WE WON!- Projects with Pride

Last night we took 6 young people to the Holiday Inn at Seaton Burn which was the venue for the Projects with Pride Awards hosted by the Northumberland clubs for young people. All of the young people were very excited, especially Keighleigh Cozens who was nominated for the Young Volunteer award. The evening was fabulous, with a guest speaker from Capital Radio and great entertainment courtesy of Bad Apples and Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project.

Then comes the best bit…… WE WON! We are so pleased to tell you that our 1st Step Employability Project which we run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12-3 was Awarded the Large Project with Pride Award and Keighleigh Cozens was given the Young Volunteer of the Year award! We are so pleased that our project that helped 53 young people gain employment last year was recognised for the fabulous work that takes place in our little building in Blyth every week! We are also so proud of Keighleigh, she has overcome so many barriers in her life and been through so much and now she is a confident young lady who works hard to get to where she wants to be! (see our case study blog post all about Keighleigh’s journey here- https://silxteenbar.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/keighleighs-journey-case-study/)

Northumberland Clubs for Young People put on an amazing event and all of our young people had a Brilliant time, it was great to see all of the other projects from Northumberland in one place celebrating all of the inspiring work that goes on for young people in our fantastic county!

Keighleigh Cozens- Volunteer of the year

Keighleigh Cozens- Volunteer of the year



Award Winning 1st Step Project

We are more than just a Teen Bar here at Silx…… Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday 12-3pm we run our 1st Step employability session. During these Award winning sessions we help young people create a CV, ¬†carry out a Job Search, fill out job applications, complete online training. Our team of fully qualified Youth Workers and our in house IAG worker are on hand every session of offer advice and provide support around issues of employability, training, money, housing, health and any other issues that the 16-25 year olds that attend the session are experiencing.

Our ultimate goal during these sessions is to help the young people get back into education or to find work but we don’t run a strict ‘classroom’ environment, instead our approach is more relaxed. The young people do use the sessions to get themselves work ready but they also come in to see friends, have a hot drink, chat to workers and a lot of young people build on their confidence and their other skills whilst they are with us….