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COVID 19: Our Building remains closed….. but…..
STAFF CAN BE CONTACTED ON 07487535980 OR 07950502919…..
JOIN US ON ZOOM- Teen Bar- 4:15pm Monday,Wednesday and Friday (1pm daily for Employability)
Teen Bar Sessions remain closed but workers remain on the streets 6 days a week



In the light of recent events relating to COVID-19 we had to close the doors to the project on 23rd March 2020. Although youth sessions inside the building have been suspended until we are allowed to fully re-open we are very much still working from the office and from home and providing a service to the young people of Blyth.

Can you Contact Staff?

Yes of course, our staff are working from Silx and from home and are available 7 days a week. The staff are keeping in touch with young people via phone call, text, email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact numbers: 07487535980 or 07950502919.


What are we doing to support young people during this time?

We are holding ‘youth sessions’ via Zoom call every day Monday-Friday at 1pm for our Employability Project and 4pm Monday, Thursday and Friday for our Teen Bar- these sessions are great as they are allowing the young people to interact with youth workers and get advice and support but they are also able to see their friends. We don’t just talk the calls are interactive too with lots of games, quizzes and activities going on.

Our staff are also keeping our social media platforms up to date daily.

Our over 16s group who usually attend our Employability sessions still have access to a whole host of online courses they can complete at home and now we are able to offer one to one socially distanced appointments at Silx, the building is COVID safe with a one way system, hand sanitiser, a test and trace QR code and we clean after each appointment. Please be aware that you must adhere to social distancing whilst here for an appointment and wear a face covering. If you need an appointment please contact us to arrange this.

Detached Work

Our team of youth workers are now out working on the streets of Blyth every Monday-Friday evening and during the day on a Saturday, keeping in contact with our young people from a safe distance and offering advice and guidance. The latest lockdown rules mean young people should not be out and the workers remit is to engage safely with the young people they do see and encourage them to go home and stay safe.

All staff are wearing Silx Uniform and carry ID so they can be easily identified and wear a face covering and keep 2m apart from young people. The staff can be found at various locations around Blyth each night between 5pm-7pm and Saturday between 1pm-3pm.

We continue to follow National Youth Agency guidance which allows our work to continue throughout the national lockdown.

(Updated 3rd February 2021)

We will be continuing to offer support and updating you on everything we are doing on our social media pages and on our blog which can be accessed here:





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We provide life skills sessions and support in healthy cooking, budgeting, claiming benefits, housing advice and more.....
HEALTH / People
We offer a whole range of free online courses to complete in house, AQA unit awards and we can also fund external courses if we feel they will beneficial to the individual.
Our employability project runs every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12-3 for young people aged 16-25. This operates as a drop in service
We have held a number of workshops at Silx to give the young people new experiences, most recently we have NE Youth visit us to deliver a virtual driving workshop
The young people are actively involved in supporting the local community, they recently took part in NE Youth's Tennerthon Challenge and with the money they raised they bought gifts for the local residents of waterloo house and visited them to deliver these just before Christmas.
CHARITY / People
Volunteering is a great way for the young people to help the community and learn new skills, this looks great on their CV and builds up confidence. Our young volunteers have recently been involved in an energy drink campaign to highlight the dangers and volunteered during our heritage project.
We have won awards for the work we have done to bridge the gap between the older and younger generation in Blyth. Our most recent project was our heritage project which saw our young people working with the over 50s forum to explore youth work in Blyth from the 1930s-present day and create a book, this project was very successful.
CHARITY / People


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)

Young People have accessed the project
Accreditation's Completed
Young People Employed
Young people have taken part in a health session


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
Silx have helped me since I was 12. I used to come into the Teen Bar and learnt how to play pool and DJ. I have received help in the employability project with my CV, online courses and volunteering. Silx have also put me through a youth work skills AQA and I now work two sessions a week in the teen bar.
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

Latest Update from Silx
February 3, 2021

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The North East is currently on COVID level high which does mean there are a number of things we can and cannot do and we thought with half term looming it would be a good idea to clarify what the rules mean for you, our young people when it comes to socialising. Meeting up with […]

Stationary Gifts for Back to School…..
September 7, 2020

Last week saw the majority of our young people getting back to a sense of normality by returning to School, this was a big step after being out of school for the best part of 6 months. So, we decided we wanted to give something to our young people to make going back to school […]

During lock down we have been working closely with our young people via virtual youth sessions, over social media and over the phone. As we are speaking to the majority of the young people in their homes we have been introduced to younger siblings and other members of the family. We decided we wanted to […]

Employability still goes on….
May 29, 2020

Even though Silx is not open at the moment we are continuing to support young people aged 16-25 in the Blyth area with any issues of Employability and personal support, this can include anything from  Job Searching and applying for a Job, CV creation or update,  housing advice, debt and budgeting advice, personal support on […]

What do the new rules mean for me?
May 18, 2020

Last week the Prime Minster Boris Johnson addressed the nation with new rules regarding Social Distancing. It’s safe to say his rules were not exactly clear and left a lot of us confused about what we can and cannot do and a lot of our young people have been questioning if we are open and […]

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