We have pledged our support to Hammersmith and Fulham’s young people by becoming a Founder Patron of the borough’s new OnSide Youth Zone contributing towards the charity’s annual £1.3million running costs.

The Youth Zone, named WEST (standing for "where everyone sticks together") after a vote by nearly 3,000 local young people, is being developed by the national charity OnSide, which has a network of 14 similar centres across the UK.

Once developed, it will be run as an independent, local charity as a unique partnership between young people and their community, local authorities and private business leadership.

 “We are absolutely delighted that Westfield is supporting WEST OnSide Youth Zone. We are at a very exciting time with work beginning on-site, so to receive this incredible support from Westfield and all our other Founder Patrons is especially pleasing. WEST will give young people somewhere safe and inspirational to spend their leisure time with so many exciting things to do and trained youth workers to talk to.”

Mark Davies, Chair of WEST OnSide Youth Zone

Open seven days a week, WEST will provide young people aged 8-19 (and up to 25 for those with additional needs) affordable access to a wide range of programmes, services and activities including sports, arts, music, employability and mentoring. Membership will cost £5 a year with young people then paying just 50p each visit, which will give them access to all the facilities and activities on offer.

Work on the WEST OnSide Youth Zone began in July 2021 and is due to open in 2023 as part of EdCity, a new £150m not-for-profit regeneration scheme in White City that will bring improved community facilities, new affordable homes and an innovative education hub to White City in west London.

WEST OnSide Youth Zone