Children & Young People


38% of children in Islington live in poverty, the third highest rate in London.

A third of Islington's children live in households where no-one is in work, and well over half of our school-age children are eligible for the 'Pupil Premium', which has a strong negative relationship with academic achievement.

Sadly, Islington is ranked as one of the worst boroughs in England for children across a range of measures, including 'income deprivation'.

Growing up in poverty can make children's lives harder well into adulthood, reducing access to opportunities. We are determined to make a difference for the thousands of children and young people in our borough who are affected by poverty.

How we give children the best chance in life

Our Young Catalyst partners give small amounts of money to local children and their families to spend on memorable activities and life's essentials. Across the borough, Body and Soul, Company Three, Prospex, Mary's Youth Club, Islington Council's No Recourse to Public Funds Team, and MEWSo are able to change young lives.

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How we help young people make the most of their free time

We work to create opportunities for young people at times that suit them. In a borough-wide conversation with 340 young people in 2016, they told us about the kinds of things they want to do in their borough. You can read more about these conversations in our report, published in January 2016, here.

Mentoring Works for hundreds of children and young people

The Mentoring Works programme connects volunteer mentors from some of Islington's largest businesses with almost every secondary school in the borough. These mentors give time to help young people (some of whom are pictured above) control their futures. Now in its sixth year, Mentoring Works has connected 600 mentors with 900 students. You can read more about what this means for students and their mentors here.

Young Grant-Makers

In 2018 we worked with 15 local young people to pioneer a new, inclusive approach to local funding. They worked with the community to design, publicise, and manage their own grants programme. Every Young Grant-Maker was paid the London Living Wage for their time. With delegated responsibility for £80,000, the Young Grant-Makers announced the grant awards from the 2018 programme in December. Find out more here.

Get in touch

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Information sources

  • 'State of Equalities in Islington: Annual Report 2018', Islington Council, available here.