Youth Space is one of the early projects of Osmani Trust (formally know as BLYDA), from 1989 the project has been led by the youth for the youth. The organisation has been able to self-determine its own direction and approach to work. This has resulted in good relationships with young people, especially the hard to reach sector of the youth population who are disengaged from any form of mainstream provision.
The catchment area for the project is ‘Tower Hamlets’, a borough marked with economic decline, high-density social housing and a high level overcrowding. There is also a worrying rise in the number of youth getting involved in criminal activities and drug use.
Aims & objectives
Youth Space aims to empower young people through advice, information, education and practical support, to allow them to make informed decisions about their lives. The Project aims to be more than just a ‘youth club’ and sees the development, needs and aspirations of young people as paramount. And takes a leading role in representing the views of young people at all levels.
Over the years the projects has been growing and has developed to offer a significant number of services to the youth of Tower Hamlets. It’s current portfolio of activities are outline regular youth club sessions, football project, holiday schemes and working closely with local Schools and PRU to offer a tailor made projects for excluded pupils.
The strongest asset of the Youth Space is its ability to connect with youth and mobilise positive action. Youth Space aims to:
1. Maintain a grass roots approach
2. Ensure young people have a voice in the delivery and management of projects
3. Participate on strategic forums
4. Build new partnership
5. Invest in the next generation of young people
6. Remain locally based
The vision is to continue and develop on the learning achieved, continue to service the community, and become a market leader in providing activities that are meaningful, relevant, transparent and accountable.