Working for and with the young people of Ashford


About Us

At Sk8side Youth Centre we are a free service for young people and provide them with an empowering and nurturing environment where they can develop as individuals and gain all the skills they need as they go into young adulthood.

Our goals are to shape the way they live their lives and teach them the fundamentals of social responsibility, healthy living and cultural acceptance. Curious to find out more about us and how you can get involved? Browse our website and get in touch with us today.


News and Updates

All the latest from Sk8side Youth Centre


We Are Recruiting!

Monday 18th October 2021

We are recruiting!

We have 3 posts available for Peripatetic Youth Workers: 6 hours, 8 hours, 10 hours, and 9 hours for a Skate Project Worker, to join the Sk8side team.

The roles will include working in the Sk8side Youth Centre in Ashford as well as some outreach and detached work. 

Interested? Email Deirdre on for job descriptions and an application pack! Closing date is Friday 29th October

Bockhanger Community Facility

Thursday 7th October 2021

Do you live in the Bockhanger area? If so Ashford Borough Council would like to hear from you about the proposed new community building to replace the old Bockhanger community centre.

You can send your views via the council website - available from the homepage at  or via

The consultation is open until the end of October ……so, have your say now!

Our Current Programme is now up!

Monday 8th March 2021

After a busy time supporting young people at the centre, we have now updated the December programme section on our website, and have replaced it with "Current Programme" which we will update as we go in the current climate. 

Please click here to view our current programme, and check back week to week to be aware of any updates.

Please note that we are not open for drop ins, and if you wish to attend a support session, you must book in advance with Deirdre. DM us on social media or use the contact us form if you need help getting in touch with her.

 Free Music Course for Young People from Virtuoso + Clarion

Thursday 7th January 2021

Are you interested in a career in music? Want to know more about the industry? Clarion housing have sent us a course you can take part in once a week hosted by The Smart Brothers!

See the posts on our Facebook and Instagram for more details!

"Boxes of Hope" from ICM Ashford

Thursday 7th January 2021

ICM are offering "Boxes of Hope" to local families from Ashford over the next 3 months. Boxes include basic groceries, household items and even activities for the children and budget recipes. 

Contact ICM on 01233-340194 or email for more information or to discuss your needs.

Update for Next Week

Thursday 7th January 2021

Following the news from the government yesterday that we are going into a new lockdown, we regret to say that sk8side and the skate park will be closed. Please do not go to the skate park.

We will, however, be moving back to digital youth work. We will be posting our full offer on Facebook and Instagram next week. In the meantime I will be calling you to see what support you would like and what we could be offering. We look forward to hearing and seeing you soon


Update for Next Week

Friday 11th December 2020

Just to let you know next week is our last before we close for our break.
We would love for members to drop into our support sessions to check all is okay and have a few (Covid-Safe) nibbles.
We will be there from 3.00-5.00 on Tuesday 15th; 3.30-6.30 on Wednesday 16th; 2.00-6.30 on Thursday 17th; and Friday 18th11.00-7.00.
After that we will be closed from Saturday 19th December and re-opening on Monday 4th January

Victoria Park Youth Council

Tuesday 8th December

Want to have your say, and give your opinion, on what youth activities take place in Victoria Park in Ashford? Then this is the opportunity for you!

Click here to find out more!

Park + Write Competition

Tuesday 8th December

Ashford Borough Council and Victoria Park Ashford have launched a short story competition for those of you who enjoy creative writing or want to give it a go!

You can find more details including competition deadline and prizes, here...

Christmas Lanterns

Monday 7th December 2020

Love Ashford is providing kits for people to make their own Christmas lanterns. We have 50 available. Any young person or parent who would like a pack please call in and pick one up.

See our instagram post here to take a look at them!

December Programme

Monday 7th December

As you know by now we have been placed in the Government’s Tier Three which restricts our delivery. Therefore, from Wed 2 December to Friday 18 December, we will be delivering a similar programme to the one delivered in lockdown.

Click here to see the programme...


Lockdown + December Programme

Thursday 25th November 2020

We will be running our lockdown programme up to and including Tuesday 1 December.

As Sk8side closes for its’ winter break on Friday 18 December we will be putting together a short programme for the period in between.

We will post info when it is ready.


Make Your Mark!

Thursday 12th November 2020

We are continuing to put updates on our Facebook page throughout lockdown.

We have just put up a link for "Make Your Mark" - an opportunity for young people to decide which issues will be debated in the youth parliament, and a chance to make your voice heard.

Click here to go over to our Facebook page, and find the link to place your vote.

November Lockdown Update

Wednesday 4th November 2020

As you are aware the government has declared a national lockdown until, at least 2nd December. In line with this Sk8side has closed the centre and stopped all its’ normal delivery.

Click here to see what we will be doing during this lockdown...

Free School Meals from KCC

Tuesday 27th October

We have been made aware that Kent County Council are offering a £15 voucher to help with meals during the half term for those who are on free school meals.

Call 03000 41 24 24 or visit to apply online.

Please share with as many people as possible.

Half Term @ Sk8side

Monday 26th October 2020

Just to let you know Sk8side is continuing its’ delivery from the Youth Centre in Tannery Lane. We are working on the patio with social distancing in place. We have a half term programme planned with a winter programme from 1st November. We will have some patio heaters to keep us all warm. There is a lot going on…..

October Half Term……

We will be opening, as usual, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat afternoons from 3.00. We will also be running the Ashford Hunt, the Bike Project and having a Halloween party. If the weather allows we will have the Girls Skate Project running on Wednesday evening. Come and join us!


What Next?

Thursday 24th September 2020

Our employment project is back for young people who are looking for work, find out more information here...

Autumn 2020 Programme

Thursday 24th September 2020

We are still offering services now through out September and October, you can see what our Autumn Programme is by clicking here...

Summer 2020 Update

Tuesday 28th July 2020

As we continue to run a limited service during these times, we have posted an update on what we are offering for summer 2020. We hope you are all well, and please click here for more information...

Sk8side Daily Challenge!

Wednesday 1st April 2020

What’s Involved???
We are offering you a range of activities or challenges to keep you sane during lockdown.

Click here to read more or here to visit the post on our Facebook page!

Sk8side Sign Competition!!

Thursday 26th March 2020

We need a new sign, send us your designs for your chance to win £50 from our skate store! 

Click here for more details...

Covid-19 Update

Thursday 19th March 2020

We are closed for the time being.

Click here for our Covid-19 Statement.

New Website!

January 2020

Welcome to the Sk8side Website! This is where we'll be posting news for the centre, and new events that are coming up - so check back often for the latest news!


Contact Us

Interested in getting involved with Sk8side Youth Centre and discovering more about our work? Contact us today and see what our youth service has to offer! 

Opening Times:


3:00 - 5.30pm Drop In // 5:30pm - 8pm Bike Project


3:00 - 5:30pm Drop In // 5.30 - 8pm Skate Project


CLOSED // 6 - 8pm Girls Skate Project


3:00 - 5:30pm Drop In // 5:30pm - 8pm Street Work


12pm - 3pm What Next? //

3:00 - 5:30pm Drop In // 5:30pm - 8pm Fortnite Tournament


2:00 - 5:00pm Drop In



Tannery Lane Ashford United Kingdom TN231XZ

01233 - 642156

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