A FREE 90s themed summer party will take place in Newcastle upon Tyne this August to celebrate the 25th anniversary of North East charity Streetwise.

Young people aged 13 – 19 are invited to celebrate the best of the 1990s at Summer Blast from the Past event which includes live performances from local artists, DJ’s, free street food, drinks, unlimited popcorn, circus skills, graffiti workshop and a temporary tattoo station.

Alongside the festivities, Streetwise will also announce the winner of the first Inspirational Youth Awards. The winners will receive their award as part of the festivities, recognising their outstanding contribution to their family or local community and their strength during challenging circumstances.

Special guests on the evening include; Dan Cunningham aka Boulevards’s Miss Rory, Kema Kay (rapper and star of ‘I Daniel Blake’), musicians Kay Greyson, singer / songwriter Aimee Lambert, Cramlington Crew Steel Band and more.

Chief executive of Streetwise Mandy Coppin said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fantastic achievements of the past 25 years and give the young people of the North East a chance to let their hair down and enjoy some classic 90s tunes in a lively carnival atmosphere.

“Over the last 25 years, with the support of the public, local businesses, Local Authorities, Public Health and Local and National Trusts, Streetwise has helped to change the lives of thousands of young people, helping them to realise their aspirations.

“The caliber of entries for the first inspirational youth awards was outstanding and we have had a hard job whittling down the shortlist. Our young people are a credit to our region and I can’t wait to celebrate all of their hard work this August. We have plenty of surprises up our sleeve, you definitely won’t want to miss it!”

The party promises to be the event of the summer and will also premier Streetwise 25, a film made in conjunction with Youthwise and Tyneside Cinema Northern Stars.

Over the past 25 years the charity has helped over 300,000 young people in the North East by providing free, confidential and non-judgmental information and advice support services.

Its services include an open access drop-in for information, advice and guidance; a sexual health service; detached outreach; and counselling both face-to-face and online. These services help enhance young people’s personal, social and emotional development, equipping them with skills for the future.

To celebrate the charity’s impressive achievements over the last 25 years, Streetwise has launched its ‘Hour North East’ campaign to encourage the region’s business community to pledge to fund just one, five, 25 or 50 hours of counselling for a North East young person which will help local young people to overcome depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, bullying and trauma.

Summer Blast from the Past takes place on Wednesday 30 August 2017 from 4pm – 7pm and free tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis at the entrance to Wylam Brewery. As a charity, Streetwise relies on philanthropy from a range of funders who recognise the importance of its work and the clear benefit it provides to young people. To find out more about how to support ‘Hour North East’ please email; mandy@streetwisenorth.org.uk