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Bridget Phillipson M.P.

“I have visited The Box Youth Project and have seen first hand the excellent work they are doing with young people. It is very encouraging to see the way a local community can come together to transform a disused community building into an area where young
people can meet up with friends and have somewhere they can go for help and guidance if they need it, rather than hanging around the streets..."

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lisa wilsonI am very proud to have spent the past ten years working for The Box Youth Project…it has been an incredible journey! Along the way I have worked with some inspirational people; colleagues from partner agencies and local volunteers who have shown dedication and a strong commitment to improving the lives of local children and young people. I have had opportunities to support many young people through their teenage years into adulthood

Although challenging at times, I feel privileged to have played a part in their lives and hopefully in their future memories. I have been motivated by the dedication and commitment of local residents who after having campaigned for a youth project in their area ten years ago, have continued to play an important role in its ongoing development.

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2002 The Box Youth Project is awarded charitable status.

2003 Consultation with young people to plan what youth work in the area should look like.

2004 Young people from The Box Youth Project represent the City of Sunderland in Essen, Germany
(Sunderland’s twin town).

2005 The Box Youth Project is awarded the contract to deliver youth work provision in Sunderland South on behalf of the City Council.

2006 The official opening of our new youth building in Hall Farm.

2007 The Box Youth Project was one of the first organisations in the City to achieve the Quality Mark from the Sunderland 14-19 Partnership.

2008 The Box Youth Project visited the Houses of Parliament to receive an Environmental Award from Save the Children.

2009 Launch of our peer education programme with funding from The Young People’s Fund (Big Lottery.)

2010 Organisation celebrates having generated £1m of funding for its work over five years.

2011 Recognised for its innovative practise for multi-agency working Sunderland Children’s Trust Integrated Youth Strategy 2008-2011).

2012 The Box Youth Project goes Global! Work begins on filing a 40’ container with resources bound for the village of Kajabang in The Gambia.

The Box Youth Project started out in a cupboard within Bluewatch Youth Centre at Ryhope! In 2001, Sunderland City Council awarded seed funding of£25,000 per year for a three year period to develop youth work provision across the South of the City. In April 2002, the Youth Development Group seconded a part-time Youth Worker (25hrs) for six months.

By September of 2002, The Box Youth Project took on the employment of the Youth Worker and extended the post to a full time post. The Youth Development Group seconded a small team of detached youth workers to support the delivery of youth work across the South Area.

2002 - a group of residents and young people signing the constitution


During the early days of the project there was not a building in Doxford Park that could be converted for use as a youth building. We set up an once base and all of our youth work was undertaken out on the streets using detached youth work as a tool for engaging with young people.

As relationships with young people developed, the campaign for a youth building in the Doxford Park area gathered momentum! In 2006, and after four long years of campaigning, we eventually moved into our youth building in Hall Farm. We received funds from the Strategic Initiatives Budget (Sunderland City Council), Lloyds TSB Foundation, the Northern Rock Foundation, and Save the Children to convert the space into a young person friendly environment and buy the equipment we needed. Our young people designed the youth space, painted and decorated, installed the equipment, and planned the opening event with just a little bit of guidance from Youth Workers!!

The Box Youth Project, Hall Farm Road, Hall Farm, Sunderland, SR3 2UY. 0191 522 5031, Fax: 0191 522 8460, theboxyouthproject@googlemail.com