Delight at award win for Blyth youth project

Young people and youth workers a the Silx Teen Bar in Blyth are celebrating after scooping first place for the best youth project in the North East Young People’s Awards.

Silx Teen Bar is a venue where young people aged 11-19 can meet for free and take part in educational and recreational projects and activities.

During the day the centre provides a variety of support to young unemployed people including CV writing, completing  application forms and referrals to training providers as well as providing accredited opportunities for young people.

Evening sessions include  music, art, health awareness and  community involvement projects and there  is  youth worker support for young people who may be experiencing personal problems.

The scheme is  a  partnership delivered by Northumberland County Council and People & Drugs Ltd.

Jackie Long Senior Youth Worker said:

“The award means so much to us all.  We have a great team of  professionally qualified youth workers and volunteers who support  local teenagers both at the centre and out on the streets of Blyth.  

“ We know it is a really successful  and valuable resource for the young people of the town and to have this recognised at a regional level, is  fantastic. ”

Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council and cabinet member for children’s services Wayne Daley said:  “ Northumberland Youth Service provides a range of support  for  young people in the county offering opportunities to develop and learn new skills alongside those gained at home, school, college and work life.

“ We are really proud of the way in which the Silx Teen bar  supports young people to learn and take part in a wide range of activities while also feeling part of a community. To get one of the most sought after awards  of the night is a great achievement and very well deserved.”

The North East Young People’s awards , held at The Baltic in Gateshead , saw 11 awards being given out to individuals and organisations for their commitment to youth activities in the region.
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