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About Us




Silx Youth Project has been in Blyth for 25 years and offers free activities and support for young people aged 11-25 across three main projects: Teen Bar, Employability Project and The Detached Street Engagement Project.

Silx Teen Bar is a multi award winning project and for four nights a week offers young people aged 11-19 a range of free recreational, educational and fun activities. We provide a safe, welcoming and friendly environment where young people can meet their friends and enjoy the activities on offer, staffed by a team of qualified youth workers. We are open Monday-Thursday from 5pm-8pm and the young people are able to take part in a whole host of fun and issued based activities including pool, arts and crafts, healthy cooking, team games, PS5, Jewellery making, nail art, make up sessions, workshops centred around relationships, drugs, alcohol and lots more. The youth workers are available to give advice, support and guidance around any personal issues that may arise.

Aswell as our weekly programme the organisation also encourage young people to take part in social action projects that not only benefit themselves but the wider community, past projects have included Blyth Town Carnivals, Litter picks, donations and collections for local food banks.

We also like to give young people new experiences and put on at least one out of area trip every month throughout the year and during the summer holidays we plan at least one trip or residential each week. We always endeavour to make the trips FREE or cost very little to the young people.

Silx Employability Project has been going for 15 years and offers a range of support for young people aged 16-25 who are not in employment, education or training. We work closely with external providers to get young people the correct support they require to make them work ready and able to progress in life. Our drop in is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-3pm and is staffed by qualified youth workers who can offer support not just around work but also benefits, housing, debt, budgeting and any other personal issues that may be a barrier to progression.

We provide free access to laptops, internet and printing facilities. Our workers will support young people with creating and updating a CV, doing a job search, completing job application forms, interview preparation, budgeting skills and applying for benefits. The team work closely with each individual and our partners to find the right training and opportunities to help them to progress.

We also run a volunteering/work experience programme that matches young people to a work placement that gives them the hands on experience they may lack to add to their CV which in turn could lead to more employment opportunities. As well as this we also offer a whole range of FREE recreational activities which allow the young people to build on their confidence and self esteem whilst looking for employment, past opportunities have included Gym sessions, Team building away days, rock climbing and ice skating.

Silx Detached Project As well as our centre based provision we also carry out detached youth work 5 evenings a week. Our workers have built up great relationships with young people who choose not to access centre based provision and work closely with the police and the local community to keep young people safe and reduce anti social behaviour in the town.


(Updated November, 2021)



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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

Silx Summer of Fun
September 17, 2021

Its hard to believe that summer has been and gone and that the young people have all returned to school.  We know how difficult the past 18 months had been on our young people and we wanted them to have a fantastic summer with us once restrictions were eased so we organised a fun packed […]

We are Back!
April 26, 2021

LATEST COVID-19 UPDATE In March 2020 we had to close the doors to the project for the first time in its history. The building has remained closed since however we have still been working and  supporting young people in Blyth. We have held Zoom calls daily and offered support virtually, we have been able to […]

Latest Update from Silx
February 3, 2021

We can’t quite believe that we are in February already and that the pandemic has been going on for almost a year. As you all know we are in another national lockdown and we just wanted to clarify what that means for Silx and let you know what we are currently offering. TEEN BAR The […]

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 […]

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