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Depaul celebrates Get Up And Go success
March 8th, 2016
Depaul UK has celebrated the successful completion of an eight-week programme of activities for young people affected by homelessness in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear.
The participants, aged 16 to 25, have been taking part in a wide range of activities in Whitley Bay’s Network – including a new wellbeing group, cookery classes, arts and crafts, accredited Life Skills, debating, sports and fitness and job workshops.
More than 50 young people and volunteers gathered at Network, in the town’s Oxford Street last Friday (4 March) to mark the successful completion of the latest programme.
Depaul UK’s Head of Volunteering and Programmes Nick Sinclair, who is based at the Whitley Bay office, said: “This has been another hugely successful North Tyneside Get Up And Go programme. More than 135 individual sessions were held, attended by 43 young people.
“Over the past two months, participants have enjoyed a tremendous range of creative, health, job-related and social activities which will enable them to cope better in the outside world. The sessions have been delivered by 26 volunteers who have done an amazing job.”
The employability element of the Get Up And Go programme is funded by Accenture.
Network is at Depaul’s North East base which has been supported by donors including players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Nick added: “The overarching aim of our Get Up and Go programme at Whitley Bay is to support young people affected by homelessness on their path to independent living, training and employment.
“All sessions are led by volunteers and we have partnerships with outside organisations to help find young people opportunities to advance their ambitions in the outside world.
“We strive to empower and enable our young people to re-engage with education, vocational training course and work placements, find employment and to go on to lead happy and independent lives away from homelessness-related problems.”
The sessions were supported by partners including Newcastle United, Get Mindfuel, Crisis, Tomorrow’s People, North East Eating Disorder Service, Capita, HP, Richmond Fellowship, the BBC’s Comic Relief, YMCA, Street Soccer Academy, VODA and The Prince’s Trust, which have helped with the delivery of workshops, taster day sessions and have provided guest speakers.