Empowering Young People to Make Choices for Life

"Human beings are utterly amazing, we have a staggering capacity for love and achievement, sometimes, we just need someone to tell us we can." Valerie Ender


Who we are

Gateshead Youth Council (GYC) is an organisation has been in existence since 1979. We are youth centred, youth focused and youth led.

We target young people aged 11-25 and carry a broad remit which is reflected in the diverse range of youth issues and activities that we are involved in on a local, regional, national and international basis.

We are a registered Charity with a voluntary Board of Trustees and Chairperson. Our Board is made up of range of professionals and people who have been part of GYC projects in the past. 

At GYC we develop projects and services in partnership with young people, such as Gateshead Youth Assembly, and we involve ourselves in issues concerning Young People.

Our aim is to be a channel for organisations representing young people to express views and opinions collectively to Local Authorities or Government on issues concerning them.  We believe that speaking as one voice can have a greater impact and GYC provides this forum. We also encourage those working with young people to develop skills, share resources and broaden experience to assist their community and organisation. GYC is an organisation, which responds directly to the issues of organisations and young people in order to fulfil their needs.


A Short Account of a Long History of Gateshead Youth Council

Early Days 

The Youth Council charts its history and its ‘birthday’ from the appointment of its first full-time co-ordinator.  However, things are never clear-cut and this is certainly true of the early history of the organisation.

Involve Me Training

Involve Me Trainers

Involve Me Trainers are a group of young people who take part in a programme of training to enable them to deliver training sessions to adults in the Local Authority and wider partners.

This group develop their own training sessions which are delivered during school holidays of evenings as arranged. The group is led by young people who were part of Involve Me when it was originally commissioned a number of years ago, but with the support of GYC staff.



Gateshead Borough Youth Organisations Council is a charitable organisation and is governed by its Constitution.  Charity number 512712.