The Prince of Wales will visit WEST Youth Zone

On Thursday 14th March, The Prince of Wales will visit WEST Youth Zone to see our brand-new purpose-built facilities that will soon be available to young people in West London.

WEST are excited to welcome His Royal Highness to mark the first time young people will have access to the Youth Zone.

Please view announcement from Kensington Palace below:

Learn Why WEST Youth Zone Loves International Women’s Day!

WEST Youth Zone supports International Women’s Day as it is our aim to make the youth zone accessible for all young people in the local community no matter how they identify.

What is International Women’s Day?

Today, 8th March 2024, marks this year’s International Women’s Day. The focal point of the movement is to support women’s rights and highlight issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and abuse towards women. 

This year’s theme is #InspireInclusion. International Women’s Day wants to imagine a world with gender equality; a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. This day brings people together to collectively highlight these women focused topics and #InspireInclusion. 

Why does WEST Youth Zone support International Women’s Day?

WEST Youth Zone supports International Women’s Day as it is our aim to make the youth zone accessible for all young people in the local community no matter their gender, race, faith, identity, ability, and how they identify. We embody our name “WEST – Where Everybody Sticks Together”. Therefore, always enabling IWD’s focal point of gender equality. 

What will WEST offer to support girls inside the Youth Zone?

Once open, WEST will offer a “Just for Girls” session each Sunday. The weekly sessions will allow members that identify as female to have exclusivity of the building. The sessions will be led by what our young girls want to do. Here at WEST, we will listen to what activities are needed to create invaluable and rewarding girls only sessions. 

In Hammersmith and Fulham, there are a wide variety of races and faiths. According to the 2021 Censes, the West London postcode area have 40.8% of people identifying as non-white compared to 18.3% in the whole of England & Wales (see Plumplot). It is important our Youth Zone supports women no matter their race, faith, and wider identity to ensure belonging and inspire inclusion within the local community. 

No matter how you identify, WEST will provide young people with “Somewhere to go, Something to do, and Someone to talk to”.

Our Just for Girls sessions aim to enable female empowerment away from the potentially uncomfortable mixed gender club sessions. Some examples are: 

  • Just for Girls Gym Classes to improve strength and confidence.
  • The discussion of female topics in our Health and Wellbeing room such as women’s sexual health and social media pressures for girls.
  • Female self defence classes in our Boxing Gym.  
  • Arts and Crafts activities to enable creativity and release emotions.
  • A variety of sports lead by women Youth Workers such as Netball, Tennis, Football, and Hockey.
  • Just for Girl cooking sessions in our Teaching Kitchen to support Women’s Health. 
  • Girls only music sessions will embrace their race, faith, ability, and how they identify. 
  • and much more!

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Sign Up Today!

If you are interested in being a member at WEST to access to our Just for Girls sessions, sign up today here: Become a Member!

Do you think you can add more to our Just for Girls sessions? You can volunteer at WEST Youth Zone by filling out this form: Become a Volunteer!

WE NEED YOU! Volunteering Will Make a Huge Difference in West London

Are you eager to meet new people? Do you want to acquire new skills? Do you want to have some fun? Most importantly, do you want to make huge impact in the West London Community? Volunteer with WEST Youth Zone today!

WEST Youth Zone, based in Hammersmith & Fulham, is looking for committed and friendly volunteers to help deliver a world-class service to West London’s young people. Our volunteers will be from a range of backgrounds and possess varied skills. No experience is needed to make a difference in your local community.

We are recruiting volunteers in the following areas:

  • Youth Worker
  • Holiday Club Youth Worker
  • Football Coaching Volunteer
  • Arts & Crafts Volunteer
  • Climbing Coach Volunteer
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneur Volunteer
  • Kitchen Volunteer
  • Cooking Teacher Volunteer
  • Music Teacher Volunteer
  • Media Volunteer
  • Performing Arts Volunteer
  • Sports and Gym Coach/Trainer Volunteer
  • Health and Wellbeing Volunteer
  • Boxing Instructor Volunteer
  • and more!

One of the main reasons to volunteer with WEST is to be able to contribute to the vibrant community based in White City and help young people realise their potential. However, it’s not just about what you can do for others. Here’s what it can do for you:

  • Volunteering can give your CV a boost
    • According to Reed Employment, 73% of the UK’s leading businesses said they would employ someone who’s volunteered over someone who hasn’t.
  • You can meet new people
    • At a Youth Zone, you will meet people from different cultures and backgrounds that you may not normally be around. It is a great way the expand your cultural knowledge and meet like-minded people.
  • It can improve your confidence
    • Whilst is WEST, you will get the chance to do things you might not normally do – this can be a real confidence boost!

If you’re unsure whether volunteering is the right fit for you, join us for our Volunteer Drop-In Sessions held throughout January 2024. Come and explore the exciting opportunities that WEST has to offer and meet our friendly Youth Worker team.

Event Details:

  • Dates: Tuesday 23rd January and Friday 26th January 2024
  • Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – drop in at any time!
  • Location: WEST Youth Zone, South Africa Road, London, W12 7TF

On session, a free hot meal will be provided, and travel expenses can be reimbursed. Join us, and together, we can contribute to the vibrant community in West London!

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shineade Burton, or visit our Volunteering Page if you have any questions.