What We Do

Young people today face many challenges such as social exclusion, poverty, mental health, education, employment, violence, drugs, alcohol, sexual behaviour, media and peer pressure, the list can seem endless.  In response, they can feel that any hope of achieving their aspirations or reaching their full potential is limited or even non-existent.  This can lead them to make unhealthy choices that have a long-term impact.  At times their behaviour seems like they don’t care – when in fact they do, they just don’t know how to deal with the challenges they face and at times leads them into following an unhealthy cycle which leads to disengagement from society, social exclusion etc.

SWAY’s work assists young people through their adolescent development.  This includes facilitating their learning and understanding about themselves, others and society, helping them develop stronger relationships and collective identities; and respecting and valuing differences.  Our approach is holistic as our aim is to engage and develop the whole person (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual), as we recognise the concept that human beings are multi-dimensional. Our starting point is based on the needs of the young person with emphasis on the relationships we form.


SWAY provides support to children and young people through a range of activities that assist that assists them in reaching their full potential and contributing positively to the community they live in.  Engaging with children and young people aged 8yrs – 16yrs+ which includes signposting young people to professional agencies according to their individual areas of need.   SWAY’s approach assists in reducing the risk of disengagement from society, anti-social behaviour and works towards improving participants well-being and community cohesion – the aim is Social Inclusion.  Our activities encourage the participation of children and young people from low-income families, recognising over a third of children in Brent currently live in a low-income household. 


Main Projects:

  • Outreach
  • Youth Club Café
  • Schools & Outreach Project
  • Summer Holiday Activities



SWAY is a member of the following organisations


Young Brent Foundation – YBF is an umbrella membership organisation, developed for the benefit of all youth providers across the borough of Brent.  Supporting voluntary sector organisations, working with children and young people in the Borough at a time Brent faces severe challenges and funding cuts.  And a time, where the need for young people’s services in Brent has never been greater


Young Brent foundation is one of four separate Young People Foundations set up by John Lyon’s Charity to address local needs alongside the Young Barnet Foundation, Young Harrow Foundation and more recently Young Camden Foundation. As membership led organisations, each is fully inclusive, free to join and open to any group that works with children and young people for the benefit in the community in their respective boroughs.  A key founding aims of the community led, Young People’s Foundation is to create an innovative flagship and partnership model that unites a fragmented and diverse voluntary youth sector, and creates a strong united voice, equipping members with the training, resources and financial support they need to increase overall capacity and develop a more sustainable future to benefit young people.


London Youth – Founded in 1887 because the individual youth organisations of the day knew that they were stronger and could achieve more for young people by working together. Since then, much has changed for young Londoners, but the need to work together is more pressing than ever.  Since 1887, we have worked with our members to offer young people a wide range of high-quality opportunities for learning and fun and to build strong trusted relationships with adults and their peers.

We spent the twentieth century as two separate charities, The Federation of Boys’ Clubs and The Union of Youth Clubs, which worked primarily with girls. In 1999 the charities merged to create The Federation of London Youth Clubs. That’s still our legal name, though we prefer London Youth.  We’re proud of our history, helping young people become the best they can be for over 130 years.

With local authority funding hugely reduced and activities for young people being lost, it is more important than ever to ensure youth provision remains available for young people in their communities. London Youth continues to provide a united voice and support for community youth organisations and youth workers across the capital.

Across London, young people need opportunities outside education and the home to have fun with their friends, to be healthy and creative, to make a positive change in their communities, and to shape the kind of city they want for the future.  London Youth, together with our network of over 400 community organisations, creates opportunities for tens of thousands of young people every year.  With local authority funding greatly reduced and activities for young people being lost as a direct result, it is more important than ever to invest in our network, youth workers and the young people they support.