Life of youth in Great Britain
The home is the central focus of most people’s lives in
Britain, particularly for those who are still attending
school. The majority relies upon their home environment
as a place of security and upon their parents as the
main providers of food, money and other necessary
amenities for life, as well as general advice. Young
people spend a lot of their leisure time in the home
with other members of their family or with friends.
After the home, school is the main social environment
where children not only receive their formal education
but also develop their identities within peer groups.
All schoolchildren in Great Britain are encouraged to
take up activities, which complement their academic and
vocational education and help to identify their
individual talents, such as sports, drama, music and
creative pursuits. Many of these form part of school
The Youth Service in Britain also promotes the personal
development and informal social education of young
people aged 11-25. A recent survey estimated that nearly
6 million young people in this age group are either
current or past participants in the Service.
Youth clubs and centres are the most common types of
Youth Service provision. They encourage their members to
participate in sport, cultural and creative activities,
and community service.
Many foundations and trusts provide finance for
activities, which develop the latent talents of
Britain’s youth. The Prince’s Trust and the Royal
Jubilee Trust, for example, help individuals and
organisations active in youth-oriented projects related
to urban deprivation, unemployment and young offending.