‘What’s in a Geordie?’

Young people at YMCA Walker youth project have been exploring what it means to be a Geordie with the help of a local film-maker. While reality TV shows such as Geordie Shore have contributed to popular national stereotypes of how young people from Newcastle dress, behave and live, young people at Walker project have different…



Youth led ‘Drop the Knife; Save a Life’ campaign launches

Young people from YMCA Newcastle’s City Centre youth project, SPACE2…, have launched a social media campaign to highlight the effects of knife crime for both victims and perpetrators, aiming to help to reduce crime rates in the City Centre. The knife crime social media project will be delivered thanks to the funding given to us by…



Knife crime support and help lines

Use these helplines to access support and find more information around youth and knife crime. YMCA SPACE2… 0191 2602923 SPACE2… is YMCA Newcastle’s city centre youth project and offers free support and advice to all young people around any issues they may be facing and provide referrals to specialist organisations for further support. Knife…



Youth led social action at YMCA Newcastle

#iwill is a UK wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. The project is possible thanks to funding provided by the #iwill fund. The National Lottery and Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the…



High Sheriff Award £500 Towards Sailing Trip

The Tyne and Wear High Sheriff Award Scheme makes awards to organisations that encourage useful and beneficial pursuits for young people, encouraging them to be upstanding citizens. The Walker Project applied for an award from the High Sheriffs Award towards a sailing trip for 10 young people. They have already secured £2000 in donations towards the…



Urban Mushrooms: Growing for Good

Urban Mushrooms pledges to grow more jobs for young people in need as they scale-up the farm and introduce new products, thanks to investment from Sage Foundation and Social Investment Business Group. Urban Mushrooms pioneers ethical and sustainable food production and provides jobs and training to young people furthest removed from the labour market. Over the next year,…



Bringing the Community Together at Walker Park Centre

Thanks to funding awarded from The National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, Walker Park Centre will begin a 3-year programme of activities and events with the aim of bringing the community together and tackling loneliness. The centre will work with 8 local care homes to coordinate a programme of events and activities for older people with…



Apprenticeship Vacancy – Catering and Hospitality (Hospitality Supervisor)

YMCA Newcastle is offering a high-quality training and employment opportunity for a young apprentice to develop both their skills and experience in catering and hospitality. Are you a young person with a passion for food, enjoy being in the kitchen and think your customer service skills shine through? If so, this is the perfect opportunity…




Young people today are making healthier life choices. Less likely to drink and smoke, they are staying in education longer and are generally clean living, qualified, and driven young people making positive decisions about their future. But… Many young people are still facing some tough challenges. Mental health difficulties, body image anxieties, isolation, loneliness and the…