Every young person deserves high-quality, open-access youth work in their local community.
Our Champion London Youth campaign shines a light on the positive stories of young Londoners that are all too often overlooked. Youth clubs improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of young people from all backgrounds. For many young people their youth worker plays a critical role during their transition to adulthood, in a space beyond education and the home.
However, over the last eight years, youth services have been cut drastically and it is young people who have suffered. Local authority youth service budgets across London in 2017/18 were £39 million lower than they were in 2011/12, representing an average cut of £1.5 million or 44% per local authority. During this period, 81 youth centres closed and 800 youth workers have been lost.