The Barn

Founded in 1967 by Lord Longford to address the needs of young people who were involved in drug misuse in the West End of London, New Horizon Youth Centre continues today to work with the most vulnerable and at risk young people.

We are a registered charity, funded from both statutory, trust, corporate and individual sources and are managed by a voluntary Board of Trustees.

Officers of the Board are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and offer their expertise in managing and developing services.

The Patron, Jon Snow, worked at New Horizon Youth Centre in the early 1970's for three years as Director before moving onto his current career as a Journalist and Broadcaster. Our Chair, Nick Hardwick, is a former Chief Inspector of Prisons and ex-CEO of Centrepoint and the Refugee Council.

“At last we have the real prospect of reducing homelessness amongst these vulnerable
young people.”

Jon Snow quote

Jon Snow,
Patron, New Horizon Youth Centre

Others include Cabinet Office Deputy Director Paula McDonald; ex-Youth Justice Board Chief Ellie Roy; published Health Researcher Anne Davies; Education and Youth Consultant Hu Clarke; Robert Barnes, a long time and expert Treasurer and Financial consultant Jenny Stoker - a child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalyst. Our newest member is Samata Khatoon, a local Councillor and editor of Young People Voice Magazine.

In the photo gallery below we look back at some of the key moments and visits in our history.


In 2010 we completed a major refurbishment and rebuild of the building with the support of John McAslan, architect of Kings Cross.

The new award winning building, (RIBA 2010), provides the Centre with spaces that suit the needs of young people and improves the working conditions.

Key aspects of the new centre are comfort, durability, flexibility, security and, above all, a sense of ‘home’ and an inspiring environment that evokes an atmosphere of emotional security.

The ‘Barn’ space enables the centre to generate income from renting the space for training, meetings and conferences.

The centre is based within a residential community and we aim to support and enable the community to utilise the building and its services to support local initiatives and events.

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