Our Story

Where we’ve been and where we’re headed

Our history

For over half a century, we’ve been working with the young Londoners who have been pushed into homelessness or danger.

We were founded in 1967 by Lord Longford to address the escalating crisis of young Londoners caught up in homelessness, drug use or the criminal justice system. One of our first Directors was Jon Snow, who continued to be Chair of our Board for 20 years alongside his successful journalism career. Jon, to this day, remains a Patron.

Although we’ve changed a lot over the years, New Horizon today continues to work with young people who need the most support.

During those five decades the centre has continued to provide a safe space for young people experiencing homelessness in the capital, whether that was in our original base in Covent Garden or through our existing home in Kings Cross.

Today, our work is as necessary as ever. In response to this we have steadily grown from a team of 3 when the centre first opened to a now diverse and multi-disciplined team of over 50, delivering a much wider range of services. If housing is the most common reason for young people to come to New Horizon, it’s all of our other holistic services that brings them back, offering the stability, safety and support they need to start getting their lives back on track.


For as long as young people are homeless and unsafe in London, we’ll be on a mission to give their potential a home. See how we make that a reality here.

Our work is guided by 4 values:

    • We see the best in everyone – We all have strengths and the potential to make the best of our life and work, when given a fair chance.
    • We are dynamic in our approach – We are always adapting because the world changes and what young people need changes too
    • We collaborate on solutions – We trust and work with diverse people and organisations so we achieve more together
    • We are our word – We do what we say we will because the young people we support, our team and our partners deserve nothing less

If you share our goal and values, there are several ways to get involved with our work.

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