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Children and families

Youth activities and groups

Youth Support Services (YSS) works with a range of partners across the city to ensure that there are a wide range of places to go and things to do for young people.

Most youth clubs and projects are run by local community, voluntary and faith groups. YSS is available to provide support to these groups.

YSS also runs some local youth clubs and activities for young people age 11 to 19 in venues across the city, focussing on ensuring youth work for areas and groups with the greatest need.

Things to do for under 5's

There are a huge number of activities available to children under the age of 5 in York. This includes toddler groups, music, dance, languages, sport, children's centres and more. Take a look at the YorOK website for information about what is available in your area. If you would like to get some help with your options, contact York Family Information Service.


Shine is a programme of fun activities for 5 to 18-year-olds. It is published every school holiday and is packed full of great activities for children, young people and families.


Yor-Zone is the website in York for young people aged 11 and older. The Yor-Zone site is maintained by Youth Support Services (YSS), but contains information about services and activities that are provided by a wide range of different organisations.

It brings together information about:

  • things to do
  • people that can help
  • volunteering opportunities for young people
  • information about having your say
  • information about inclusive activities and support for disabled young people

The young web designers are a group of young people 11 to 18 who oversee the Yor-Zone site.

If you want to receive regular information about what’s going on, follow Yor-Zone on Twitter @yorzone or like our page on Facebook.

Also see

Family Information Service

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 554444