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Outdoor Stream

The Outdoor Stream opened in September 2014 as a number of opportunties that our young people had identified that they wanted to be involved in were offered to CHAT.

Partnerships were formed with the National Parks' Mosaic Project, Sustrans the sustainable transport charity, Greening Wingrove Project and Greening Wingrove CIC

Working with Mosaic, Sustrans and Bike for Health, in November 2014 a group of our older members (The Levellerz) planned, fundraised and carried out the Coast to Coast Cycle Route. They worked with youth members from Scotswood Area Strategy and both groups of young people collected sponsorship to buy equipment for their respective youth projects. They succeeded in raising £700. One of our young people made a video showing their journey which can be viewed on this link:  www.youtube.com/watch 

As a result of the older groups endeavors our younger members expressed an interest in doing cycle rides. We have therefore begun developing a programme of rides which will ultimately lead to a second group completing the Coast to Coast. Cycle rides so far have been to Newburn Country Park and Bill Quay Farm.

Outdoors and cooking is something that appeals to our participants. Over Summer 2015, support by FAR (Fenham Association of Residents) we held four Outdoor cooking sessions in The Bike Garden. We also joined up with Mosaic and spent two amazing days at Wall Town Crag in Northumberland National Park making and using a clay pizza oven amongst other activities. These proved very popular and we intend to include these activities in our John Muir programme which we plan to fully get underway in 2016.

Tying in with our Reclaim the Lanes work, our young people were invited to work with Community Digital Artist Karen Underhill as part of Newcastle City Council's Artist in Residence Programme. Our young people wrote and recorded a rap 'Respect the Streets, and worked with Karen on developing a series of images using light to put into a music video which is due for release in the next couple of months.  


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