Suffolk & Norfolk Youth Action

More Talk - More Action

Est. 2004


SNYA is a media hub for young people based in Attleborough in Norfolk. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteer journalists who are able to submit articles to be published online and in third party publications.  

It doesn’t matter where you reside in the UK as this opportunity is available to anyone who has got access to a computer. We would like articles that focus on music, bands, gaming or any other younger people’s hobbies that you want to share.

Your articles could be about the news and the impact that this has or is about to have on your life. You could tell us of issues that you feel strongly about or you could describe the area that you live and the opportunities that this place holds.

Send us your photos and links to websites to support your article.

Submit your first article to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will then contact you to discuss your submission prior to publication.



Thank you – that’s the message from the Lions Club of Wymondham following an amazing response to this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal. In partnership with Marie Curie, members of the Lions Club collected around Wymondham Market in March to help provide free local nursing care to terminally ill patients in their own homes and Marie Curie hospices.  

Lions Club president, John Wilde, says: “Thanks to the generosity of local people we collected £792.92.  Every penny collected by Lions Clubs goes direct to good causes as our membership fees cover any administration costs. This means our Daffodil collection will help fund 40 hours of hands-on nursing care within our area. We are proud to be at the heart of the community, and our partnership with Marie Curie demonstrates how Lions Clubs offer vital support for local people”.

The Great Daffodil Appeal has huge public support and has raised more than £70 million since 1986. Marie Curie Cancer Care chose Lions Clubs British Isles & Ireland to be its first official partner for the Great Daffodil Appeal last year to help raise an additional £1 million.  


Child sex abuse is illegal activity by people who have power over young people and use it to sexually abuse them.

It might involve a young person being given ‘something’ such as food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gifts or money in exchange for them performing, or others performing on them sexual activities.

Sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the person’s immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain.

Sexual exploitation concerning  children and women can experience violence, coercion and intimidation, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child , young person’s and females limited availability of choice resulting from poverty and emotional vulnerability’

In all cases, those exploiting others have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources.

Do you need help or just want to find out more; then visit The ROSE Campaign


MP George Freeman, friend of SNYA, has recently written to me asking about what young people think to the development of Attleborough.
George told SNYA that he would like to see  a stunning new Gateway development adjacent to the Railway Station, with investment in the station facilities, new pedestrian and cycle routes, heritage trails, homes and retail units, to help bring new footfall and investment into the Town Centre, make the station an attractive 'hub' for the town and reduce commuter congestion and gridlock. Do you agree or have you got a better idea?
George would love to hear your ideas so why not tell him. Email him now on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friend of SNYA Radio, Lewis Wolstanholme, has released a new single. Click here to listen to 'What do I do?' by Lewis Wolstanholme. Lewis recently supported SNYA with the project 'The Student Kitchen' by performing live at the finals of the National Money for Life Challenge in London after his return from Cyprus as musician in residence.


Officers from Thetford CID are appealing for witnesses to a burglary which took place at the end of last week in Wortwell. 

Between 11am on Wednesday 2 April and 6:50pm on Friday 4 April, offender/s forced their way, via a rear door, into a property on High Road and stole items including several jackets, bracelets and watches. 

DC Lee Hall, Thetford CID, would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has information concerning it.  DC Hall can be contacted on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 



The BBC is offering 45 local apprenticeships in its radio stations across the UK as part of Director-General Tony Hall’s pledge to open up the BBC to people from a wide range of backgrounds. 

Applications open in April, and successful candidates will start their jobs in September, working as Apprentice Broadcast Assistants (England, Channel Islands) and Apprentice Content Assistants (Wales, Scotland and N Ireland).

Click here to find out more about the Content Assistant and the scheme FAQs.

Are you

• creative, hard working and passionate about what you do 

• a non-graduate

• proud of where you live, and want to help put it on the map

• aged 18 and over

...then apply to be a BBC Local Apprentice, the BBC needs you.

We're launching the BBC's biggest apprenticeship scheme ever - 45 apprenticeships across the UK and you could be one of them.

Earn while you learn...

• We'll pay you an apprentice salary as you work in any one of the 39 Local Radio stations across England and the Channel Islands or in one of the six Nations’ radio stations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Find out the locations available.

• You’ll benefit from gold standard training from the BBC Academy and our partner college

• You will work as an Apprentice Broadcast Assistant or Content Assistant (Scotland, Wales and N Ireland)

• All training costs are covered by the scheme, and will be delivered by the BBC's Academy, which has trained the UK's top broadcasters and journalists. We will also work with a partner college.

• Your qualification after 15 months - a Level 3 apprenticeship in Journalism

...and work for the BBC

We believe the best training is on-the-job training - putting the skills you've learnt in the classroom into practice in the real world.

As an Apprentice Broadcast Assistant (England, Channel Islands) or Apprentice Content Assistant (Scotland, N Ireland and Wales) you’ll find yourself helping to research and set up items on a breakfast programme, out and about gathering stories in your local area or coming up with some great ideas for a show.

We are offering fixed term contracts for 15 months, after which you’ll be really well placed to compete for jobs at the BBC, or in the wider industry. The combination of practical work experience and skills will make you a great candidate.

"I want to build a ladder of opportunity for the talented. I want to open up the BBC to more people - to people from every part of the country - to people from a greater variety of backgrounds."

BBC Director General Tony Hall

What happens now?


Applications for the scheme are due to open in April 2014, and our Local Apprentices will start their training in September 2014.  Interviews will be scheduled in July.

You can join us at BBC Get In events in locations across the country, to book on an event click here

You can register your interest in the Local Apprentice scheme by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We’ll send you more information on the scheme when it’s available and let you know when applications open in April.

Keep in touch

Follow #BBCLAS and @BBCTrainees for schemes news and updates and @BBCRecruitment on Twitter for recruitment advice.

Find out more about Tony Hall's Local Apprenticeship Scheme announcement.



This is an advert on behalf of The Youth Media Agency

The Young Roots programme is for projects that engages young people, aged 11 to 25, with heritage in the UK.You can apply for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000.

Under this programme, we fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments.






The difference we want to make

Young people are bursting with creative ideas about how to explore and care for their heritage.

Whether restoring a vintage motorbike, designing a new nature trail or documenting changes to their community over time, through Young Roots projects young people make a real difference to the places where they live. In the process, their confidence grows and they learn valuable heritage and employability skills.

We support applicants to deliver high quality projects for all of the young people, staff and communities involved. Young Roots projects should achieve all of the outcomes for people and communities listed below, and one outcome for heritage.

Outcomes for people

With our investment, people will have:
◾developed skills
◾learnt about heritage
◾changed their attitudes and / or behaviour
◾had an enjoyable experience

Outcomes for communities

With our investment:
◾more people and a wider range of people will have engaged with heritage

Outcomes for heritage

With our investment, heritage will be:
◾in better condition
◾better interpreted and explained
Application process

Young Roots is a rolling programme, meaning you can apply anytime. We will assess your application in eight weeks and then make a decision. Please contact your local team to find out when decisions are made.

We recommend that you send us a project enquiry form before you apply. Register a project enquiry.




This is an advert submitted by Right Driver Carlos Smith

We’re working with youth organisations to help young people get their learner licence by providing free Highway Code education at

We have a contract with the Driving Standards Agency to deliver official Highway Code theory tests in order for people to practice for free. Using it improves the first-time pass rate, reducing the risk of wasting time and money resitting the test. Organisations already using it include army and navy cadets, scouts, and many driving instructors who recommend and/or use it for their clients one-on-one or in schools and other scenarios.


This an advert submitted by Reflex Litho Printing

We are in the process of looking to recruit a person whom would like to work as part of a small graphics team in an exciting new project within our business. 

I am looking for someone ideally who has completed / finalising their studies in graphic communications - primary focus web design, interactive communications or Adobe CS6/CC suite knowledge.  

The role will include involvement in the Cross media / Web to print / Online digital print production, so a creative person with a solid technology understanding but is flexible to other day to day tasks is perfect. The candidate will need to thrive on learning software programs  as regular training will be required.

We are a company based in Thetford and have been in business for 25 years so well established in the marketplace. Our clients include the Ministry of Defence, National Blood Service, Dept of Transport, Disney, Housing associations, councils - in fact a large diverse client base. I believe we are offering a great opportunity for the right person.

At this stage we are keen to talk to candidates whom are looking at entering into a graphics career so would welcome any CV's that could be sent marked for my attention electronically by PDF / Word file  to email address below:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marked Att. -  Andy Wyles

Please can applicants apply using this route only and we will contact them by return if successful for interview.

Our intention is to offer a  "Full time" position asap subject to completing probationary period and successful full training. We would consider ex-students and students leaving this summer. It may be possible to work around forthcoming exams timetable.




The Resilience Team at Norfolk County Council is looking at how young adults, 12 – 25 year olds, currently engage with Emergency Preparedness and would like your opinions on the matter.

By participating in a brief survey you can help us understand how we currently reach young adults and how we should be reaching them in the future.

If you would like to participate please visit here.


Article submitted by Roy Heath(The Media Trust)

Do Something #Brilliant are asking people in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to do more of the little brilliant things that make a big difference 

This site is full of suggestions to get you off your sofa and doing something Green, Active, Together or Creative in no time at all!

Do Something Brilliant is a Community Channel project, funded by Big Lottery Fund.


Share your story

We know that you are doing brilliant things already and we want you to share them with us. 

From volunteering, to fundraising; being neighbourly to starting a national campaign, there's a lot of brilliance out there that we want to celebrate. 

Upload your story and you might just inspire others and help to make the England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales even more brilliant. 

Submit your Little Brilliant Thing


This year, ‘Attleborough's Got Talent’ will take a different format. All contestants taking part are required to be at the Connaught Hall at 19:00 hrs  on Thursday 22nd May to rehearse their acts in preparation for the contest on Friday 23rd May. 

This rehearsal is for the contestants and their chaperone only and not for members of the public who are welcome at the performance on Friday 23rd May 2014. 

Tickets are available from The Flower Box or on the door on the night costing  £5.00 or just £3.00 for children that are 15 years old or younger.


Those interested in taking part in the contest should complete the attached application form and either return it to The Flower Box or bring it along to the rehearsal on the 22nd May. 

Contestants must supply their own backing tracks/music. It is very important that backing tracks/music to be used are only supplied on a CD which has the contestant's name/act and track number required on the CD or CD case. We cannot accept backing tracks/music on a computer, computer pen etc.

Each Act is limited to a 5 minute slot

On 23rd May all contestants taking part in the Talent Show are required to be at the Connaught Hall by 19:00 hrs.

We look forward to seeing you and your supporters at the contest. Have fun and good luck.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca on: 01953 455022


This is an advert

CALLING YOUNG journalists, YMA Creative Associates, Student journos, Photo & Video Journalists and anyone involved in media... The National Union of Journalists is the most useful membership you can have as a young aspiring journalist. We are proud to offer all YMA Creative Associates & Youth Media Editors half price membership of £26.98! All Students get their NUJ card for £25. JOIN THE NUJ TODAY!

Submitted by Norwich Theatre Royal

HighTide returns to the beautiful town of Halesworth in Suffolk this April with another world-class line up of new plays, readings, music and live events bringing together some of best-known names in British theatre including Michael Gambon, David Hare and Diana Quick, alongside its brightest new talents. We also have music from Ronnie Scott’s and the Hackney Colliery Band as well as a wealth of visiting artists. We are also offering 400 sponsored tickets to the Festival for young people under the age of 25 from the East of England. These tickets are funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and permit young people to book tickets for shows at the Festival at absolutely no cost, subject to availability. This year we present four productions made for Suffolk, before touring to London and New York. Michael Boyd takes on his first post-RSC production directing the European premiere of Dan LeFranc’s US hit The Big Meal. Harry Melling, best known as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, will star in the remarkable peddling. The world premiere of Incognito brings the brilliant Nick Payne back to HighTide; and The Girl’s Guide To Saving The World marks the professional debut of Elinor Cook, last year’s winner of new writing’s most prestigious prize, The George Devine Award.

For the full line-up visit our website: Want to book tickets for HighTide Festival 2014?

Book online:

-24 hours Book by phone: (01603) 598 606 - Mon-Sat 09:30 - 20:00

In Person: The Cut, Halesworth - 10th -19th April 2014

You can also book in person at Norwich Theatre Royal (Mon-Sat 09:30 - 20:00) For free Garfield Weston Foundation tickets for young people please contact HighTide on 0207 566 9765


SNYA Radio will once again be broadcasting live from Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club's Spring Show on Saturday 29th March 2014.

We will be broadcasting, commentating and bringing you live webcam pictures throughout the evening from 7pm. It will be a fantastic night of entertainment on SNYA Radio; better still why not come down and support the boys and girls from ringside. Get your tickets now from Atlleborough boxing club or telephone 01953 457329 for further details.

Wednesday 16th April – Friday 18th April 2014                                

Thornham Magna

This Residential will be a fun and exciting three days away from home for 14 young people aged between 14 and 16 years, who live in South Norfolk and who are ‘at risk of NEET’ – this means that you may not be sure what you want to do when you leave school, and not have the confidence, skills, support or determination to find out. 

You will be picked up on the Wednesday and taken to Thornham Magna to meet with the rest of the group. You’ll take part in lots of fun games and activities to help you develop your leadership skills as well as be challenged personally. Activities include:

•Problem solving

•Talent Show

•Night Games

•Team and individual challenges

You will be sleeping in cabin style accommodation, two to a room. There will be three meals a day and everyone will help prepare food and clear up. Four youth workers will be with you at all times. 

This residential is free as it is being fully funded by the South Norfolk Youth Advisory Board (YAB). All food, equipment and transport will be provided. You will have to bring clothes, towels and sturdy footwear. 

We will meet with you beforehand so we can look at how this project can help you and your plans for the future.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Sam Mason:

Tel: 07778 896325 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If you would like to come along, please provide us with the following information:


DOB:……………………………………………………………….  Male / Female



Home Telephone:……………….………………….. Mobile:……..……………………………….

Why you think you would benefit from attending:……………………..………………………….




MTM Youth Services CIC, 1 Rambler Cottage, The Street, Botesdale, Suffolk, IP22 1BZ


Article submitted by the British Youth Council

Friday 21 November 2014

What is Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day? The day gives children and young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making. Children benefit from the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard, while adults and organisations gain a fresh perspective on what they do. We hope this will help break down barriers between generations and encourage children's active involvement in their communities. Who can be part of it? Organisations across every sector can be part of Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day, and we receive extremely positive feedback from those that do. It's a flexible event which can be tailored to suit your organisation, and we provide guidance, resources and support to help you get the most out of the day. Some organisations could not take part on the day in 2013 and held it on a different day. The important thing is joining in and giving opportunities to children and young people. Tell us what you are doing Tell us what you are doing this year so we can help you shout about it! Here's how you can:

•Put your event on our map

•Follow us on Twitter @ChildrensComm and tweet about your #TakeoverDay

•Our online feedback form for those who took part in 2013 can still be completed

Are you aged 16 - 24 years old? Do you need something to do in Norfolk? Then volunteer! Have fun, meet new people, do some good and maybe discover new talents. Take a look at the video and register online for volunteering activities near you.

Open for applications - applications can be made at any time while the fund is open

The South Norfolk Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a body of professionals and young people that meet on a regular basis to discuss issues that impact on young people and play a strategic role in meeting need. Amongst its wider activities to increase and enhance youth provision in South Norfolk, the YAB has made available a new £5,000 fund to support young people experiencing hardship and who are prevented from achieving their aims and aspirations due to financial barriers.

Who can apply:

The Fund is open to individuals aged between 11 and 25 years who live in the South Norfolk area.  Applications will preferably include the name of a supporting adult  - for example a parent, tutor, employer or youth worker. (Applicants under the age of 18 must provide this information).

Funding available:

Individuals can apply for grants of up to £500 to cover items such as uniforms or suitable footwear for work, tools or equipment to enable them to enter vocational training or work, or transport costs such as a season card which will enable travel to a place of training or work.   The grant may also cover school uniforms and footwear.  We would expect the majority of this fund to be spent on educational, training and employment items and opportunities. 

Individuals can also receive support for activities which aid their personal development, including sports clothing or equipment, musical instruments or a one-off special training or performance opportunity. Expensive items such as a computer may be considered where it can be shown that a lack of access is preventing progression in education, work or in training.

Grants will be provided on a one-off basis to help with an immediate situation that is preventing the individual from achieving their aims and aspirations (ongoing costs are not eligible for support).  The applicant must demonstrate that this money cannot be obtained through any other means, or to the timescale required.

Other information

Only one application per individual can be made in any 12 month period.

We may contact you by telephone or email to discuss your application.

We aim to pay the grant within four weeks.

Grants will not fund something that has already been paid for, or any debts or arrears.

Grants may be paid direct to the service provider/ retailer where appropriate.  Where grants are paid to the applicant evidence of expenditure will be required.

Successful awardees will be asked to provide evidence of the cost of the required funding in support of their application.  If successful, individuals will be required to complete a brief report stating how the grant was spent and what difference it has made.  

For Fund enquiries please contact Jenny Bevan, Grants Manager on 01603 623958 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the application form for the South Norfolk YAB Young People’s Fund




Article submitted by John Wilde

Members of Wymondham Lions Club are extremely grateful to the people of South Norfolk for their marvellous support over the last few months. In these financially difficult times the public has donated a fantastic amount of money for the Lions to distribute to worthy causes.


Read more: A Big Thank You From Wymondham Lions

Article submitted by Seb Harris

Since 1963 the date of the first ever heart transplant, the procedure has saved thousands of lives however there has always been a much greater demand than supply for the vital organ.  Hundreds of people die every year just waiting for a new heart. There has never been an effective solution to this issue, until now.

Read more: The first artificial heart- ready for trials

Article submitted by Matt Dowse

As we enter 2014, there are five main games consoles competing for your cash. Which should you buy? Lets discuss.

Playstation 4 (£350)

The Playstation 4 is the most powerful console available right now, although is currently lacking the must-have games to back that up. Whilst games such as Resogun, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Assassin’s Creed IV are all great, the best is yet to come. The PS4 is compatible with Playstation Plus, a great service that offers you free games every single month, and even has a roster of free-to-play games, that you can download right now. These two features give it a distinctive edge over the competition.
Should you buy? Yes.
2014 One To Watch: The Order: 1886

Playstation Vita (£150)

The Playstation Vita had a rough start; however after being released almost two years ago, it now has a solid catalogue of great games. Tearaway and Killzone: Mercenary are great gaming experiences, whilst an incredible selection of cheaper indie games such as Thomas Was Alone, Spelunky and Hotline Miami make the handheld a great console for those on a tight budget. Vita gamers also have access to Playstation Plus, with the best titles being given away for free.
Should you buy? Yes.
2014 One To Watch: Borderlands 2: Vita Edition


Article submitted by Georgina McLaren`

On October 3rd, the community of Norwich and the surrounding area came together to auction off the 53 Go Go Gorillas which had made their home in the city for the summer in order to raise money for two charities: Break and the Born Free Foundation.

The atmosphere quickly built up with intense lighting and jungle-style music surrounding the couple of hundred people seated in the centre of The Forum in Norwich; among them artists, bidders and press members, all eagerly awaiting what the evening would bring. 

The evening began with an opportunity to interview Jake Humphrey, and we were lucky enough to get the chance to do so ourselves:

Read more: Go Go Gorillas Auction and Interview with Jake Humphrey

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