Over the years we have co-ordinated and supported a number of networks within the region. For over 20 years we co-ordinated the Regional Forum for Voluntary Organisations, representing the views, opinions and aspirations of the voluntary youth sector in the North East. We also supported colleagues and partners on a regional basis through the Regional Active Participation Group, and the Network of Integrated Youth Support Services (IYSS). Current networks include:

You’re Welcome

You’re Welcome – Quality criteria for young people friendly health services Youth Focus: North East supports the regional delivery and development of You’re Welcome. This is through the coordination of the Health and Youth Participation Leads from the local areas to share best practice and provide support, advice and guidance on young people’s participation. The quality criteria help local areas to:

  • Involving young people in service improvement
  • Enhancing patient experience
  • Increasing young people’s opportunity to share in decisions about their health


North East Network for Intergenerational Work

Since 2013, Youth Focus: North East has provided administrative and strategic support to the North East Network for Intergenerational Work. The network is open to people based in the North East who are interested or involved in intergenerational work  who want to share experiences and good practice, meet, network and swap information in a friendly, informal environment.