About Us

The Enthusiasm Trust began in 1992 in response to a need in the Allenton and Osmaston area of Derby.

A local social entrepreneur and other local residents initiated a Friday night youth club which attracted a large number of young people and had a positive impact on their lives. From these beginnings, the Enthusiasm Trust expanded and developed and in July 2001 became a registered charity (No. 1087438). We have continued with the core values of local people wanting to make a difference and have developed a unique approach to youth work by recruiting and developing local young people to become mentors to others in their peer group. This approach provides stronger foundations in local communities and promotes change from within to help to regenerate the areas where we work.


Our programmes work on changing the lives of young people. Enthusiasm has developed strong partnerships with local agencies to fully support young people from the local community. We believe passionately that every young person has the right to fulfil their true potential, regardless of their background. This passion forms the ethos of Enthusiasm and everything we do centres around the often complex and diverse needs of local young people.


Our vision

The vision of Enthusiasm is to see young people fulfil their true potential in life by:

  • Diverting them from crime
  • Raising aspirations
  • Building self esteem
  • Equipping others to aspire to excellence

We aim to provide a focus for young people who have become socially isolated and vulnerable within their community for various reasons, including deprivation, disadvantage and unemployment.

At Enthusiasm we believe in continual improvement and are aiming to move from being a very good organisation to a great organisation which:

  • Consistently delivers excellent and relevant youth work
  • Is passionate and committed to young people and communities
  • Delivers economical and sustainable activities.

We have committed and passionate staff and volunteers and have been extremely successful in engaging our client group and helping them to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.