Charity of The Week - Base 51

Get to know Nottingham's charitable organisations and the amazing work they do to help people in our local community.

Week one: Introducing Base 51

Who are Base 51? 

Located on Castle Gate in Nottingham city centre, Base 51 are an organisation with a mission to enable young people to reach their potential. They were established in 1993, initially in response to the lack of sexual health provision for young people but soon recognised the need to address young peoples’ wellbeing holistically, beyond just their physical health. For a teenager or young adult this includes their mental and emotional health, having settled accommodation, healthy relationships and ultimately making a positive transition to adulthood.  

Since its establishment, the organisation has worked tirelessly to support those aged 11-25 by freely providing a safe space, counselling, various youth groups and crisis drop in sessions. If that wasn't enough, they also offer practical support by providing access to a gym, laundry facilities and showers. In short -  they help a lot of young people, over 1,500 in 2020 alone. 

In the past year, Base 51 have...

 - Hosted 460 sessions of youth work

 - Offered 1331 counselling sessions 

 - Seen 13,238 visits to NGYMyPlace (their building)

Programmes and Activities:

Base 51 provide a variety of helpful programmes and activities all geared towards supporting young people. We've highlighted a few for you below but if you'd like to see the full list then you can take a peek here.



OutBurst is a LGBTQ+ youth group for young people aged 11-14 and 15-19 in two separate groups. The group provides a safe space for attendees to express themselves and take part in activities. This is coupled with 1-2-1 support and access to some of Base 51's wider range of LGBTQ+ services.

Want to find out more? Book a free place in the group here


#YouCan' is an amazing employability programme for NEET young people aged 16-24, that aims to provide the skills needed to succeed and thrive in training, work or whatever positive next step they wish to pursue. Taking place over 8-10 weeks, the programme works with participants to help change their mindset and outlook on life; with the goal ultimately of helping young people believe in themselves. The programme is completed with an enterprise task as well as an awards ceremony, where attendees can celebrate their hard work.

If you're someone or know someone who would benefit from this programme then you can find out more here.


Evolution exists to support young people who have been affected by serious violence. The project is funded by the Violence Reduction Unit and the Police & Crime Commissioner and provides a vital support line for those who have had their life affected by an incident of violence. Both victims and perpetrators of serious violence, aged 11-25 can receive free, dedicated counselling.

Find out more here.

Want to help?

Base 51 rely on donations to fund the incredible work they do for young people in Nottingham. If you would like to show your support, you can do so with either a one time donation or regular donations. We've put links to each option below for you if you would like to find out more. 

One time donations

Regular donations 


If helping young people in Nottingham and learning some new skills along the way sounds like something you would enjoy, you may want to consider volunteering at Base 51. For students looking for a placement, Base 51 have a long history working with Nottingham's colleges, universities and schools supporting students to receive an exceptional placement experience. Find out more here

Corporate donations and volunteering: 

Own a business and want to give back your community? Find out how here


Get in touch:


Phone Number: 0115 952 5040 





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