Spreading our Wings – CYZ Exhibition at RSPB Geltsdale

CYZ- Spreading our Wings

Members of Carlisle Youth Zone have been learning about nature and have made exciting, street art inspired, bird identification boards which will be exhibited at RSPB Geltsdale, from October 6th.

‘It’s has been a great project, not only have the young people learnt about birds and nature, but we’ve been talking about their aspirations for the future’ says Arts Coordinator Mark Gibbs. ‘We’ve been asking, what do you need to fly? What clips your wings?

As part of our HITZ holiday club, members visited the reserve and participated in activities with the Warden. Members said; ‘We were shown how to use binoculars and sweep nets’ ‘We learnt that different birds have different shaped beaks to catch their food.’ ‘My favourite thing was catching a caterpillar in a net and seeing its wiggly legs.’

Our mission at Carlisle Youth Zone is to provide a safe and fun environment where the potential of every young person is developed and fulfilled.  Mark says; ‘You would expect great sports facilities, and you wouldn’t be disappointed; but now we have an ambitious new arts programme as well.

Not only are arts fun, but they provide a quiet place to start a conversation about dreams and aspirations.’

Carlisle Youth Zone is a busy inner city club for young people aged between 7 and 18 …  [or 25 for those with additional needs.] There are clubs every evening, throughout Saturdays and during school holidays. It was great for city kids to experience wild nature, and it’s resulted in an exciting urban/country mix.

We are delighted that the CYZ Arts programme is a finalist for the Carlisle Living Awards 2018 ‘Best Art Initiative.

Saturday 6th October to Sunday 28th October 2018.

RSPB  Geltsdale reserve visitor Centre

RSPB Geltsdale, Stagsike Cottages, Brampton CA8 2PN
Free entry 9-5 every day


Free parking at reserve car park, then 1 mile walk along track to reserve

For disabled access, please ring reserve on 016977 46717


Mark Gibbs

Arts Co-ordinator Carlisle Youth Zone Mark.Gibbs@carlisleyouthzone.org  01228 516280

Jill Jones   Reserve Administartor    Jill.Jones@rspb.org.uk 016977 46717

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