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Find information about events, activities and other support for children, young people and their families.

Children and young people

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On this page, you’ll find information for young people, including signposting to events and activities, opportunities from a range of organisations across Westminster, support and other useful resources.

Events and activities

There's a wide range of free recreational activities for children and young people to take part in across Westminster. To see what’s on offer for young people who live and study in Westminster, visit the Our City website.  

Or why not check out the latest opportunities from the council below:

Libraries

Sports

Creative activities with City Lions 

Education, wellbeing and more

If you're running an event or activity for young people, fill in our form to have it featured on the council’s events page.

Food provision

You can receive free school meals if your child attends a school based in Westminster. 

Find information on applying for free school meals

Fresh and affordable food can also be accessed at pantries in Westminster.

Westbourne Park Pantry, Westbourne Park Baptist Church, W2 5DX

  • Thursdays, from 10am to 1pm and 3:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Fridays, from 10am to 1pm

For more information, visit Your Local Pantry or email [email protected]

The Abbey Centre Community Pantry, 34 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU

  • Wednesdays, from 9am to 1pm
  • Fridays, from 9am to 1pm

To register, visit their website. For more information, email [email protected] or phone 020 7222 0303.

Partner organisations

Find out more about the variety of youth organisations we work with and what they have to offer.

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The Young Westminster Foundation (YWF) supports young people in Westminster through sharing information offered by a variety of services and organisations across the city. 

With Young K&C, YWF have recently launched a new online platform, Our City, connecting young Londoners with free or low-cost activities in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. 

All projects are run by friendly and experienced local organisations who are passionate about creating opportunities for young people. From football academies, to drama groups, to youth clubs, there are loads of great things to do in your area.

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City Lions is a programme run by Westminster City Council and offers opportunities for 13 to 16-year olds access to exclusive events within the creative industry. Joining City Lions is a great way for young people to gain work experience and build their creative skills. In 2021, they are running a series of virtual and face-to-face programmes.

Sign up for one of their programmes

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There are a number of Westminster Youth Hubs to get involved with for a variety of age ranges. Youth Hubs are a great way to make friends and learn new skills. Check out some of the youth clubs in Westminster below to find one for you. 

Avenues  

Avenues youth project are based in North Westminster. The club has a site with great facilities including classrooms, a kitchen, a dance studio, a recording studio, a radio room and a large hall.

Check out what is on offer from Avenues 

Four Feathers  

Four Feathers youth club is situated next to Regent's Park and welcomes young people aged 8-19 from Marylebone and surrounding areas within London. Four Feathers run a senior and junior club from Tuesday to Friday after school with a range of activities including boxing, IT, music, dance, sport, arts and crafts and much more.

See the full activity timetable

St Andrew's 

St Andrew’s is the world’s oldest youth club, founded in 1866. The club is based in South Westminster and is open to ages 5 and above. St Andrew’s run a range of activities from archery to music production, cookery to chess, screen printing to photography, karate to arts and crafts. The club work with some of London’s most exciting organisations including the English National Opera and Tate Britain.

Find out more about membership and activities

Future Men

Future Men manage two youth hubs in Westminster: Churchill Gardens and The Amberley. They support boys and young men to become dynamic future men. The youth hubs provide a space for young people aged 8 to 19 to take part in activities such as music production, sport and games, as well as development programmes such as healthy relationships, inclusion and diversity training.

Find out more

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ActiveWestminster was launched by Westminster City Council to encourage residents to be more active. Check out their website for information about sites in Westminster where you can exercise, find activities and events for young people as well as online videos and tools for working out at home.

Other resources

Scroll down and click on the links below for resources and support for young people, individuals with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, and their families.

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The Westminster Family Information Service can offer free, impartial advice for parents and carers of children aged up to 19 (and up to 25 years for those with additional needs). 

Find out more about the service and how it can support you

Their young people’s hub has useful information and guidance to support young Westminster residents, with support for wellbeing and mental health, education and money worries.

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Our local SEND offer provides children and young people (and their families) guidance and/or service information relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Visit our Family Information Service website to find out more about our local SEND offer, as well as useful tools and resources. 

If you are a young person in Westminster you can also learn more about how to get involved with council activities on the children and young people’s participation page.

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A wide range of support is available by phone, text and online for children and young people who need help with their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

The majority of this can be accessed by young people directly (with no referral required), including a range of 24-hour resources and support. 

You can find information with a range of different types of support on our Family Information Service.

Our handy leaflet below also explains the different types of support available. Download it and share it with other young people. 

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Family Hubs provide support for parents, carers and their children, and young people up to the age of 19 (or to 25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities).

Westminster has three Family Hubs in the South (Bessborough Centre), North East (Church Street) and North West (Queens Park) of the city.

Friendly, experienced and qualified staff are based in the Hubs who can assist families with making choices and using services. 

Find out more about Family Hubs