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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, 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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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.

Different Young People through our doors
Young People now in Employment
Young people have took part in a health session
Accreditations completed


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
Paul Cozens
Karl Hanson
Young Lads aged 14-15
Jamie McGowan


What spins our world

Silx comes out top, again!
April 5, 2016

Awards season appears to be upon us in Northumberland. Just before the Easter break Silx staff and young people were invited along to two award ceremonies – the firs was on Wednesday 23rd March and was the ‘Spirit of the Community Awards’ hosted by Homes for Northumberland and the second was the very next day, […]

Young Apprentice 2016-Holiday Inn
March 1, 2016

The Holiday Inn, in Seaton Burn played host to this years young apprentice event organised by the Northumberland Youth Service. The weekend began on Friday 26th February at 5pm and three groups from Cramlington, Seaton Valley and our group from Blyth met up to begin what shaped out to be a fantastic few days. FRIDAY […]

Success at Northumberland’s Finest……
February 9, 2016

On Friday 5th February workers and young people were invited to the Northumberland Finest Awards at Newbiggin Sports Centre. This event is held every year to celebrate all of the fantastic youth work that goes on across the county and is presented by Northumberland County Council’s Youth Service. This year we were nominated for four […]

Silx Painting Project
January 26, 2016

We decided to start 2016 by giving Silx a fresh new look! We enlisted the support of artist and decorater John Craggs to give the staircase and the hall way in Silx a makeover. The young people decided that they wanted to put some more colours on the wall and brighten the place up and […]

Merry Christmas from Silx!!
December 17, 2015

We cannot believe that another year is nearly over and although it’s still a whole week until Santa arrives we have been in the full Christmas Spirit since the beginning of December, take a look at what we have been up to…… Blyth Christmas Market- £100 Challenge The festivities began on the 5th December when […]

PoSBO Award Success….
December 11, 2015

On Thursday 10th December we were invited along with a group of young people to the Baltic in Gateshead for the 6th Annual PoSBO Awards hosted by Youth Focus North East. The awards are held each year to celebrate young people in the North East and all of the fantastic work involved in supporting these […]

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