OnSide Youth Zones are amazing places where friends are made, futures are found and lives are changed. Every new Youth Zone is built on the know-how of the last. Every success story writes the first chapter of the next.

We’re grateful to our supporters, with their help we’re building a growing Network of Youth Zones in areas of deprivation across the country; we’ve funded the Talent Academy to support the training of youth workers at all levels; we’ve facilitated the sharing of knowledge and best practise across the Network; and delivered life changing targeted projects that positively impact on the lives of individual young people.

Each Youth Zone supports a staggering 3,000 to 4,000 young people every year. Our Network supports over 55,000 young people.

We’re proud of what we’ve achieved, and we’re excited about what more we can do together to support young people and communities nationwide.

About OnSide Youth Zones


Making new Youth Zones possible

Youth Zones exist thanks to the generosity of supporters. It takes c£9m to build a new Youth Zone and train the team ahead of opening. 50% of this cost comes from donations from individuals, charitable trusts and foundations and corporates, and 50% from the local authority.

Once open, Youth Zones are renowned for their delivery of excellent, impactful youth work. Annual running costs of c£1.3m funds this work, most of which comes from local individuals, businesses and grant funders  – people passionate about their community.

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Investing in OnSide’s vision to transform society

The Youth Zone model is tried and tested. Impact reporting proves it works. Local stakeholders testify to the significant, positive difference their Youth Zone has made to their area – not just to young people but their families, their schools, their businesses, their community at large.

We have a vision to take this model across the country. To give young people access to outstanding youth work in the incredible buildings for which we are known.

Help us grow our Network

Innovative Network wide project

OnSide is always present to help the Youth Zones enhance their impact and sharing of knowledge with each other. Your support helps us achieve this.

The Network is keen to invest further in a defined set of projects: youth participation, mentoring, enhanced volunteering, and an employability programme. OnSide act as project manager for these and is seeking to raise funds to initiate them.

The existing open Youth Zones need the support of their community to continue to meet the needs of their members. Click here to learn how you can support your local Youth Zone.

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Our impact

Our mission is to empower young people to lead positive, fulfilling lives. We do this by providing access to incredible youth centres, we call Youth Zones, and excellent youth work delivered by outstanding people, where they are needed the most. We know our model works and as a Network we have an incredible impact on young people, which you can read about on our impact page.

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

Be inspired by reading stories of the life-changing power of youth work from across the OnSide Network.

Stories from across the Network


We believe every young person deserves the opportunity to find their passion and their purpose. We need your financial support to make this happen.

By donating to OnSide you’re joining a growing movement of people who believe that how we treat the next generation defines who we are as a society – thank you.

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If you’d like to learn how your gift can make a difference, or to talk to a member of the fundraising team, please do get in touch.

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