The Caxton Youth Trust was set up in 1948, and was incorporated into the Caxton Youth Organisation in 2001. The Youth Club’s conception was in 1938, although its actual birth was put on hold until after World War Two.
By 1948, two Westminster residents; a civil servant and a postman, had the organisation up and running.
“The club was for local disadvantaged young people and it was a place to meet, dance, socialise and take part in something positive. Tens of thousands of people passed through our doors. The area was working class then, I have seen it grow and change its focus over the years.”
Today we still operate out of the same premises in Pimlico. Around this time Caxton acquired a plot of land on the River Wey in Surrey. This became known as Midge Island, the organisation’s outdoor base, which it uses for residential, outdoor activities with small groups.
In the 1980s Caxton’s focus changed, and it became the specialist service it is today, working with disabled young people who live in the City of Westminster.
Caxton Youth Organisation is proud to be well regarded by its young people, families and funders alike, but it is also proud of its history. Even today members will say “my mum used to come here.”
Don’t just take it from us that Caxton Youth is a great place to be, our members and families love being a part of Caxton Youth. Here’s what they have to say…
“We work really well as a team here”
Caxton Youth are dedicated in letting our supporters understand the monumental importance our charity has in the lives of young disabled people residing in the Westminster area.