Futureworks NY – A Visit to York!

Futureworks NY – A Visit to York!

A Trip to the Little Apple!

Following over two years of restrictions and limited trips out, we finally managed to arrange a trip to the historic City of York for some of our young people, one of our volunteers and one of our staff members! Hurrah!

On the train

Keeping it Green

York is about an hour away from our HQ in Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast.

Our team took the train from Scarborough to York and walked from the station to York Art Gallery and the Ni Art Studio.

Art Gallery

A Bit About York

The city is a stunning place to visit with its incredible Gothic Minster, City Walls and many different attractions, such as the National Railway Museum and the Jorvik Centre.

The purpose of the York visit was for our young people to become more involved in our craft sessions.

One of our amazing volunteers, Richard, has already showed our learners some art techniques and he also helps them to create their own, unique artwork.

The visit to York Art Gallery was to inspire and encourage our young people.

During the visit, Richard was supported by one of our staff members, Dave.

York is host to its own impressive Art Gallery which includes artworks from for some of the world’s best-known artists.

York Art Gallery

York Art Galleryhttps://www.yorkartgallery.org.ukis just a stone’s throw from the Museum Gardens and the River Ouse.

Our group toured the many different exhibits and collections.

One of the interactive artefacts was a typewriter!

Long before computers and smart phones, typewriters were commonplace.

Typing was one the early forms of word processing and some of us are so old we weretaught typewriting skills at school, gaining a qualirication through the Royal Society of Arts.


The Power of the Typewriter

Early typewriters were very heavy and were not powered by electric; they also introduced the idea of the QWERTY keyboard, which most smart phones still use today.

For those of us old enough to remember these contraptions, it is fascinating to see the reaction of a generation that’s maybe never seen or used one!

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks collects them and some of the early models are very valuable.

Looking at the typewriter

Ni Art Studio

The team then walked from the Art Gallery through York’s narrow, historic streets to the Ni Art Studio, Swinegate – https://www.nistudios.co.uk

This independent art shop and studio is an immersive experience for anyone with an artistic streak.

It gave our young learners the chance to see different types of art, created by everyday people.

After all, what is art?
Art is something that means different things to different people.

There’s no right or wrong answer and everyone can be creative.


What Did Our Learners Learn?

All our ‘excursions’ are designed to encourage our young people to learn several things.

This trip included using public transport, finding their way from the train station to the art gallery, understanding the importance of social skills and building up confidence outside of the home and their more formal learning spaces.

With the help of Dave and Richard, this trip was very successful in all these aspects.

York street

And the Rest …

York is a lively, busy city yet is smaller than most.

This means visitors can walk between most of the attractions within a few minutes.

Our group were able to walk from the art gallery, around the exterior of the stunning York Minster, and past the stone masons’ area, where skilled artisans are helping restore and create some of the incredible stonework of this amazing building, parts of which are over 800 years old.

Their walk through the city also took them past the Tudor-style buildings near the Minster Yard.

After a busy day, the team returned home safe and sound to Scarborough.

Tudor building






Ten Years of Futureworks NY!

Ten Years of Futureworks NY!

We are celebrating ten successful years in January 2022!

Futureworks NY was established on 4th January 2012 by Michelle and Sarah.

Ten years on, we now have a total of eight employees and has helped scores of young and adult learners in Scarborough and the surrounding area.

Sarah said: “We are delighted to have reached this important milestone here at Futureworks NY!

“Our tenth birthday is testament to all the hard work of everyone involved, as we certainly wouldn’t done it without them.

Michelle said: “The last decade has clearly shown the need for our services in Scarborough.  Our aims and outcomes include helping local learners from school age upwards, enabling them to acquire life skills, confidence, practical skills and some qualifications in an environment that suits their individual requirements.”

Futureworks NY has a learning space in The Street, Scarborough, and its core values include compassion and integrity.

Their retail outlet, Furniture Works, is based at 39 St Thomas Street and opened in autumn 2020. The premises include a retail unit to the front and a spacious workshop to the rear.

Yorkshire Life Article for Furniture Works

Yorkshire Life Article for Furniture Works

We are delighted to announce that Yorkshire Life has featured a 4 page article about Furniture Works, Scarborough.

This glossy monthly features Furniture Works in their November 2021 edition.

We would like to thank the Yorkshire Life team for this amazing article.

It is on the shelves now in all good newsagents.

Futureworks NY Nominated for An Award!

Futureworks NY Nominated for An Award!

The Finalists for the Scarborough Excellence in Business Awards is now ‘live’!

We’ve been shortlisted for the Best Business Transformation award, along with CU Scarborough, Hendersons Estate Agents (Whitby), and Yorkshire In Business.

We wish all the candidates good luck in the awards and thank you to everyone who’s made this possible.

The ceremony takes place on 2nd December 2021.

You can find out more here.

Get Your Skates On in Scarborough!

Get Your Skates On in Scarborough!

If you’re in Scarborough shopping or enjoying the beach between 3rd December 2021 and 2nd January 2022, then head to North Street in the town centre … just remember to wrap up warm!

The new ice rink will be in place between the above dates and is part of the Scarborough Sparkle event for Christmas and New Year.

And here at Futureworks NY we are so proud of the fact we’ll have a banner at the event, showcasing to everyone the work we do in Scarborough and the surrounding area. Hurrah!

If you’re a newbie to the ice rink, then don’t worry as anyone is welcome, including wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.

There will be relaxed sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with the music turned down and flashing lights switched off.

The rink will be open daily, Monday to Saturday 11am to 8pm and 10am to 7pm on Sundays.

Admission is on the hour, every hour with skating sessions lasting 50 minutes.

You can pre-book with tickets costing £10 for adults and £8 for children. You can book here.

We look forward to seeing you there!