Walker Project Groups
The Walker Project focuses on engaging young people in the community mainly through street work and is an important part of the work we do at the Newcastle YMCA. The street work method covers street corners, bus shelters, parks, doorways etc. The Walker Project provides structured workshops, debating and discussion groups all of which take place on a regular basis at the Welbeck Road premises. Street work also enables the staff to keep their faces known on the local estates. This helps the project maintain and build relationships with those who choose not to access the project on a regular basis.
Sexual Health and Teenage Mums
Linking up with the Phoenix Detached Project in North Shields we organised a two night residential for a group of young women aged 15-17yrs to look at issues around sexual health and motherhood. We took away ‘simulated babies’ that we purchased last year and did a lot of sessions about sexual health and the reality of becoming a mother at a young age. The four young women from each youth project worked really well together and got a lot from the weekend in terms of thinking about their own lives and the choices available to them. We would like, in the future , to repeat this project with different groups of young women as it is a very effective way of looking at this specific issue.
‘Think Before You Drink’
Between October 2009 and February 2010 a group of young people from Walker met to work on a film about young people and alcohol . The group came up with the idea for the film. They learned to use a camera, sound equipment and to direct. There was a viewing at the Side Gallery where the film was well received.
Festivals, stalls and fun days
Over last summer we were involved in putting on fundraising stalls at the local festivals. Lots of young people and volunteers have given up their time to come and help out where we raised money for activities. We took part in the Walker Workers Week at Walker Park and the volunteer group also organised a fun day at Walker Park during the May half term. We also took part in a fun day at St Lawrences Park, Byker in August organised by the Byker Play and Youth Forum. This type of work raises our profile in the community and is a good way of linking up with other agencies in the area.
We took part in an arts project with the North Eastern Detached Youth Work Forum. This Project linked up Sage, Dance City, and Northern Stage with Detached Youth Projects and young people. We took a group of young women from Walker to taster days where they took part in dance, drama and mc-ing sessions. A graffiti artist came to the Walker Project, and, with the help of the young people create a piece of work on the wall of the back yard. We will hopefully be doing more as a result of this project.
Take a look at some of our photos from various groups. Click here to view