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About Us

Silx Teen Bar is a multi award winning project that for the past 20 years has been providing young people aged 11-25 living in Blyth with recreational, educational projects, activities and positive interventions.

Our team consists of professionally qualified youth workers, an Information, Advice and Guidance worker and volunteers with extensive experience of working with young people. We are open 50 weeks each year and our activities are free.

Teen Bar is open evenings 5 -8pm on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday and works with young people aged 11-19.

Silx Employability Project is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 12 -3pm and works with young people aged 16 -25 on issues of employability, training and returning to education, as well as providing support on personal issues that may be a barrier to progression in life.

Detached Project- Our Detached team work in Blyth town centre and the surrounding areas every Wednesday and Friday evenings, giving support to young people who might not access any other youth provision, arranging activities, referring and directing young people to Blyth based youth provision and other agencies for support.

AQA Accredited Centre- Silx has recently become an AQA Accredited Centre which means the young people that attend the Employability Project and Teen Bar sessions can now complete nationally recognised accreditations in CV building, Applying for employment, Health and Safety, Independent Living Skills and many more…..

 

Additionally, we provide a summer programme that includes out of the area trips, recreational and educational activities as well as sport and involvement in projects and partnership activities.
Registered Charity: 1118360

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LET’S PLAY A GAME OF NUMBERS!

Numerical visualisation of what we've done

Silx Teen Bar is proud to be the largest youth provider in Northumberland with innovative and new projects and activities that endeavour to meet the needs of the young people of Blyth. Our provision consists of an evening youth club project and a very successful day time employability project working with young people aged 16-25.  We also deliver weekly sessions on the streets of Blyth, making contact with young people that use the streets as a means of recreation.

Below is a summary of some of our figures for the year so far (May-April)

881
Different Young People through our doors
155
Accreditation's Completed
61
Young People Employed
264
Young people have taken part in a health session

TESTIMONIALS

Silx has been great for me. Started coming to the Employability Project and had loads of personal problems, some relating to my personal health, Jackie made referrals for me and took me to different services who were able to offer me that personal support. It does not matter how many times I seem to have a problem the workers at Silx seem to help me or get another organisation involved. I feel more happier now, still have some problems, but I now feel happier and stronger and able to deal with problems much easier, but I still ask for help when I need it.
Aliesha / Aged 19
Silx helped me a lot when I was younger so when I left college it was the first place I went to get support. I worked very closely with Sarah and she helped with my CV and I did some online courses. When the Bazaar Group asked for a recommendation for someone to do a business admin apprenticeship Silx thought of me. Silx supported me by preparing me for my interview, they helped with clothes and even took me there. I got the apprenticeship and I love it, Silx helped with my travel expenses for the first month and I keep in touch with workers as if it wasn't for their help I wouldn't be where I am now! Thank you!
Sinead Patterson / Apprentice
I had loads of problems this year with depression, being bullied at school, effected my confidence, the school did not help much, neither did the doctor. I spoke to June at Silx and they said I could go to them all whenever I needed support and let me talk things through and handle the bullying. I am much happier now. I also enjoy the other health sessions especially the girls pamper sessions, as I’ve learnt how to put my make up on.
Claire / Aged 14
Silx always encourages us to visit the project with the different sexual health initiatives that we are involved in. They seem to be very progressive in this field and take young people’s health very seriously and that needs to be applauded.
Teenage Pregnancy Team
Really enjoy the Healthy eating sessions, the food is great and we can get involved in the preparations and the cooking of the food. Making pasta from scratch was so interesting. My mum now allows me to cook at home as it has helped me learn different things.
Katie / Aged 13
I used to be quite loud and used to get myself into trouble but since coming to Silx from being younger I am now much calmer and more grown up. I volunteer in the night time sessions and now mentor the younger ones who remind me of what I was like when I was younger and I like having some responsibility. I use the 1st sessions because the workers help me with my job search and have helped me make a CV, I am now looking at doing some training to help me with my volunteering.
Paul Cozens / Volunteer
I have been coming to Silx for ages, when I got too old to come into the night time session I started to volunteer and I now volunteer every week helping the younger ones with Djing and pool, I also look after the Silx United football team. Silx have helped me mature and I am much more confident and was even nominated for a Northumberland Finest Award this year which was great. I still use the employability project and thanks to Silx recommending me I was given a Christmas job at Bazaar Group in Cramlington which was great experience to put on my CV.
Karl Hanson / Volunteer
This is the only place we are happy to come and talk to the youth workers about Sexual Health. A group of ten of us were advised by the Detached workers to come to Silx and get a C card. The workers were easy to talk to and made it easy for us to get a C card.
Young Lads aged 14-15 / Bede Academy
I came to Silx employability project to get help with CSCS. The workers helped me to revise this and then Silx paid for me to do my IOSH working safely course and now I have CSCS card that is valid for 5 years. Silx also paid for me to do working at heights and asbestos awareness. Thanks to them I now have an interview for a roofing job.
Jamie McGowan / 23 Years Old
Teenage Pregnancy Team
Katie
Paul Cozens
Karl Hanson
Young Lads aged 14-15
Jamie McGowan

RECENT BLOG ENTRIES

What spins our world

Detached Trip to Dynamix…..
November 16, 2017

We have a very successful detached project here at Silx,  our fabulous detached team work on the streets of Blyth every Wednesday and Friday evening with the aim of engaging with hard to reach young people who choose not to access any centre based youth provision. It has been well documented on social media that […]

This year the National Youth Agency has focused Youth Work Week around the theme of ‘Youth Services’ and why young people need great youth work and great youth services. It got us thinking in Silx about youth work in Blyth and why having a facility like ours is so important and how we have helped […]

Spooooky week @ Silx…..
October 27, 2017

We have been getting into the spooky Halloween spirit at Silx this half term from sugar skulls, pumpkin carving, spooky trips and parties we have done it all…. We started the week on Monday 23rd with an incredibly spooky trip to Beamish for the special Halloween themed evening, we teamed up with our friends from […]

#NoBrainer Energy Drink Project……
October 27, 2017

The young people from our Teen Bar sessions have teamed up with Emma Shields, an NHS Participation worker to create a campaign that shows young people the dangers of drinking energy drinks! The project is just in the beginning stages but this blog post will give you all a bit of background info on energy […]

More than just a Youth Club……
September 29, 2017

‘Aren’t you just a youth club?’ ‘Silx is for Kids isn’t it?’ ‘I don’t know what it is that you do’……. These comments have all been said to us more than once so with that in mind we thought we would shout from rooftops exactly what it is we do, well we are not actually […]

Dukeshouse Wood 2017
September 8, 2017

We always enjoy giving the young people new experiences here at Silx and during the Summer months we like to arrange trips and residential opportunities outside of Blyth. This Summer we arranged for a group of young people to spend the weekend at Dukeshouse Wood. Dukeshouse wood is an outdoor adventure and activity centre set […]

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