Myplace congratulates volunteer Paul McCarthy on DISC appointment  

Paul McCarthy, a volunteer at Myplace Middlesbrough has been offered a part time youth work contract with Disc as a result of the experience he gained through volunteering. Paul, 21 from North Ormesby, gave his time up every Monday and Wednesday to support the Myplace Middlesbrough Youth Clubs whilst studying for his degree in Youth Work at Teesside University. His passion and commitment of supporting young people, as well as his experience with Myplace, made him the perfect candidate to apply for a part time contract with DISC. Paul was awarded the role as Employer Engagement Officer and incorporates his 21 hour a week contract around his university commitments. For 30 years DISC has been helping people and their communities in the North to deal with unemployment, poverty, crime, addiction, volunteer, homelessness and family breakdown. They believe that aspiration, hope and dreams provide the foundation for change. On his appointment, Paul McCarthy said: ‘Myplace Middlesbrough really opened my eyes to the opportunities to there to work with and support young people.  It’s a fantastic facility to be involved with and it’s great that I’m still based there with DISC! I’m really looking forward to continuing the important work that DISC does and to having a positive impact in young people’s lives in Middlesbrough.” Myplace Middlesbrough would like to congratulate Paul on his new job and thank him for volunteering with us – we’ll miss you!

Myplace Goes Wild!

Myplace Middlesbrough are going wild by participating in the John Muir Award.

The John Muir Award is an environmental scheme which encourages people of all ages to connect, enjoy and care for wild places. Participants who complete the scheme will receive an award.

The scheme invites us to follow in the footsteps of John Muir, a key figure in the modern conservation movement, particularly in the USA where he worked to save Yosemite National Park and other areas of wilderness. The scheme also helps to encourage awareness, responsibility, and conservation of the natural environment in a fun and adventurous way.

Myplace Middlesbrough will help and guide the young people through four challenges that are needed to complete the award.

  • Discovering a wild place such as a park, beach, forest, school grounds, or even a back garden!
  • Exploring its wildness and becoming familiar with the surroundings.
  • Conserving and taking personal responsibility for it by leaving it in better shape and helping to minimalise future damage.
  • Sharing the experience with an audience.

This is a great opportunity to preserve the local environment and Myplace are keen to work with youth organisations, schools and any young person who is interested.

Wendy Kelly, Strategic Manager at Myplace Middlesbrough, said: “We’re really excited to be participating in this year’s John Muir Award. For the young people that take part in the scheme, it is a great way to develop an understanding of, and responsibility for, a chosen wild place in our community.”


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Bre Musiq gives Headstart the X Factor

Bre Musiq, who impressed in this year’s X Factor live auditions, delighted pupils from three Middlesbrough schools with an acoustic set at Myplace Middlesbrough today to celebrate their contribution to supporting the planning of the Big Lottery Headstart emotional health programme.

The superb set included a version of Bre Musiq’s X Factor audition song, No Diggity, as well as showcasing songs he has penned himself. He also introduced the young people to the music that inspires him, such as Otis Reading and Bill Withers.

The Year 9 students, who have been participating in a series of digital storytelling sessions to identify the issues that impact on the emotional health of young people, also participated in Samba Drumming and Comedy workshops with AJ Academy of Arts and introductory DJ sessions run by Apollo Arts.

Following his performance Bre Musiq said: “I had a great time performing at Myplace today – it was great to hear about the fantastic work they’re doing.

“It’s always daunting playing in front of any audience, but even more so performing in front of schools because you want to play music they enjoy and that will keep them engaged. Music can play a massive role in maintaining emotional health – it can inspire and uplift you in difficult times – and it was great to share the music that inspires my creativity today.

“Being on the X Factor has given more opportunity to go out and work with more young people and help raise awareness of songwriting and the music industry. I’ve got a younger brother and sister and I’ve always tried to be a good role model for them. I know how important is it that young people have a positive influence to look up to and someone showing them what they should and shouldn’t do. Growing up, I didn’t have that and that’s why places like Myplace and the Headstart programme are so important. Young people can depend on their support whatever their situation.”

Wendy Kelly, Strategic Manager at Myplace, added: “The young people had an absolutely fantastic morning taking part in the various workshops and Bre Musiq’s performance was the icing on the cake! It is great that the young people could enjoy his performance in such an intimate setting.

“Myplace and the Big Lottery Headstart programme will offer significant support to young people in Middlesbrough and today’s celebration is in recognition of the contribution the pupils from Trinity, Acklam Grange and Unity City Academy have made to our planning.”

Keep an eye out for footage of our wonderful celebration morning! 


Myplace gets a Headstart on emotional health plans

Myplace Middlesbrough welcomed 32 year nine students from three local schools this week to participate in a digital storytelling project focused on discussing issues faced by young people.

Middlesbrough Council secured £500,000 worth of funding from The Big Lottery Headstart programme, which is aimed at improving the emotional health of young people aged 10 -14, earlier this year. This is the first of three groups that Myplace will engage with to help shape the HeadStart programme.

The students from UCA, Trinity and Acklam Grange were encouraged to create a digital story which highlights the issues that young people face as well as those moments that have a positive effect on their lives. The feedback from these sessions will determine how future services are delivered.

Wendy Kelly, Strategic Manager at Myplace, said: “It’s great to get students together and discuss the issues that are having an impact in their lives at this moment in time. By identifying these issues we are able to focus funding on specific areas that are causing the most concern, which in turn will allow us to offer specialised support.

“The sessions themselves bring young people together from different schools which encourages them to make friends with new people and helps develop confidence. That in itself can be a comfort when they become aware that there are other people out there who have the same worries as them. This particular group blended really well and has given us great insight in to where we need to focus future support, guidance and opportunities.

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Myplace Middlesbrough

Myplace offers a fun and safe environment for young people aged 9-19 (or up to 25 with special needs and/or disabilities) to meet friends, develop hobbies and gain new skills.  We continue to work with a range of youth organisations in Teesside to offer as much support and as many opportunities as possible for young people.

Myplace Middlesbrough has a partnership approach to delivering services to young people. The building houses a range of organisations from public, voluntary, education and private sectors working together to create opportunities and improve outcomes for young people.

Massive Funding Boost for Middlesbrough

MIDDLESBROUGH is celebrating after landing a major £500,000 funding boost from the Big Lottery Fund. The grant will enable the next phase of the Headstart programme to equip young people aged 10 to 14 for the journey into adult life. Middlesbrough has been selected by the Big Lottery Fund as one of 10 areas to develop proposals in the second stage of project worth a total of more than £60 million. The investment programme is aimed at testing out new ways of building resilience in young people through all-round support and activities in and out of school, working with families, community groups and the voluntary sector. Stage 3 will see Headstart Middlesbrough in the running for up to £10 million of Big Lottery Fund cash to develop the full project. Key elements of the initiative include involving young people and their families in the design and delivery of services, and helping to prevent mental health problems and promote well-being. Initially the funding will facilitate the development of an evidence base for prevention, early intervention and service redesign. The programme will unite organisations across Middlesbrough to improve access to services and the way they are delivered, with the use of digital technology at the heart of its development. Over the next 18 months work with Unity City Academy and Acklam Grange School and their feeder primary schools, families and local communities will develop new and improved ways of addressing the needs of their pupils. Middlesbrough Council’s External Funding Manager Wendy Kelly said: “This is fantastic – Headstart will make a massive difference to the lives of a great many young people and their families.” Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Supporting Communities, said: “This award from the Big Lottery Fund is yet another step forward in developing the sort of facilities and services our young people tell us they want. “The Headstart programme will build on existing provision to ensure young people have the support they need when they need it most. “I look forward to following the progress of Headstart as it helps create strong foundations and prepares our young people for life’s challenges.”  

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The Avenue Primary School

The Avenue Primary Year 3 children spent a themed day with us in May 2014, around the topic of healthy eating, the day was called “scrumdiddlyumptious”. The day consisted of cooking on the morning session & dance / drama workshop on the afternoon, before returning to school.

The children prepared their own lunches; homemade pizzas with lots of vegetables & meat toppings to choose from. As a little treat for dessert the children made their own cupcakes and decorated them. After lunch the children took part in a 2-hour dance & drama session with our resident performing arts company – AJ Academy. The day was a huge success and Myplace look forward to working alongside the Avenue Primary for many more future events to come. Many thanks to the Middlesbrough College students & tutour who attended to help the children in their cooking session.

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