Rural community youth project
With the South Tyne River running through it, Alston is on the eastern fringe of Cumbria sitting amidst the Pennines in an isolated rural location. The teenage complaint of having nothing to do resonates in Alston – or it did until an established youthwork project in Appleby (Eden Community Outdoors) agreed to help an apprentice youthworker to set up a local youthwork project. Rebecca England started with an empty shop at the bottom end of town and has since worked with the young people to create an inclusive place for young people to drop in and get involved – as well as the odd bit of scran (i.e. a snack).
A young person’s story
The Scran Shed has given me opportunity and experience, for example I have become a young leader and a trustee of two youth organisations. Being a leader has given me confidence which has helped me with my childcare course at college. Without this project I would have been getting drunk and causing havoc, but coming here has allowed me to build relationships with other young people in Alston in a safe place. When I was given a key to the youth space so I could work on projects anytime, I felt trusted for the first time in my life.