Ansar Youth Project (AYP) was founded in August 2005 after the 7/7 London bombings by a group of young people of mainly Muslim backgrounds who were concerned about the lack of faith and culturally sensitive youth services which encouraged Muslim youth to play an active role in society.
From their began what quickly became known amongst young people as the “social revolution”, at first introducing Muslim communities to the concept of youth-work and challenging the traditional cultural and sectarian divisions. With an all-inclusive agenda, Ansar Youth Project quickly attracted the most disadvantaged in the community, those from broken homes or low-income families. What distinguished AYP from its inception was its extraordinary ability to reach out to a wide range of minority ethnic and refugee communities.
A regular programme of social activities, sports sessions, outings and residentials as well as a pilot Youth Club created a membership of over 150 young people between the ages of 11-16 years.
In 2008, Ansar Youth Project made the transition from a pilot project to the largest youth organization serving the London Boroughs of Harrow and Brent. We have a membership of over 400 children and young people and actively support young people between the ages of 11-19 years through a weekly Youth Club, a leadership skills programme and regular trips, camps and residentials. The organization have no full-time salaried staff, but is reliant on a team of 60 Volunteers who passionately serve the local community.