Our City, Our Future

Our City, Our Future is Young Westminster Foundation’s 2020/21 needs analysis, covering the issues and experiences of young people growing up in Westminster over the past year. To produce this report, we worked with a trained group of 10 young people as peer researchers, in addition to hearing from youth workers and practitioners through a series of online focus groups, conducted in partnership with Rocket Science, Partnership for Young London and King’s College London’s MSC in Public Policy & Management Programme.

Following on from A City Within A City in 2017, we have been able to capture insights into the areas of life that matter most to young people today, with emerging focuses on employment, mental health & wellbeing, social action and access to information on local services. Importantly, it has also shown us that despite a challenging year, young people in Westminster are optimistic for their future.

This report serves as a tool for the wider Westminster community including YWF’s 100+ member organisations, business partners, Westminster City Council, Met Police and NHS to collaborate and to open a conversation about the needs of young people and act together.




Get Involved

Sign-up to our programme of webinars and round-table discussions covering key themes raised in Our City, Our Future.

Thursday 25th March, 11:00 – 12:00
Our City, Our Future: Launch Webinar
(Featuring key findings & recommendations, hearing from peer researchers and brief Q&A – open for all)

Thursday 22nd April, 10:00 – 11:00
Our City, Our Future: YWF Business Webinar
What does the future of work look like for young people and businesses in Westminster?
(Discussing employability findings/recommendations and the future of work post covid-19 for children and young people)

Tuesday 11 May, 14:00-15:00
Our City, Our Future: Health & Wellbeing Webinar
(Exploring mental health, physical health, sexual health and more. Inviting commissioners, members and partners working in youth health & wellbeing)

Thursday 3rd June, 11:00 -12:00
Our City, Our Future: Youth Social Action Webinar
(Hearing from young people themselves, reflecting on the findings and recommendations and exploring how members and partners across the borough can involve young people in decision making)

Westminster Youth Worker Catch-Ups
Staff from member organisations are invited to discuss findings and calls to actions, specific to each locality in Westminster on our monthly catch-ups. Please contact Hazel on hazel@youngwestminster.com to receive a calendar invite for your area.

Tuesday 4th May, 14:00 – 15:00: North East Westminster
Thursday 6th May, 14:00 – 15:00: North West Westminster
Thursday 13th May, 14:00 – 15:00: South Westminster

What We Found