Our mission is to engage and inform children and young people to provide them with choices supporting their individual learning and personal development.
We provide a safe, caring, youth-led space for disadvantaged young people where they can learn, develop and build towards a brighter future. Having started out 20 years ago as a grassroots local effort to tackle problems faced and expressed by local children and young people, we have developed into an established local charity with a strong track record, supported by a number of long-term funders.
Most of our beneficiaries come from the Caledonian and Barnsbury ward. This area contains six pockets of poverty (Super Output Areas) which are amongst the 20% most deprived areas nationally and are sandwiched between the new Kings Cross Central Development and the leafy roads of Barnsbury. We are currently working with approximately 170 young people, who are broadly divided into three groups:
Children and young people who are engaged in criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, most of whom are not in employment, education or training (NEET). This group represents approximately 30% of our members.
Children and young people who may or may not be in education, employment or training but are ultimately unsure of their future. This group represents approximately 40% of our members and is the largest group that we work with.