MORE THAN A MISSION, A MOVEMENT
Neetzotz was established to address the reality facing too many youth in Gateshead’s education system.
Traditional education is not cut out for everyone. Certainly not those who don’t fit in the cookie cutter mold, whether due to academic, social or emotional needs.
This leaves many students falling through the cracks
Throughout England, and particularly in the North East, social and mental health problems are on the rise among young people.
Gateshead ranks the 47th most deprived local authority in England out of 317,
So even where a student’s academics are up to par, Gateshead’s youth often carry enough baggage from personal circumstances to drag them down further, to the point of dropping out of education or turning to the crime-ridden streets. Or worse, emotional breakdown.
Neetzotz decided to reverse that.
how we work
Neetzotz focuses on preventative measures, aiming to support vulnerable youth before they reach educational fallout. We do this with a three-pronged, holistic approach, engaging with our youth, parents and educators, to achieve all-rounded positive change.
It’s a ‘win-win-win’ situation
where we work
We are based in the Bensham section of Gateshead, but our reach goes from North to South England, with our youth and adult phone lines, parenting helplines and remote therapy referrals high in demand by users across the country.
Locally, The Neetzotz Centre, which is leased until 2025, is the main hub of activities, including recreation, training and mentoring sessions.
Youth have the appropriate facilities to acquire skills and confidence and are on their way to a successful future.
As a team of experienced educators, we understand the unique issues young people face.
To the max. Till they shine.
the story of a spark
In 2011, Neetzotz was subcontracted by the Gateshead Sparc programme, which sought to re-engage young people at risk, to prevent them from becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).