Unique youth mutual officially unveiled at fun day
Published by Kelly Elliott for Derwentside Homes Ltd in Housing and also in Communities
The UK’s first ever youth mutual will be officially launched in a County Durham village this weekend with local young people invited to come along and find out more about the project.
The Circle Crew for Change (CCfC) is a unique youth organisation which is owned and controlled by its young members, allowing them to have their say in exactly how it is run.
Based in Delves Lane, Consett, the mutual already has more than 400 members aged from 13 to 25 and is hoping to encourage even more young people to join during the launch event this Saturday.
Unlike other youth groups the CCfC is managed by a committee made up of six young people and three adults, meaning the young members have the majority vote in all decisions.
Committee chair John Thurlbeck has been involved in setting up the youth mutual and said: “What is really unusual about this project is that the young people have been engaged with throughout the whole process so we know what we are providing is actually what the young people in the area want.”
The CCfC was set up thanks to funding from the Department for Education as part of its Young People Friendly Neighbourhoods scheme.
It has been supported by local organisations including Groundwork North East, Durham County Council, Councillor Jane Brown and local landlord Derwentside Homes, which has donated £1,000 towards the project.
Community Investment and Involvement Officer Jessica Wray said: “Our main priority at Derwentside Homes is supporting the communities in which we work and we could see the benefit that CCfC was bringing to the area which is why we were so keen to support the mutual.
“It’s a very unique and exciting project and is really empowering young people in the area to have their say and make a difference.”
The mutual is based at Delves Lane Village Hall and runs five sessions a week, during school holidays, weekends and after school during term time. Activities include sports, games and projects, with plans to provide advice and support to tackle unemployment in future, such as help writing CVs and looking for work or training.
Anyone wanting to find out more is invited to attend the mutual official launch tomorrow from 11am to 4pm at Delves Lane Village Hall.
Members of CCfC will be there to tell people more about the mutual and there will also be a range of fun activities on offer including a rodeo bull, lazer maze, gladiator joust, mega slide, adult bouncy castle, children’s bouncy castle, tombola and stalls.