Youngsters stay alive with acts of kindness

Young people who attended the Staying Alive youth camp at Seahouses at the weekend.
Young people who attended the Staying Alive youth camp at Seahouses at the weekend.
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Young people from across Northumberland have been giving back to communities across the region.

An event, named Staying Alive, was set up in 2007 by various churches across the North East, this included the United Reformed Church, Newcastle Diocese and various churches from all faith denominations.

Young people who attended the Staying Alive youth camp at Seahouses at the weekend.

Young people who attended the Staying Alive youth camp at Seahouses at the weekend.

It started as a weekend of random acts of kindness, in which groups of children would head out into places like Seahouses and surrounding areas hosting a series of events to give something back to the local community, from afternoon tea to live music.

The project was so popular over the years that the events grew to capacity at the Seahouses Hostel beside St Paul’s Church in North Sunderland.

This year more than 60 young people in school years 8 to 13 came together to give back in communities in Amble, Alnwick, Chevington, Seahosues and Bamburgh.

The Rev James Harvey, Children’s and Young People’s Work Development Officer in the north of the diocese of Newcastle, said: “The event was an amazing success, Staying Alive is about blessing the Northumberland communities and giving something back and luckily we had the weather on our side on Saturday.

“We’ve got healthy and thriving work with children going on and some of those are in middle school and that will be the formation of our new youth group.”