Current Programmes

Youth Investment Fund – Our Youth Matters

Our Youth Investment Fund (YIF) is supporting voluntary, community and social enterprise youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision in targeted communities across the Tees Valley.
YIF is providing new opportunities for young people to get involved in their communities, support their personal development and get the skills and confidence they need to reach their full potential.
For more information, contact [email protected]

You + Us – Local Challenge #iwill

Our You + Us programme is delivering 50 local challenges in 50 local communities, enabling young people across the North East to take action on local issues, working alongside other members of the community. We are supporting young and older people across our region to create a lasting impact in their communities. Each Challenge involves young people in volunteering and social action that will make a real and lasting difference to our region.”
For more information, contact [email protected]

Positively Pally

Positively Pally will empower young people to speak up about the community space in the Pallister Park area of Middlesbrough, and work together to make them this a better place for their peers and the wider community.  Through a partnership between Youth Focus: North East and Active Tees Valley, young people will be supported to improve the design and use of the local park centre. that is typically only used by adults, to create and develop open access youth provision.  
For more information, contact [email protected]

Our Community Matters

Our Community Matters is designed to increase a sense of community and wellbeing between young people and older people in rural areas of Tees Valley to address loneliness and isolation. The two groups work together to plan, design and deliver a local challenge based on the NHS model of 5 ways to wellbeing, covering one or more of the themes; connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give to others. We deliver in rural settings to bring together young people and older people to develop an idea, plan a local challenge and evaluate the impact of their challenge upon themselves and their local community.
For more information, contact [email protected]

Big Days

Our Big Days programme gives young people the chance to attend events they may otherwise feel excluded from, such as alternative school proms and Valentine’s Day get-togethers. The programme involves young people aged 10 – 20 years in planning and organising events in their communities around key days of the year such as Christmas, and anniversaries to help combat loneliness and isolation in both young and old people develop.
For more information contact [email protected]


City Roots
Our City Roots programme is working with young people from Newcastle upon Tyne, to bring the heritage ofthe city to life. We want young people to discover the relevance that heritage has to them by bringing the history of people and their communities to life through a range of interesting, creative, fun and informative approaches. City Roots is enabling young people to explore familiar areas with a fresh perspective and provides them with greater ownership of how they explore heritage.
For more information, contact [email protected]

Half a World Away

Our Half a World Away project is exploring what it is like to be lonely and isolated from the point of view of young people from Urban and Rural communities across the North East. With a focus on young people from these areas, who are either unemployed or at risk of unemployment, we are bringing them together to share a deeper understanding of what it is to be lonely and unemployed in rural and urban settings and to use this to share learning and develop practical, preventative solutions.
For more information, contact [email protected]


Uniquely UCA

With support from Streetgames we are delivering a weekly open access youth and sports programme at the Unity City Academy in Middlesbrough.
For more information, contact [email protected]

Erasmus Youth Voice

Our Erasmus Youth Voice project is enabling young people to meet with influencer/decision makers from a range of sectors to discuss their views on the things that matter to young people today with the goal of influencing change. Through this project young people are improving their confidence, communication, decision making and influencing skills to have a greater knowledge of local services and the decision making processes that regulate them. And that in turn, organisations gain new understanding of the needs of disadvantaged young people at local and national levels.
For more information, contact [email protected]

DCMS – Young Inspectors

The Government’s Civil Society Strategy was published in August 2018. The Strategy outlines government’s commitment to making sure all young people have opportunities to develop the skills, networks and resilience that can improve their life chances, fulfil their potential and to support them to avoid negative pathways in future. The Strategy includes a section on involving young people in policy design and set out three new youth voice projects:
1. A Civil Society Youth Steering Group set up within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
2. A National Young Inspectors Group to involve young people directly and meaningfully in the commissioning, monitoring and evaluation of national programmes affecting young people.
3. New digital solutions will be explored to enable large numbers of young people to play a role in consultations and programme design across the government.
Youth Focus North East, Youth Focus North West and the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Youth Work Unit have created a partnership to deliver the Young Inspectors strand of the Civil Society Strategy.
For more information, contact [email protected]

Regional Impact Network

The Regional Impact Network exists to support youth organisations to undertake meaningful evaluation and impact measurement. It does this by providing a ‘safe space’ in which members can share issues or challenges that they are facing in their work, seek advice from peers, and access support that enables them to develop solutions that work for them and that will inform their practice. The Regional Impact Network for the North East is led by Youth Focus: North East. This is one of nine Regional Impact Networks supported by the Centre for Youth Impact.
For more information, contact [email protected]

Youth Work Bursaries

Youth Focus North East are working in partnership with the National Youth Agency to deliver their Youth Worker Bursary Fund programme. This is a national initiative to open up career pathways in youth work. Youth Focus North East are the North East delivery partner and in its first year the fund will widen access and secure youth work training for Levels 2 & 3 qualifications.
For more information, contact [email protected]

National resources (Loneliness and Isolation)

Supporting youth organisations to tackle youth loneliness:
The National Youth Partnership, led by Youth Focus: North East, have been awarded contracts to deliver work that will develop a suite of resources aimed at improving the capabilities of youth workers and youth organisations to tackle loneliness. The 2-year programme (until Match 2021) will work meaningfully with youth organisations to develop, test and iterate these resources. Once they are created, they will be widely promoted and made freely available. See for work to date.
For more information, contact [email protected]