Celebrations mark end of programme

Young people at the celebration in Whitley Bay.
Young people at the celebration in Whitley Bay.

A charity has celebrated the successful completion of an eight-week programme of activities for young people affected by homelessness.

The participants, aged 16 to 25, took part in a wide range of activities at Depaul’s Whitley Bay network, including a new wellbeing group, cookery classes, arts and crafts, accredited life skills, debating, sports and fitness, and job workshops.

More than 50 young people and volunteers gathered at Network, in the town’s Oxford Street, to mark the completion of the latest programme.

Nick Sinclair, Depaul UK’s head of volunteering and programmes, said: “This has been another hugely successful North Tyneside Get Up And Go programme. More than 135 individual sessions were held, attended by 43 young people.”

He added: “Over the past two months, participants have enjoyed a tremendous range of creative, health, job-related and social activities which will enable them to cope better in the outside world.

“The sessions have been delivered by 26 volunteers who have done an amazing job.”

Network is at Depaul’s North-East base which has supported by donors including players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Nick added: “The overarching aim of our Get Up and Go programme at Whitley Bay is to support young people affected by homelessness on their path to independent living, training and employment.

“All sessions are led by volunteers and we have partnerships with outside organisations to help find young people opportunities to advance their ambitions in the outside world.

“We strive to empower and enable our young people to re-engage with education, vocational training course and work placements, find employment and to go on to lead happy and independent lives away from homelessness-related problems.”