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Celebrating the achievements of young people in the North East – Moorsholm Youth Club

This week, we’re recognising the young people from Moorsholm Youth Club for their hard work and contributions to their local area. 

Moorsholm Youth Club started in January 2018 as a response to a lack of positive opportunities for young people in the small, rural village in Redcar and Cleveland. Initially, the youth club began as small, core group of young people but has now grown significantly. The youth club has created opportunities for those with mild anxiety and worry about meeting new people a safe space to meet and make new friends. It has given the young people who attend a sense of purpose and responsibility, allowing their voices to be heard and enabling them to enhance the skills they need to succeed in life. Their work has stood out as a new project which has given young people from the Moorsholm and surrounding villages a place to go, a purpose and choice. 
The young people who attend Moorsholm Youth Club say it is fun and they enjoy going. They have made new friends and invite friends to the club. 

One of the young people that attend the youth club is Morgan Hillyard. Morgan has taken as active role within the community and has been a real champion for the project and young people’s issues. Morgan has worked with other young people in planning on how to tackle social isolation and some of the challenges of living in rural areas. Morgan was the main instigator in planning one of Moorsholm Youth Club’s community projects. In this time Morgan spent some time in hospital following a back injury and when he came out still attended the youth club in a wheelchair in his role as a young leader. He gave up weekends and evening to help make a bonfire for the community enjoy around Bonfire Night. Morgan is passionate about volunteering and will go straight to the session from school to help set up, a truly committed volunteer.

Morgan has not worked alone though, and alongside – Tom, Jess, Jake, Kitty and Amy from the project – have worked on an intergenerational project to create a community garden in addition to their community Bonfire Night. 
At first, the group felt they were not taken seriously, and their age was against them. They didn’t feel they were part of a community and that other young people were also excluded from having a voice. They took matters in their own hands and decided to champion the causes they felt passionate about, set about making changes to bring different generations together. 

The young people were so proud of their achievements, with one young person saying “it was nice to be recognised for what they have been doing”.

Keep up the great work!

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