The Cuckoo Young Writers programme has been running since 2012: what started with one young writers group in Newcastle has since grown to encompass groups all over the North East, as well as numerous projects and publications. In that time we have worked with hundreds of young writers in schools and communities, through our publications and via partnerships with other organisations. Because we aim to respond to the needs of the young people we work with, we can form relationships that last from anything for a couple of months to many years.
Participating in Cuckoo Young Writers programme has helped young people achieve many things: to get into university, build their CVs and writing portfolios, develop their writing skills and get jobs. But there is more to it than just writing. Cuckoo has enabled young people to find their voices, express their identities, build friendships and grow their confidence.
Here are a few stories from our Cuckoo Alumni which show you what Cuckoo can do!