St Anthony Youth Education and Support (SAYES), known locally as ‘the Bostey’, has been at the heart of the community in Walker for over 60 years.
Working with over 100 young people and their families, its dedicated team provide a range of weekly drop-in sessions with a packed programme of activities taking place in its new purpose-built centre.Visit Website
The Bostey Bags of Joy Project
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The Bostey aims to create an environment where young people can feel safe and take part in a wide range of activities that help them to build new skills and widen their horizons.
“Youth clubs aren’t just about a room with a pool table, we offer our users the chance to learn new skills from cooking to photography, arrange museum visits and outdoor activity sessions and provide support such as managing mental health.”
Knowledgeable and experienced staff provide one-to-one support to help young people work through any issues they may face.
The team have also developed strong and trusted relationships in the community and their support extends to whole families in times of need.
The Bostey boys cookery club
The Bostey new centre
The Bostey is part of the Newcastle Neighbourhood Youth Project (NYP) funded by the LGA Foundation, in partnership with the Sir James Knott Trust and Ballinger Charitable Trust.
Along with six other organisations, the Bostey will receive £30,000 per year for three years enabling them to continue and expand their vital work. They will also benefit from an additional funding pot aimed at training the next generation of youth workers and developing skills.
“This donation is a real game-changer for us. It means we have some security for the next three years and can look to expand to the services we offer. We are looking forward to working with the other organisations involved in the NYP and sharing ideas and skills.” – Jodie Grieveson, Youth Project Manager, the Bostey.
Sue Reece, LGA Foundation, said: “Neighbourhood youth projects like the Bostey are making a massive difference to their communities.
“They provide a safe space and run lots of fun and varied activities that give young people access to new experiences that can build their confidence and widen their horizons. we are proud to be able to help contribute to their important work.”