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

Paula Hawkins becomes Future Youth Zone's first Founder Patron

The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins speaks about becoming the first Founder Patron of Barking and Dagenham’s Future Youth Zone, which will be OnSide’s first in London.

If you would like to know more about what it means to become a Founder Patron please click here.


  • Paula Hawkins
    The Drapers Company
    Fresh Wharf Estates
    Squibb Group
    MariaMarina Foundation
    Jack Petchey Foundation
  • Barking & Dagenham Council
    The Queen’s Trust


Could you be our next Patron?

Founder Patrons are key to the success of a Youth Zone. Becoming a Founder Patron of Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone is your chance to be part of the Future Youth Zone story.



If you would like to know more about becoming a Founder Patron contact Neesha Patel for more information.

Your pledge of consistent support is critical to the success of Future Youth Zone.

The select group of Founder Patrons is made up with the great and good from Barking and Dagenham, community leaders whose endorsement and generous support will encourage others to follow.

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Countdown begins to the opening of Future Youth Zone

7th February 2019 by OnSide Youth Zones

Young people from Barking and Dagenham are counting down to the grand opening of Barking and Dagenham’s OnSide Youth Zone, ‘Future’. Students from Robert Clack…

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Future Youth Zone Drinks Reception at Coventry University

20th March 2018 by OnSide Youth Zones

With the aim of starting and continuing development with founder patrons and new patrons, a drinks reception, hosted by Leader of the Barking and Dagenham Council, Darren Rodwell, was held to share the benefits of the upcoming Youth Zones in London.

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