27 January 2022

YMCA Newcastle is preparing to launch an exciting new project that aims to get local 11–25-year-old on their bikes, engaged in local heritage and upskill them in digital skills. YMCA Newcastle has a long history of supporting families and young people in Newcastle’s East End with the local, independent charity recently celebrating their 170th anniversary. The project has been made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and players of the National Lottery.

YMCA Newcastle have pledged to support a minimum of 50 young people to get active, discover their exciting heritage and learn a host of valuable digital skills which will all look amazing on young job-seekers CVs. Young people will be able to take part in fun bicycle rides 3 times a week to discover local heritage sites, as well as longer day-long bike rides exploring further afield. Participants will also learn how to maintain and repair their own bikes and achieve a Velotech bike maintenance accreditation. In addition to this all participants will be able to work towards Bikeability cycling proficiency training.

Throughout the project young people will share updates through the projects own dedicated social media pages and chronicle their journey of developing their very own app. The newly developed app will inform local residents and cyclists of local heritage sites, provide route information and interesting facts.

YMCA Newcastle would like to thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their support.