About Unitas Youth Zone
Barnet Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘Unitas’, is an independent charity and is a purpose-built facility for the borough’s young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities.
It is located on Montrose Playing Fields in Burnt Oak, near to Grahame Park and Colindale, as part of the redevelopment and regeneration of the playing fields.
This infrastructure of facilities is based upon OnSide Youth Zones 21st Century Youth Facility Model and young people from across Barnet have access to all these fantastic facilities for a cost of £5 for an annual membership and 50p per visit.
The Youth Zone provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves and will enable young people to raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation.
- Colindale and Burnt Oak are within the bottom 20% of ‘most deprived’ wards in England (IMD 2015)
- Child poverty in the borough is highest in Burnt Oak (36%) and Colindale (37.5%) –against a national average of 29%
- It has extremely high levels of child obesity in Colindale (13.1%) and Burnt Oak (12.1%)
- There are 57,000 young people – estimated growth suggests 114,000 by 2031
Creating the brand
Close to 2,000 local young people have voted to call the Barnet Youth Zone ‘Unitas’, which will now be the official name of London’s second £6m OnSide youth facility.
25 young people of Barnet, made up of members from local partner community groups, have spent the last few months working with London based Design agency SEA Design to draw out the design for their new brand.
Dozens of different names, ideas and designs were narrowed down to just two, which then saw thousands of young people from across Barnet vote on their favourite. Unitas was the clear winner with over 67% of people agreeing on the name.
Young people of Barnet
Throughout the whole development of Barnet Youth Zone, we involve young people as much as possible; it’s their Youth Zone. Young people’s active participation and influence in areas of brand identity, transportation, fundraising and the interior design of the Youth Zone are fundamental to our approach. Our young people’s development group were integral in the planning of Future Youth Zone and were involved in every single stage, from coming up with the name to interviewing staff.