Discovery College launches new weekly sessions

The North Tyneside Young Person’s Discovery College is a new project developed by VODA, in partnership with Barnardo’s The Base and funded by the North Tyneside CCG.

The Discovery College will offer young people, workshops, courses and activities that are co-designed and co-produced by young people to support them to better manage their own mental health and wellbeing.

The College launched in Spring 2022, hosting a series of pizza parties for young people who were interested in getting involved with shaping the college. Building on the success of these sessions, the Discovery College is now launching two new weekly sessions and hopes to get even more young people involved in this exciting new project.

The new sessions, starting week commencing 16 May, will be held weekly at Barnardo’s The Base Young People’s Centre in Whitley Bay. You do not have to commit to attending each week.

  1. Arts & Crafts: Mondays 2pm to 4pm.
    Come along and release your inner creativity! From painting rock art to crafty motivational collages, explore your creative side to see how self expression can improve your mood.
  2. The Making’s of The Discovery College: Thursdays 12pm to 2pm.
    Want to be involved in shaping the Discovery College? Help us co-produce a safe, supportive community for young people. Come along and have your say!
These relaxed and friendly sessions are a great opportunity for young people aged 16 to 25 who want to improve their mental health and wellbeing, while having fun, making new friends and creating something that will also help others.
Coming soon – watch out for our upcoming photography and gaming workshops.
If you want to find out more, you can get in touch:
Or you can fill out this form and someone from the college will get back to you.

The aim is to create a safe, supportive space, for young people to come and build on their confidence and learn skills to better understand themselves and their own mental health. We want young people to feel empowered to lead a happy, more fulfilling life. Access to the college is free to all 16 to 25-year-olds living across North Tyneside, by an easy self-referral process.