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.
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:
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
Emma has a background in both child and adolescent mental health nursing and youth offending work. She now works as a civil servant in the aviation sector – a bit of a career change! She has extensive experience working with highly complex young people and their families. She has an excellent record of effective and creative relationships with key partners including police, youth offending, education, health, social care and housing.