Central London Youth Development began in 1996 with a collection of young people in the Church Street area of Westminster. The organisation's main aim is to engage young people in a way where they would identify their own issues and look for solutions.
The organisation obtained its charity status in April 2004. At first, we prioritised supporting vulnerable young people whose circumstances and experiences acted as barriers to participation in social, educational and economic activities. We sought and continue to seek projects for young people, managed by young people, but have also come to realise that the difficulties facing young people are difficulties facing by the larger community. Therefore, we are working with parents and the wider community by initiating various programmes.
More than 27 years into our work, CLYD continues to pursue the strengths and skills of our local areas, enhancing and empowering talented people of the local community. Not only do we spot local skills, but we give people platforms and celebrate our thriving community. We help people to take control of their own circumstances with skills, Training and guidance while also connecting and supporting people to pursue their own projects, co-produced with members of the community in order to meaningfully tackle disadvantage, inequality and institutional neglect while recognise the skills, power and influence that we do have.