The John Boste Youth Centre evolved in the 1960’s from its original space as a local Catholic Church hall which had out grow its users and was developed into a purpose built youth centre. It continued to grow and in 1986 St Anthony of Padua Community Association became a registered charity and limited company with articles that stated young people as beneficiaries, which was significant for the Bostey as the support they were receiving from St Anthony’s increased and became more robust. For many years the service ran successfully with partners such as the Newcastle Play & Youth service, the Princes Trust as well as others. Then on the 28th May 2009 the Bostey became a registered charity in its own right; St Anthony Youth Education and Support (SAYES), but is still known locally as the Bostey and operate as a not for profit organisation and are led by a Board of Trustees.
Tim O'Grady, our Chair, is a retired secondary school Headteacher, who worked in this role for over 20 years, giving him a good understanding about the issues facing families.
Ernie Milne, Treasurer, has worked with children and young people his entire career and brings a wealth of financial experience from his previous role as Business Manager.
Janet Henderson, Secretary, brings 25 years experience in working in Human Resources.
Karen Adamson, Trustee, has over 20 years experience in social work
Daryn Robinson, Trustee, has over 24 years experience in accountancy, finance and business.
Our overarching aim is to support young people reach their potential as they move towards adulthood and independence socially, emotionally and economically however we recognise that there is still a challenge to be met as new generations appear and new challenges are faced by young people and their families. Financial poverty and poverty of ambition often go hand in hand. We are called to build on our expertise and wisdom to respond particularly as provision is reduced in the area. Every individual needs an individual response for their individual enterprise.
We recognise the importance of working with and supporting families in improving outcomes for and with their children and this is central to our work. We also work with partners to provide a range of structured program's to extend young people’s experiences and opportunities through the use of performing and creative arts, science and technology and enterprise to support each child and young person to realise their personal strengths, interests and potential by building confidence self-esteem and self-worth.
Meet the Team - we have 3 part time staff working here alongside our great volunteers
Our three part time Youth workers all live locally and have over 30 years experience between them of working with children and young people in the East End of Newcastle - there's not much they haven't been part of!
Jodie Grieveson is our youth project manager and she brings real enthusiasm into all that she does. She has a degree in Early Education & Professional Practice and Level 4 NVQ in Management, she has spent sixteen years with the Bostey. As well as ensuring our activities are high quality and deliver the outcomes we want, she leads on Safeguarding and links with other organisations in the area to ensure we contribute effectively to support the most vulnerable children and families.
Stacey Davidson is our senior youth worker and has been bringing out the creative energy in our children and young people for over ten years, she introduces the children and young people to arts, crafts, singing, dancing, performing, whether it's making garden mosaics or performing our very own Christmas panto, Stacey is the person for the job!. Stacey has a higher national diploma in youth and community work and has just recently qualified as a higher level teaching assistant.
Steven McShane has worked as a qualified youth & community worker for 6 years but has worked at the Bostey for 10 years as well as volunteering for several years before that. Steven is our go-to person for connections in the east end (there's nobody he doesn't know). He is a creative problem solver and is well respected for his direct approach and willingness to make things happen for the community.
All staff are qualified to admiinster First Aid and have trained to a level three in Safeguarding children and young people.
We are supported by a Finance Worker and our colleagues at
St Anthony of Padua Community Association.
We have local people supporting us on a weekly basis as well as many parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles helping out for special events; they are a brilliant resource, rooted in our community, with great ideas about how we can do more.
Children and young people are also given the opportunity to volunteer either at the roller disco or at one of our drop-in session.
Jodie, Steven and Stacey