Activities for young people in Newham

Activities for people with special educational needs (11 -25 years old)

To see the current offer for SEND young people, aged 11-25 years old, please visit our Local Offer page. There is also broader information relating to SEND support in the borough on the Local Offer page.

Digital Youth Zones

Each Youth Zone is running a weekly programme, and if you'd like to take part in any of the sessions, you can sign up online and join the Youth Zone of your choice.

Once we’ve received your details a youth worker from that Zone will be in touch to get permission from your parent  or carer to arrange an introductory Zoom session. You can use either a smart phone or a laptop with a webcam to do this. The youth workers can talk you through this if you are unsure how to.

In this first meeting you’ll get a chance to ask any questions, meet the youth workers, find out more about what’s going on, and the team will complete your registration by taking a photo for your record. You’ll then be sent the links which will enable you to access the sessions you are interested in.

The contact details and Instagram account details for each Youth Zone are listed below.

Beckton Globe Youth Zone: 07563 546 726

Follow Beckton Globe Youth Zone on Instagram

Forest Gate Youth Zone: 07999 601 878

Follow Forest Gate Youth Zone on Instagram

Little Ilford Youth Zone: 07563 546 725

Follow Ilford Youth Zone on Instagram

Shipman Youth Zone: 07999 601 118

Follow Shipman Youth Zone on Instagram

Digital Youth Zones: Stay connected

Keep up to date with what is going, check out our Digital Youth Zone programme and follow the Youth Empowerment Services on Instagram.

Newham’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Newham children and young people benefit from free food and activities during school holidays

Newham Council is running a Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme –  to provide free food and fun activities for thousands Newham children and young people during the school holidays.

Funded by the Government, the HAF programme, which forms part of Newham’s Young People and Food Security Strategy, is helping to tackle food poverty and holiday hunger faced by around one third of Newham’s children and young people.

The programme’s spokesperson said: “School holidays are a particularly difficult time for some families because of reduced income and increased costs relating to food and childcare.

“For some children and young people, this can lead to holiday hunger and a poor experience during the holidays. Children from these families more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health.

“These children are also less likely to access organised out-of-school activities and are more likely to experience social isolation.”

To deliver this year’s programme, Newham Council partnered with schools, the voluntary, community and faith sector and other local organisations to provide free holiday club places for children, who would usually receive free school meals during term time.

As well as receiving a healthy meal each day, children participated in a range of activities including music, art, yoga, climbing and abseiling, archery, canoeing and other sports, as well as maths, literacy and science.

Below are some comments from children and young people who benefited from the HAF programme this summer:

"This is really fun to play with my friends. . . Where I live there is no nearby park, so I spend most of the time in our flat watching TV or playing on my Xbox.”

 “I’ve not been bored in these holidays”

“I’ll never forget the kind staff. You are like my family”

 “I’ve learnt how to do new things”

One parent said: "The children never used to drink milk at home whereas they are drinking it now and also they are trying vegetables like peas and tomatoes which they didn't before."

Another parent said: "This programme has had such a positive impact on my daughter and us as a family. We’re new to the area and haven’t had the chance to meet new people or learn more about the community.

“As a result of going to this summer programme my daughter has learnt new skills and we’ve both made new friends.

“Every morning she was so excited to get ready and go. Thank you so much for putting this on despite the pandemic. It has really made our summer special!"

The programme, which is backed by football-star-turned-food-poverty-campaigner Marcus Rashford is funded in Newham by the Government for another three years. 

For up-to-date information on Newham’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme, please visit our Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) page.

Youth Empowerment Weekly Programme

Find out information about the Youth Empowerment Fund, Zones info, what is going on in Youth Zones, Participation Projects, Duke of Edinburgh, Youth Climate Assembly and much more on the padlet below. 

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Youth Zones

Within our Youth Zones, teams of dedicated youth workers support young people age 9-15 to access and undertake a process of Social and Emotional learning through our:

  • quality youth work practice
  • comprehensive youth work offer (experiences and opportunities)
  • safe, varied and inviting youth work settings

Young people are supported to develop skills within the areas of - Responsibility, Empathy, Problem Solving, Initiative , Teamwork and Emotion Management all underpinned by the foundational domain of safety (physical, social and emotional).

Skills developed in these areas are transfer into other areas of young people’s lives including - Education, Employment, Health, Family and Community.

It is our intention that throughout undertaking this process as well as beyond, young people will:

  • Feel Valued
  • Have Influence
  • Feel Safe
  • Realise their Potential


Information about the sessions each Zone and other Youth Empowerment Service area are running can be found in their relevant section here Newham Families Advice and Support | Youth Zones

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Last updated: 21/02/2024

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