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:

1

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.

2

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.

3 

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

Chair

Nathan leads policy projects for the Mayor of London and relationships with senior business people about economic development issues. Before that he worked in the Civil Service helping to plan and implement a strategy to tackle child obesity. His strengths are in stakeholder engagement, public policy and responsible business.

Nick Chouksey

Treasurer

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

Trustee

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.

Abu Shahriyer

Trustee

Abu is a business development and social research professional with over ten years’ experience working with disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. He is skilled in designing and delivering large scale research & evaluation projects within the public health, community engagement and employability spheres as well as leading bidding opportunities for local and national commissioners. Currently Abu leads the Business Development Team of a national charity that supports young people, families and vulnerable adults. 

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.