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Young People Friendly Neighbourhoods

I got involved because I wanted to make a difference to where I live and I wanted people to help me. I thought: ‘I’ve had the help, so why shouldn’t I help other young people?
Nicole Lee
Circle Crew for Change

Young People Friendly Neighbourhoods (YPFN) pioneered a new kind of youth work that helped 11-19 year olds to shape and run the services designed to help them.

YPFN, supported by the Department for Education, saw Groundwork, in partnership with Sanctuary Housing, FPM and Youth Access, work with around 1,700 young people from 20 housing estates across England where youth nuisance and anti-social behaviour were significant problems.

Building on local partnerships with housing providers, residents, local authorities and other community organisations, young people helped to run and partly own local youth services, while also benefiting from learning, skills development and employment opportunities.

As well as traditional youth clubs and activities, young people with particularly complex needs received specialist targeted advice and counselling on a broad range of issues including pregnancy and drug and alcohol misuse.

Through YPFN, a group of young people in the North-East established the country’s first youth mutual, Circle Crew for Change. CCfC gives young people control over how council money for youth services is spent in their area – and enables them to raise cash elsewhere.