Northumberland Clubs For Young People, A Brief History


The Northumberland Association was established in 1935 by the National Association of Boys’ Clubs (NABC) set up in 1925.  The first Chairmen were Lord Ravensworth (The Council) and T.D. Young (Executive Committee).  The Treasurer was J.A.T. Middleton and County Secretary Lawrence Teasdale, who had previously been associated with Grainger Park Boys’ Club (est. 1928).  The first County Office was situated at 13 Saville Place, Newcastle.  Early participating clubs included St Mary’s Boys’ Club, Grainger Park Boys’ Club, Willington Quay & Howden Boys Club, North Shields Boys’ Club, Corbridge Boys’ Club, alker Boys’ Club and Wallsend Boys’ Club. Following its establishment (and for the next 25 years) the Association served the clubs with Advice and Support and Programme of Activities.  Financial assistance was available for specific projects and expenditure, also minor development schemes.


Significant investment in Youth Services and Community Buildings

In 1960, following the publication (in 1959) of the Albermarle Report entitled ‘The Youth Service in England and Wales’, County and District Councils were charged by the Government to establish a ‘Youth Service’ with an emphasis on purpose built premises.


Successful Appeals

A programme of major fundraising events began in earnest, under the expert guidance of John Shallcross.  Successful appeals were organised in 1985/86 (Golden Jubilee) and 1996/97 (Diamond Jubilee). Northumberland Boys’ Club became Northumberland Association of Clubs for Young People on January 1st 1998, following the adoption of the name CYP by the National Association of Boys’ Clubs. Many local celebrities, including those who had been members of the Boys’ Clubs, joined in the fundraising and publicity efforts for the Clubs.


75th Appeal Fund

In 2010 a further large-scale funding appeal was launched for our 75th Anniversary.  The appeal was supported by former Chair Lord Allendale.  The appeal was incredibly successful and focused on improving facilities for young people across our network.  The £73,000 raised was shared between 24 NCYP members. In November 2015, The Duke of Northumberland hsted a dinner at Alnwick Castle, which brought together a small group of highly influential individuals from the North East region to offer thanks and appreciation for loyal support, and also engage with new supporters to ensure continued success moving forward. 


The Future

We leave our 80th year in good shape as an organisation.  We have lots to be proud of and are well placed to deal with the challenges ahead and take advantage of the new opportunities that 2016 will present.  Our Board of Directors and Staff Team are fully committed to providing the best possible outcomes for our members, volunteers and young people.  2016 will be a year of change.  A re-branding journey has begun which will help position our organisation as the leading youth youth development charity in the North East.  We will be in consultation with our members and key stakeholders to undertake a review of our services to ensure that our ‘offer’ is vibrant and sustainable and fully meets the needs and aspirations of our members and young people.






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