We support existing Youth Zones in operating effectively, as well as introducing new Youth Zones to towns and cities across the country.
In developing new Youth Zones, OnSide adopts a total management approach, from supporting local stakeholders, identifying the need in each area for a Youth Zone, through to the completed building and its opening.
This includes the initial building design using experience gained from the six Youth Zones now operating, as well as the construction and internal specifications, ensuring it’s all delivered on time and on budget. Alongside the physical building we work with the local Board, offering advice and support to raise the first three years’ revenue ahead of opening.
From overall branding and internal/external communications to supporting fundraising activities and helping the local community understand how they can make the most of the soon-to-be Youth Zone. As every business requires sound financial management, we have approved systems to manage capital, revenue, membership and attendance.
Throughout all of this we involve young people as much as possible; it’s their Youth Zone. Young people’s active participation and influence in areas of brand identity, transportation, fundraising and the interior design of the Youth Zone are fundamental to our approach.
ch and every Youth Zone presents its own set of unique and intricate funding challenges.
A model of local ownership is a key success factor in ensuring financial sustainability of each Youth Zone into the future. This all-important funding approach is split into two distinct areas of Capital and Revenue:
The cost of building and fitting out a Youth Zone is in the order of £6.5million. £3m is provided by the Council, with the site provided by the local authority and the remainder made up of grants, trusts funding and local philanthropic giving.
The OnSide Foundation invests in the new Youth Zones by flowing capital grants raised by OnSide to each project.
The cross-sector funding model is unique and sustainable. The annual running costs for a start-up Youth Zone are £1million; 40% met by local authority support, 50% by the local private sector and 10% through membership and entry fees from young people. OnSide works with the local team to raise the first three years of private sector funding ahead of opening.
At the heart of each Youth Zone, making a positive difference to the lives of young people across the country, are the volunteers who generously give up their time to support their town’s young people.
Volunteering is brilliant for meeting new people, developing skills, gaining experience and giving something back. To find out how rewarding it can be, just ask one of 800 volunteers from across the Youth Zone network!
To find out our volunteering opportunities get in touch with a Youth Zone near you!
Our 120-strong army of volunteers – they are the real heroes
Andy Gatcliffe, Chair of Warrington Youth Club
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