BASE marks 30 years of support

Cutting the cake to celebrate the 30th birthday of Barnardo's BASE at Whitley Bay.
Cutting the cake to celebrate the 30th birthday of Barnardo's BASE at Whitley Bay.

A North Tyneside service is celebrating 30 years of supporting young people.

Barnardo’s BASE, in Whitley Bay, works with young people aged 15-25, including those who may be experiencing chaotic lifestyles and need help to turn their lives around.

It welcomes all those in need, including young people in local authority care, with a disability or an offending history. The BASE helps them to address problems such as homelessness, unemployment, emotional well-being and antisocial behaviour.

Last year, it supported more than 300 young people through centre-based, outreach and detached youth work provision.

Manager Carla Franchi said: “The BASE has been here now 30 years and everyone hopes we are going to be here another 30 years, because it is so much valued within the local community.

“I’m so proud to work for Barnardo’s and be here at the BASE. It’s such a pleasure to see young people come to us with so many needs and with no hope and to see them again when they leave, having gained confidence and new aspirations about the future.”

It celebrated its anniversary with a big birthday brunch and cake. Guests included David Humphrey, who used to come to the service in the early days, and Kelsey Nolan, 20, from Tynemouth, who attends now.

Kelsey started coming to the BASE when she was 15. She said: “The BASE made me feel like I was worth something. Whenever I felt I was in a bad place I’d come here and they helped me so much.”