Children North East

Refurbishment of West End Youth Enquiry Service (WEYES)

To turn a large, run down, three-storey Victorian property in the West End of Newcastle into a dynamic and vibrant "One Stop Shop" centre for young people in aged 11-25 who live/work/study in one of the city's most socially and economically deprived areas. It will offer confidential access to a range of free health and lifestyle information, advice and support services to enable young people to make positive choices in their lives.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (222041)





  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
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  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Children North East has been running the WEYES project for more than 10 years. It is a successful and popular project that in its time has supported over 7500 individual young people (31% Black & ethnic Minority) through over 27500 visits to the project. The service has always been offered from the building we want to refurbish but as this building was rented to the charity we were unable to carry out any modifications and upgrading. Nothing has been done to the building either internally or externally for many years and it is now in a state of extreme disrepair. Children North East has purchased the building and we now want to refurbish the building inside and out to make it a centre for the future for the young people of today. The decision was made to purchase the building as location wise it is perfect, being almost in the centre of our target area with good public transport links. It is also recognised in the area as a centre for young people and it is somewhere that they can trust and feel confident in the services offered. The total cost of the refurbishment is £400,000. Children North East has pledged £100,000 from reserves and already £25,000 has been raised from various fundraising activities. We now need to raise £250,000 to carry out the refurbishement to the desired standard.