Wor War Project

Young people from North Tyneside found out how the First World War affected their local communities through a range of creative activities.

Local schools, youth groups and young carers worked with YMCA North Tyneside, the Tynemouth WW1 Commemoration project and Age UK to explore what life was like for young people during the First World War.

Young people took part in a programme of activities, including interviewing people from Age UK about their family history and going on a photography trip to visit five war memorials.

How the project achieved outcomes for people

  • Participants developed skills in interviewing, research, photography and social media.
  • Young people learnt about how the First World War impacted on their local area, and the services provided by the YMCA at this time. In particular, they learnt about the contribution of volunteers during the First World War.
  • People of all ages had an enjoyable and rewarding experience. They particularly enjoyed having the chance to work with people from other generations.

Through their work with the YMCA, the young people learned that around 10,000 YMCA volunteers photographed loved ones in the UK and sent images to soldiers abroad.

“In making a picture, poster or poppy, the young people have had to ask questions of the older generation, explore monuments and find archives, so that they can accurately recreate.”

Colin Raistrick, YMCA North Tyneside

You can read the full article here via The Heritage Lottery Fund.

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