Young residents

We help prepare our young residents aged 8-19 for the challenges of the modern world, supporting them to stay safe, contribute to society and be the best they can be.

We know that our younger residents can face a range of pressures and influences in their everyday lives.

Through the charity, we fund an in-house youth services team which provides a whole host of activities. In addition, we work with partners to provide youth services for the benefit of young people living in our homes.

Our youth services

We provide free weekly youth clubs, youth focused training, holiday programmes and youth projects.

Our aim is to help our young people to:

  • build friendships,
  • develop self-confidence while showing inter-generational and cultural respect for others,
  • promote their growth of independence and long-term prospects by raising aspirations and improving their social skills, and
  • help them develop and build resilience.

Please note: Due to the coronavirus, we have temporarily closed our youth clubs and have suspended our school holiday programme. However, our youth development officers are available to provide advice and ideas for keeping young people active and to keep you (parents and carers) updated of any changes to the current situation.

Whilst our youth clubs are temporarily closed, we're still running weekly sessions on Zoom for our young residents packed with fun activities such as quizzes, games and arts & crafts. Email us for more details and to book your session.

Also, there are also some great organisations which are continuing to provide help and advice to young people while we wait for our services to go back to normal.

Our youth clubs

Our weekly youth club sessions provide a safe place to socialise and be with friends. We provide a social education programme that include; sports, arts and crafts, cooking, media games and various other creative and fun activities at:

  • Phoenix Heights Community Centre – Isle of Dogs WC1H 8HJ
  • Virginia Quays Community Centre, Poplar E14 2DU

Our school holiday programme

During the school holidays, we provide a calendar of free activities. These help our young residents to have fun, visit museums or other sites of cultural interest, and widen their positive peer network.

In addition, during the holidays, we hold weekday daytime youth clubs at:

  • Gray’s Inn Community Centre, Holborn EC1R 4PJ
  • Hillview Community Centre, King’s Cross WC1H 8HJ

Register to access our youth services

To attend our youth club or one of our school holiday programmes, you will need to register with us first. We can also tell you what activities are taking place near you.

Our youth partnerships

We recognise that schools and other services play an enormous role in the lives of our residents. We work with schools and statutory youth service sectors and other community, charitable and faith based organisations.

We are part of the Housing Associations Youth Network (HAYN) and we partner, and are registered with, London Youth, UK Youth, Youth Employment UK, Centre for Youth Impact and Vision for Young Londoners.

Our community led projects in Tower Hamlets and Camden

Free Maths and English boosters in Tower Hamlets

We fund free, weekly English and Maths tuition for some of the primary school children aged between 8-11 years old in Virginia Quays, Tower Hamlets to help them feel more confident to succeed in their education. The hour-long sessions are delivered in a fun learning environment every Thursday during term time and are run by Tutors United, a not-for-profit organisation which recruits and trains university students to tutor children in communities.

  • On average, pupils increase their Maths results by 51% after 13 hours of tutoring.
  • By the end of a programme, 63% of pupils are achieving the top three writing standards (Year 4, 5 & 6).

Register to access this service

These sessions are very popular and tend to be fully booked. However, please do get in touch to register your interest and to check availability.

Sport activities in Tower Hamlets

We are a partner, along with other housing associations, of the Sports Inspired and London Sport programme in Tower Hamlets. This provides structured and inclusive sports events across different disciplines with coaching and mini-tournaments within the borough.

Partnerships in Camden

We are partners of:

  • N1C Centre in the Kings Cross area where we offer youth activities with the local resident groups.
  • Camden Council’s South Camden Area youth partnership.
  • Roundhouse Community Partnership, which allows our young residents to access their arts and music-based programmes for young people.
First steps into employment, Tower Hamlets

We are working alongside Canary Wharf Group to deliver an employability programme for our young customers aged 16–24.

The programme is for young people who are keen to improve their career prospects.

There will be a total of 6 workshops, ran by a network of professionals with different job roles at Canary Wharf Group.

The sessions will last an hour each, delivered between May and August 2021. Sessions will be hosted virtually with the potential of in person sessions at One Canada Square.

Session 128.05.2111.00 amIntroduction to Employment Programme, purpose and agenda, ice breakers.
Overview of Canary Wharf Group with images/videos, Why is employment important? 
Session 209.06.2111.00 amWhere to apply for jobs?, How to apply for jobs?, How to write a CV.
Session 323.06.2112.00 pmHow to research a company , Interview preparation (how to answer questions), Interview preparation (presentation/how to dress/why this is important).
Session 430.06.2112.00 pmCareer profile, Why is customer service important? 
Session 507.07.2112.00 pm Mock interviews, Mock interview feedback.
Session 614.07.2112.00 pmCareer profiles, presentation from students, feedback for students .

How to register

If you would like to register your interest or have questions about the programme, please contact our Resident Engagement team or Linda Kelly at 

First steps into employment - programme timetable.pdf

First steps into employment - employment programme.pdf

Want to partner with us?

We are always interested in hearing from people and organisations working on similar projects. If you would like to get in touch to find out how we could possibly work together or how you could support or sponsor our existing programmes, please contact us.

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