Owen Temple & Margaret Nealis

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Nine young people from Consett

by Owen Temple on 17 December, 2012

A couple of youth workers and a life-changing experience. Watch the video.


Some great youth work takes place in and around Consett, and I’m filled with admiration for the workers who make it happen. If I tried to list it all I would just end up embarrassing myself and offending someone by missing them out, but one of the organisations I’ve admired for thirty years and now work alongside is the Consett Churches Detached Youth Project. It was set up after the closure of the works to get alongside young people where they were rather expecting them to come to a club (hence the title “detached youth project”) and it’s stayed true to that tradition ever since. Although it was originally set up and is still supported by some of  the local churches, that’s the only “churchy” thing about it.

The Project gets great support from a range of charitable trusts, but often remains largely unseen with the adult population as its workers get out and about in Consett and the surrounding villages. That’s why I wanted you to be able to see what it has meant to some of the people who went on this trip, run by a Northern Rock Foundation supported youth worker, financially supported by the Dulverton Trust and crewed by the Ocean Youth Trust (North). The music’s great, the pictures stunning – but what really matters are the experiences of the young people.

So please do watch the video. The more who watch it, the bigger the buzz for the young people involved in its making. And if you are on Facebook, why not “like” it too.

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