustee of Unitas, Barnet Youth Zone since 2019. More recently she joined OnSide’s Board of Trustees. Here Janaki…

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Fawziya’s story: “I found my passion for film at Unitas”

Meet Fawziya, a 16-year-old member of Unitas, Barnet Youth Zone. Fawziya was encouraged to join the Youth Zone by her mum as a way to meet new people and build her skills. Here she talks about her experience at the Youth Zone, and how through her hard work and some support from the Youth Zone she successfully gained a place at the prestigious Brit School.

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Camron’s Story: “Legacy Youth Zone is my second home”

When Camron first came to Legacy Youth Zone in Croydon he was having problems at his school with his behaviour. The Youth Zone has given…

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Supporter Spotlight – Mike Yates and the AKO Foundation

Mike Yates is co-Portfolio Manager at AKO Capital. We spoke to Mike about AKO Foundation's valued support of the OnSide Network of Youth Zones and the importance of equal opportunities for all.

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Ana’s story: “This was my chance to speak freely.”

Ana joined Future Youth Zone because she heard it was a place to talk. The Place2Be programme has changed how she copes with feelings.

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Jenny’s story: “I am a much more confident person than I was”

Jenny lives locally to one of the Youth Zones, she watched it being built and was excited to find out more about it. Jenny joined and started coming from the day it opened because she wanted to make new friends

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