Our story

Sunderland in 2015

The youth work sector in Sunderland was facing an uncertain future. There was a significant reduction in the support of the local authority and limited grants and funding opportunities available. The result of this was increased workloads, a culture of competitiveness and less opportunity for young people.

The Consortium

With support from the Ballinger Charitable Trust, local youth work organisations in Sunderland came together to develop a collective, joined-up approach on how to overcome these challenges and best support the children and young people of Sunderland.

Louder Together.

Stronger Together.

Sunderland All Together.

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We’re a network of highly skilled and experienced youth work organisations with one common goal; To transform the lives of young people across the city of Sunderland and to create a strong, sustainable future for youth work services.

We do this by collaborating, working together and acting as a forum for our members to exchange information and identify gaps in services. This enables us to coordinate and deliver a city-wide youth service that truly represents the needs of children, young people and families in Sunderland.

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Our work so far

Our nine member organisations have worked together with the Ballinger Charitable Trust to develop the consortium into a charitable incorporated organisation that's now equipped and prepared to build a sustainable future for youth work services.

We’ve been successful in attracting Youth Investment Funding into the city, which has enabled us to maintain and develop a quality youth service following the complete withdrawal of local authority support.

18,000
Young people's lives changed every year
100
Jobs created
70
Skilled youth workers