— Prudhoe Youth Project
Investing In Our Future
Prudhoe Youth Project has been created to increase and provide a range of inclusive activities for young people in the Prudhoe area. We currently have youth clubs running from the Methodist Church and the Parish Hall and outreach youth work each week.
If you would like more information about our activities please contact us on the link below.
Prudhoe Youth Project (PYP) was set up late 2018 to fill a gap in activities for young people in Prudhoe identified in a town survey. It has 10 local trustees with a range of skills including youth work. Unlike other towns in Northumberland, Prudhoe has never had a voluntary youth project and so does not offer the range of services for young people available elsewhere.
In September 2020 PYP appoint its own youth development worker and 2 other sessional youth workers. Gemma, Jamie and Hollie have set up regular sessions in the community, giving young people a safe, social environment to gain support, advice and information.
We are running weekly sessions for young people; junior youth club is aimed at young people aged 8-12, senior youth club for young people aged 12-19, we have a weekly girls group and outreach sessions where the team will be out in Prudhoe engaging with young people. These sessions take place term time only.
PYP also runs holiday activities, these include trips, residentials, project work and drop in sessions. These are organised with our young people and give our young people more opportunities.
During local and national lockdowns, PYP has been supporting young people by offering sessions digitally and sending home letters, craft packs and activities, we have offered one to one support in person or digitally. We have continued to support young people from our community through detached youth work.
PYP has convened a regular meeting of all the youth organisations in Prudhoe to share ideas and experiences and is a member of Tynedale Youth Forum.
PYP hopes to provide additional activities and support for young people in ways that:
- Are based on what young people say they need
- Are delivered on their own terms
- Integrate young people with special needs
- Recognise the increasing mental health issues among young people
- Support LGBT+ young people
- provide support and guidance to vulnerable young people
- promote wellbeing generally among young people
In doing so PYP will :
- Emulate best practice around Northumberland
- Work to complement services at East and elsewhere in the town
- Build partnerships with schools, health service, police and others
- Be part of a wider Tynedale youth provision
For more information contact Gemma Nixon (youth development worker) on 07502851847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The trustees all live or work in the Prudhoe area and are:
Chair: Dorothy Dickinson (NHS Matron)
Treasurer: Jessica Hosking (finance officer for a school trust)
Deputy Chair: Donald Hutton (retired Educational Consultant and Inspector)
Trustees: Cllr Christopher Barrett (army reservist), Paul Davenport (youth worker), Bethany Elringham (PCHS sixth form student), Brenda Grey (retired civil servant), Donald Hutton (retired Educational Consultant and Inspector), Kirstie Sample (Pedagogical Co-ordinator/Teacher), Jessica Hosking (finance officer for a school trust).
Trustees representing Prudhoe Town Council: Cllr Gerald Price, Cllr Angie Scott.
Representing Northumberland County Council: Cllr Gordon Stewart