The Power of Youth Voice

We believe that the voices of young people should be at the heart of our decision-making. The research we undertake involves us working with our community to ensure we are listening and responding directly to the opinions of young people themselves.

This, combined with findings in the sector at both local and national level, help ensure we are always driving Westminster youth services forwards.




Thematic Priorities

Our research and collaboration with youth organisations and young people has helped us identify three key priorities for the borough:

1. Serious Youth Violence
2. Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing
3. Youth Employability

Through programme design, specialised support and grant-giving, we are continuing to work with our community to address these needs. This includes collection of insights and data to provide an evidence base for future initiatives.

Summary of the partnership consultation with community members and young people living in North West Westminster around Serious Youth Violence, prepared by our partners Total Media and their Behave team.

One-year review of Westminster’s youth employability programme delivered by 2-3 Degrees and partners Inspire! and Westminster Befriend A Family.

The project continues to bring together a network of businesses and volunteers to open up access into the world of work for young people in Westminster.

Our Research

Our City, Our Future


Our most recent peer-led piece of research was conducted during 2020, and helped capture the pressures and impact that Covid-19 had on young people. With a particular focus on mental health, social action and access to opportunities, the findings have helped identify key areas of focus in a challenging period for the sector.

Created in partnership with Rocket Science, King’s College London and Partnership For Young London.


A City within a City


In 2017, we began our first study with a team of local peer researchers, looking to understand more deeply the experiences of young people growing up in the borough. This was the formative youth-led piece of work which formed the foundation’s strategic and thematic priorities.

Conducted by Rocket Science in partnership with our members and partners.


Responding to Covid-19

May – July 2020

During the first wave of the pandemic, we ran bi-weekly online focus groups with 10 Westminster youth workers. Our findings were shared with our community via a bulletin, capturing a hyper-local context to ensure we were responding as well as we could during challenging times.


Wider Research

Below, we provide a list of resources that offer further insight into the experiences of young people and the role of youth organisations in both a local and national context.

Research on the dramatic cuts to youth services and the loss of facilities for young people in London.

Needs assessment supporting the intentions to improve services for young adults in Westminster and RBKC.

The Violence Virus

March 2018

A community response to reducing youth violence in London by Tania Skae.

A Space of Our Own

September 2018

London Youth’s report on the role and value of youth organisations in strengthening communities.