What we do

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 15 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.

Our Beneficiaries

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 350 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.


Children and young people who are motivated with high aspirations, enthusiasm and a desire to progress through education, training and employment. This group represents approximately 30% of our members.

Our Trustees

Nathan Davies


Nathan has been a trustee of Copenhagen Youth Project since 2016. He believes the charity, its team, and the young people it serves are bringing about profoundly positive and long-lasting changes for their community. Nathan works at City Hall supporting the Mayor’s economic development policies.

Nick Chouksey


Nikhil is an experienced, qualified chartered accountant working at PwC as a Senior Manager in Financial Services. He is also involved in voluntary work as a reading partner at Bigland Green Primary School in Tower Hamlets as well as being an experienced fundraiser.

Robin Vos


Robin has lived in Islington since 1995 and is a lawyer.  He became a trustee of CYP when it was founded in 2001.  He was the main contact with the Guinness Trust when negotiating the lease of our current premises from them. Robin is also a Trustee of another local Youth Project. He believes that all young people have potential and that all of us have a responsibility to help unlock that potential.

Lara Bailey


Lara is as associate recruitment consultant in the legal and compliance market, with a background in law. She has been part of various pro bono volunteering projects, including family law advisory and employment law. Her strengths are recruitment strategy and execution as well as compliance and policy in the small business context.

Dan Dupont


Dan is an events officer for a large national youth organisation. His experience includes facilitating the attendance of young people at international mass participation events and the management and delivery of a broad portfolio of national events. He has been volunteering with young people in front facing roles for over ten years and has a background in project management and mathematics.

Jane McDonagh


Jane is a lawyer in a central London law firm, specialising in Family Law. She has worked in this field for more than 20 years and has experience of working with families in crisis and vulnerable children and young adults. Jane has also volunteered as a bereavement counsellor for children and young adults at a local bereavement Charity, Caris Islington. She has lived in Islington since 1992.

Damla Sat


Damla is a management consultant helping businesses specifically with strategic planning and business development efforts to achieve growth and sustainability. She also has experience doing pro-bono work for charities and social enterprises on strategy and fundraising as well as bid writing.

Our Patron  

Penny Woolcock is a British filmmaker, opera director and screenwriter.

“I live in Barnsbury just five minutes from the Copenhagen Youth Project. I have made several urban films in Birmingham, including One Mile Away following a peace process initiated by two young men from large inner city gangs. I know at first hand the traumatic consequences of this life style.”

“CYP is the only youth project I know that actively welcomes and works with young people who are at the sharp end of the massive inequality in our own area that criminalises, brutalises and destroys young lives. There is a parallel world happening right under our noses in Islington. I have the utmost respect for the work of Steve and his team and will support it in anyway I can.”

We are very proud of the CYP community and the impact we have had in this area. Find out more in our case for support.