South Tyneside

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  • South Tyneside College
  • Community First North East – Delivering pre and post parenting programmes
  • Springboard – Offering Motor Vehicle; Outdoor Education; Childcare and Customer Service
  • Lifeskills – Delivering Customer Service and Business Administration and Employability
  • E-Achieve – Offering IT and Employability
  • Training in Care – Delivering a range of Adult; Childcare and Play work Qualifications
  • Zenith – Delivering a range of Boot camps as well as bespoke tailored confidence building programmes
  • Foundation of Light – Offering qualification in Sport and Confidence building.


Contact Details for South Tyneside LA7 Team

Andy Ritchie

Area Manager

Direct Line: 0191 424 6311

Paul Smith

Key Worker

Direct Line: 0191 424 631

Ashleigh Jones

Key Worker

Direct Line: 0191 424 6327


South Tyneside LA7 Project

LA7 Youth Project was set up in South Tyneside in 2014 and involves designated Key Workers, Ashleigh Jones and Paul Smith, who offer advice and support and empower young people to enable them to make informed decisions and eliminate barriers that may be stopping them to progress successfully into education, employment or training.

The Key workers are part of a wider team called Services for Young People which was set up over 3 years ago to support young people in a multi service approach in areas such as: Careers Guidance; Family Intervention; Safeguarding; Parenting Programmes; Outreach Work;  Education Welfare; Youth Work; Participation and involves working with vulnerable young people.

Services for Young People have specific links with Schools, Academies, Further Education Establishments, Children’s Centres, Job Centres; Community Centres and Youth Provision Establishments which enables us to target vulnerable young people in a range of settings.

The LA7 Youth Project Key Worker’s, hold a range of relevant qualifications related to working with young people including Level 6 Careers Advice and Guidance. The Key Workers, along with Service for Young People Leads as an early help intervention gather information whilst in School to identify and assess potential young people who are disengaged or expect to have low attainment at School. WE can then work closely with our local Youth Contract Provider, Nu Traxx, to support young people to access LA7 Youth Project to smooth and prepare them for the transition from Compulsory Education to education, employment or training.

The main source of referrals to the project are made via Schools; Training Providers; Key Workers; Services for Young People; Youth Justice; Supported Housing; Domestic Violence Workers; Youth Contract; Leaving Care; Alternative Education and the Job Centre. We can then meet with the young person to conduct assessment and offer appropriate bespoke provision to meet the individual needs of the person.

Support is offered to young people tailored to the needs of the individual. This may involve life coaching and confidence building; support to travel independently; raising aspirations; opening bank accounts; managing behaviour and giving support on boundaries and helping to improve attendance on programmes amongst many other forms.

Key Workers work alongside training provider and other support organisations to make sure a young person’s needs are fulfilled.



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