Pledge aims to help borough’s youths

A unique pledge putting the needs of young people into the heart of North Tyneside youth service has been agreed.

More than 50 representatives from a variety of voluntary groups, youth organisations, local authority, and health and care professionals agreed to work together to develop a new ‘Youth Offer’.

It will set out a range of services for young people to help them have supportive relationships, strong ambitions and good opportunities throughout their lives.

At a day long event the representatives made a commitment to form a partnership that will lead to a better integration of activities for young people in North Tyneside.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Our young people are growing up in a very competitive world and therefore it is vital that they receive only the very best support and advice to allow them to achieve their full potential.

“By working together – and sharing their skills and expertise – all the excellent youth groups and organisations operating here in North Tyneside will be able to deliver a fantastic and much improved offer to meet the diverse needs of all our children and young people.”

Leon Mexter, chief executive, Youth Focus North East, said: “We were delighted to be asked to be part of such a stimulating and rewarding event in North Tyneside, which presents a real opportunity for all partners to develop a meaningful youth offer for the borough’s young people.”

Father Martin Lee, of St Bartholomew’s, Longbenton, added: “It was an excellent day with a wonderful atmosphere.

“There are exciting opportunities for the future and exciting opportunities for other agencies to get involved and work together.”