Gateshead Youth Council


Empowering Young People to Make Choices for Life



Who We Are

Gateshead Youth Council is an organisation that is forward thinking, has been in existence since 1979 and is youth centred, youth focused and youth led.

It targets young people aged 11-25 and carries a broad remit which is reflected in the diverse range of youth issues and activities that it is involved in on a local, regional, national and international basis.

The full name is Gateshead Borough Youth Organisations Council but is known as Gateshead Youth Council (GYC). It is a registered Charity with a voluntary board of Trustees and Chairperson.

GYC develops projects and services, and involves itself in issues concerning Young People. Its aim is to continue to be a channel for organisations to express views and opinions collectively to Local Authorities or Government on issues concerning them.  Speaking as one voice can have a greater impact and GYC provides this forum. It also encourages those working with young people to develop skills, share resources and broaden experience so as to assist their community and organisation. GYC is an organisation, which responds directly to the issues of organisations and young people in order to fulfil their needs.



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Membership of GYC gives organisations access to The Key; discounted rates on Life Route Accreditations, as well as training courses such as Involve Me and the Member Action Course.

To become a member of GYC, download the membership form, and send it in with a cheque for £25.00.

Price List

Membership Form

The Key - Gateshead Youth Council

The Key - Gateshead Youth Council is an informal youth-led learning programme that enables young people to develop skills, knowledge and self-awareness. The Key - Gateshead Youth Council is a structured and resourced model of youth led grant giving.

Read more about The Key here

Training and Accreditation

Member Action Course

Are you aged 14-19? Do you volunteer in your community?  Are you interested in finding out more about working with young people?

Then the Member Action Course is for YOU!


Life Routes

Life Routes is an innovative life-skills programme, specifically developed to raise levels of young people’s self-confidence and awareness of their own potential through project and team-based learning. It empowers young people to take responsibility for their own development.  


Gateshead Youth Assembly


Gateshead Youth Assembly is a great example of what can happen if you give young people support and opportunities.  The GYA is a democratically elected body of young people who meet at least once a month to discuss current issues. 

The Executive and sub committees meet between times to prepare the ground for the full meetings.  The delegates grow in confidence and go on to challenge the status quo both locally and nationally. 

The GYA provides support and the appropriate training for its members throughout the year starting with a training weekend right at the start just after the elections.


For more information click here

GYA Fact Sheet

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