Project information

The Beat Project

To offer youth provision via The Beat which is a mobile unit that can reach isolated areas where young people have little or no youth provision and allows young people to plan and participate in positive activities.

1 year

Charity information: Doxford Youth Project

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  • Need


    The lack of Youth Provision in small/isolated areas.
    Deprivation and poverty in these areas limit young people's opportunities to engage in diversionary and positive activity, reduce aspirations, confidence and self-esteem.
    Young people are misunderstood and often on the fringes of their community not sure of how they fit in, can contribute and communicate with other members.


    Doxford Youth Project will set up outreach provision in these areas via its mobile vehicle the Beat (described by young people as a youthie on wheels). Offer them the opportunity to engage in group work to plan and fundraise for their own activities whilst developing key skills, offer 100% subsidised activities on evenings, weekends and school holidays. Act as an advocate for young people to help bridge the gap between them and other generations in the community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Offer youth provision to young people who have little or none.


    » Consult with partner and local agencies to identify the areas most in need.
    » Provide weekly sessions in 3 different areas that are most in need offering young people access to information, advice, support and positive activity.

    What success will look like

    Engage 20% of the total young people across the geographic areas which we cover in our youth provision

    Aim 2

    Engage young people in group work to plan and fundraise their own ideas whilst developing key skills


    » Use the 4 stages and 12 key skills from The Keyfund which allows young people access to small pots of money in reward for skills development.

    What success will look like

    20% of the young people we engage will complete a Keyfund Project and improve their key skills by recording their capabilities in each skill at the start and finish of the project.

    Aim 3

    Offer young people diversionary activities.


    » Consult with young people to identify new opportunities and experiences for them and offer these activities at a time and location convenient for them

    What success will look like

    Have 3 weekly night time sessions, at least 1 monthly weekend activity and a programme of challenging and new activities to the young people involved during school holidays.

    Aim 4

    Involve young people in the running of the project.


    » Develop a young person's steering group where young people can assist and advise staff in key decisions for the organisation from their point of view.

    What success will look like

    Successfully recruit and retain 8 young people to be part of the young person's steering group and for those young people to achieve their 50 hours V Inspired volunteering award.

    Aim 5

    Give young people the opportunity to achieve qualifications, accreditation and certificates.


    » Offer UK Youth's Youth Achievement Awards to record and celebrate participation in activities undertaken within the project.
    » Offer short courses identifies by the young people which would be of benefit to them in becoming more employable and/or build their confidence.

    What success will look like

    10% to achieve some accreditation or certification via The Asdan Education Network, UK Youth Youth Achievement Awards or other recognised qualifications or certification.

  • Impact


    Young People will become equipped with skills and knowledge to contribute positively to their communities, make informed choices and decisions.
    This will in turn raise their confidence and aspirations become more employable, able to move onto higher education.
    Young people will regularly have their social and emotional capabilities assessed to monitor the impact the project and opportunities on offer are having on them.


    May be difficult initially to engage young people in new areas.
    We are currently developing new partnerships with agencies such as housing associations, community support officers and schools that have on the ground information and are placed within the communities to help us promote our service.


    Donors will receive quaterly reports and stats detailing ongoing activity and progression.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £79,474

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,440 Vehicle running tax, fuel, repairs, storage
      £45,337 staffing core staff, sessional workers and admin
      £17,397 office costs rent, phone's, computers, stationary
      £11,300 activity costs for holiday programmes and weekends

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Hadrain Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
    The Woodward Trust £3,000 Guaranteed
    Sherburn House £4,000 Conditional
    1989 Willian Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
    CNL Young people's Fund £4,940 Guaranteed
    The Barbour Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
    The Joicey Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2010 shows that Northumberland has 30 of 67 wards in Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA) 23 of those 30 wards are in South East Northumberland. Areas such as Bedlington, East/West Cramlington and Lynemouth (where we propose to work) have wards that are deprived in key areas including Income, Employment, Health and Education and Training. Giving overall scores which place wards into either the 10% most deprived or the top 11-20% deprived areas across England.


    Young People will be our primary beneficiaries in areas of deprivation and poverty.
    Major employers in some of the proposed areas of work have recently closed down resulting in members of the communities losing their jobs and families having even less money to offer opportunities to their own children. If young people are warned for anti-social behaviour a number of times there is a real threat that their family could lose their social housing. If young people are engaged it eases some pressure

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Doxford Youth Project has over 13 year’s experience in detached, outreach and mobile youth provision.
    We have a proven track record you just need to ask our young people, we have received very positive feedback over the years such as
    “This project has helped us a lot and we won’t ever forget that” “Thursday is the best day of the week when the beat comes” “I would never of had the chance to do some of the things I’ve done if it wasn’t for the project”

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachael Avery

    Rachael is a senior youth worker within the organisation with 11 years experience. Rachael is very passionate about young people.

    Leanne Chaytor

    Leanne is a senior youth worker with 7 years youth work experience. Leanne is a dedicated member of the team striving for the best for young people.

    Shirley Colligan

    Shirley is the admin officer for the organisation and the glue that holds us together enabling the smooth running of budgets accounts and admin

    Richard Alford

    Richard is the chairman of the board of trustees and is a very dedicated member of the team always on hand to assit the staff & champion young people