In May 2008 the Government launched the Myplace fund which meant that a state of the art facility for Carlisle was possible. At the same time, local businessman Brian Scowcroft had experienced Bolton Lads and Girls Club and was keen to have something similar for Carlisle. Starting with strong foundations from the Bolton model, Carlisle Youth Zone was an idea in fruition.
Brian Scowcroft linked with local business people David Allen, Andrew Tinkler and William Stobart and they set about getting Carlisle a Youth Zone – without these founders to push the development of Carlisle Youth Zone forward, we may not be here today. The development and build process lasted until April 2011.
Radio 1 Big Weekend Volunteer Day
We hosted the Radio 1 Big Weekend Volunteer Day on 7th May 2011 – ahead of Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Carlisle.
We had a visit from royalty! His Royal Highness The Duke Of Gloucester came to CYZ on 29 November 2011.
2012 London Olympics
The Olympic torch passed us on its way through Carlisle. We also ran Olympic themed activities during our club sessions over the summer!
In 2013, David Allen – founder Chairperson stepped down from the Board. Chris Holmes was the new appointment for this pivotal role.
Key appointments were also made with Murray Winters appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Lynsey Buckle appointed to Business Development Manager – two appointments which would be transformational for CYZ.
Carrs Group PLC Become a CYZ Patron
In 2014, Carrs Group PLC became an extremely valued Patron – a relationship which is still going strong & will last for years to come.
CYZ’s First Raceday
In the summer of 2014, the first CYZ Raceday was held and raised over £25,000 of funding. This is now an annual fixture in the diaries!
Aviva Community Vote Winner
We won £10,000 in the Aviva community fund, after a public vote. This was to enable us to run our Make it, Bake it, Cook it, Share it, Eat it project, which aimed to teach basic skills to young people about nutrition, basic cooking skills, household budgets etc
Storm Desmond – The Flood
On 5 December 2015 Storm Desmond struck Carlisle. After what seemed like endless rain in the previous months, Storm Desmond was the Storm that broke Carlisle.
Carlisle Youth Zone, like many, many other businesses and homes, was flooded. The entire ground floor was under 4ft of dirty, smelly water. Absolutely nothing, from furniture to IT equipment, to kitchen equipment to the plaster on the walls and even the floor was salvageable. It all had to go.
We were absolutely heartbroken, Carlisle Youth Zone had been wiped out.
#TeamCYZ was inspiring and confident; Storm Desmond would not beat us! Having gained access to the building, together we worked on plans to continue to ensure every young person living here in Carlisle had a safe and fun place to visit. It’s with a massive heartfelt thanks to people, local businesses, volunteers and staff for their generosity and support that we were able to transform the 1st and 2nd floor of the building and were back open after only 10 days!
We commenced 2 years worth of building work to restore our building to its former glory.
CYZ wasn’t about to let this absolute devastation defeat it. Within a week the first and second floors were open providing free Holiday Club and food to any young person and their families affected by the floods.
CYZ was there to provide the emotional support young people required, as many of our members had also had their own homes devastated too. Everywhere they knew was gone – home, school, friends gone, families split up. That was why we wanted some continuity at CYZ for them.
Awarded £100,000 from the Queens Trust
We were awarded £100,000 from the Queen’s Trust for investment – and only to be used should another disaster ever strike CYZ.
We were also awarded Prince of Wales Trust donation for the work being undertaken with young people throughout the flood period.
Get a Future Launched
We launched our “Get A Future” project, in partnership with Armstrong Watson – a 3-year project with the aim of encouraging young people to think ambitiously about their future here in Carlisle.
We work with local businesses that are willing to provide a varied range of opportunities and then match them to young people interested in a career in that field.
Holiday Club – With A Twist
Even the floor needed to be replaced after the flood – there was water that was still trapped 7 months on, and the only way to remove it was to dig up the floor. This meant, along with the greatly reduced space we had available, there would be noisy and dirty construction works going on. It wouldn’t have been practical to run a holiday club from CYZ – but we didn’t want to let our members down.
Instead, we organised to run our popular HITZ club from Carlisle College instead – All the usual activities still went ahead, and we had a great turn out!
Carlisle Living Awards – Best Team
Everyone was up on their feet when we were announced as the winners of the Best Team in the Carlisle Living Awards 2016.
We were delighted to win. After the floods, it had been a really hard year working with greatly reduced capacity – but everybody was in it together and by working together we would pull through and come out the other side stronger, all the time being there for our young people.
Not only did we win in the “Best Team” category, but our Get A Future project was a finalist for the innovation award; Lynsey, our Development Coordinator was a finalist for the leadership award; and Murray, our CEO was a finalist for the Best Boss award!
Awarded the Golden Apple Award for Youth in the CN Awards
We were awarded the ‘Golden Apple Award for Youth’ for Youth Work in the CN Awards 2016.
1 Year Post Flood
We’re back downstairs – with the exception of the reception area, the ground floor is back in business – and we LOVE it!
Everything is shiny and new, there are big TVs in the rec area, a new 3G astroturf. The sports hall is back in business and everything is coming together again!
With our shiny new ground floor though, we need to make upstairs match – the gym is now to move into the old blue room – which had been our main rec area for the last year – and we are still without catering facilities. The old gym is to be turned into our new cafe.
OnSide Presidents Cup 2017
In 2017 we hosted the 5th annual OnSide Youth Zones Presidents Cup right here in Carlisle!
It engaged over 280 young people from 11 Youth Zones, travelling to Carlisle from all over the country to participate in a day of challenge and competition.
From graffiti designs, wheelchair basketball and gym challenges, to mascot designs, dodgeball and an epic dance-off, the day had it all.
Seeing young people from all different areas and differing backgrounds come together in an overarching celebratory event was amazing
Partenrship with Beaumont College
2017 also saw Beaumont College move in. They are an inclusive further educational organisation offering programmes for young people aged 18-25.
Based in Lancaster, with satellite services in Barrow, Blackpool and Carlisle, they chose to have their Carlisle programme based in CYZ for the fantastic facilities that we can offer – and we are delighted to have them!
More information about what Beaumont College offer is available from their website.
Most Successful Raceday So Far!
The CYZ annual Race day was a huge success – We fundraised a whopping – £25k for the Youth Zone, making it our most successful raceday yet!
We absolutely thank the local businesses that very generously donated a gift for our prize draw and those attending for the phenomenal support in helping to make this event a success.
Almost 2 years after the floods, we finally have our catering facilities back – meaning we can offer delicious, nutritious, and affordable food to our members while at CYZ.
We had to take the decision to move our kitchen to the first floor, which means should another flood strike, all of our catering equipment will be safe. The focus was initially on getting the ground floor back in business, but once that was done, we were able to transform our old gym into a brand new cafe & training kitchen.
Named “Desmond’s Diner” – a reference to storm Desmond – it was officially opened in late 2017, and our members LOVE it, as do we!
OnSide Presidents Cup 2018
In 2018 our CYZ members travelled to The Way youth zone in Wolverhampton to participate in the annual president’s cup with 11 other youth zones – Carlisle’s Youth Zone team included members from Senior, Junior and Inclusion Club, aged 8 to 25-years-old. It was six young people from Inclusion Club who were the winners on the day.
OnSide Presidents Cup 2019
What another unforgettable President’s Cup! Unfortunately, we didn’t win, but a huge congratulations to The Way Youth Zone for taking home the trophy for the second time and to Wigan Youth Zone for being such amazing hosts!
We had over 400 young people come together from across the network, making new friends, having fun, and taking part in a contest filled with friendship and sportsmanship.
Kingmoor Cup 2019
#KingmoorCup2019 – We had the best day.
Businesses and young people joined forces to compete for the Kingmoor Trophy. An event that celebrated 20 years of Kingmoor Park and the close relationship between Kingmoor Park and Carlisle Youth Zone.
10 teams competed in challenges which included a giant inflatable obstacle course, a bush tucker eating challenge, a music quiz, and even poop the potato.
So many laughs and so many memories created. Thank you to the teams, young people, and all staff and volunteers involved in making the day so worthwhile.
You can see the full image gallery here
Lifelines Exhibition @ Tullie House
Thursday 19th September was the opening of LifeLines, an intergeneration project linking CYZ members with care home residents and Tullie House, funded by the NLHF.
Together we’ve made an exhibition which was on display in Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust‘s Community Gallery until Sunday 6th October.
OnSide Tour De Youth Zones
CYZ Family Fun Run 2020
It was the community sporting event many feared would never happen….
But against the odds the Carlisle Half Marathon, 10km, and Fun Run went ahead as planned on Sunday 15 March 2020, giving hundreds of enthusiastic competitors what may be their last chance for months to enjoy a community running event that took them through the heart of historic Carlisle.
Along with several other cities across the UK, the popular Sunday morning event defied the nation’s coronavirus fears and went ahead as planned.
Yet again, disaster struck meaning we had to temporarily close our doors – but this time it was global. We wouldn’t let that defeat us. Now more than ever the young people of Carlisle needed us.
We launched #CYZTV, and across the OnSide network, #YZatHome was launched – to give young people great activities from familiar faces to try while stuck at home.
Not only did we publish online activities, host youth worker takeovers, and share our member’s achievements, but we were there as a listening ear for our young people – We were happy to receive messages and offer support where we could during these difficult times.
Later on, as the lockdown was gradually relaxed, we launched #CYZOnTheRoad – heading into our member’s local communities to make use of outdoor spaces in a safe way.
#CYZOnTheRoad – Outreach Sessions
At the beginning of June, as restrictions were being gradually relaxed, we launched #CYZOnTheRoad outreach sessions. This was done in two phases, in line with safety guidance.
- We visited different communities to carry out check up’s / catch up’s with our members – a safe space for any child to chat to a youth worker about the impacts of the last few months both positive and negative.
- As the restrictions were lifted, and only when safe to do so we started to bring everything good about the Youth Zone to the member’s local areas. That means a safe space, fun, a range of activities, food, music, sports, challenges, a space to meet friends, advice and guidance along with much, much more. We wanted to make the summer of 2020 one to remember for all the right reasons!
Over 100 days after closing our doors, we were given the go-ahead to implement new safety systems and procedures, and gradually & safely reopen to give young people the sort of face to face support and connection they need following many months of isolation.
Lots of sanitiser, masks, posters, barriers, and tape later, we were ready to open sessions up to small, pre-booked groups.
The limited numbers and strict safety measures meant we continued our Zoom and outreach based sessions for members who weren’t ready to come down just yet.
Wider On-Site Offering
Although still on a pre-booking basis, with limited numbers and with strict safety protocols still in place, we returned to more familiar club-based sessions.
Senior members were able to choose an activity to attend, and Junior members were able to book onto a small group session, and within that session there was a choice of activities which they could move between.
2 Years Post Storm Desmond
Desmond’s Diner opens in it’s new position – the first floor. The Launch showcased some of the talent discovered and nurtured through the Xpressions Music Project. There weren’t many dry eyes in the house!
- Accolade of winning another award – The Best Place to Work at the 2017 Carlisle Living Awards.
- CYZ hosted the Onside Presidents Cup – a opportunity for young people from all Youth Zones to come together and celebrate Sport, Art, Dance and Youth Zone’s in general. It was obviously the best presidents cup to date!
- Partnership with Beaumont College began and saw them moving into the CYZ building with their students.
- Most successful Raceday to date- raising over £25k for CYZ.
- Won the Xpressions Music Project – which was a public vote. Saw CYZ transform the music studio.
- Opened Desmond’s Diner – now serving food again from it’s new home on the first floor.
1 year post Storm Desmond
The ground floor is just being finished off, with a newly moved entrance and new measures in place to protect the building should it ever be flooded again. It’s not finished yet though – the first floor now needs the work! Among the rooms opened was a brand new amazing sensory room as well as new meeting rooms and new reception area.
- Awarded Best Team at the Carlisle Living Awards
- Get A Future Project launched with Armstrong Watson – a project aimed to raise the aspirations of young people across Carlisle.
- Awarded £100,000 from the Queens Trust – for investment and only to be used should another disaster should ever strike CYZ.
- Awarded Prince of Wales Trust donation for the work being undertaken with young people throughout the flood period.
- Awarded the ‘Golden Apple’ for Youth Work in the CN Awards
- New Stagecoach Bus launched.
- Gained the Bronze Ambition Quality Mark
1 Week Post Storm Desmond
CYZ wasn’t about to let this absolute devastation defeat it. Within a week the first and second floors were open providing free Holiday Club and food to any young person and their families affected by the floods. CYZ was there to provide the emotional support young people required, as many of our members had also had their own homes devastated too. Everywhere they knew was gone – home, school, friends gone, families split up. That was why we wanted some continuity at CYZ for them.
5 December 2015 – Storm Desmond
On 5 December 2015 Storm Desmond struck Carlisle. After what seemed like endless rain in the previous months, Storm Desmond was the Storm that broke Carlisle. Carlisle Youth Zone, like many, many other businesses and homes, was flooded. The entire ground floor – approximately 75% of the floor space was under 4ft of dirty, smelly water. Absolutely nothing, from furniture, to IT, to kitchen equipment to the plaster on the walls was salvageable. It all had to go. We commenced 2 years worth of building work.
- Z Chef collaboration with the Shabby Scholar
- Won £10,000 with the Aviva Community Fund in a public vote
- Secured funding for the Sensory Room
- With Funding from the Police Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, CYZ set up a joint 3 year Mentoring Project.
- Carrs Group PLC became a extermely valued Patron – a relationship which which is still going will last for years to come.
- The first CYZ Raceday held and raised over £25,000 of funding for CYZ. This is now a annual fixture in the diaries.
- The first Business breakfast was held at CYZ, with John Stevenson MP as the speaker.
David Allen – founder Chair person stepped down from the Board. Chris Holmes was the new appointment to this pivotal role.
Key appointments made with Murray Winters appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Lynsey Buckle appointed to Business Development Manager – two appointments which would be transformational for CYZ.
We gained our First Stagecoach Bus – designed by a member – which would travel around the City of Carlisle till 2016 when a new design was put unveiled.
To tie in with the 2012 Olympic Games, we were honored to have the Olympic Torch go past CYZ.
2011 – The Opening!
In April 2011 Carlisle Youth Zone opened it’s doors to the young people of Carlisle for the first time. With David Allen as Chair, he led CYZ through its opening and first years. This was a time filled with great excitement of just what was CYZ and how could everyone get involved.
We hosted the Radio 1 Big Weekend Volunteer Day and had a Royal Visit. It was a fantastic opening year for CYZ!
Brian Scowcroft linked with local business people David Allen, Andrew Tinkler and William Stobart and they set about getting Carlisle a Youth Zone – without these founders to push the development of Carlisle Youth Zone forward we may not be here today.The development and build process lasted until April 2011.
In May 2008 the Government launched the my place fund which meant that a state of the art facility for Carlisle was possible. At the same time local businessman Brian Scowcroft had experienced Bolton Lads and Girls Club and was keen to have something similar for Carlisle. Starting with strong foundations from the Bolton model, Carlisle Youth Zone was an idea in fruition.