Youth Focus North East

Youth Focus North East

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Youth Focus North East is an independent charity working across the North East, with a vision to improve the lives of young people through high quality youth work. We invest in the lives of young people aged 10 to 25, to create lasting change in their own lives and communities.  Our organisation is rooted in the values of good youth work - honesty, respect, equality and inclusion.


We pride ourselves on being a caring and learning organisation. One in which people are encouraged to take risks, learn from mistakes and achievements, and where young people are central to all we do.

We operate as both an infrastructure support body and a direct deliverer of services to young people and communities. 

Our direct support to young people and communities is mainly delivered from our two operating centres in Gateshead and Middlesbrough comprising youth centre, outreach work and community based activities to increase wellbeing and improve community cohesion.

Through our infrastructure support we enable organisations across our sector to come together to collaborate, share and learn from best practice and have their views heard. We support them to be well informed on the policy, practice and strategy developments that affect young people. We facilitate programmes to build skills and capacity and develop leadership and sustainability in the sector. 

Co-production is at the heart of our practice as a youth work organisation. We understand there is no 'one catch all' approach and that young people have to be provided with a variety of opportunities suitable to their interests, abilities and needs. We see the purpose of co-production as providing young people with the opportunity to 'be the change', rather than the problem.

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