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Positive Activities for young people (PAYP)

What is it?

PAYP is a Government funded programme and provides developmental and diversionary activities to young people aged 8-19 years, who are at risk of offending or social exclusion. PAYP activities may be offered in mainstream youth or other IYS facilities, or be set up specifically. As well as fun activities, PAYP aims to provide activities which promote personal and social development, team building and new experiences.

Who is it for?

PAYP is a universal service but with a targeted approach.
PAYP is therefore open to all young people to attend but, within that, we are targeting young people for whom PAYP funding is intended: young people aged 8-19 who have problems at school in relation to attendance or exclusion or who are not in education, training or employment. Special priority is given to 13-17 year olds and pupils in behaviour improvement programme schools. PAYP is a preventative programme and not primarily aimed at young people who are already offending. The programme also provides key work support alongside activities to a 100 young people across the boroughs that are thought to be most at risk or in need. There are five full or part time PAYP key workers working with 13-19 year olds across the four geographical clusters and one part time Key Worker for the under 13s, who links closely with the Junior YIP. 

PAYP - What does it offer?

Like Connexions PAs, key workers develop action plans using the APIR framework with young people and help them overcome barriers to getting on in life with the overall aim of helping them stay or reengage in education, training or employment. Other young people referred to PAYP who are thought to be less in need of intensive support are offered short term support from a youth worker to help them access mainstream leisure or recreational activities in their area to suit their interests and needs. 
Activities on offer include dance, drama, art and media, culture activities and sport, music making and DJ-ing, cooking, circus skills, and talent competitions as well as trips. We run activities which are fun and diversionary but can also contribute to young people's personal, social and educational development.

For further information please contact Pat Ingram on 020 8871 1345 or email


Positive Activities for Young People supports holiday activities for everyone between 8 and 19 years. But some young people who need extra help and support may be allocated a key worker. If your feel the young person you are working with or know would benefit from extra support and encouragement to participate, then please complete the referral form available below and return it to the coordinator who will, put this young person forward for a key worker. Please note not all young people will be allocated personal support, but they will receive information on activities.