Woodrow High House

Woodrow High House

About Us

Located in the Chilterns, Woodrow High House is a 26-acre site made up of a Grade II listed manor house dating back to the mid-1600s, boasting a 120-bed Outdoor Learning Centre and Leisure Centre complete with swimming pool, sports hall, 3G astroturf pitch and mountain bike track. London Youth has owned and operated Woodrow since 1945, delivering memorable experiences for over 8,000 children and young people each year. The sports facilities are used by house guests and the local community. The pool is used by private hire local community groups, house guests, and hundreds of children who attend our swim school each week.

About London Youth

We are London Youth: a charity on a mission to support the capital’s youth sector to improve the lives of young people. We do this with and through our members – a network of 600 youth organisations – and at our two outdoor residential centres, Hindleap Warren and Woodrow High House.

 Throughout our 135-year history, community youth organisations have provided a constant lifeline and a vital safe space outside the family and formal education, where young people can develop confidence, resilience and skills. Young people need opportunities outside school to have fun with their friends, to make a positive change in their communities and to shape the city they live in.

 We look to work with all young people, focusing particularly on those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the kind of opportunities we offer.

 Last year we worked with over 28,100 young people through our sports development, employability, youth action and involvement, mental health, arts and outdoor education programmes. Our member network supported over 575,000 young Londoners. We delivered 149 training sessions to over 1,000 youth professionals.

Our commitment to anti-racism 

In July 2020, we issued a statement committing to become an anti-racist organisation and to actively tackle racism. Since then, London Youth has worked with our staff and trustees to understand first the issues within our organisation, collaboratively developing a Theory of Change to define our areas of focus, approach and plan of action moving forward. 

 We have a Race Equality Action Stakeholder Group which is chaired by a London Youth member and trustee. This group includes representatives from across the organisation and oversees the implementation of our Race Equality Action Plan. 

 At the heart of youth work is the drive to level the playing field for all young Londoners to succeed, regardless of their backgrounds. Over two thirds of the young people we work with are from racialised communities and we know that without the opportunities which youth organisations provide, there would be limited experiences open to them. 

London Youth embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to the ongoing development of an organisation that values and represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and welcome applications that reflect this.