While the past couple of years has seen a focus on the elderly in Glendale, a new project is looking at providing opportunities for the area’s youth.
The closure of Wooler’s sheltered-housing complex Horsdonside meant that plenty of work has been done looking at provision for older people.
But at February’s meeting of Wooler Parish Council, Patsy Healey, chairman of Glendale Gateway Trust, talked to members about Stayin’ Alive, which started life as a study, but is now about what can be done.
The meeting heard that the research revealed that the main concerns for young people in the area are jobs and training, recreational opportunities, affordable housing and transport.
It was not all negative though as the youngsters said that they enjoy school and like that Glendale is a friendly place to live.
The Trust is homing in on the problems of jobs and work experience alongside efforts it has already made such as the development of business pods.
In terms of leisure and lifestyle, a film club led by a group of young people has already been launched.
Coun Anthony Murray said: “We have always got to be receptive to what young people would like.
“We have got to accept that they have got their own ideas and if we can latch on to that and help out, that’s great.”