About OnSide and the Youth Zone Network

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We are part of the OnSide Network, a growing group of next generation youth centres across the UK with the same mission: to give all young people somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.

Between us we support tens of thousands of young people nationwide. As the OnSide Network grows together, it works together. We support each other by sharing ideas, learning from each other about what works for young people and by championing the power of youth work locally, regionally and nationally.

More than 50,000 young people are already members of OnSide’s growing network in areas including: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bolton, Blackburn, Carlisle, Chorley, Croydon, Manchester (Harpurhey and Gorton), Oldham, Warrington, Wigan, Wirral and Wolverhampton.

We are proud to be part of a network that has been putting young people and their needs first for over a decade. It’s inspiring. It’s empowering. And it works.


What Makes The Hive Youth Zone?

What makes a Youth Zone?

As an OnSide Youth Zone, The Hive is built on the following foundations:

  • A private sector-led board, heading up an independent local charity
  • A sustainable funding model
  • A four-way partnership between the private sector, local authority, young people and the community
  • A function, inspirational building design based on how young people engage, socialise and participate

Tried & Tested Model

A tried and tested model

The Youth Zone model is based on the successful Bolton Lads Club, which was established in 1889. Over the last thirty years Bolton Lads and Girls Club was run by Jeremy Glover MBE, who recognised that there was a desire from local businesses to support activities for young people because they saw the benefits for their business, their people and the community.

In 2002, the club received a £5 million investment in Bolton’s young people. Today, Bolton Lads and Girls Club opens 7 days-a-week, 52 weeks-a-year for all young people aged 8-21 years old and up to 25 for those with a disability or learning difficulty.

Over the last seven years, OnSide has set about replicating the success of Bolton Lads and Girls Club in other towns and cities across the country, bringing together the public and private sectors to develop strong local partnerships, executive teams and to manage the build prior to handing over completely to each of the independent Youth Zones.

Want to know more about the OnSide Youth Zone Network? Click here.



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