Barking & Dagenham Youth Zone

The Future London Childhood

Future Youth Zone wants disadvantaged children to have the childhood they deserve - the chance to find a sport they enjoy and train to become their best, the skills and knowledge to cook a healthy meal, the friends to support them through adolescence and the experiences that will help them grow.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 June 2021 to 12:00 PM, 22 June 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1172247)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls


United Kingdom


The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected young people, especially those growing up in Barking & Dagenham, London's borough with the highest rates of childhood poverty, obesity and teenage pregnancy, with 20% of young people experiencing one of the toxic trio - addiction, mental health and domestic abuse. These are the young people who miss out on childhood, get left behind their wealthier peers and grow up with low self-esteem and little respect for the society they don't feel a part of.


Future Youth Zone addresses this problem by providing the disadvantaged young people of Barking & Dagenham with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to. Much of young people's development happens outside of school and so it is crucial that quality activities facilitated by youth workers are offered in their community. Future's aims to positively transform young people's lives, inspiring them to make healthier life choices so that they may grow into happier and healthier adults.

  • Future has changed my life. I used to just go to school and come home and never see anyone. Now I’m always at Future trying different activities and have made loads of friends with youth workers and other young people. Because of Future, when I’m older, I want to be a Youth Worker.

    — Katie, aged 15, Future Youth Zone member

  • I cannot thank you enough and your team for all the hard work you do for our children. Having the Youth Zone (futurebility) is one of the best opportunities that has been offered to us. You and your team have made our family’s life better.

    — Parent of Future Youth Zone member