Youth Blog

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:53
    Swaledale's Diversity Trip

    Diversity Dance Troop Inspire Swaledale Young People


    Swaledale Youth Club has recently made dreams come true by taking 8 members to see Diversity perform their new tour ‘Genesis’ at Newcastle’s Metro Arena. It is the clubs first trip since opening less than 1 year ago and it was a great success. The group enjoyed going out for lunch, visiting the Angel of the North monument before watching some breath taking dancing by Diversity who won Britain’s got Talent back in 2009. Seth Baron, a young person who attended the trip said “Best day ever! Amazing performance and loved every second of it with amazing people. Sacha Cole added “I'm so glad I went it was AMAZING! The performance was amazing and has a good time with the people that went”.

    The clubs runs every other Thursday at Reeth Memorial Hall, 6:30pm – 8:30pm for young people aged 11 – 16 and is free of charge. There are lots of fun activities to get involved in which change each session and space to relax and socialise. The club is in need of a couple of new adult volunteers to help run sessions and ensure it continues its good work. As the club is affiliated to North Yorkshire Youth, a local youth association, funded by North Yorkshire County Council to support community youth provision, all volunteers will receive ongoing support and training. For more information about the club contact Lead Volunteer, Yolanda Richards by email: or mobile: 07898 251 455




  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:51
    School of Rock!

    Youth Music Rocks!

    A series of music projects called the ‘School of Rock’ have recently been held for young peoples aged 11 - 18 at Risedale Youth Centre, Snape Methodist Church and Hawes Market House engaging 40 young people all together. The projects were led by professional Connecting Youth Culture (CYC) musicians, Tiff Mahoney and Alex Cromarty with support from local youth club staff and volunteers. The projects saw young people from all backgrounds and abilities try their hand at writing their own songs, learning and playing a range of instruments to perform and record together, all free of charge.

    Elena Harwood, 13 from Spennithorne who attended the Risedale School of Rock said “The project gave me new experiences, such as helping me create lyrics with the lead singer. My goals are to be more social and more confident and this project has help me to do that”.

    In addition, the Hawes School of Rock group were given the opportunity to travel to the TCR Hub’s recording studio at Barnard Castle during the holidays to experience what it would feel like to be a professional artist. Finally to celebrate their achievements, the group held a concert (set up by Blueboxt Productions) with special guesses the ‘Musical Theatre Project’ led by Colin Bailey and Mick Yare. The 2 hours event attracted 70 community members who all enjoyed a fantastic free evening of youth music. Thanks to the young people, staff and volunteers, a variety of delicious cakes were made especially for the event and sold at the interval which raised over £135 for Hawes Youth Club. Stella Dinsdale and Shirelle Calvert, Youth Leaders said “Thank you to everyone who helped or donated cakes, a real success which will help the youth club alot!”

    Thanks goes to NYMAZ (a youth music development charity funded by Youth Music which champions the transformative potential of music for children and young people in North Yorkshire and beyond) for funding the Risedale and Snape projects, as well as, North Yorkshire County Councils Stronger Communities, Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council and The Upper Wensleydale Community Partnership for supporting and funding the Hawes project.     

  • Friday, May 5, 2017 - 14:39
    Scribble Zone at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    The Yorkshire Sculpture Park Inspires Young Artists

    A youth arts group called ‘Scribble Zone’ has recently had the opportunity to visit The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield. The group were able to explore and enjoy the fantastic indoor and outside exhibitions on display all free of charge. To help the young people get inspired, Wendi New, a local professional artist who set the group up with support from North Yorkshire County Council’s Library Service and North Yorkshire Youth, handed out sketch books for the young people to capture and experiment with their own drawing techniques. Josh and Ellie - young people who attend said “The trip was brilliant!” and “I had a fab day, thanks to Wendi for organising it all”. The group meets every Monday 4-5:30pm at Northallerton Library. First session is free and then it is £2 per a session. New members are welcome.  The club is also looking for more volunteers to support its committee and also during sessions. For more information please email Wendi New— Wendi said “We have some great new projects happening for anyone who wants to be creative, learn new art techniques and meet artists. The group have had some marvellous opportunities, with more to come! - eg. exhibiting their work locally, being involved in community projects and meeting Professional Artists and Designers. The trip was great we all enjoyed it and had a great day and hope to have another in the school holidays and also hold some animation workshops”.