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We believe that everyone in Islington should have the opportunity to improve their life.

At Mary’s, we do all we can to help children, young people and other community groups to discover for themselves what they are capable of and inspire them to pursue their goals.

We want to make a difference.  Do you?

When you hire a room at Mary’s, you’re getting your own space – a competitively-priced space that really works for you – and you can feel pleased that you’re doing something for young people in Islington.

At Mary’s Youth Club, young people aged between 11 and 25 will get the opportunities and confidence to develop the skills they need for their future.

At Mary’s Pre-School, we can help you ensure that your children will get the best start in life.

At Mary’s Play Scheme, your children will have an action-packed, enjoyable time which they will want to return to.

Join us this summer!

June 30th, 2016 | Published in Youth Club

Check out our summer workshops and courses for young people

  We are delighted to have been awarded funding by Islington council, and are pleased to announce our summer activity line-up. For the chance to prepare for your theory test, learn some first aid and take part in an enterprise challenge (and more!), please click below.   Click HERE to find out more and book.  

Summerversity for 13 years+

The Launchpad for 16 years+

FREE for young people living in OR being educated in the borough of Islington.
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Volunteer Opportunities at Mary’s YouthClub

June 9th, 2016 | Published in Jobs, Youth Club

We have a range of exciting volunteer opportunities to help make a real difference to the lives of young people in our youth club. DBS checks and references will be required as part of our safer recruitment policy.  Click here to find out more!

Weekly activities (kids & adults)

March 1st, 2016 | Published in Uncategorized

For the weekly schedule of kids activities click here. For the weekly schedule of adult activities and classes click here.

A boost for Mary’s and young people in Islington

February 17th, 2016 | Published in General, Spotlight, Youth Club

The winners of the Big Lottery Fund awards for 2016 have just been announced – and Mary’s Youth Club on Upper Street is one of them.  The club has been awarded £325,000 over a three year period to expand its activities, particularly in the area of employability.

Said Rebecca Mills, Youth Development Manager, ‘We know from our regular surveys amongst young people in Islington that their most pressing issue is unemployment…not surprisingly, since youth unemployment in Islington is almost double the average for London as a whole.  That’s why we’ve wanted to be able to offer careers, apprenticeship and work experience advice, along with CV-writing and interview techniques to as many young people in Islington as possible.  This award will help us to do just that.’

Mary’s Youth Club will continue to offer a wide range of health and fitness activities, drama and dance and life skills sessions to 11 to 25 year olds, but the Employability Hub will be where most of the new development is focused.  The grant will enable Mary’s to increase the size of its dedicated youth development team, providing extra capacity to work with more volunteers and more partners, such as Baker & McKenzie, the City law firm, some of whose staff are providing one-to-one mentoring sessions for our young people, and the London School of Economics.

‘Of course’, added Balazs Csernus, Chief Executive of Mary’s, ‘we still have to raise a further £100,000 over the next three years to meet the terms of the Big Lottery Fund grant, but this award gives us a bit more time to build up sustainable funding to ensure Mary’s long term future.  We know we are making a real difference so we have to carry on seeking grants from charities and expanding our base of individual and corporate donors.  By doing that, we can continue to reach out to more young people in Islington’.

Mary’s Youth Club is run by Mary’s, an independent charity created by St Mary’s Church to serve the local community from its site on Upper Street.

Click here to read more about this fantastic news!


We are recruiting for three new posts

February 15th, 2016 | Published in General, Jobs, Youth Club

This role delivers high quality youth work that meets young people’s needs and expectations. We're looking for an experienced youth worker who can stimulate active participation and enable young people to gain the maximum benefit from their engagement with Mary’s. Mary's delivers gold standard youth work and you could be part of it. You will work as part of a team actively collaborating on planning and delivery and contribute with new initiatives. To view the full JD click here or to apply click here.
This challenging and exciting role requires a collaborative approach from a skilled relationship manager with experience in community and corporate volunteering. We are looking for an excellent motivator and organiser with a sense of presence and confidence to represent Mary's. To be successful, you'll be able to inspire people of all ages to be purposefully engaged in activities. This is a key liaison role creating networks in the community and delivering opportunities that benefit both our young beneficiaries and the volunteers. To view the full JD click here or to apply click here.
This exciting and rewarding role requires someone who can ensure progress of multiple work streams, motivate team members, and make sense of quality data. Mary's delivers gold standard youth work and you could be part of it. You will understand the wider implications of outcome reporting, with the ability to move between the detail and broader, long-term implications. You'll be exposed to a breadth of topics and activities, and involved with driving programme delivery and development. To view the full JD click here or to apply click here.