Arts & Crafts @ Silx……..

We do try and give every night at Silx a theme during our teen bar sessions.  Tuesdays and Thursdays are ‘in the mix’ – I’m sure if you have walked through the market place in Blyth between the hours of 5pm and 8pm on these days you will have heard our super talented young people DJing and Mcing. On a Wednesday we focus on all things health and our young people enjoy cooking healthy recipes and learn about the importance of good health and well being (check out our past blog post about our favourite recipes here: Monday at Silx is when the young people get creative and this is what this post is going to be dedicated to- ARTS & CRAFTS.

We make a pretty good team here at Silx and all of the workers play a vital role and have their strengths but when it comes to Art and all things Crafty then the two workers that excel at this particular area are June and Jackie- they are always coming up with fabulous ideas with the young people and making some wonderful creations. Just recently we have kitted out our Arts cupboard so if you are 11-19 and you fancy rolling up your sleeves and having a go at card making, glass painting, model  making, tie dyeing and much much more then Silx on a Monday night is the place for you.

Jewellery Making

This particular activity is very popular- especially with the girls, who knew you could have so much fun and create something so pretty from some beads and a bit of elastic.


Door Signs

All Teens love to have their own space and what better way than to put your stamp on your ‘patch’ aka your bedroom in your parents’ home 😉 than a door sign- Ryan and Abbigail created some very imaginative signs for their doors recently

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Photo Frames & Cards

The best gifts are homemade; here are some of our young people making photo frames and cards for their Mam’s on mother’s day.

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Natwest Skills & Opportunities Fund

You know from our previous Blog posts, our Twitter feed and our Facebook pages that one project that we run here at Silx that is very popular is our 1st Step drop in which runs on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday (Read about 1st Step in detail here: ) As a charity we rely on funding to keep this project going. A few months ago we applied to the Natwest/RBS Skills and Opportunities fund for a grant of £25,000 that will go towards the running of our 1st step sessions, we were overjoyed to find out yesterday that we have been short-listed to the final 15 in the North Region- which in itself is a great achievement. In order for us to secure the funding we NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

To get the grant we need our supporters to vote for us, and the project with the most votes when the campaign closes at 12 noon on Friday 19th June will get the money. Below you will see a link, please click this link and vote for Silx- but don’t stop there we need you to share it with your friends, post it on Facebook, tweet about it on Twitter, shout it from the rooftops if you need to-  We are so passionate about helping the Youth of Blyth so please get on board and help us out the more support we get the more chance we have of getting the Funding- Thank you in Advance….


Thank you in Advance from all of the Staff and Young People 🙂




Part of the Punch Drunk Army

If you live in Blyth and the surrounding areas, unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months then you would have surely heard all about Punch Drunk Comedy.

Punch Drunk was set up by Gav and Kai Humphries as a comedy night once a month at the Newsham Side Club, but now the Punch Drunk name is much more than a comedy night, yes the nights they run are at the hub of what they do but they have now began what they describe as a ‘community movement’ and are working together with lots of amazing causes to bring the people of Blyth and beyond together.

They are on a mission to make us all laugh and raise a hell of a lot of money and awareness for some fantastic charities in the process. Some of the workers here at Silx have attended the Comedy nights and have been overwhelmed by not only the hilarious comedians but also the amount of time and effort that is put in by Gav and his army to raise money for charities that are close to our hearts (Jackie our Senior Youth Worker tragically lost her beautiful granddaughter Ellie to Meningitis in 2010 and her Son Dan and Daughter in Law Rachel now run the Princess Ellie’s Trust to raise money for the Meningitis Foundation and The PICU at the RVI in memory of Ellie- the Punch Drunk events in Blyth raise money for the trust every month. Sarah our Progression Worker’s niece Jessica was born in 2008 and after a traumatic birth suffers with 4 limb Cerebral Palsy which leaves her unable to walk or talk, she is visually impaired and is peg fed- she attends the Little Miracle’s Group in Ashington which is a beneficiary of The Bradley’s Smile Trust- which the Punch Drunk team raise funds for every month at their Bedlington events)

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So, with Punch Drunk in our hearts we invited them down to Silx so they could find out all about what we do to support the younger generation of Blyth. Gav & Lauren came to visit us on 1st June during one of our 1st Step sessions and spoke to our workers and young people and learnt all about Silx, our history and how we work. We discussed the exciting opportunities they have in the pipeline for a Magazine, we are hoping to get involved with this so we can showcase the fantastic work that goes on in Silx and develop activities for local young people. It seems that team Punch Drunk have a lot of good ideas and we are looking forward to supporting their progress…..

Gav & Lauren meeting with Jackie....

Gav & Lauren meeting with Jackie….

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The Princess Ellie’s Total…..

You may remember last week that we posted about the Princess Ellie’s Trust and how our young people had kept a special ‘Princess Ellie Jar’ behind the bar in Silx and for the last few months have been filling it up with all of their loose change. Well, after presenting Dan & Rachel from the Princess Ellie’s Trust with the Jar we are pleased the confirm the total raised was £80! A MASSIVE THANK YOU AND WELL DONE TO ALL OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE FOR DONATING THEIR CHANGE TO A FABULOUS CAUSE 🙂