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Off The Grid staff and partners deliver a range of mentoring and support programmes for some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities. We use a range of traditional youth work and issue based approaches to actively engage and support young people in need.
• Self Esteem & Aspiration Work

• Knife Crime & Youth Violence

• Health & Well-being Programmes

• Gaming and Gambling

• Cyber Bullying

• Road Safety

• Drug and Alcohol Awareness

Children In Need Project

A recently launch 3 year programme in the Ashington area which aims to support, young people to access relevant activities, support services and opportunities. Mentors assist their academic and personal progress by identifying personal goals and creating a tailored action plan to help them achieve those goals.

Centre based support
Mentors support young people with medium to high needs who are facing more complex social and personal issues which could include abuse and family issues, gender identity and sexuality concerns, or drug and alcohol problems. staff can also support young people with additional needs.

One-to-one support can be given in a youth setting, or at a location where the young person feels more comfortable. An assessment will be made by the workers and their care-givers to determine a programme of mentoring sessions.

Remote support
A young person can self refer or be referred to this scheme, and Mentors support young people with low to medium needs who face various personal and social issues, which could include attainment, attendance and behaviour at school, or social, emotional, and well-being issues. Volunteer mentors can also support young people in the care system.

This support is given in 8 fortnightly 2hr -long sessions. Through those sessions, young people are able to access relevant activities, support services and opportunities. Mentors work with their young person to identify goals and creating a tailored action plan to help them achieve those goals.

Off The Grid Adventures has been awarded significant funding from Street Games and Ministry of Justice to enhance outcomes for our existing activity & mentoring work with vulnerable young people in the Ashington area of Northumberland. The project will be helping us to recruit and train more locally based mentors and deliver more 1 to 1 and group based sessions.

Working with the local authority, Police and Social Care teams we will be growing the existing programme significantly while raising awareness of the dangers of Anti Social Behaviour and Crime related issues within the sessions.

Ashington HAF Project

Working in partnership with Northumberland Communities Together Team, we have recently delivered an amazing Holiday and Food Project with Dukes School in Ashington. The fully funded programme offered children and young people aged 13 – 16 years the chance to take part in a range of enriching activities including sport, music, dance, drama, art, cooking and gardening. The programme of events also offered the opportunity to learn new skills and the chance to socialise with others and make new friends.

Sport England – Return to Play

Utilising the “Return to Sport Programme” We delivered our first post Covid activity programme which offered a range of tailored sport and activity sessions linked to our mentoring programme. Referral’s were received from a range of partner agencies for young people mostly struggling with emotional health related issues. Restrictions and lock down’s had created some significant challenges with self esteem and confidence issues a real challenge for a lot of young people.

Big Lottery – Community Fund

This project was a community project in the true sense using social action and intergenerational work to deliver a range of interesting projects to the people of the Hirst Ward in Ashington. Covid has caused significant concerns for people of all ages and this project aims to restore some confidence, self esteem and community pride. Young leaders were also trained to help deliver elements of the projects developed by the groups.

The Coalfield’s Regeneration Covid Project

The Mentoring project has been developed to support some of the most vulnerable young people in Ashington and surrounding area’s of South East Northumberland. The Covid crisis has created some real challenges for the local communities and this project aims to re-engage with some of the young people on the verge of dropping out of education training or employment.

Referral’s have been received from local schools, Community Police and the Careers Guidance Team with young peoples engaging well on a range of interventions.

Peoples Health Trust Project

The Active Communities project over the next 2 years, aims to get local communities active again across the Jarrow and Hebburn areas of South Tyneside. We are working with a range of local partners including RISE the Regional County Sports Partnership, to deliver a wide range of inspiring activities to young people and adults.

We will be running a range of volunteering and leadership programmes as well as exciting residential outdoor experiences.

The programme offers opportunities for formal referrals from schools, Children Services and other local agencies as well as open access sessions allowing everyone to actively participate in a more healthy lifestyle.

Young Advisors

Northumberland Young Advisors are part of the National Young Advisor movement, they are highly motivated local young people who are trained to deliver a range of activities and services. Young people can help other organisations with a range of services including:

  • Leading and delivering sport & activity project’s
  • Youth Proofing documents and adverts
  • Delivering training
  • Research and consultation
  • Providing a young people’s perspective
  • Delivering Social Action Projects
  • Byker Mentoring & Activity Project

    Based from our new office with Recyke y’Bike, we are planning to launch a new and innovative youth project which will offer a bespoke one to one mentoring and activity delivery service across the Byker and surrounding areas of Newcastle.

    Targeting some of the areas most vulnerable young people and adults. We are aiming to engage with a significant number of local young people aged 13-25 and get them active and engaging with appropriate support services.

    Referrals will come from a range of local professionals including Community Police Teams, Youth Offending, Schools, Social Care Teams and Housing Support providers.

    Pad B – Personal Development Programme

    Pad B is a life changing project which aims to reframe support and guidance to adults struggling with mental health, addiction, and loneliness. Too often addiction and mental health issues are hidden from view, or not spoken about until crisis point. Addiction or battles with mental health can happen to anyone, from all walks of life. It is not an individual or family’s moral failing. It is so often rooted in pain, trauma or adverse experiences.

    Pad B is trying to reverse the myths surrounding addiction and mental health across the community, so it can become normal to seek help or treatment, and receive the help needed as early as possible – ‘RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE’

    Off The Grid has worked in partnership over the last 12 months with Pad B to deliver a unique personal development programme. Developing leadership, communication and life skills through wide range of activities from mountain days in the Cairngorms, climbing in the lake district to indoor skiing at the amazing Castleford Snow Dome. As with most of our work we use a range of innovative activities with a supportive mentoring approach to support the pad B theme of “Recovery is Possible”.


    We deliver a wide range of exciting and inspiring activities from tree climbing, tomahawk throwing and archery through to birthday parties, multi day festivals & overnight camps and expeditions.

    Mentoring Projects

    Off The Grid staff and partners deliver a range of mentoring and support programmes for some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities. We use a range of traditional youth work and issue based approaches to actively engage and support young people in need.

    Pad B

    Mental Health and Addiction Support | Chester Le Street Addiction Programme | Alternative Addiction Programme North East | Co Durham Mental Health Project | Anxiety and Mental Health

    Tree Services

    Our staff team have a wealth of skills and knowledge, working in woodland management and developing community garden projects. We hold a range of Professional City & Guilds qualifications. We are fully insured for small back garden tree removal and pruning work through to developing larger garden's and woodland area projects.