The Social Centres of Excellence concept was developed in 1998 as part of the original Youth Charter ‘Nowhere to go’ initiative – a response to the alarming number of socially excluded young people on the streets. The concept recognises the role that schools, youth clubs and community buildings used to play in providing a focal point for activity.

Social Centres of Excellence provide a one-stop-shop for the implementation of policy initiatives and resources, helping agencies provide social refurbishment and address the problems caused by social exclusion. The Youth Charter establishes the communities’ needs, articulates and presents the needs to the More >