Byker YMCA has recruited two new apprentices who are now offering advice and support to young people on the Byker Estate.
Established 20 years ago at Dunn Terrace, and now with second base in Spires Lane Hobby Room, the YMCA offers a place for all young people in Byker to take part in a range of practical activities, as well as to receive advice and support they need.
Cally Hamilton and Connor Davidson successfully applied for the apprenticeship roles, which include one day each week in college and for working with the YMCA team.
"These appointments are a key part of our commitment to support young people in the East End by creating new opportunities for training and development," said Vicky Smith, Senior Youth Worker at Byker YMCA. "The roles offer a double benefit as Cally and Conor are able to support the young people of Byker who need it most, while developing their own skills and experience at the same time".
In addition to working with young people, Cally and Conor, who lives in the Byker Estate, are also helping with other community events such as 'Byker's Got Flair', and working with other organisations, including Byker Community Centre. Further funding from the CPB programme has also helped the YMCA's vital outreach work on the estate, which has allowed the team to engage with more young people than ever before.