"For NE1 Space2…is about two related things; businesses helping to address the issue of youth unemployment, and, providing a recreational facility for young people, thereby demonstrating that they are highly valued and welcome in the city centre as current, and future, workers, consumers and visitors At the point of writing in September 2013, having been open for six months, Space2… has seen 7,500 young people through its doors and is working with around 40 local businesses. While this is fantastic, the programme and what goes on at Space2… is continually evolving and developing, with new ideas and suggestions from businesses and young people always welcome; as was always the intention, what is being delivered must be determined by what Space2’s businesses and young people need.
Youth unemployment affects the whole country, but nowhere more so that in the North East. Providing young people with the skills and assistance they require and linking them directly to employers has been the response of Newcastle’s businesses and is the primary focus of Space2…
Space2… is also a recreational facility for 13-18 year olds and is equipped with all the latest technology including i-pads, X-boxes and a digital film projector. This is the result of a deliberate policy aimed at demonstrating that business is fully prepared to invest in the facility and young people because of their importance to the future of the city’s economy.
On an on-going basis we expect Space2… to grow and go from strength to strength. If you would like to become involved please get in touch"
"I am really proud to have been involved in setting up SPACE2... It is a unique partnership between a Not for Profit Company, a Community Interest Company and a Charity. We have come together to provide something unique and special for young people coming into the City, a SPACE that is dedicated to meeting their needs. A SPACE that is safe and welcoming where the can be themselves and get any help and support they need.
Most services for young people require them to cross a threshold to access them. For example to live in a certain postcode, have a specific issue or need, such as being drink or drugs misuse, or, be at risk of dropping out of education. We are open to all young people regardless of their circumstances or needs.
The current economic climate has made it hard for all us but the impact on young people is likely effect them for their life time. We are determined to do everything we can to create opportunities that enable them to develop the skills they need to become independent freethinking responsible adults who are in employment; after all they are the future residents, parents, employees and consumers in our city and the future of our city depends on how we treat them.
We can't do it on own and if you have been inspired by what we are trying to achieve then please help us."
"Space 2 is an exciting project for Solar Learning to be involved in, working with NE1 and Newcastle YMCA we are trying to do something different in terms of youth facilities in Newcastle. Both the space itself and the programme we are delivering seeks to address the need for a facility for young people with a welcoming environment where they are able to learn, create and build their skills for the modern world.
Since it opened we have already seen a massive engagement from young people which has exceeded our initial expectations. Young people are taking part in activities and courses which aim to develop skills and aspirations around the World of Work and employment, as well as develop their creativity, enterprise and encourage innovation. To do this we believe that it needs a unified approach involving youth agencies, businesses and the wider community of partner agencies. The World of Work programme exemplifies this approach with NE1 member businesses meeting young people and supporting their career aspirations and exploring potential career pathways with them. From Solar Learning’s perspective there is a keen desire to re-imagine youth facilities.
Space 2 aims to re-imagine what youth facilities can be. In the time it has been open it has demonstrated a need for this type of facility for young people. Additionally the businesses, parents and other organisations that have been involved in delivering activities and courses in the facility have told us that there is a need for more of this type of facility for young people."