NYY News

  • Monday, October 8, 2018 - 13:57
    Young People get Colourful with WW1 Remembrance Trails


    To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, Hambleton District Council teamed up with local artist, Bill Oakey.  A community trail will be made in each of the main Hambleton market towns; Bedale, Easingwold, Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk. Each trail will consist of 20 images of a WW1 soldier drawn by Bill, based on his wife’s grandfather, RSM Henry Savidge (Harry), who served in the West Yorkshire Regiment, Leeds Rifles. Each soldier will have a unique letter which, when all 20 letters are put together, will spell out a phrase. The 100 images for the 5 trails, one for each year, were distributed to local young people to give each solider its own colourful identity and teach them about the importance of remembrance. The youth clubs and schools involved were:

    • Carthorpe Youth Club
    • Snape Youth Club
    • Risedale Youth Club in Catterick
    • Scribble Zone Arts Club in Northallerton
    • COZIE in Easingwold
    • Stokesley Primary Academy
    • Shipton Youth Space in Shipton-by-Beningbrough

    To take part, participants (no age restrictions) will need to collect a postcard from participating venues, complete the trail and return the postcard to Hambleton District Council, where it will be entered into a free prize draw. The trails will run from the beginning of October until 11th November 2018.

    For further information, contact Kate Staines on 01609 767203 or email kate.staines@hambleton.gov.uk


  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 13:12
    NYY Youth Volunteer Project

    NYY Youth Volunteer Project - Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do whilst also enabling you to meet new people, gain skills and experience, and have fun!  Are you aged 14-25yrs and interested in finding out more, then please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinators. The project is very flexible, you can volunteer on a regular basis or just for one-off events, just complete our application form giving us your interests and availability and we will work with you to find, and set up a volunteering opportunity.


    Businesses and Organisations - We are always looking for new and exciting placements for young people, could you support young people’s learning and life experiences by providing a volunteering opportunity? Our Youth Volunteer Co-Ordinators, can support you to ensure everything is in place to provide a safe, positive and productive placement, please contact us to discuss further.


    Your Youth Volunteer Co-Ordinators are:

    • Hambleton Area - Sally Clifford 07500 787 620 Sally@nyy.org.uk • Harrogate Area - Rachel Rabjohns 07500 787 621 Rachel@nyy.org.uk Selby Area •  Charlotte Keable 07825659425 Charlotte@nyy.org.uk


  • Monday, September 17, 2018 - 15:23
    Stop the Inferno
  • Monday, September 17, 2018 - 15:22
    Stop the Inferno

    ‘Stop the Inferno’ is a multi-agency project which we are running at Jennyfields Youth Club in Harrogate, in partnership with North Yorkshire Fire Service, North Yorkshire Police, Fairfax and Bilton Youth Clubs.  Funding from Harrogate Community Safety and the Granby My Neighbourhood group is paying for a graphic novel to be produced by the young people at Jennyfields (with those attending Fairfax and Bilton being invited to attend).Fire fighters and a PCSO have visited the youth club to work with the young people on a story outline – using photos from recent fires in Harrogate.  Two of the crew had attended some of the fires we were discussing so they were able to add real life experience to the recount of what happened.We have an artist booked from NYCC’s Connecting Youth Culture (CYC) to come along and take photographs, and start some of the artwork, for the ‘comic’ which will highlight the consequences of fire setting.  This will then be printed and distributed around the community.  There will also be a trip to the fire station, sometime after October half term, so that the young people can speak to the fire crews and look around the vehicles, as well as watch a demonstration.  We have already had some positive response since the first week as the police posted the project onto their Twitter feed.


  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 15:36
  • Monday, September 10, 2018 - 15:12
    Ages Together September 2018

    What an exciting start to the new academic year. Ages Together Ripon has begun and we have a high level of excitement all round!
    Evolve college (part of Craven College), Lister House (a retirement home run by The Royal British Legion) and North Yorkshire Youth are working together with local artist Magda to create work that will be exhibited in Ripon Cathedral.
    Planning meetings, resources and times are all being settled and agreed. Artistic juices are flowing and trepidation building for our group becoming artists that exhibit to over 600 people.
    ‘Ripon Remembers’ is a series of exhibitions, concerts and services that over the next three months sees residents and visitors of Ripon paying respects and remembering the hundred year anniversary of the end of the First World War. Ages Together Ripon are going to display their work as part of these celebrations and remembrance at the service held for Service Children and their Families. Friday 9th November; get it in your diaries …

  • Monday, September 10, 2018 - 15:05
    Staithes Young Leaders Award

    On Thursday 6th September Ian visited Staithes Youth Group, to support a group of young people from their senior youth group to start their North Yorkshire Youth Young Leaders Awards.

    Their NYY Young Leaders Awards will work in connection with activities the group will be involved with over the coming months. The group have been contacted by Glynnis and Carolyn from Staithes Charities Ltd, who hold events in the community across the year. Glynnis and Carolyn have asked if the young people would be interested in supporting them with a couple of their fund raisers this year. One of their first events is a Tea Dance in Sleights Village Hall, where the senior residents will be invited to a free evening of high tea and dancing in November.

    The young people have been offered the chance to take part in three workshop events; planning and preparation for the event, an evening in a local Tea Room learning how to wait on table and host the residents on the evening and the last workshop before the event will be a cookery and food prep session where they will bake and learn how to prepare food in a local restaurant. The young people had loads of questions and ideas they wanted to incorporate into the Tea Dance evening. Glynnis and Carolyn handed over a few of the groups tasks and ideas for them to work on before the next workshop. A few of the girls took notes and said they would work on the posters over the weekend so they could start to advertise the event ASAP.

    As part of the young people's NYY Young Leaders Awards the group will design posters, make table decorations, learn new cookery and waiting skills that will help them in the many catering opportunities in the future, and host the Tea Dance. The skills learnt will be added to their Young Leaders workbooks as part of their planning, delivery and evaluation as the first part of their award.

    The second part of their Awards Book will be to help plan, run and perform in the local pantomime in December.

  • Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:00
    Borrowby Show

    Invited to Borrowby Show by Sally from Borrowby Kidz (an NYY member group) Clare, Becca and Panda spent the day in a tent making upcycled fridge magnets with young people! It was a really good activity to do as it’s easy and enjoyable for everyone and hardly cost anything (very important for lots of youth clubs!). We support lots of voluntary clubs like Borrowby Kidz across North Yorkshire - if you are interested in starting a youth club in your area get in touch!

  • Monday, August 6, 2018 - 15:53
    NYY Celebrating Yorkshire Day in Ripon

    We had a busy day on Wednesday when we attended Yorkshire day to promote our work and current projects. Vicki was out with her clip board searching out young people to find out what youth facilities they would like to see in Ripon and also to let them know about the summer holiday sessions with YMCA, Sally was promoting the Ages Together project, looking for young people and ex forces personnel to come together to share stories and produce an exhibition, and I was there to promote our Youth Volunteering project for 14-25yr olds. It was a glorious day, the event was well attended and there was a real community feel in Ripon, celebrating all that was Yorkshire. The event was a good opportunity for us to engage with local young people and families and let them know about our work and what there is for young people to get involved with in.

  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 13:46
    BBQ and Games session held to celebrate start of summer holidays

    Snape Youth Club and St.Gregory’s Youth Club celebrated their final sessions in style before breaking up for summer with a delicious BBQ, snacks and a range of fun team building and sports activities to keep everybody happy. Young people enjoyed playing rounders against parents, cricket, games with a large parachute and gutter ball. Summer opportunities were also share with both groups consisting of up to 45 young people, promoting community projects, volunteering days and a young promoter’s scheme. Both volunteer teams and young people will enjoy having a break over summer and will start back in September.

  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 15:40
    Adversity United and Cameron Osburn.

    17 year old Cameron Osburn’s daily struggle with Cerebral Palsy and his own experience of mainstream football has driven him to set up Adversity United - an inclusive football club where children are supported, encouraged, praised and guided.  The club is for children aged 6 - 12 years who are living with physical, behavioural, social and cerebral challenges.  Cameron focusses on the children's enjoyment irrespective of their disability.  The relationships he is forming are open and honest - with both the children and their families.  Cameron through Adversity United is offering an opportunity for children with a range of disabilities to come together to play a team sport that they often don't often get the opportunity to play.

    Cameron recently won the David Lloyd Stray FM Local Hero Award in recognition for his hard work and commitment.

  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 15:25

    The excitement of the summer holiday is kicking in and lots of young people have been trying to work out what they can do with their time in the holidays that might be a little more productive than ‘Nothing!’

    The Volunteer Co-Ordinators in both Harrogate and Hambleton have been working hard to make sure that those exciting and challenging volunteer placements are ‘Young Person Ready’ and that young people are good to go too.

    One off events such as Borrowby Show, Yorkshire Lasses Sportive and Carlton Lodge Conservation days are all ready and willing to let young people 14-25 in to help and provide much needed support for their events.

    Rural Arts, Northdale Horticulture, Hambleton Paddlers, Inclusive Sports, Ripon Museums, Dales Rangers are among many organisations becoming ‘young people ready’ so the young volunteers in our county can really reap the rewards that a fulfilling volunteer placement can provide.

    Another group working with NYY are ‘Helping Hands’, they are there to ‘support the supporters’ so young people who love to volunteer but could benefit from a little more support whilst doing their thing get just that!

    Finishing school for the holidays certainly doesn’t mean our young people are busy doing nothing!!

  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 15:23
    Harrogate District - What has been going on?

    This year has been all go in the Harrogate District with lots of great activities taking place in our youth clubs.

    We have supported the opening of a new youth club in Kirkby Malzeard, Squigglers Art Club in Ripon and Adversity United Football Club in Harrogate.  All 3 are thriving with some fantastic feedback from the children and young people who attend as well as their families.

    We have also said farewell to some wonderful volunteers and projects.  Kathy and The Saturday Club have moved onto some new and exciting opportunities outside of the Knaresborough area.  Fleur, Claire and Ken from Staveley and Copgrove youth club have hung up their youth club activities book to take a much deserved break and Can Do a Leonard Cheshire Disability group closed its doors after its funding drew to an end.  Thank you to everyone who supported these projects and to the many volunteers who helped out.

    Thank you also to Nicky from Ripon Youth Café and Michelle from Ripon Youth Theatre who are also handing in their keys and taking a break from youth work.  We wish them both well and thank them for their dedication and hard work these last few years.  We look forward to meeting your new volunteers when you re-open in September.

    Have a great summer.


  • Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 14:11
    Ebberston/ Allerston Youth Group Celebrate 10 Years as a Voluntary Youth Group

    Ebberston/ Allerston Youth Group have just celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a day on the North Bay beach at Scarborough’s. Jeni, George, Phil and along with the other youth leaders arranged to have a beach chalet for the day to act as a base for the group and somewhere to keep refreshments and food.

    The day was attended by members of the youth group who spent the afternoon on the beach making sand castles, mermaids sculptures and crabbing in the rock pools. Several even braved the chilly water and swam in the cold North Sea. Jeni the leader also let the young people cover her in sand to make her in to a sand mermaid.

    Our Youth Development Worker in Scarborough joined the Youth Group on the beach to celebrate their 10Th anniversary as Ebberston Youth Group was the first youth group Ian helped to set up in his role with North Yorkshire Youth when he supported voluntary group in Ryedale as well as Scarborough.

    Congratulations to the current youth leaders, past leaders and present supports for all their hard work over the past 10 years, here’s to the next 10 !  

  • Monday, July 2, 2018 - 14:15
    Youth Art Exhibition Now on Display!

    A new exhibition created by young people from Scribble Zone arts group and Scribble Vision animation club, has now officially opened at Northallerton Library until 15th July. The artwork on display showcases a wide range of art styles, techniques and influences that the young people have chosen to produce their fantastic pieces of work. Lead volunteer artist, Wendi New and colleague Peter Gough have continued to led session every Monday and Wednesday after school at the library to give participants the opportunity to experiment with their own ideas, teaching them new skills and helping to discover their own style and identity.

  • Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:31
    Colburn Youth Project-Drumming Session

    Young People attending Colburn Youth Project have recently enjoyed a fantastic evening of hand and scrap drumming, led by a professional musician at Colburn Library. The group tried their hand at a number of different genre and styles including samba and rock.

    The project, which has only been running since September 2017 has received funding from Colburn Town Council, North Yorkshire County Councils Stronger Communities and Future HY (a Higher York project) to run 2 sessions a week for 10 – 16 year olds in the town. Sessions aim to provide young people with fun and engaging activities through cooking, arts and games. Short projects and special events have been a running theme of the club and have so far included a babysiting course, animation workshops, makeup and styling, textiles and organising a community event. These high quality activities, including the drumming, have been very well attended and enjoyed all local young people who are keen continue learning new skills.

    The group are now looking forward to going to Lightwater Valley before they break for the summer holidays. Leaders are currently working on a Youth Achievement Week during the holidays to keep young people engaged in positive activities.

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 14:27
    Girls Residential Weekend at Playaway Eshton Grange

    Greatwood Youth Club in Skipton had a Girls Residential weekend at Playaway Eshton Grange, near Gargrave. This amazing venue has been set up to benefit young people and is on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.   www.playaway-centre.co.uk

    The weather was great and the pool was definitely a big hit! They girls even had a late night swim whilst the sun went down.

    The group were able to feed the animals – rabbits, guinea pigs, alpaca, goats and a very large pig!  The rabbist were a firm favourite along with the baby guinea pigs that arrived on the Sunday morning.

    The girls competed against each other on the adventure play ground to see who was fastest and had a photo pose challenge – most poses in a minute!

    We cooked all our own food and did the washing up (with a few complaints) and we enjoyed watching “The Greatest Showman” in the large cinema room.  It really was a really great weekend – not sure who enjoyed it more the girls or the staff!

    We can’t wait to go again!

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 09:42
    New LGBT+ Champions fly the (rainbow) flag for North Yorkshire Youth!

    Youth Development Workers Vicki, Ian and Panda form the new team bringing LGBT+ rights to the heart of North Yorkshire Youth! The roles will ensure information is shared across the whole of the team, that North Yorkshire Youth is represented at LGBT+ events and that it can feed into and contribute to multi agencies meetings. Keeping up to date with current issues, challenges, best practice and regulatory changes, Vicki, Ian and Panda will act as resources for other team members and be able to provide information and signposting when needed.

    Working with NYCC and Barnardos Prouder Communities, the team have already fed into some consultation work around safer spaces for LGBT+ young people, a Heritage Lottery bid and the Stonewall Education Equality Index. Along with that, Ian recently attended the Yorkshire and Humberside LGBT+ Young People’s Event in York and Vicki took part in Harrogate Pride!

  • Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 15:56
    Youth Club Promotion Pays Off!

    A Youth Club in Richmondshire has gained 22 new member in one session! Catterick Village Youth Project has been running successful for the past 3 year, as a member club of NYY and funding from Catterick Village Parish Council. In recent months, the club has gone through a transitional period with a change in staffing, dates and time and the need to relaunch the project to re-engage with local young people. To boost numbers, Senior Youth Worker, Edwina Anderson went into the local primary school to promote the club, given young people in Years 5 and 6, two free passes to come along to the project to give it a go with their friends. During Tuesday evening’s session, young people enjoyed taking part in football, rounders, outdoor games, wii, ping-pong, pool, an arts and new ideas workshop, with free drinks and snacks.

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 13:19
    Ages Together Bedale Group’s Grand Day Out

    North Yorkshire Youth is working under the umbrella of Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire to bring together Ex- service men and women and local young people to tell each other’s stories…

    Ages Together is an Intergenerational Group made up of Students from Bedale School and Ex- Forces Veterans whose home is ‘The Millings’ in Bedale. North

    On Tuesday 10th April, in the pouring rain, a number of our merry group went for a guided tour of the Green Howard’s Regimental Museum in Richmond.

    Hosted brilliantly and enthusiastically by Carl; we were allowed to handle artefacts from WW1, dazzled by the medal room and taught some very interesting language facts that no-one had known before… needless to say we don’t do as much ‘chatting’ as we had done before!!

    We took lots of photos and got some inspiration for our exhibition; which will be held on Armed Forces Day (Saturday 30th June) at Bedale Hall and we are hoping that the museum join forces with us on that one!

    The Ages Together Bedale Group has been meeting and creating stories for a few months now and it has proved a wonderful experience for all involved; we would love to invite anyone that may be interested to our exhibition to see the culmination of our work together! 

  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 13:41

    Bring the past alive! North Yorkshire Youth is proud to be invoved in a new iniatiative by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). called Kick the Dust A succesful bid to HLF by IVE, based in Leeds, called IGNITE has brought six partners together from across the region to give young people the chance to try something 'old'. The aim of the project is to give young people the opportunity to try something for the first time. It might be building a wall, making a spindle or even a bit of wood carving. All done in the traditional way. Expert tuition and add into the mix the outdoors will create a perfect way for young people to explore their past in a fun and interactive way. 

    The project also wants feedback so the sessions will include time to let us know what they thought of it. 

    • Was it fun? 
    • Do you want to try something else? 
    • How might we get your friends here to try it? 

    All of which will then help shape the project going forward.

    It is hoped that through these taster sessions and the feeedback provide we can continue the work with a longer term grant from the Hertiage Lottery.


  • Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 13:47
    Lightwater Quarries help Carlton Lodge Activity Centre

    Carlton Lodge Activity Centre asked Lightwater Quarries for their help in providing some gravel. They had no hesitation in offering to donate 10 tons of gravel to the charity based in Carlton Miniott. ‘The gravel was needed to repair damage from the winter’s rain to the banks of our lake and the paths around the lake. The support of Lightwater Quarries is much appreciated. Support from local businesses is so important to sustaining our ability to deliver safe and challenging day and residential programmes of adventurous activities to support the education and development of children and young people’ said Mark Faulkner, Head of Centre.

  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 15:05
    Youth Clubs Re-Launch

    Over a dozen Youth Clubs re-open under North Yorkshire Youth North Yorkshire Youth, (NYY) based at Carlton Lodge Activity Centre near Thirsk has announced that over a dozen youth clubs in North Yorkshire will re-open.

    A new contract between NYY and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) means that the provision of youth clubs continues under the guidance of the experienced NYY Youth Development Team. David Sharp, Chief Executive said: “The new contract is an outcome of the decision to move more youth club provision into the voluntary sector and we are delighted to have been chosen to provide the service. Our experienced Youth Development Team is ideally placed to undertake this project”.

    The new arrangements come into place on 13th April and the contract is until August 2016. “Our vast experience providing learning and personal development opportunities for children and young people puts us in a unique position to provide activities that will support this initiative“, added Mark Faulkner, Head of Centre at Carlton Lodge. “North Yorkshire County Council is looking to transform the way it provides services, meeting its responsibilities in innovative and effective ways and working with communities to develop services for themselves” said Pete Dwyer, Corporate Director for the Children and Young People’s Service. “The authority is committed to more targeted work with particular children, young people and families through the new Prevention Service, getting in early and helping to stop problems escalating.

    This great partnership with North Yorkshire Youth will complement this work, giving young people right across North Yorkshire access to new youth clubs. By NYY encouraging local communities to be involved in the running of the clubs, we expect new and exciting opportunities to be created.”

    The following Youth Clubs run term time only. 

    Sherburn Youth Club - Monday 7.00pm - 9.00pm 

    Fairfax Youth Club - Tuesday 7.00pm - 9.00pm

    Risedale Youth Club - Tuesday 6.30pm - 8.30pm

    Stokesley Youth Club - Tuesday 6.15pm - 8.15pm

    Tadcaster Senior Youth Club - Tuesday 7.30pm - 9.30pm

    Great Ayton - Wednesday 7.00-9.00pm

    Malton Youth Club - Wednesday 7.00pm-9.00pm

    Leyburn Youth Club - Wednesday 6.30pm - 8.30pm

    Settle Youth Club - Wednesday 6.30pm -8.30pm

    Filey Youth Club - Wednesday 7.00pm -9.00pm 

    Falsgrave Youth Club - Thursday 7.00pm - 9.00pm

    Glusburn Youth Club - Thursday 6.30pm -8.30 pm

    Jennyfields Youth Club - Thursday 7.00pm - 9.00pm

    Kirbymoorside Youth Club - Thursday 7.00pm - 9.00pm

    Knaresborough Youth Club - Friday 7.15pm - 9.15pm

    Tadcaster Junior Youth Club - Friday 6.30pm - 8.00pm 

    Bedale Youth Club - Friday -7.00pm-9.00pm