Why Barking & Dagenham?


  • Barking and Dagenham is ranked 3rd most deprived local authority in England (out of 326) in relation to the IMD 2015
  • Almost 1/3 of children in the borough live in low-income families
  • Notably, 1 in 10 adults are out of work in Barking & Dagenham – the highest unemployment rate of any London borough
  • 37% of children live in poverty in Barking and Dagenham, 6th worst in London
  • 53,700 young people aged 0-15, 21% of total population

World-Class Facilities

Future Youth Zone offers over 20 action-packed activities every evening, 7 days a week for all young people, regardless of ability or disability.
This infrastructure of facilities is based upon our 21st Century Youth Facility Model and young people from across Barking and Dagenham will have access to all these fantastic facilities for a cost of £5 for an annual membership and 50p per visit.  The Youth Zone will provide a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves and will enable young people to raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation.

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Young women inspired by She Can Be

14th February 2020 by OnSide

Dozens of young and ambitious women from across the OnSide network had the opportunity to take part in ‘She Can Be’ an impressive event organised…

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Future Youth Zone: Two months in…

19th July 2019 by OnSide Youth Zones

It’s two months since Future Youth Zone opened its doors to Barking and Dagenham’s young people and already we are delighted to report some incredible successes.

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