Our projects are a way of staying light-footed, being able to respond to the interests and needs of young people and develop activities, services and support groups in ways that work for them. If projects are successful or have scope to grow, they’ll often develop into programmes, and become a more long-term offer. Here is a taste of the many projects we've developed.

Ignite Music

Through Ignite Music, Young People Cornwall is giving young people a step up the scale. With specialist staff on hand to help young people discover a skill, experiment with sounds or rustle up a rhythm, Ignite Music is getting fired up about a new generation of music taking shape. Ignite Music is run regularly at Zebs and The House, where funding from Youth Music means we now have dedicated facilities and a wide range of recording equipment to help drive musical creativity. We’re backing young people every step of the way, from the moment they pick up an instrument, to their first gig or even the recording of an album, because we know that once a young person’s musical potential has started simmering, there’s no stopping it.

Build a Boat

From pencil lines on a page to sailing on the waves. Young People Cornwall’s Build a Boat Project is getting young people involved in every part of the boat building process. For the past three years our young people have been working with local boat builders, getting hands on experience designing, building and enjoying their creations. For one special week in the school holidays, our young people can see a project through from start to finish – with youth workers supporting them at every step. Whether it’s drilling, painting, sailing or just meeting new people, Build a Boat is a chance for young people see the fruits of their labour, and learn valuable life skills along the way.


Young people sit at the very heart of Youthy. Based in Illogan, Young People Cornwall’s Youthy project has been rippling positive waves through the community for the past five years. We put young people at the helm, steering youth work in any way they think is important. Youthy is all about giving young people aged 13-19 the voice and responsibility they deserve. Whether it’s growing a community garden, building mud clay ovens or working with local artists to produce wall murals, Young People Cornwall are expanding experiences and getting stuck in together.

Youthy is an exciting space for things to happen, projects to begin and challenges to be tackled. Our young people are constantly bouncing ideas off one another and always on the look out to give something back. Supported by a group of creatively qualified staff, everyone at Youthy is able to step up and see how they can ignite change and make a difference.


National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience you really don’t want to miss. If you’re 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 200,000 young people have already said YES to NCS

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