Why Carlisle?

The city of Carlisle has faced a significant social change in recent years with over 12% (14,000) of its population now aged between 8-19 years. However, the overriding perception is that Carlisle has an ageing population, so many of the views of young people in the area have gone underrepresented.

This combined with the fact that Carlisle has had a high employment and low wage economy, has led to poor levels of engagement for low achieving pupils over the past 25 years. The impact on young peoples’ aspirations has been extraordinary and as a result in 2008 31% of males (16-24) were unemployed, compared to the national average of 26%. This has been seen as a major factor behind increasing social disorder in some urban areas.

We love our Youth Zone!



Take a look through our portfolio of Youth Zones to learn more about how we are providing 21st Century youth provision to thousands of young people across the country.

Each Youth Zone is an independent charity, working tirelessly to meet the needs of local young people and the community of which they are a part of.


...and see for yourself the difference we make

Whether you are interested in supporting your local Youth Zone or want to understand how your community project can work with us to create a better future for the young people of our area we’d recommend that you come and see us in person!

Fill our the form giving us a brief description of your reason for requesting a visit and we will be in touch to arrange a convenient time.

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