Young Changers NE has been working with two Catch-22 NCS autumn cohorts to identify issues they are passionate about in their local communities and figuring out ways to take action and make a meaningful, positive change.
The Gateshead Cohort wanted to raise awareness of mental health and so held a sponsored zombie walk from Gateshead centre to Grey’s Monument in Newcastle. The zombie theme was a visual metaphor demonstrating that some people with mental health issues can end up feeling dead inside. Money raised from the sponsored walk went to Tyneside and Washington Mind.
The cohort in Northumberland was very passionate about animal rights and autism and wanted to do something locally so they held a fundraising open mic night at the Comrades Club in Blyth. All funds raised were split between Helping Pets North East and the Toby Henderson Trust. On the night there was a raffle, cake sale, a FIFA tournament, performances, and stalls from both of the charities. Donations were also gathered for a local food bank.
All of the young people involved did an excellent job of planning and delivering their projects and should be very proud of their achievements.