Empower young people to feel a part of their communities, listening to what they want to achieve and support them to seek the change they wish to see happen. Ensuring all young people we engage with have equal access in having the opportunity and ability to shape their own futures

Youth Shack

The Tees Valley Pathways Youth Shack is a three week programme aimed at building confidence and skills for those aged 15 – 29. Youth Shack gives young people the opportunity to take part in volunteering and community projects in local green spaces, working to improve health and well-being.


DurhamWorks is a dedicated programme for young people aged 16-24 living in County Durham who are not in education, employment or training.

We are a partnership programme between Durham County Council and 3 organisations working together, bringing their own expertise and experience to provide a tailored service which is individual to you.

Alice‚Äôs Story 

Alice heard about Youth Shack from her brother, who completed the programme.  She signed up following a phone call.  

During the programme, Alice enjoyed activities such as Gardening, learning about nature and planting, as well as craft activities, finding them therapeutic. She was able to expand and develop skills and knowledge, including interview skills and confidence. While on the programme, Alice attended an interview for a local business, and was successful. Alice also continued volunteering with Growing in Harmony.  

Youth Shack gives you an opportunity to broaden existing skills and discover things you may never have tried before

– Alice, Groundwork Youth Programme Participant

Groundwork’s success in delivering great youth projects stems from our community-centred approach and holistic focus. Our experienced staff empower and collaborate with Young People, Partners, Local Authority’s, Education and Funders with a commitment to innovation, impact, the environment, development and dedication to inclusivity and a Young Peoples Voice.

This equips young individuals with the tools they need to succeed in various aspects of life, including personal and professional growth, education, training and employment.

Jacqui Hodgson – Youth Programmes Manager