Our Story

XLP stands for ‘The eXceL Project’. We are a registered charity at the cutting edge of urban youth work in the UK, working to create positive futures for young people.

 “XLP gave me the opportunity to experience new adventures and open doors that I never thought would be unlocked” – Frankie, Islington

In 1996, in response to a stabbing in a school playground, the school’s headmaster asked Patrick Regan, who was then a local church based youth worker, to come into the school and work with their students and teachers to help with difficult behavioural issues. Staff who work at XLP share a common passion: to serve the community by meeting the social, educational and behavioural needs of young people, and encouraging them to make wise lifestyle choices and to realise their potential.

Over the years XLP has grown from working in a single school to operating in over 75 schools and communities across Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Islington, Camden, Hackney and Lambeth. In the early days, Patrick began by hosting a lunch-time club on school premises that taught the kids about their own heroes, and in particular how those heroes behaved. Today, on a day-to-day basis, XLP has projects dealing with a wide variety of issues including gang culture, anger management and violence, poverty, prejudice, racism, image and identity.

Whilst much work is still based in the schools, XLP also works on 22 inner London estates using both community facilities and XLP's own double-decker bus facility that has computer equipment for homework support upstairs, and a youth “chill” space downstairs.

XLP’s staff and student volunteers constantly confront many of the issues facing young people in our communities today, such as bullying and intimidation, weapons, boredom due to a lack of organised activities, absence of parents, gangs and living in areas with high crime rates. All XLP staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS disclosures and work within strict child protection guidelines. For over a decade, XLP has witnessed positive stories of young people whose futures have changed from going nowhere to having hope and purpose. These stories rarely get aired but are the fuel that keeps the vision alive.

Find out more about our what we do in our various projects here.