Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project (CVYP) was founded in 1990 and focuses on offering opportunities to enhance the social and personal development of young people.
Whilst the project is open to all young people aged from 8 to 25, it is specifically aimed at individuals with special or additional needs aged from 11-25 years old – especially those with autism, Down’s syndrome, ADHD and physical disabilities, including wheelchair users and the visually impaired.
CVYP also has fully developed services for junior and senior young carers, refugees and many more.Visit Website
John Reece and Greg Reece at Kielder opening
HRH Prince Edward opens Kielder
How we helped
CYVP is renowned for its delivery of outdoor activities and is a registered centre for the delivery of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) and John Muir Awards.
Determined to address a lack of suitable outdoor facilities for young people in Cramlington, CVYP has transformed a disused cottage in Kielder Forest into the action-packed Chirdon Head Expedition Centre.
The Centre was officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of the Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
“The Chirdon Head Expedition Centre will encourage young people to achieve goals they never would have imagined possible”
Thanks to support from funders, including LGA Foundation, the centre can offer activities including walking and expeditions, camp craft, mountain biking inc bike track, archery, conservation tasks and a range of team building games.
Inside the centre, there will also be alternative programme spaces and meeting rooms, an education suite, café and workshop areas to deliver targeted work.
“All of us at CVYP are so pleased to have this amazing outdoor facility now open for our participants and partner organisations.
“We are immensely grateful for all the help we have been given to make this project possible – in particular from our generous funders. The timing of the grants is always important but the LGA Foundation came in at a crucial stage, allowing us to open on time with a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Residential and an opening by HRH The Earl of Wessex.” Rob Hall MBE, Executive Manager of CVYP
“It was a pleasure to be invited to attend the official opening of the Chirdon Head Expedition Centre.
“Taking part in outdoor activities and programmes, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, are a fantastic way to develop a wide range of life skills. Pushing yourself to new limits helps to build confidence and resilience and taking on new challenges can lead to new friendships and learning about teamwork.
“We have some of the best areas of natural beauty in the world here on our doorstep in Northumberland and I hope the LGA Foundation can continue to support organisations like CYVP who aim to make these areas accessible to all.” John Reece, LGA Foundation.