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Enfield Youth Support Service provides a wide range of things to do and places to go for young people aged 13 to 19 years of age (or up to 25 for people with a learning difficulty or disability). They also offer information, advice and support on a range of topics, including: careers; jobs; college or university; health; or things to do in leisure time.

Map of Youth Centres and Selected Activities in Enfield

Map of Youth Centres and Selected Activities in Enfield
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Source: Youth Enfield Magazine: Spring 2013

  1. Allan Pullinger Youth Centre
  2. Craig Park Youth Centre
  3. Croyland Youth Centre
  4. Enfield Island Village Youth Centre
  5. Goals for Girls
  6. Oasis Hadley Youth Centre
  7. Ponders End Youth Centre
  8. TAB Centre Plus
  9. The Hanlon Centre
  10. Connexions at the MAC
  11. Youth Action Volunteering Enfield (YAVE)

Within Enfield borough, Enfield Council manages four youth centres and commissions a further two. The Council also provides a number of activities, clubs and services for children and young people, across all age groups.

The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) also provide a wide range of activities, clubs and services. Enfield Children and Young Person’s Service (ECYPS) is an umbrella organisation with charitable status. ECYPS provides advice and support to voluntary and community organisations working with children & young people aged 0-25. They have provided the following summary of the VCS offer:

Pre-School, Toddler: There are a number of parent and toddler groups across Enfield, however there is no registration requirement as many of these groups meet on an informal basis, therefore it is difficult to quantify how many there are across the borough. Children are offered a range of play activities and parents are offered the opportunity to meet up with others. There are also approximately half a dozen soft play centres within the borough. These are a mix of commercial sector and voluntary sector and offer children the opportunity to develop motor skills. Alongside these, there are an estimated three tumble tots groups offering the same kind of activity, and a specialist toy library that specifically caters for families with disabled children.

Pre School: Pre-schools taking children aged 2 and above are OFSTED registered. There are currently just over 100 across the borough. These pre-schools cater for children up to school age and offer from three to five sessions a week for children. They offer Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which includes development of physical and motor skills. In addition to this, soft play and tumble tots provision also cater for this age group.

After School Provision: There are approximately 15 Voluntary and Community Sector after school clubs. These offer both breakfast clubs as well as afterschool provision and will offer a proper breakfast or an afternoon snack, as well as stimulating activities and physical activities. These are predominantly for children in primary schools, although two do cater for disabled children of secondary school age.

Youth Provision: This caters for the 12 and above age group. ECYPS has 27 youth groups that are formally affiliated to its youth consortium and approximately 100 overall on its database. The youth groups may offer a range of activities – including physical activity – coupled with counselling, mentoring, advice on health and sexual health etc. In addition to these they may offer off site trips and outings.

Sports and Physical Activity: There are approximately 150 sports clubs in the Borough which offer a junior section, which mostly covers primary and secondary age groups. In addition to these there a large number of providers offering sporting activity in community halls and other similar spaces who are not registered as ‘sports clubs’. There are also a number of football, cricket, and dance activities offered externally to a formal club setting.

Arts Activities: There are a large number of third sector providers of arts based activities – both performing and visual arts. These range from large theatre groups to small organisations which offer niche provision, or outreach, to schools. There is no formal mechanism for affiliation but ECYPS has approximately 20 such groups on its database.

Mentoring and Counselling: There are a large number of organisations offering mentoring in the borough. Some offer a generic service, some target specific communities and some target particular groups of young people. ECYPS has approximately 20 groups on its database offering this kind of provision. In terms of formal counselling services there are 6 organisations offering counselling services for the primary and secondary age groups.

Supplementary Schools: It is difficult to estimate the number of supplementary schools, as this is a rapidly increasing area of provision. This is a mixed economy of provision from both the voluntary and commercial sector.

Uniformed/Themed Groups: These are the most well established groups and include groups such as: Brownies; Guides; Cubs; Beavers; Rainbows; Scouts; Girls Brigade; Boys Brigade; Sea Cadets; Air Cadets; Police Cadets; Woodcraft Folk; and Environmental Groups etc. There are in excess of 50 such groups within the borough, catering for ages 4 through to 18.

Social Care Support: There are over 20 organisations providing a degree of social care support to children and families – these range from those addressing disability and carers/young carers to specific conditions or illnesses.

Faith Groups and BME Groups: There are an increasing number of faith groups within the borough, however it is difficult to establish an exact number as they do not need to register or be affiliated locally. Both Faith and BME groups may offer a wide range of activities that might include parent and toddler groups, pre-schools, after school and out of school clubs, youth clubs, sports and arts activities and mentoring as well as tuition. On the whole, the majority BME communities are well served with provision – although some communities are better than others. Those communities that have been established over a longer period of time tend to have more community groups catering for a wider range of services. There is an increasing need for BME specific capacity building initiatives.

Further information on Children and Young People is available in the Health of Children, Young People and their Families Chapter, and from:

Children and Young People's Involvement Strategy: 2012 - 2015

Enfield Children and Young People’s Plan 2011 – 2015

Enfield Play Partnership, Play Strategy & Action Plan 2012 – 2015

Schools Information

This page was last updated on 15-Dec-2014.