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Employability and Social Enterprise2019-11-03T12:56:31+00:00

Recognising the very real challenges faced by our young men in attempting to enter meaningful employment (including low self confidence, lack of previous work experience and references, literacy and numeracy difficulties and lack of formal qualifications), we are committed to creating new and exciting opportunities for young men to gain employability skills and experiences. Here are a few examples of our work to date:

Recognising the very real challenges faced by our young men in attempting to enter meaningful employment (including low self confidence, lack of previous work experience and references, literacy and numeracy difficulties and lack of formal qualifications), we are committed to creating new and exciting opportunities for young men to gain employability skills and experiences. Here are a few examples of our work to date:

The Bees Knees
Enjoying the rich reserves of tree pollen and Himalayan Balsam to be found close to their home on the River Team – a tributary of the River Tyne, our current workforce of 240,000 bees are cared for by a team of enthusiastic and skilled young men who harvest, process, package and sell their honey locally as ‘Staiths Honey’ – a nod to a historic local landmark. Following recent funding from the Gateshead Development & Innovation Fund, we are now in the process of establishing 15 new bee-colonies across the borough that will be managed and eventually owned by local young men.

More Baking Dad than Breaking Bad
Young men recently spent 30 hours up to their necks in flour with local artisan bakers Andy Haddon and Nick Metcalfe. After learning the fundamental of bread making and enjoying a mouth watering range of home-made offerings, the lads gained the opportunity to work with Andy & Nick in the professionals kitchens of Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory. As part of this project all our young dads achieved a Level 2 award in Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering and were invited to continue their studies to a professional standard under the tutelage of Andy and Nick.

Can you dig it?
In 2016, young dads from NEYDL took over the management of a disused and long neglected allotment in the village of Lynemouth, Northumberland. After countless days of back-breaking toil, our young men have completely transformed the site, removing over 32 tonnes of waste (including car parts, bath tubs, glass, wooden doors and trees), erecting new fences and establishing a fruit orchard, along with gaining new skills relevant to future employment in horticulture and land based industries.

Job bulletin
We regularly post local jobs and training opportunities on our Facebook page: @the.neydl

The Bees Knees
Enjoying the rich reserves of tree pollen and Himalayan Balsam to be found close to their home on the River Team – a tributary of the River Tyne, our current workforce of 240,000 bees are cared for by a team of enthusiastic and skilled young men who harvest, process, package and sell their honey locally as ‘Staiths Honey’ – a nod to a historic local landmark. Following recent funding from the Gateshead Development & Innovation Fund, we are now in the process of establishing 15 new bee-colonies across the borough that will be managed and eventually owned by local young men.

More Baking Dad than Breaking Bad
Our young men recently spent 30 hours up to their necks in flour with local artisan bakers Andy Haddon and Nick Metcalfe. After learning the fundamental of bread making and enjoying a mouth watering range of home-made offerings, the lads gained the opportunity to work with Andy & Nick in the professionals kitchens of Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory. As part of this project all our young dads achieved a Level 2 award in Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering and were invited to continue their studies to a professional standard under the tutelage of Andy and Nick.

Can you dig it?
In 2016, young dads from NEYDL took over the management of a disused and long neglected allotment in the village of Lynemouth, Northumberland. After countless days of back-breaking toil, our young men have completely transformed the site, removing over 32 tonnes of waste (including car parts, bath tubs, glass, wooden doors and trees), erecting new fences and establishing a fruit orchard, along with gaining new skills relevant to future employment in horticulture and land based industries.

Job bulletin
We regularly post local jobs and training opportunities on our Facebook page: @the.neydl

  • Taken from the Evaluation of the North East Young Dads and Lads Project 2018

    ‘improved relationships with mother of the child’

    ‘Key areas of changes within the young men are: Confidence, Self-Esteem, overcoming shyness, Parenting skills, improved relationships with mother of the child, developing new friendships, moving into employment or education’

North East Young Dads & Lads Project
C/o Dunston Drop-In Youth Centre
Unit 2 Clockmill Road, Dunston,
Gateshead, NE8 2QX

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Charity No: 1172924
Company No: CE009920

Dedicated to helping young men play an active and meaningful role in the lives of their children

Dedicated to helping young men play an active and meaningful role in the lives of their children