Youth, Play & Community

Our team reached out to hundreds of young people across North Tyneside and Jarrow.

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Youth & Play In North Tyneside

Informal opportunities to support young people’s learning and development lie at the heart of YMCA’s approach to youth work. This has enabled young people to try new activities, develop their understanding of community and expand their ‘world view’.

Youth & Play in North Tyneside

The help of partnership organisations has
enabled the Youth and Play team to successfully engage young people in a wide range of activities and projects in their local communities.

Youth workers have been able to reach out and contact ‘hard to reach’ young people, building relationships which have enabled young people to engage and contribute to their communities, with a number of them becoming young leaders following their participation in the ‘Leaders for Life’ course.

Sharna’s Story

“I first met Warren, a YMCA youth worker, and his team when I was 12 in Wallsend. He approached me and my friends and told us about youth sessions that YMCA were starting in Howdon and invited us along.

Since we would normally hang around the area not doing anything, we went along to the session at St Paul’s and the rest is history. The youth club has presented so many opportunities that we could never have dreamt of.
We have been on numerous residential trips including an international Erasmus youth exchange programme to Greece and Slovakia.
On a personal level, I have grown in confidence and am now an apprentice youth worker within YMCA. I represent young people’s voices in YMCA Board meetings and events. It is my intention to try and increase the provision for other young people across North Tyneside and I am proud to be involved with YMCA.”