We run our unique programme of doorstep youth clubs in areas of multiple deprivation.
The perception of Westminster as an area of affluence tends to mask the levels of poverty and deprivation heavily evident in the borough. 14% of Westminster neighbourhoods are in the top 10% most deprived in the country when looking at income alone (NCP, 2012). In 2017 41.29% of children in Westminster were living in poverty (End Child Poverty coalition, 2018). When examining eligibility for free school meals as a poverty indicator, 44% of children living in Westminster are eligible and 23% of over 65’s was claiming pension credits compared to 21% in London. 50% of population defined as ‘deprived’ come from just 5 wards of the borough: Church Street, Queens Park, Churchill, Harrow Road and Westbourne (NCP, 2012). In these wards 2 in 5 children are being raised in a home reliant on benefits, placing Westminster in the top 5% in England for proportion of children living in poverty. These stats largely contrast those discussed earlier highlighting a clear issue exclusive to Westminster.
We help prevent gang-related crime, truanting and anti-social behaviour in these severely deprived, inner city area. Our services promote commitment with structured activities on a weekly basis; identity through the unity of a group; and the confidence of young people to better their own lives thanks to the guidance of our dedicated youth workers.
We’re not just interested in ticking outcome boxes for young people; meaningful intervention is fundamental to our work. Every week, all year round, we provide for local young people drop-in Youth Club sessions and specialist Youth Service activities. Sessions are delivered all in one safe, contained site at our doorstep Youth Clubs across the borough.
We run sessions throughout the week. During the school holidays we organise trips and extra sessions.Our sessions are drop-ins, so there is always something to do, activities to take part in and new skills to learn.
Example activities: cooking, free-running, cricket, multi-sports, girls group, information advice & guidance, music studio, gym sessions, school holiday and half-term trips, sports tournaments.