Our mission and vision

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Working together for young Londoners for 137 years

We are London Youth: a charity on a mission to champion and strengthen London’s youth organisations so young people have the opportunities and skills they need to succeed. We do this with and through our members – a network of 600 youth organisations – and at our two outdoor residential centres, Hindleap Warren and Woodrow High House.  

Throughout our 137-year history, community youth organisations have provided a constant lifeline and a vital safe space outside the family and formal education, where young people can develop confidence, resilience and skills. Young people need opportunities outside school to have fun with their friends, to make a positive change in their communities and to shape the city they live in.  

We look to work with all young people, focusing particularly on those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the kind of opportunities we offer.  

In 2022-2023, we worked with 571 member youth organisations who supported more than 650k+ young Londoners. 24,680 young people took part in our programme events and activities, with 15,000 enjoying activities at our two outdoor learning centres, Woodrow and Hindleap. We supported 1,442 youth professionals at over 164 of our training and network sessions. 

Our vision is that all young Londoners grow up healthy, able to express themselves, navigate a fulfilling career and make a positive contribution in their communities.

Because good youth work works.




Read our strategy 2023-2026


London Youth was founded in 1887 because the individual youth organisations of the day knew that they were stronger and could achieve more for young people by working together. Since then, much has changed for young Londoners, but the need to work together is more pressing than ever.

Since 1887, we have worked with our members to offer young people a wide range of high quality opportunities for learning and fun and to build strong trusted relationships with adults and their peers.

We grew from the Ragged Schools movement of the 19th century, inspired by the simple idea that every young person, irrespective of background and circumstance, has something to gain from somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.

We spent the twentieth century as two separate charities, The Federation of Boys’ Clubs and The Union of Youth Clubs, which worked primarily with girls. In 1999 the charities merged to create The Federation of London Youth Clubs. That’s still our legal name, though we prefer London Youth.

We’re proud of our history, helping young people become the best they can be for 135 years.

With local authority funding hugely reduced and activities for young people being lost, it is more important than ever to ensure youth provision remains available for young people in their communities. London Youth continues to provide a united voice and support for community youth organisations and youth workers across the capital.