Our Youth Programme

Our free youth programme supports young people to express themselves, build safe and trusting relationships and increase their confidence through activities, games, and discussion.

All our evening sessions run from 4pm until 8pm, with structured activities between 5 and 7pm. Either side of our main activities for that evening, we give young people the space to relax and make use of the resources in our youth lounge including console games, board games, a pool table, a retro arcade machine and a range of arts and crafts supplies.

Our experienced youth team adopt a friendly, fun and empathetic approach, offering guidance, information and resources to participants on various topics relevant to young people, including but not limited to healthy friendships and relationships, education and work, sexual health and drug and alcohol safety.

We are a youth-led service and we tailor our support to the young people who attend, to help them feel informed and empowered when navigating the many challenges and opportunities of the modern world. Our youth workers are always on hand for a one-to-one chat and can provide C-cards and signpost to other services when required.

If you or your young person would like to find out more about our sessions or arrange to see the space and speak to one of our youth workers before attending please email [email protected] or phone 01670 857167.

Signing up

All of our sessions require sign up prior to attendance, to ensure we can cater for the number who wish to attend and have the right ratio of staff and volunteers to young people. Below are two links for registration which only need to be completed at initial sign-up. If you have any problems accessing the document, please contact our reception on 01670 857167 and they will be happy to help.

Young people can sign up by clicking here. 

Creative Mondays – Monday 4pm – 8pm

We have joined forces with Mortal Fools to offer young people Creative Mondays, which is an opportunity to build your confidence, develop new skills, have fun and show your creative spark!

This weekly session is for young people aged 13-18 years old. If you’re willing to try new things and are interested in finding fun ways to express yourself, we’d love you to join us.

The group will get to try out a range of art, drama, and craft activities in a supportive environment with Team YMCA and Team Mortal Fools!

Young Changemakers – Tuesday 4pm – 8pm

Join our Young Changemakers group for ages 13-18 to have fun creating your own social action projects and making change in your community.

You’ll have the opportunity  to organise your own events or activities based on your interests. You could organise a trip to the cinema, bring people together for a community meal, paint an uplifting mural, raise awareness of an issue that you care about, or do anything else you can dream up, the sky really is the limit!

This is a great opportunity to learn important life skills, meet like-minded people, make new friends and boost your confidence in this fun and friendly group.

Young Pioneers – Wednesday 4pm – 8pm (term-time only)

This 20-session programme has been designed  for young people and adults (16yrs plus) who want to Volunteer, not just with YMCA Northumberland but with any organisation working with young people across Ashington. Everyone taking part will contribute to the co-production of a ‘volunteering journey’ as you learn new skills, meet like-minded individuals, help shape the YMCA Northumberland volunteer induction and development programme for themselves and others, and make a positive impact on their community.

Participants will have the chance to complete training in a variety of areas, including youth work, which can look great on your CV and help you achieve your career goals.

This programme will initially run from May to November/December 2024.

Girls Only – Thursday 4pm – 8pm

Girls-Only Night at our youth centre offers an empowering evening filled with fun activities, inspiring discussions, and opportunities to connect with other young women in our community.

It provides a safe and supportive space where girls, and those who identify as female, can be themselves, build confidence, and make lifelong friendships. Whether you’re into arts and crafts, fitness, or just hanging out with friends, there’s something for everyone!

 

Youth Cafe – Friday 4pm – 8pm

The Youth Cafe brings young people together in a warm and welcoming environment,  where they can  share a delicious meal while  developing valuable life skills and fostering independence.

Each week, participants come together to prepare a different meal under the guidance of our experienced staff and volunteers. The focus is not just on cooking, but also on creating nutritious and flavourful dishes that promote health and well-being.

We welcome suggestions from participants about what meals they would like to learn to prepare. Whether it’s a favourite family recipe, a cultural dish, or a new culinary trend, we strive to accommodate diverse tastes and preferences.

 

Youth Programme Schedule

Monday: Creative Mondays, 4pm – 8pm – 13-18 yrs

Tuesday: Young Changemakers, 4pm – 8pm – 13-18 yrs

Wednesday: Young Pioneers, 4pm – 8pm – 16 yrs plus

Thursday: Girls Only!, 4pm – 8pm – 13-18yrs

Friday: Youth Café, 4pm – 8pm – 13-18yrs

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YMCA Northumberland

North View, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9XQ

Registered Charity No: 1076157

YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

Family & Youth Work

Health & wellbeing

Housing

Training & Education

Support & Advice

YMCA Northumberland

North View, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9XQ

Registered Charity No: 1076157

YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

Family & Youth Work

Health & wellbeing

Housing

Training & Education

Support & Advice