DiscoverME, is the recovery college for young people aged 16 to 25 in North Tyneside working in partnership with Barnardo’s The Base. It offers a safe and supportive space for young people to come and learn new skills, engage in positive experiences, and make new friends! DiscoverME’s overall aim is to empower young people to better understand themselves and their own health.

Get involved

As a participant…

Access to DiscoverME is free to all 16-25 year olds living across North Tyneside. You can commit to whatever feels comfortable to you, without any obligation.

There is no criteria to join, you just have to be living in North Tyneside and aged 16-25.

We will offer a variety of activities and workshops such as arts and crafts, music, gaming, sports and more. All of our sessions will be co-designed and co-produced which means your ideas matter.

As a volunteer…

We want young people to feel empowered to lead a happy, more fulfilling life. There will be lots of opportunities to get involved with DiscoverMe. Some of the volunteering roles that have been suggested by young people so far have been:

  • Planning sessions/activities that would like DiscoverME to offer
  • Facilitating sessions/activities alongside staff
  • Managing social media
  • Feedback reps – being the voice of the group to make sure everyone’s voice is heard
  • “Behind the scenes” help
  • Being a central part of the evolution of DiscoverME by attending feedback and collaboration sessions

Interested in finding out more? Express your interest below:

Meet the team

Jessica Shaw and Kirsty Christofi are the team behind DiscoverMe.

Jess Shaw smiling

Young Persons’ Co-production Worker Jessica Shaw commented:

“I am really excited to be working on this new project to support young people’s mental wellbeing in the borough. What makes it more interesting is that the development of the college will be led by the young people and I encourage anyone who is interested to please get in touch with me to find out more.”

Kirsty Christofi, Young Persons’ Co-Production Senior Worker added:

“I feel proud to be part of this project, supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing is something that it so important. I am really excited to get DiscoverMe up and running and watch it develop, with the young people leading the way. If you are aged 16 to 25 and want to be part of something amazing, please do get in touch with us!”

Reflecting on the need for DiscoverME, VODA’s Chief Executive Robin Fry said:

“Through our work with the NT LIFE Recovery College, we soon identified the gap in mental wellbeing support for younger people. We connected with our friends at Barnardo’s the Base to develop the concept of a young person’s recovery college and realised that the best way to create something that is relevant and appeals to these young people is by having them on board from the start. We have found this co-production technique to be very successful with NT LIFE and are really looking forward to seeing how it works with the DiscoverME.”

DiscoverME has been created with thanks to funding from the North Tyneside CCG.

Interested in finding out more?

If you know of anyone aged 16 to 25 who would like to get involved, please contact:

Jessica.shaw@voda.org.uk, or call 07598 893 237.

Kirsty.christofi@voda.org.uk, or call 07598 893116

Or you can express your interest here and a member of the team will get back to you.

Upcoming DiscoverME events