Friday, May 10, 2019 - 12:38Partnership Support
I received an email from a gentleman enquiring if I could support him with a new Chess Club in Harrogate. He was already involved with an existing club but had plans to extend the provision to secondary school age players. He had decided to setup on his own but needed advice on how best to promote the new project.
When I asked how he came about my email address he said he was advised by a friend to contact an organisation with experience of supporting community groups to get advice around policies and safeguarding. Internet research led him to Community 1st Yorkshire who during conversations with him acknowledged that North Yorkshire Youth were better placed to support him and so gave him my contact details.
This initial enquiry has resulted in me working with the gentleman to get the right paperwork in place for membership with North Yorkshire Youth along with coming up with ideas on how best to promote the project in the local area.
I telephoned Community 1st Yorkshire to update them and say thank you for suggesting that he contact me for support. Admitting when we aren’t the most appropriate person for the task in hand can be difficult but one which Community 1st Yorkshire were happy to do in support of NYY.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:50Surfing at Cayton Bay, Scarborough
During the Easter Break eleven young people from Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource attended a surfing day at Cayton Bay, Scarborough.
On arrival at the Surf Shop the task of getting into the wet suits was a test in itself. Once kitted up the group then carried their boards down to the beach. They were shown basic techniques on how to use the surf board and catch a wave. They were then supported in the water by Chris from the Wave Project, an instructor from The Cayton Bay Surf Shop and Ian from NYY.
The day was the first time some of the young people had met each other. Alongside the surfing, the day was designed as a team bonding session, as the group are all going on a sailing residential at the end of May. They will be spending a weekend aboard the 70 foot James Cook, which is designed to be sailed by young people, many of whom come from non-sailing backgrounds. The young people will be fully involved in sailing the boat, which I am sure will be an experience for all crew members.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day out on the North Sea and all fully immersed themselves in the surfing.
Next Challenge, Sailing Weekend 31st May – 2nd June 2019.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 15:57Volunteering Opportunities at the Deer Shed Festival
Schools day with the Deer Shed Festival is shaping up to be an amazing day’s volunteering for our young volunteers. Drama, dance, music, outdoor activities, arts and crafts and science are all in the mix for our volunteers to support groups of primary children to get involved in!
The Deer Shed Festival is a family run event, for families and understands the importance of getting our young people involved. Who would think that a grand day volunteering can help create a list of skills and experiences that can be carried through life and transferred to any number of careers and opportunities?
Places are limited so if anyone you know would like to join in at the Deer Shed then let Sally know quick, quick! Sally@nyy.org.uk
If you would like to volunteer or you know someone aged 14-25 that might benefit then get in touch, not just for the Deer Shed but with any number of different organisations.
Hambleton Area: Sally@nyy.org.uk
Harrogate Area: Rachel@nyy.org.uk
Selby Area: Charlotte@nyy.org.uk
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 16:43North Yorkshire Youth Proud to be on the Winning Team
North Yorkshire Youth’s LGBT Champions Panda, Vicki and Ian (pictured here with CEO David and Youth Participation Worker Jayne) were given the chance to be part of the group receiving a special award last week! North Yorkshire County Council came first in this year’s Stonewall Education Equality Index beating all other local authorities across the country! Partnership work has enabled us to come together to celebrate difference and support our wonderful young people!
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 09:49Filey Youth Club
Filey Youth Club have been working hard to make links in the local community. We are also trying to find ways of raising funds to enable us to provide more active and relevant activities in our club. The club recently submitted a bid for funding from a Community Interest Company, Filey Bay Today, which is a community magazine. Funds raised through advertising in the magazine is then awarded to local projects and charities.
We are very excited to have been awarded some funding! This has allowed us to invite Bike About Filey into our club in the coming weeks. They will deliver bicycle maintenance workshops so that our young people can be confident that their bikes are safe to use and know how to fix them when they are out and about.
We have also made links with Filey Library, Filey Lifeboat RNLI Crew and Keep Filey Tidy. We are looking forward to working with them in the coming months to make positive contributions to the community. Filey library have asked us to produce some Space Themed sculptural art work to support and promote the Summer Reading Challenge. Filey Lifeboat crew are coming in to our sessions to discuss beach and water safety. They will also talk about volunteering opportunities available to young people and how we as a club can support the RNLI. We are also really looking forward to our upcoming Litter Pick.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:15Dame Kelly Holmes Trust - Scarborough
The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust “GET ON TRACK” programme is now in the third week in Scarborough.
Participants have been referred into the programme by multi-agencies such as the Job Centre, Youth Justice Service and Foundation Scarborough. Fourteen young people have attended each day to develop their team building skills, build their confidence and self-esteem. As a team there are set challenges and activities, as well as looking at individual tasks for their own personal development.
This year’s mentors are James Kirton and Paul Broadbent. James is a swimmer who represented Great Britain for over six years, reaching Olympic, World and European level. Paul is an ex rugby league professional who played representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Sheffield Eagles, Halifax, Hull FC, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and York City Knights. Together with Ian from NYY and Jodie from North Yorkshire Sport, participants have completed their DGT challenge, experienced rugby skills in a team building exercise, scaled a climbing wall and are planning their community task. This week they will be going on a group bike ride along the Cinder Path from Scarborough to Hayburn Wyke.
The Scarborough DKH programme is open to young people 16-25 who are NEET and looking to improve their confidence, motivation and self-esteem, as well as bring them closer to their local community.
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 12:16Autism Champions
Last month I spoke about partnership work with the libraries. Another successful joint venture has been with The Carer’s Resource. Together with Helen Prince, the Strategy and Planning Lead for Young Carers, we collaborated on an Autism Champions project in Harrogate.
Helen and I gained £1000 through the Stronger Communities Inspire fund to pay for 12 online training licenses for community groups interested in expanding their knowledge of Autism. The funding also enabled us to put together a training course for young people. The course was supported by The National Autistic Society; Rob Knox from the Harrogate Branch supporting with the writing of the course material. 30 sixth formers have undertaken the training and are now Autism Champions at Rossett School – in place to support younger students to access lunchtime and after school clubs.
The longer term hope with this project is that these champions will advocate for their young clients, linking up with the community groups then supporting their client to attend – giving parents much needed support and respite.
This project has been a pleasure to work on and one that we hope will extend to other areas of North Yorkshire once the pilot group of 30 have completed their work.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 14:11Northallerton Youth Space
Team work makes the dream work…
Northallerton Youth Space has been running for 7 months now. This project has been the result of a team of representatives from various agencies coming together to provide a youth provision in the local area to meet the needs of local young people.
Young people were consulted and this was fed back to the team who comprise of; ourselves at North Yorkshire Youth, Safer Hambleton Hub, local Police and PCSO’s, Town Council, Hambleton District Council, Leisure Centre and volunteers from the local community who all give their time enthusiastically and passionately.
The Youth Space runs from the Town Hall every Friday night 6.45 – 7.45pm for schools years 7 & 8 and a second session running from 8 -9 pm for years 9+. Entry is free! There are regular numbers of around 30+ most weeks attending and young people are able to access various activities including table tennis, pool, X-box, music, as well as crafts and games. We also provide free hot snacks and drinks and there is a tuck shop available too.
In February we followed a theme of ‘Love’ where we highlighted various Awareness Days associated with care, kindness and love and focussed activities around these themes. Some of these included mindfulness art work, self–esteem worksheets, activities to look at our own strengths, appreciating ourselves and each other. We made woven love hearts in rainbow colours, decorated biscuits, and made ‘Valentine’s/love’ cards.
On the 8th and 15th May we have professional dancers from ‘Rural Steps’ visiting us to run free taster sessions in contemporary dance, with a view to running regular classes in the area in the coming months.
This year the Youth Space has been kindly chosen as one of the charities to benefit from fundraising taking place via the Northallerton Retails Business Forum’s Annual Pancake Race to take place at the Applegarth Park, Northallerton at 10.30am on Tuesday 5th March.
The Youth Space is a fantastic example of community spirit and multi-agency collaboration with many local businesses supporting the project and it has quickly become an integral part of the local community and a much needed provision for young people in the area.
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 15:39Young Volunteers Project
Our volunteer project for 14-25yrs olds encourages and supports young people to volunteer within their communities. Across the 3 areas the project covers, Hambleton, Harrogate and Selby districts, we have young people volunteering in a range of settings – gardening and conservation groups, sports groups, youth and community projects, charities, health and care settings, arts and drama projects, to name a few. Our aim is to find young people a safe, productive and enjoyable placement, we offer support to find a suitable opportunity, come with you to meet them and have a taster session, monitor your progress and record you volunteering hours so we can send you certificates along the way.
Be more active, meet new people, gain new skills and experiences, help others – volunteer today!
Contact us to find out what's available in the Hambleton, Harrogate and Selby areas.
Find us on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Youth-Volunteer-Co-Ordinator-Project
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 16:19Colburn Youth Project
Colburn DJ’ing Course
Young people from Colburn Youth Project have successfully completed an 8 week DJ’ing course held at Colburn Library. The project was set up to offer the group a new positive activity to boost their confidence, whilst learning new skills in music and technology. Funding to run the project, and to buy new set of DJ decks for the club to keep, was secured by Senior Youth Worker, Edwina Anderson through Higher York’s ‘FutureHY’. The aim is to raise young people’s aspirations in Colburn and promote pathways into higher education. Together with Youth Worker, Rachel Hall, young people were encouraged and supported, resulting in the project being enjoyed by all.
The course was created and led by music teacher, Matthew Anderson. Activities were tailored to accommodate a range of abilities, aiming to give everybody a sense of inclusion and achievement. Sessions involved setting up the equipment, learning how to operate the different buttons and controls correctly and finally understanding different rhythms and beats to mix music.
Colburn Youth Project runs free sessions every week on a Monday evening at Colburn Library and Wednesday evening at Colburn Village Hall, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Young people, aged 10 – 16, are encouraged to stay for the full session to get involved in termly projects as well as other general activities, including games, arts, quizzes, baking, cooking and computers. For more information on the project, to volunteer within sessions or join the clubs voluntary youth committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 11:38Knaresborough Library Teen Room
North Yorkshire Youth regularly work in partnership with local libraries – supporting projects they have put together themselves, as well as working on bespoke ones, like the new teen space in Knaresborough.
Deborah Thornton (outreach librarian) and I chatted through options before putting together a plan, to make a small meeting room more accessible in terms of young people – making it a youth friendly space. Funding for the project has been awarded by David Goode, the Knaresborough County Councillor, through his locality budget. This money will fund a piece of artwork which will form a portable mural – something which can be put up when the room is open to young people and then taken down for daytime meetings.
The young people who form the Knaresborough Reading Hacks and students from King James School will be invited to design and make the mural, which will hopefully be in place by Easter.
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 13:38Ages Together
Ben is the most highly decorated resident of Lister House which is a claim indeed! Ex-SAS and very unassuming, he remembers everyone’s name, is gentle and kind. Physically, Ben struggles with stoicism. Ella is a shy, small, 16 year old who lacks confidence and self- belief. Together they have formed a supportive and productive relationship; helping each other to create the glass work and photographs that formed part of the overall exhibition. Ella has decided after her time at Lister House that she wants to work with the elderly and now has a focus to her studies. Ben has repeatedly made the concerted effort to dress and breakfast earlier on a Friday in order for him to spend time with the young people. Ella has requested a copy of the photograph of her and Ben, as has Ben. NYY has organised for Ella to keep attending Lister House as a volunteer after the Ages Together project finished. Ben is delighted. The next Ages Together Project will be held in Northallerton starting in February. If you would like to participate contact Sally Clifford, Ages Together Co-Ordinator, Office: 01845 522 145 Mobile: 07500787620, Web: North Yorkshire Youth: www.nyy.org.uk | Carlton Lodge Activity Centre: www.carltonlodge.org.uk, Post: North Yorkshire Youth,Carlton Lodge, Carlton Miniott, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4NJ.
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 15:56Unicorn sighted in Kirkbymoorside!
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 14:20New Home for Settle Youth Club
The Youth Club in Settle has had to pack up and change venue, due to the closure of it’s existing premises. The move happened over the October half term break and they are now using a large activity room at Settle Stories. The group love the new premises with it’s modern feel, they especially like the artificial grass as carpet! They are settling in to doing things a bit differently, less space to be active, but being all together in one room means there is more of a group atmosphere. This half term the group plan to have games, music and film nights to take advantage of the facilities. It is hoped that the group will link in with more of Settle Stories community events and activities.
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:46Leyburn Art and Community Centre becomes NYY member
Leyburn Art and Community Centre becomes NYY member
An arts centre in Leyburn, The Old School House, has been running a successful weekly youth café for young people aged 11 – 16 over the past year. The café was set up by Youth Worker Rachael Addison, with support from adult volunteers and NYY. The café provides young people with a safe, calm space to socialise and relax with friends, whilst enjoying delicious food and drink. A range of fun activities have also been on offer during sessions, such as arts and crafts, games, drama and discussions, to keep members occupied.
Other youth activities have seen special events taking place at the centre and in the community, including film nights, science activities and arts at a local fete. This has helped raise the profile of the centre and the fantastic opportunities on offer.
Jeannie Bishop, a volunteer trustee, has continued to be the key lead on funding for the project so that it can continue for another year. Thankfully, grants have once again been secured from the 2 Ridings Community Foundation #iwill Fund, Leyburn Town Council and Richmond District Council’s Area Fund. This is great news as provision can continue to develop and run consistently.
Currently, the club is on the lookout for a Youth Worker to lead on its youth project and successful Youth Café.
Leyburn Arts & Community Centre - Youth Project
“We are looking for a young, enthusiastic adult, preferably qualified and experienced in youth work, to be involved in our youth activities, approximately 8 hours per week on average (Flexible). Initially for help with the Youth Café specifically, which is held every Monday from 6pm to 8pm.
If you feel you might be interested please contact the Centre on 01969 624510, call in or email email@example.com for more information. (Note - this is a self-employed post)”
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 11:52Stop the Inferno
Stop the Inferno.
A multi-agency project has commenced at Jennyfields Youth Club called ‘Stop the Inferno’. This project is in response to the increase in fire setting in the local community and is in partnership with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Children and Families Service Prevention. Funding from Harrogate Community Safety and the Granby My Neighbourhood Group was awarded to pay for an artist to work with the young people. The group have written a story and script which is now being formed into a graphic novel for distribution around the community. The graphic novel will be used to help educate children and young people on the dangers of fire setting and the consequences that could affect them, their families and their communities.
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 11:27Greatwood Youth Club Project
Young People at Greatwood Youth Club in Skipton have been busy working on a photogrammetry project with the Craven Museum. The 3D images they have created using cameras and computer software will be used in the huge museum refurbishment and relaunch. What a fantastic achievement! Check out what we created on the website below:
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 11:24The Big Youth Sleep Out
Panda’s Blog – A night spent ‘homeless’
4.02pm – I arrive at Carlton Lodge at the tail end of the afternoon of activities North Yorkshire Youth put on every year for the voluntary youth clubs. Young people are building rafts, jumping in the water. It’s unseasonably mild but I still hope Staithes Youth Club get dry properly before they take part in The Big Youth Sleep Out tonight. I think about tonight - should I take my contact lenses out? Do homeless people wear contact lenses? I’m not sure if they do. I decide I’ll leave them in in case I have to get my bearings quickly.
5.01pm – Sue and Selby Youth Council are here for the Sleep Out; they shout “hello.” I feel excited about youth work and how it can give people opportunities to do cool stuff. I hope they learn something from this. The Youth Executive and Young People’s Council turn up with Kevin and Kathy from NYCC, more hellos, more opportunities.
5.36pm – We’ve done the AGM; everyone’s here who’s sleeping out and we’re having our tea. Fill up I think, “You never know when you’ll eat again!” It strikes me quite intensely that I know exactly when I’ll eat again…
6.30pm – The talks start, it’s hard because it’s so stuffy but everyone tries because This Is Important. It IS important. I hold back my emotions as young people tell us where they’ve slept rough, how abuse, mental illness and sexuality - which they have no control over - have made them homeless, how they wish things were different. The agencies, charities and councillors wish things could be different. We all wish things could be different. How do we make things different?
8.45pm – We let everyone out, our souls are cramped and uncomfortable, our legs too. We play with cardboard boxes and stake our place. I get a bit panicky when I realise my place has been staked by a family of spiders, it makes me shudder to think of them sharing my box. I move on with my manager and friend Clare. I’m glad she’s here, I already feel vulnerable and territorial, she’ll watch my back and I’ll watch hers.
10.30pmish – David our CEO (who I respect immensely for getting down with the kids and mucking in with the staff) shouts everyone to the fire. My colleague Ian’s made us a cosy fire! Good, it’s getting a little bit chilly and I’m bored. I wonder if homeless people get bored. I bet they do, no distractions, lots of thinking time, lots of overthinking time, not good for mental health. I wish things were different.
11.46pm – Time to dampen down the fire. We’ve had a sing, we’re ready for bed, well, I am. I’m getting sleepy. Should I take my shoes off?
1.30am – It’s still not quiet. I feel weird and exposed. I realise how little privacy you have on the streets. It’s not just material things you lose when you’re homeless.
2.30am – It’s still not quiet.
2.55am – My hips hurt, I’ve slept for about 10 minutes. I see a spider, I don’t care anymore…
3.33am – Why are young people wandering around? I know them, they are nice when we shush them and tell them to “Get back to bed!”. I don’t think people would be so nice if we were in a city centre on a Saturday night. SASH told us when people become homeless they often go to places that hold good memories. I wonder where I’d go, not to a city…
5am – Am I hallucinating? There’s a bunch of girls sitting at a picnic bench chatting away. I listen to them, they seem okay. A lad walks past us, he’s had enough of the group he’s with and wants some time alone to be quiet. I think that must be hard when you’ve nowhere of your own. Boys are more likely to have to sleep rough because girls get taken in more by friends’ families. I wonder how refugees feel when they can’t even share our language and have no friends yet… I feel some raindrops on my face and pull my sleeping bag higher.
6.39am – I check my phone to see what time sunrise is – 7.34am today. It is quiet at last. I can see the sky lightening, a bird sings. It never really rained. I want to sleep a bit longer.
6.55am – I roll my sleeping bag up and put it in the car. The car! I could have slept in there, people do. I think it would be cheating. I would cheat if I had to do it all again tonight. I get really sad at the thought of people who can’t choose, and I feel selfish and stupid. I need to try to make a change, I need to educate people. How though?
7.45am – Kevin’s made breakfast for everyone, we’ve all been fed; this is not like being homeless. We’re tidying up. I hear Kathy talking to some of the young people about Their Pledge. Some want to raise money for homeless charities, some want to campaign to change the rules, some just want to be friendly, say “hello,” give food to people and make sure homeless people see a smile at least once a day. It’s then that I realise we are making a difference, it’s small but it is happening. I smile, keep on hoovering and think that I’m glad I spend the night at The Big Youth Sleep Out. I’m glad we all did.
9.07am – I get in the car to go home. Back to my safe, comfy space and I wish the same for everyone. I drive away thinking how lucky I’ve been with the weather all night. I realise it’s not just the weather I’ve been lucky with…
Youth Development Worker for Ryedale and Hambleton South. North Yorkshire Youth.
The Big Youth Sleep Out was developed by the NYCC Youth Executive/VIP Team (facebook.com/Northyorkshireyouthcouncil) and took place at Carlton Lodge (carltonlodge.org.uk) on Saturday 13th-Sunday 14th October. It was supported by North Yorkshire Youth (nyy.org.uk) and the following:
SASH (charity preventing youth homelessness) - https://www.sash-uk.org.uk
Scarborough Homeless Prevention Team – scarborough.gov.uk/home/housing/homelessness-prevention
Tesco Thirsk (donated our breakfast) – tesco.com
Compass Buzz (mental health and wellbeing across North Yorkshire) – compassbuzz.org
Other useful links:
Centrepoint (youth homelessness charity) – centrepoint.org.uk
York North Yorkshire and East Riding Strategic Housing Partnership (this page has details of local councils who can help if you are a young person at risk of being homeless) – nycyerhousing.co.uk/homelessness
NYCC Prevention Team (early help for children and young people and their families) – northyorks.gov.uk/prevention-service
MIND (mental health charity) – mind.org.uk
Barnardo’ (children’s charity) – barnardos.org.uk
The Samaritans (emotional support charity) – samaritans.org or phone 116123
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 11:19Ideas on a Shoestring
North Yorkshire Youth works with Rural Arts to offer ‘Ideas on a Shoestring’!
Have you ever run out of ideas or money to work with your group of young people? Well this event was designed to solve all that! It must have been a popular theme because the room at Rural Arts was packed full of youth workers, teaching assistants, therapist, artists and teachers.
Great ideas for icebreakers, energisers, team game and evaluations came from Panda Gledhill who uses them all the time in her role as Youth Development Worker at North Yorkshire Youth. Nicola Phillips, Rural Arts Youth Development Officer, got everyone moving and thinking with drama games designed to engage and focus young people and Poppy Love Oldham who is the Community Engagement Officer for Rural Arts showed us some fabulous arty ideas with just a few easy to find bits and bobs. The morning was spent with Jessica Grady, artist, recycler and Embroiderers Guild Winner. She showed us how to turn junk into beautiful pieces of art in her upcycling workshop!
It was a wonderfully inspiring day and although our money pots might be empty, by the end of the day our imagination, determination and enthusiasm certainly weren’t!
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 13:57Young People get Colourful with WW1 Remembrance Trails
To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, Hambleton District Council teamed up with local artist, Bill Oakey. A community trail will be made in each of the main Hambleton market towns; Bedale, Easingwold, Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk. Each trail will consist of 20 images of a WW1 soldier drawn by Bill, based on his wife’s grandfather, RSM Henry Savidge (Harry), who served in the West Yorkshire Regiment, Leeds Rifles. Each soldier will have a unique letter which, when all 20 letters are put together, will spell out a phrase. The 100 images for the 5 trails, one for each year, were distributed to local young people to give each solider its own colourful identity and teach them about the importance of remembrance. The youth clubs and schools involved were:
- Carthorpe Youth Club
- Snape Youth Club
- Risedale Youth Club in Catterick
- Scribble Zone Arts Club in Northallerton
- COZIE in Easingwold
- Stokesley Primary Academy
- Shipton Youth Space in Shipton-by-Beningbrough
To take part, participants (no age restrictions) will need to collect a postcard from participating venues, complete the trail and return the postcard to Hambleton District Council, where it will be entered into a free prize draw. The trails will run from the beginning of October until 11th November 2018.
For further information, contact Kate Staines on 01609 767203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 13:12NYY Youth Volunteer Project
NYY Youth Volunteer Project - Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do whilst also enabling you to meet new people, gain skills and experience, and have fun! Are you aged 14-25yrs and interested in finding out more, then please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinators. The project is very flexible, you can volunteer on a regular basis or just for one-off events, just complete our application form giving us your interests and availability and we will work with you to find, and set up a volunteering opportunity.
Businesses and Organisations - We are always looking for new and exciting placements for young people, could you support young people’s learning and life experiences by providing a volunteering opportunity? Our Youth Volunteer Co-Ordinators, can support you to ensure everything is in place to provide a safe, positive and productive placement, please contact us to discuss further.
Your Youth Volunteer Co-Ordinators are:
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 15:23Stop the Inferno
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 15:22Stop the Inferno
‘Stop the Inferno’ is a multi-agency project which we are running at Jennyfields Youth Club in Harrogate, in partnership with North Yorkshire Fire Service, North Yorkshire Police, Fairfax and Bilton Youth Clubs. Funding from Harrogate Community Safety and the Granby My Neighbourhood group is paying for a graphic novel to be produced by the young people at Jennyfields (with those attending Fairfax and Bilton being invited to attend).Fire fighters and a PCSO have visited the youth club to work with the young people on a story outline – using photos from recent fires in Harrogate. Two of the crew had attended some of the fires we were discussing so they were able to add real life experience to the recount of what happened.We have an artist booked from NYCC’s Connecting Youth Culture (CYC) to come along and take photographs, and start some of the artwork, for the ‘comic’ which will highlight the consequences of fire setting. This will then be printed and distributed around the community. There will also be a trip to the fire station, sometime after October half term, so that the young people can speak to the fire crews and look around the vehicles, as well as watch a demonstration. We have already had some positive response since the first week as the police posted the project onto their Twitter feed.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 15:36AGM
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 15:12Ages Together September 2018
What an exciting start to the new academic year. Ages Together Ripon has begun and we have a high level of excitement all round!
Evolve college (part of Craven College), Lister House (a retirement home run by The Royal British Legion) and North Yorkshire Youth are working together with local artist Magda to create work that will be exhibited in Ripon Cathedral.
Planning meetings, resources and times are all being settled and agreed. Artistic juices are flowing and trepidation building for our group becoming artists that exhibit to over 600 people.
‘Ripon Remembers’ is a series of exhibitions, concerts and services that over the next three months sees residents and visitors of Ripon paying respects and remembering the hundred year anniversary of the end of the First World War. Ages Together Ripon are going to display their work as part of these celebrations and remembrance at the service held for Service Children and their Families. Friday 9th November; get it in your diaries …
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 15:05Staithes Young Leaders Award
On Thursday 6th September Ian visited Staithes Youth Group, to support a group of young people from their senior youth group to start their North Yorkshire Youth Young Leaders Awards.
Their NYY Young Leaders Awards will work in connection with activities the group will be involved with over the coming months. The group have been contacted by Glynnis and Carolyn from Staithes Charities Ltd, who hold events in the community across the year. Glynnis and Carolyn have asked if the young people would be interested in supporting them with a couple of their fund raisers this year. One of their first events is a Tea Dance in Sleights Village Hall, where the senior residents will be invited to a free evening of high tea and dancing in November.
The young people have been offered the chance to take part in three workshop events; planning and preparation for the event, an evening in a local Tea Room learning how to wait on table and host the residents on the evening and the last workshop before the event will be a cookery and food prep session where they will bake and learn how to prepare food in a local restaurant. The young people had loads of questions and ideas they wanted to incorporate into the Tea Dance evening. Glynnis and Carolyn handed over a few of the groups tasks and ideas for them to work on before the next workshop. A few of the girls took notes and said they would work on the posters over the weekend so they could start to advertise the event ASAP.
As part of the young people's NYY Young Leaders Awards the group will design posters, make table decorations, learn new cookery and waiting skills that will help them in the many catering opportunities in the future, and host the Tea Dance. The skills learnt will be added to their Young Leaders workbooks as part of their planning, delivery and evaluation as the first part of their award.
The second part of their Awards Book will be to help plan, run and perform in the local pantomime in December.
Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:00Borrowby Show
Invited to Borrowby Show by Sally from Borrowby Kidz (an NYY member group) Clare, Becca and Panda spent the day in a tent making upcycled fridge magnets with young people! It was a really good activity to do as it’s easy and enjoyable for everyone and hardly cost anything (very important for lots of youth clubs!). We support lots of voluntary clubs like Borrowby Kidz across North Yorkshire - if you are interested in starting a youth club in your area get in touch!
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 15:53NYY Celebrating Yorkshire Day in Ripon
We had a busy day on Wednesday when we attended Yorkshire day to promote our work and current projects. Vicki was out with her clip board searching out young people to find out what youth facilities they would like to see in Ripon and also to let them know about the summer holiday sessions with YMCA, Sally was promoting the Ages Together project, looking for young people and ex forces personnel to come together to share stories and produce an exhibition, and I was there to promote our Youth Volunteering project for 14-25yr olds. It was a glorious day, the event was well attended and there was a real community feel in Ripon, celebrating all that was Yorkshire. The event was a good opportunity for us to engage with local young people and families and let them know about our work and what there is for young people to get involved with in.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 13:46BBQ and Games session held to celebrate start of summer holidays
Snape Youth Club and St.Gregory’s Youth Club celebrated their final sessions in style before breaking up for summer with a delicious BBQ, snacks and a range of fun team building and sports activities to keep everybody happy. Young people enjoyed playing rounders against parents, cricket, games with a large parachute and gutter ball. Summer opportunities were also share with both groups consisting of up to 45 young people, promoting community projects, volunteering days and a young promoter’s scheme. Both volunteer teams and young people will enjoy having a break over summer and will start back in September.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 15:40Adversity United and Cameron Osburn.
17 year old Cameron Osburn’s daily struggle with Cerebral Palsy and his own experience of mainstream football has driven him to set up Adversity United - an inclusive football club where children are supported, encouraged, praised and guided. The club is for children aged 6 - 12 years who are living with physical, behavioural, social and cerebral challenges. Cameron focusses on the children's enjoyment irrespective of their disability. The relationships he is forming are open and honest - with both the children and their families. Cameron through Adversity United is offering an opportunity for children with a range of disabilities to come together to play a team sport that they often don't often get the opportunity to play.
Cameron recently won the David Lloyd Stray FM Local Hero Award in recognition for his hard work and commitment.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 15:25BUSY DOING NOTHING? NOT US!!
The excitement of the summer holiday is kicking in and lots of young people have been trying to work out what they can do with their time in the holidays that might be a little more productive than ‘Nothing!’
The Volunteer Co-Ordinators in both Harrogate and Hambleton have been working hard to make sure that those exciting and challenging volunteer placements are ‘Young Person Ready’ and that young people are good to go too.
One off events such as Borrowby Show, Yorkshire Lasses Sportive and Carlton Lodge Conservation days are all ready and willing to let young people 14-25 in to help and provide much needed support for their events.
Rural Arts, Northdale Horticulture, Hambleton Paddlers, Inclusive Sports, Ripon Museums, Dales Rangers are among many organisations becoming ‘young people ready’ so the young volunteers in our county can really reap the rewards that a fulfilling volunteer placement can provide.
Another group working with NYY are ‘Helping Hands’, they are there to ‘support the supporters’ so young people who love to volunteer but could benefit from a little more support whilst doing their thing get just that!
Finishing school for the holidays certainly doesn’t mean our young people are busy doing nothing!!
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 15:23Harrogate District - What has been going on?
This year has been all go in the Harrogate District with lots of great activities taking place in our youth clubs.
We have supported the opening of a new youth club in Kirkby Malzeard, Squigglers Art Club in Ripon and Adversity United Football Club in Harrogate. All 3 are thriving with some fantastic feedback from the children and young people who attend as well as their families.
We have also said farewell to some wonderful volunteers and projects. Kathy and The Saturday Club have moved onto some new and exciting opportunities outside of the Knaresborough area. Fleur, Claire and Ken from Staveley and Copgrove youth club have hung up their youth club activities book to take a much deserved break and Can Do a Leonard Cheshire Disability group closed its doors after its funding drew to an end. Thank you to everyone who supported these projects and to the many volunteers who helped out.
Thank you also to Nicky from Ripon Youth Café and Michelle from Ripon Youth Theatre who are also handing in their keys and taking a break from youth work. We wish them both well and thank them for their dedication and hard work these last few years. We look forward to meeting your new volunteers when you re-open in September.
Have a great summer.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 14:11Ebberston/ Allerston Youth Group Celebrate 10 Years as a Voluntary Youth Group
Ebberston/ Allerston Youth Group have just celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a day on the North Bay beach at Scarborough’s. Jeni, George, Phil and along with the other youth leaders arranged to have a beach chalet for the day to act as a base for the group and somewhere to keep refreshments and food.
The day was attended by members of the youth group who spent the afternoon on the beach making sand castles, mermaids sculptures and crabbing in the rock pools. Several even braved the chilly water and swam in the cold North Sea. Jeni the leader also let the young people cover her in sand to make her in to a sand mermaid.
Our Youth Development Worker in Scarborough joined the Youth Group on the beach to celebrate their 10Th anniversary as Ebberston Youth Group was the first youth group Ian helped to set up in his role with North Yorkshire Youth when he supported voluntary group in Ryedale as well as Scarborough.
Congratulations to the current youth leaders, past leaders and present supports for all their hard work over the past 10 years, here’s to the next 10 !
Monday, July 2, 2018 - 14:15Youth Art Exhibition Now on Display!
A new exhibition created by young people from Scribble Zone arts group and Scribble Vision animation club, has now officially opened at Northallerton Library until 15th July. The artwork on display showcases a wide range of art styles, techniques and influences that the young people have chosen to produce their fantastic pieces of work. Lead volunteer artist, Wendi New and colleague Peter Gough have continued to led session every Monday and Wednesday after school at the library to give participants the opportunity to experiment with their own ideas, teaching them new skills and helping to discover their own style and identity.
Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:31Colburn Youth Project-Drumming Session
Young People attending Colburn Youth Project have recently enjoyed a fantastic evening of hand and scrap drumming, led by a professional musician at Colburn Library. The group tried their hand at a number of different genre and styles including samba and rock.
The project, which has only been running since September 2017 has received funding from Colburn Town Council, North Yorkshire County Councils Stronger Communities and Future HY (a Higher York project) to run 2 sessions a week for 10 – 16 year olds in the town. Sessions aim to provide young people with fun and engaging activities through cooking, arts and games. Short projects and special events have been a running theme of the club and have so far included a babysiting course, animation workshops, makeup and styling, textiles and organising a community event. These high quality activities, including the drumming, have been very well attended and enjoyed all local young people who are keen continue learning new skills.
The group are now looking forward to going to Lightwater Valley before they break for the summer holidays. Leaders are currently working on a Youth Achievement Week during the holidays to keep young people engaged in positive activities.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 14:27Girls Residential Weekend at Playaway Eshton Grange
Greatwood Youth Club in Skipton had a Girls Residential weekend at Playaway Eshton Grange, near Gargrave. This amazing venue has been set up to benefit young people and is on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. www.playaway-centre.co.uk
The weather was great and the pool was definitely a big hit! They girls even had a late night swim whilst the sun went down.
The group were able to feed the animals – rabbits, guinea pigs, alpaca, goats and a very large pig! The rabbist were a firm favourite along with the baby guinea pigs that arrived on the Sunday morning.
The girls competed against each other on the adventure play ground to see who was fastest and had a photo pose challenge – most poses in a minute!
We cooked all our own food and did the washing up (with a few complaints) and we enjoyed watching “The Greatest Showman” in the large cinema room. It really was a really great weekend – not sure who enjoyed it more the girls or the staff!
We can’t wait to go again!
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 09:42New LGBT+ Champions fly the (rainbow) flag for North Yorkshire Youth!
Youth Development Workers Vicki, Ian and Panda form the new team bringing LGBT+ rights to the heart of North Yorkshire Youth! The roles will ensure information is shared across the whole of the team, that North Yorkshire Youth is represented at LGBT+ events and that it can feed into and contribute to multi agencies meetings. Keeping up to date with current issues, challenges, best practice and regulatory changes, Vicki, Ian and Panda will act as resources for other team members and be able to provide information and signposting when needed.
Working with NYCC and Barnardos Prouder Communities, the team have already fed into some consultation work around safer spaces for LGBT+ young people, a Heritage Lottery bid and the Stonewall Education Equality Index. Along with that, Ian recently attended the Yorkshire and Humberside LGBT+ Young People’s Event in York and Vicki took part in Harrogate Pride!
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 15:56Youth Club Promotion Pays Off!
A Youth Club in Richmondshire has gained 22 new member in one session! Catterick Village Youth Project has been running successful for the past 3 year, as a member club of NYY and funding from Catterick Village Parish Council. In recent months, the club has gone through a transitional period with a change in staffing, dates and time and the need to relaunch the project to re-engage with local young people. To boost numbers, Senior Youth Worker, Edwina Anderson went into the local primary school to promote the club, given young people in Years 5 and 6, two free passes to come along to the project to give it a go with their friends. During Tuesday evening’s session, young people enjoyed taking part in football, rounders, outdoor games, wii, ping-pong, pool, an arts and new ideas workshop, with free drinks and snacks.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 13:19Ages Together Bedale Group’s Grand Day Out
North Yorkshire Youth is working under the umbrella of Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire to bring together Ex- service men and women and local young people to tell each other’s stories…
Ages Together is an Intergenerational Group made up of Students from Bedale School and Ex- Forces Veterans whose home is ‘The Millings’ in Bedale. North
On Tuesday 10th April, in the pouring rain, a number of our merry group went for a guided tour of the Green Howard’s Regimental Museum in Richmond.
Hosted brilliantly and enthusiastically by Carl; we were allowed to handle artefacts from WW1, dazzled by the medal room and taught some very interesting language facts that no-one had known before… needless to say we don’t do as much ‘chatting’ as we had done before!!
We took lots of photos and got some inspiration for our exhibition; which will be held on Armed Forces Day (Saturday 30th June) at Bedale Hall and we are hoping that the museum join forces with us on that one!
The Ages Together Bedale Group has been meeting and creating stories for a few months now and it has proved a wonderful experience for all involved; we would love to invite anyone that may be interested to our exhibition to see the culmination of our work together!
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 13:41Ignite
Bring the past alive! North Yorkshire Youth is proud to be invoved in a new iniatiative by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). called Kick the Dust A succesful bid to HLF by IVE, based in Leeds, called IGNITE has brought six partners together from across the region to give young people the chance to try something 'old'. The aim of the project is to give young people the opportunity to try something for the first time. It might be building a wall, making a spindle or even a bit of wood carving. All done in the traditional way. Expert tuition and add into the mix the outdoors will create a perfect way for young people to explore their past in a fun and interactive way.
The project also wants feedback so the sessions will include time to let us know what they thought of it.
- Was it fun?
- Do you want to try something else?
- How might we get your friends here to try it?
All of which will then help shape the project going forward.
It is hoped that through these taster sessions and the feeedback provide we can continue the work with a longer term grant from the Hertiage Lottery.
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 13:47Lightwater Quarries help Carlton Lodge Activity Centre
Carlton Lodge Activity Centre asked Lightwater Quarries for their help in providing some gravel. They had no hesitation in offering to donate 10 tons of gravel to the charity based in Carlton Miniott. ‘The gravel was needed to repair damage from the winter’s rain to the banks of our lake and the paths around the lake. The support of Lightwater Quarries is much appreciated. Support from local businesses is so important to sustaining our ability to deliver safe and challenging day and residential programmes of adventurous activities to support the education and development of children and young people’ said Mark Faulkner, Head of Centre.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 15:05Youth Clubs Re-Launch
Over a dozen Youth Clubs re-open under North Yorkshire Youth North Yorkshire Youth, (NYY) based at Carlton Lodge Activity Centre near Thirsk has announced that over a dozen youth clubs in North Yorkshire will re-open.
A new contract between NYY and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) means that the provision of youth clubs continues under the guidance of the experienced NYY Youth Development Team. David Sharp, Chief Executive said: “The new contract is an outcome of the decision to move more youth club provision into the voluntary sector and we are delighted to have been chosen to provide the service. Our experienced Youth Development Team is ideally placed to undertake this project”.
The new arrangements come into place on 13th April and the contract is until August 2016. “Our vast experience providing learning and personal development opportunities for children and young people puts us in a unique position to provide activities that will support this initiative“, added Mark Faulkner, Head of Centre at Carlton Lodge. “North Yorkshire County Council is looking to transform the way it provides services, meeting its responsibilities in innovative and effective ways and working with communities to develop services for themselves” said Pete Dwyer, Corporate Director for the Children and Young People’s Service. “The authority is committed to more targeted work with particular children, young people and families through the new Prevention Service, getting in early and helping to stop problems escalating.
This great partnership with North Yorkshire Youth will complement this work, giving young people right across North Yorkshire access to new youth clubs. By NYY encouraging local communities to be involved in the running of the clubs, we expect new and exciting opportunities to be created.”
The following Youth Clubs run term time only.
Sherburn Youth Club - Monday 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Fairfax Youth Club - Tuesday 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Risedale Youth Club - Tuesday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Stokesley Youth Club - Tuesday 6.15pm - 8.15pm
Tadcaster Senior Youth Club - Tuesday 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Great Ayton - Wednesday 7.00-9.00pm
Malton Youth Club - Wednesday 7.00pm-9.00pm
Leyburn Youth Club - Wednesday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Settle Youth Club - Wednesday 6.30pm -8.30pm
Filey Youth Club - Wednesday 7.00pm -9.00pm
Falsgrave Youth Club - Thursday 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Glusburn Youth Club - Thursday 6.30pm -8.30 pm
Jennyfields Youth Club - Thursday 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Kirbymoorside Youth Club - Thursday 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Knaresborough Youth Club - Friday 7.15pm - 9.15pm
Tadcaster Junior Youth Club - Friday 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Bedale Youth Club - Friday -7.00pm-9.00pm