Please note that the myplace project has finished and there is no more funding or support available. This website will no longer be updated. Any information on this site was correct at the time of publication.


This site provides free help and resources for young people and those who work with them.  Most of what you will find on the site is practical guidance and information on:

  • how to design, fund and build a youth centre (or improve the one you have)
  • how to run a youth centre and deliver a wide range of exciting and involving activities
  • how to prove the value of what you are doing for young people, the community and beyond

A lot of the material on the site was first developed to support myplace centres and it is still particularly relevant to the 63 myplace centres throughout England. But most people planning and delivering activities with young people in non-formal and informal settings will find something useful here. We will be regularly updating and adding to the resources so if you can't find what you need now, it may be worth checking again in the future.






We will also continue to update information about myplace centres and provide an information hub for myplace centres as they open and develop.


We are providing this website free of charge but unfortunately we have to ask that anyone who wants to use it logs in to the site first to get access to our full content. We promise that we won't use your information to do anything other than send you a regular newsletter from the site and that this newsletter will focus on information that you may find useful. You will find information on the site about our services and we would of course be delighted to discuss these with you.


We would also be really happy to include information about your project on our project pages and to share information and resources that you may have developed with others. So feel free to contact us on the contact and comment buttons throughout the site or by email.


Interactive Map

The map shows where to find the myplace projects approved so far.

You can find out a bit more about projects by clicking on the map. 

Click a Region to see a list of projects funded by myplace.

Latest News

Giant Leap Forward For Carlisle Youth Zone Fundraising

carlisle_youth_zone_newsletterFundraising for Carlisle Youth Zone has taken a giant leap forward thanks to a cheque presentation by Olympic gold medalist, and world record breaking long-jumper, Jonathan Edwards.


myplace project does the double

hinckley_youth_centre_drawingHinckley Club for Young People wins two prestigious building awards


Hearing Unheard Voices Campaign Awards 2011

huv_awardsKnow a young campaigner or a group of young campaigners who deserve recognition for their work? Then why not nominate them for the Hearing Unheard Voices Campaign awards?


The Showroom - The Opening and Beyond

the_showroom_logoLincoln's The Showroom project had its official grand opening a whole back now on Monday 4th April.  However, seeing as we've only just come back into the land of the living, we thought we had better catch up.


Sponsorship Workshops

poundFor those projects that are looking to inject a few extra funds then we might just be able to help through our specifically designed sponsorship workshops.


Carlisle Youth Zone open for business

Carlisle Youth zoneTim Loughton, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Children and Families, has officially opened the new state-of-the-art Carlisle Youth Zone today.


Government funding for youth services

Department for EducationThe Department for Education has published an overarching narrative that brings together all the issues from the discussion papers on the Positive for Youth web page.


Spotlight Youth Centre business plan

Spotlight Youth CentreThe business plan is one of the most important things when looking to set up a new venture. It is not a small document (probably likely to run well over 100 pages long) and needs to be detailed and professional. However, that is easier said than done, and it is often the business plan that projects require help with.


Sir Steve Redgrave golf day raises £23,000

sir_steve_charity_golf1A golf day, featuring myplace ambassador Sir Steve Redgrave, has raised £23,000 for OnSide North West.


Extreme Connections launches

Extreme Connectionsis an amazing new extreme sports facility based in the heart of Hemel Hempstead. This brand new, world class facility boasts an impressive skate park, a 14m high climbing wall, a bouldering wall, one of the world's largest organic indoor caving systems and a challenging high ropes course. XC opens to the public on Saturday 23rd July 2011.


Lewisham youngsters scoop volunteering award

wells_park_lewishamYoung people from Lewisham's Wells Park Youth Facility project have received the Make a Difference award for their commitment to volunteering in the area.


What the myplace support team offers

support_team_logo_croppedFor those who are unaware of just what the Support Team has to offer, here is a bit of a rundown of what we can do to help your project.


Business plan check and challenge

business_plan_checkBasically this is a business plan review. You all have a business plan so that's nothing new but through this review we will help projects operate this plan in a viable and appropriate way.



Financial sustainability workshops

march_workshop_2011A few months ago, the myplace Support Team ran a couple of financial sustainability workshops. These were held in already open myplace centres; the first in Halton's C-RMZ and the second at the Bridgwater YMCA. This was a great way of showing projects that are still being planned or built just how existing centres are dealing with financial sustainability. It also gave delegates a good opportunity to mingle with their peers and trade tips and experiences. In both cases the centre managers were asked about what had gone right and wrong, the highs and lows, and the challenges that still lay ahead, and they were very honest in their answers; something that will undoubtedly help the projects that attended.

Project scoops hat-trick of awards!

teesdale_hub_1The Hub project in Barnard Castle, Teesdale can give themselves a massive pat on the back after winning three awards at the 2011 North East Constructing Excellence Awards.



Case Studies


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