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  • An ode to somewhereto_ re:store (the high street heist) by 15 year old Said Bakari

    My local high street is Bromley High Street.

    Bromley high street is built up of mostly big brands ranging from McDonald’s to Primark. The high street supplies Bromley with a lot of money because of the popularity of the shops and the income they get. But a problem with the shops in the high street is that they don’t give back to the community so the only people that their work is benefiting is themselves. I believe that if places like McDonald’s donate some money to their local communities then they could  increase the amount of clubs and workshops to help the young people.

    The advantages of Bromley High Street is that because its so popular it attracts people from all over and it is a well populated high street. Also another advantage is that because only big branded shops are in the high street  you wont find many gangs there because they’ll tend to hang around shops that aren’t as  high profiled.  A problem with Bromley High Street is that if you are performing  on the high street  without a licence you are told to leave so that sense of community is automatically taken away. and if you have a talent that you want to showcase you cant do that unless you pay to perform.

    I think empty shops should be refurbished into rooms that fit a specific purpose and these rooms will then be leased to teens that need them for a specific reason. These rooms should promote teens to practise their talents and to pursue their dreams. I think the somewhereto_ re:store is doing a good job because its giving teens  a chance to express themselves.

    somewhereto_ re:store (the #highstreetheist) is a high impact campaign seeing young people take over a series of shops across the UK (from #London to Manchester, Glasgow, Bangor, Cardiff, Newcastle and beyond) for a six-week period, having launched in London on 18 July.

    We’re putting disused shops into the capable hands of local young people to deliver events and activities that will benefit their future ambitions as well as revamp the high street and engage local communities.

    Want to know more and get involved? Take your talent to the streets at somewhereto.com/restore

    On August 8 the young people of Newcastle took part in launching somewhereto_ re:store (the high street heist). Young somewhereto_ volunteer Vickie Dempster tells us more…

    With a day filled of performances and workshops, summer food and entrepreneurial stalls all held in Space2 on Newgate street, somewhereto_ re:store landed with a bang in Newcastle.

    The event kicked off with DJ Bryce Fury giving us a quick taster of his skills, followed with some short speeches by somewhereto_ North East regional delivery partner, Neil Burke.

    There was a passionate performance from local artist Phenzo, sharing with us some of his most recent hits, and also a quick taster of what UK B-boy champions the Battalions would be offering later in the day with a short freestyle performance (see above photos for some leg splitting action).

    We then had the first of three workshops with Phenzo giving an inspirational session on how to turn your lyrics into personal statements; using feelings and beliefs to showcase your musical talent, a performance was given at the end with participants showing off what they had been working on in that hour.

    Up next to perform was the electrifying band Kredo who rocked out on stage bringing a new flavour of music to the venue.

    The workshop that followed was from graffiti artist Adam, who taught participants how to express themselves through using Pens to draw on the mirrors in the workshop area.

    We were then treated to another explosive performance from the Battalions, who also delivered a break dancing workshop full of young people willing to learn from the champions.

    If that wasn’t enough, the jam-packed day of creative and entrepreneurial activity finished with another room shaking set by DJ Bryce Fury.

    After the success of the launch day the young people who took part have shown they are eager for more activities on their local high street, and are excited to get involved with what is to come over the next few weeks. Here’s a personal big thank you to all partners and sponsors who made the launch day possible and to all staff and volunteers for their hard work over the past few weeks.

    somewhereto_ re:store (the #highstreetheist) is a high impact campaign seeing young people take over a series of shops across the UK (from #London to Manchester, Glasgow, Bangor, Cardiff, Newcastle and beyond) for a six-week period, having launched in London on 18 July.

    We’re putting disused shops into the capable hands of local young people to deliver events and activities that will benefit their future ambitions as well as revamp the high street and engage local communities.

    Want to know more and get involved? Take your talent to the streets at somewhereto.com/restore

    Young Entrepreneurs_ Who cares if you’re 21. Run your own business!

    We love a good success story. This time we didn’t have anything to do with it ;)

    Melissa Armstong at the age of 21 has started up her very own noodle bar called Wokaway in Tyneside, Newcastle.

    After smashing targets at her previous jobs she started her first venture by employing girls to sell shots in bars and nightclubs. 

    She’s got the taste of being her own boss and the rest is an exciting future ahead of her. Melissa is a shining example that it doesn’t matter how old (or young) you are - with the right support and a great idea you could be the next entrepreneur to feature on here.

    Luckily Melissa knew where to get her support and her local start-up loan scheme Entrust helped her get to where she is now.

    Do you need space to start up your great idea for a business? We find space so that you can just get on with the exciting things you would do in it! Check out our huge collection of spaces we’ve already unlocked and get in touch to find out how we can help you!

    Needing somewhereto_ DANCE? Wether it’s for rehearsal or performance check it out,

    Founded in 1991 Dance City in Newcastle is now one of the pioneering dance organisations in the north east region of England. It’s the perfect place to rehearse and perform your dancing skills. So whether you are interested in ballet, cheerleading, line dancing or hip hop this space is a must for anyone who needs somewhere to dance!

    Get in touch with us today to use this space, or inquire about any other spaces you might want to use wether its dance or something entirely different!

    The Boiler Shop Space- A big open space in Newcastle with so much potential!

    The Boiler Shop Space is a Grade II* listed building which has an amazing historical background attached to it! The property owner, Silverlink properties, would be really interested in using the space with possible activities that complement their own existing programme. The venue is available for theatre, dance, arts installations and other cultural activities.

    So if you are looking for somewhereto_ host a musical event, practice martial arts or make a film then get in touch now!

    Here’s a great example of how we’re helping young people to progress and build on the things they love to do.

    Louie came to somewhereto_ looking for spaces where he could raise his profile as a young rapper and entertainer. He was given the chance, featured in the video above, to perform a track at the grand opening of the Juice Festival festival at The Sage Gateshead.

    Sara also came to somewhereto_ hoping to gain experience of speaking at large events and increase her public speaking and entertainment skills.

    They have both now been given the opportunity to compère a huge event happening tonight, 27th October, at the Sage Gateshead, with over 150 people expected to attend. The event is part of The Power Tour, an event taking place at multiple venues across the country featuring performances from young bands.

    Sara and Louie will be given a couple of hours before the event to chat to the bands and then have free reign to decide how they run the night. This is a huge opportunity for our two young people and one that will hopefully lead to even more public speaking and entertainment work in future.

    If you want to increase your skills and gain experience like Louie and Sara get in touch now at www.somewhereto.com/spacesearch and tell us what you would love the space to do.

    Louie wanted somewhereto_ showcase his talents within rap and dj’ing. North East regional coordinators Neil and Michele had been working with the Juice Festival to look into how somewhereto_ can be part of the festival and an opportunity arose for a young rapper to be part of the grand opening event.

    Louie was chosen and seized upon the opportunity to work with young musicians from the Sage Gateshead’s Voltage Volunteers; who produced the music to Louie’s rap which acted as the keynote opening speech for the festival. Louie and the musicians then performed this track at the Sage Gateshead at the grand opening on Tuesday 18th October.

    Open up a free space just around the corner from you at ‪http://www.somewhereto.com/spacesearch