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Young People Projects

Exciting new HLF funded Project for young people to explore heritage

Ignite Yorkshire

Ignite Yorkshire is an exciting project based on how Yorkshire’s industrial heritage is viewed, understood, appreciated and engaged with by current and future generations of young people and their communities.

The Project’s aims are to transform the perceptions and relationships young people have with Yorkshire’s industrial heritage (including in this area the industrial heritage of the waterways and the unique transportation of coal).   We hope to probe and challenge the use of historic assets and develop exciting ways to ignite a new passion and pride for these iconic structures and support young people to re-interpret Yorkshire’s industrial heritage for current and future generations


It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is a partnership scheme and the ‘Sobriety’ Project will be working with other partners within the Yorkshire area, including the Canal and River Trust.


It will develop skills and experience of groups of young people in various community settings in Yorkshire by engaging with heritage and heritage governance through interaction with youth boards.  It will involve heritage skills and crafts, events design and visitor engagement, boating activities on the waterways, technology as a means of modernising museum for younger generations and innovative interpretation using APP design as a new concept. This will help to build confidence and self esteem, enhance employability, engage new communities and audiences and ignite a new passion for Yorkshire’s Industrial Heritage.

From November 2017 until March 2018 there will be a series of taster events in order that young people and professionals working with them can feed into and shape the project and activities for the next four years.


Young people at risk of offending

Much of the outreach work that we do addresses needs where young people have been identified as at risk of offending but have not yet entered the criminal justice system. Our preventative activities have been very effective and statistics prove how it has reduced youth offending in our community.

The young people take part in many activities with a big emphasis on environmental and community projects. Working within their own communities helps to encourage social integration and breaks down barriers between generations. This work is funded by Big Lottery Reaching Communities Programme.

General Youth Work

Our dedicated Youth Worker delivers evening and weekend sessions yo young people funded by Big Lottery Reaching Communites Programme.

Activites include horticultural sessions on our large community allotment, cookery sessions, community environmental projects, arts, craft and design sessions and residential boat trips as part of a rewards initiative. Some of the sessions are run in partnership with the Aire Street Drop in.

Alternative Education

These are placed directly by schools or Local Authority once excluded. They attend the project with the aim of supporting them with Alternative Education packages with the ultimate aim of getting them back into school. They leave with accreditation and a better ability to cope in mainstream settings.

The project targets young people who have previously been unable to cope in school or other mainstream settings. The young people have special needs and many are statemented. They come from low income families often fragmented, families under Social Services supervision, and families where problems are compounded through unemployment and sometimes drug or alcohol abuse.  The common affects resulting from their difficult environments include bad behavior, culminating in aggression, lack of concentration and resentment of authority, an inability to cope in class, non attendance at school, lack of self esteem and confidence and increased offending rates.

Goole has high levels of deprivation placing it in the top 10%nationally most deprived communities. The project impacts positively on the lives of the participants and also on the wider community as the project not only improves the physical appearance of the town and enhances the environment but also improves community cohesion across generations and cultures and reduces the fear of crime.

Activities are based in the Yorkshire Waterways Museum and include boat handling with life skills training, Woodwork lessons, catering in the museum kitchen, towpath nature trail and allotments.

Sobriety Barge Residentials

The Sobriety barge after which the project is named celebrated its centenary year in 2010 and as part of this was used to take young people on a Heritage Lottery Funded Young Roots Project on residential trips.

The Sobriety barge is used by all the organisations youth projects and is also available to groups who can book it and pay for it. (click here for boats page and information)


The Sobriety Project provides activities for young people through its Big Lottery Reaching Communities funding and also through its alternative education packages for schools and local authorities.
The purpose of this project is to promote an understanding of the links between growing and eating healthy local food. The existing allotment project is used as a resource for involving the community in growing fresh produce and learning about food production.