Who We Are

Our Mission 3


Our mission is to help each child succeed, regardless of their circumstances, by giving them the opportunities and support they need.

The Winch started when the Old Winchester Arms at 21 Winchester Road, a pub until 1969, was squatted in the early 1970s by a group of young people looking to rehouse their youth club. Peter Mandelson, one of the original crowd, said ‘I spent far more time setting up a tremendous youth club at the Winchester Arms at Swiss Cottage, tearing it apart with my bare hands, then rebuilding it to make it structurally sound’.

Since 1973, we’ve worked with thousands of children, young people and families across North Camden to improve their chances in life. The issues we tackle include social exclusion, homelessness and gang involvement. We provide activities, opportunities and support as well as an out of hours phone line and access to additional services provided by our partners in education, health, housing and general advice.