Email: [email protected] Tel: 019467 27887

Shackles Off Youth Project

1a South Parade, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PZ, Tel 019467 27887

Welcome to Shackles Off

Shackles Off Youth Project is an innovative and well established youth provision situated in the Seascale area of West Cumbria. Formed by a partnership of volunteers from the local churches and community, who saw the need to provide inclusive leisure, learning and support opportunities for young people We quickly became a leading youth provider in the area, and an example of good practice and outcomes.

Our main aim is to help young people foster their personal, social and spiritual development and to empower them to make a positive and fuller contribution to the local community and to society. We do this through a varied youth provision of 15 sessions over 6 days, delivered by 2 full time & 1 part time paid staff supported by 14 volunteers.


Featured Sessions

Advocacy & Support

The heart of what we do takes place behind closed doors. It’s with those who are most in need and desperate.  We have helped homeless young  people find shelter, worked alongside those with drugs and alcohol addictions and mental health issues including self-harm.  We have referred some to outside agencies who we work with.  For those who don’t come into our premises we go out to them.

If you are experiencing any problems you feel you need help with, please contact us:-

Phone- 019467 27887

Email- [email protected]

Facebook messenger – ‘Shackles Off Youth & Community Project

Digital Music workshop Twice monthly across all youth club sessions

This session will develop skills in digital music, young people will learn how to use the software to mix tracks, create new sounds and how MC along with tracks.  Each young person will have the opportunity to mix and mc to create their own CD (after 4 sessions)

Links Scheme Twice monthly across all youth club sessions

Young people come and take part in informal workshops and accreditations to gain points for trips and outings which we plan throughout the year, with the help of the young people.  As part of this they are encouraged to take part in community tasks such as weeding or picking up litter.  The aim of ‘Links’ is to encourage young people to feel part of their community and become ‘good citizens’


10.15am-11.45am Sundays @ Shackles Off ‘Drop In’;- Expect the unexpected! If you want to find out more about the Christian Faith, then come along on Sunday morning to discuss and take part in lively worship specifically aimed at young people.

Train Your Brain

09.30am-11.30am Saturdays @ Shackles Off ‘Drop In’;- The West Cumbria Dyslexia association, facilitate this club where a qualified teacher and support teacher help young people with dyslexia using specialist resources and equipment.  The club runs for 4 sessions each half term.  For more information or to register an interest please contact Shackles Off


7.15pm-8.30pm Fridays in term time @ Methodist Church Hall;- This group is for young people in Yrs 7 – Yr 8 and Yr 6’s after Easter.  The club runs term time only.  Young people are able to chill and take part in activities such as pool, table tennis, nail painting, baking and craft activities.  There is a tuckshop available.

Junior Youth Club

6pm-7pm Fridays in term time @ Methodist Church Hall;- This group is for children in Yr 2 – Yr 6.  The club runs term time only.  Each week there are crafts, circle time, games, activities and positive socialisation.  There is a tuckshop available.  The children love taking part in all the activities and running off all that extra energy they seem to have on a Friday night!

Friday Night Project

7.30pm-9.30pm Fridays @ Shackles Off ‘Drop In’;-The aim of the Friday Night Project is to provide a range of attractive, targeted youth work activities to reduce anti-social behaviour and other risk taking behaviours. It has been successfully running in Copeland for 5 years and has had an appreciable impact on anti-social behaviour rates across the borough.

Youth Gym- 3x Sessions

8pm-9pm Wednesday, 7.30-8.30 Thursday and 4.30-5.30 on Fridays @ Seascale Community Fitness Centre Shackles Off work in partnership with SASRA in the gym at Seascale.  The partnership provides 3 supervised gym sessions weekly for those aged 14-16 who otherwise would need an adult to attend with them.  Qualified instructors provide safe and age appropriate information and programs for the young people taking part.  There will also be workshops at other times as part of an overall emphasis on health & Wellbeing.

Tech & Chat

2pm-4pm Wednesdays @ Shackles Off ‘Drop In’;- Wednesday afternoons is our ‘Tech & Chat’ afternoon for over 55’s. If you need help with computers, tablets, phones or any other device, please come down for some friendly adivice and a cuppa.

We also welcome those who just want to come in for a cuppa and a chat. Staff and young people from the ‘Drop In’ group are on hand to give help and advice.

2pm-4pm every Wednesday

‘Drop In’- 2x Sessions

2pm-4pm Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ Shackles Off ‘Drop In’;-These sessions are aimed at 16-25 year olds and are for those who are Not in education employment or training (NEET’s) Also those who are attending 6th form or college and need additional help and support with CV’s, job or university applications.


7pm-9pm Tuesdays in Term-time @ Shackles Off ‘Drop In’;- This is a group specifically for girls aged 14 years +.  There is fun, activities, discussion, outings, chill nights and issue related workshops.

Babies & Bumps

11am-1pm Mondays @ Shackles Off ‘Drop In’;- Small informal group for those expecting babies or have babies, to come and chat to other mums over a coffee to give each other support and advice. (Toddler’s & Dads welcome!)

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It’s a pity we don’t have a “Shackles Off” in every town and village because the community would be a far greater and happier place to be for many people. - Inspector Joe Murray, Cumbria Constabulary