In 1975 local clergy from Crouch End, Hornsey and Muswell Hill, in liaison with the Youth & Community Service of Haringey Council, began to investigate how they might provide advice and counselling for young people in the area. Similar centres were then operating elsewhere, in Brent, Camden, Hillingdon and Westminster. A small grant was given by Haringey Council and temporary premises allocated in a former local church. Under the leadership of Anthony Cantle, then one of the Council’s team of detached youth workers (and later a psychoanalyst), planning began towards the setting up of the Hornsey Young People’s Advisory & Counselling Service. The following year, on 5th April, 1976 and soon operating as a Registered Charity under the name of Open Door, the service began to help young people between the ages of 13 & 25.