Chief Executive of the Scout Association visits the Moor Maniacs

LookwideUK were delighted welcome Matt Hyde, the new Chief Executive of Scouting in the UK to the Newbiggin Learning Hive before Christmas. Matt came to meet young people from the East Lea estate, our ‘Moor Maniacs’ group, to find out more about how LookwideUK are using the Scouting method to reach out to young people that do not access traditional Scouting.

Matt chatted to the group over home-made pizzas to find out what they had been up to since they formed in July, and was impressed with how the group was developing. He also presented a John Muir Award to Chardonnay to recognise the learning and conservation work she had been involved in.


LookwideUK, with funding from Tyne and Wear Community Foundation and Dulverton Trust, have been working with a new group of young people over the summer. 

In partnership with the Northern Learning Trust’s ‘Learning Hive’ on the East Lea Estate in Newbiggin we identified young people aged 9-13 that wanted to get involved in an environmental project about the marine environment in the Newbiggin area. Using a range of outdoor activities such as rock pooling and beach games, arts and crafts, team building games and a trip to the Blue Reef Aquarium, young people discovered more about our sea and coastline, and the impact that our lifestyles and litter can have on them.

The young people enjoyed two days per week with Lookwide, and the programme was such a success that Lookwide have spoken to the existing funders to extend the work into a regular weekly club.  In addition, local residents agreed further funding from the Bernicia Community Grant initiative.

We now have evening sessions running from the Learning Hive at East Lea, Newbiggin on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm – 6:30pm for 10-13 year olds.