More about Britannia Youth Project

The Britannia Youth Project began in 2007 and has become an important and respected hub for young people in the Royal Docks area. Since we started, we’ve worked with over 4,600 young men and women in total – that’s an average of over 380 people every year.

The project has an excellent track record of sustainable delivery. We have won funding from a number of sources in recognition of our work, including from the London Borough of Newham, Royal Docks Trust, the National Lottery Community Fund and Jack Petchey Foundation. We greatly appreciate their support.


The purpose of Britannia Youth Project is to:

  • Improve the quality of life of young people living in and around the area
  • Provide a place of safety and belonging, and divert young people from crime and antisocial behaviour
  • Increase personal and social development opportunities, raise the profile and influence of our local young people, and promote positive relationships and role models
  • Promote and improve physical and mental health and wellbeing (including resilience, aspiration, self-confidence and self-esteem)
  • Support social cohesion in the area, through a programme of youth-led initiatives and participation in inter-generational community events

Our approach

At Britannia Youth Project, we want to help our young people to grow, to achieve independence and to reach their full potential. We do this by offering a wide and varied range of activities that help to build skills and confidence, while developing personal and social responsibility at the same time.

Rather than taking a traditional ‘deficit’ approach which over-emphasises local problems, we use an ‘asset-based’ approach, which we believe is much more effective. This allows us to focus on empowering our young people to become actively involved in positive change within their community.

We have a youth-led steering group that meets at least four times a year. It helps to shape our activities, to fundraise and to decide who receives our prestigious Jack Petchey awards.

For more information

All of our team and our young leaders are fully trained in safeguarding. You can view our safeguarding and other key policies on the 'Our Objectives' page.

If you have a question or want to find out more about Britannia Youth Project, please contact us at youth@wsfroyaldocks.org