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Youth Futures

PDT Youth Work continues to take place through the Stowe Centre and our support for Avenues Youth Project that together provide a wide range of activities to over 1,000 young people each year.

Community Champions event, Mozart Estate.Community Champions event, Mozart Estate.

Young People are citizens and throughout its 15 year history, PDT has worked closely with a wide range of partners to improve youth futures in North Westminster.

Dream Arts rehearse at the Cockpit Theatre

The Stowe Centre provides a wide range of after school and holiday activities and programmes for young people aged 13-19.


  • For more information about the Youth Programme at Stowe call Michael Dipple on 020 7266 8223 or email him at micheal@pdt.org.uk.
  • For more information about Young people in North Paddington call Jackie Rosenberg on 020 3214 3300 or her.

To find out what is on locally for children and young people check out our What to do, Where can I go guide for 5-19s.
Fliss’s Fame Academy @ The Stowe Club Paddington

Fliss's Fame Academy @ The Stowe Club
Fliss’s Fame Academy, children designing props for their new drama performance Easter 2016

Through the Stowe Centre we provide world class youth services and deliver to 35% of Westminster’s youth club population.
As well as our ongoing youth and enterprise programmes, the Centre services the high demand for scarce community facilities in Westminster and provides local groups and residents with a premium space at affordable rates. In 2010–11 the centre saw a busy footfall through 20,000 visits including 300 hires by community and voluntary sector groups, 450 hires by local Health Service providers, the City Council and local schools and 100 weddings, christenings, henna parties and funerals.

Our work in breaking the cycle of gang culture is spread over the challenging epicentre of cross-border gang violence spilling out of North Kensington, North Westminster and South Brent, and has united the whole community, young and old, in saying no to the sociopathic minority that terrorise entire neighbourhoods.


We have also taken the lead in organisational ‘co-location’ and open public services integration with Westminster Youth Services now sharing the same space with Westminster Council’s Childrens Services working alongside volunteering, training and employment opportunities provided through sister agencies.

As Chair of the Westminster Community Network, PDT is  developing collaboration and shared purpose among the 150 community groups that make up the network. Many of these represent ethnic minorities who are feeling increasingly marginalised from society. This is a critical issue in Paddington where the density of ethnicity is between 43%–50% of the total community.

Our support for women and families is best expressed by Step Up 2 Fitness, a social enterprise offering exercise and keep fit clubs exclusively for women. Situated at Stowe the demand for the club has tripled since start-up.