Charity Number : 1166652 / Company Number : 9128221

Meeting Our MP, Liz Twist

We were delighted that Liz took time from her busy diary to come to our offices to learn about the charity. Liz took the opportunity to chat with some of our members and their parents about their involvement and how the charity has supported them. Liz also discussed her present role as our MP and how politics plays a role in everyone's daily lives and welcomed us to learn more as the views of young people are very important. Our discussions were then followed by lunch which was created by some of the members.

Comments from the Day:

"Having Liz Twist MP give up time for the group was very valuable as it allowed me to understand how important politics is for everyday life and how important it is to have a voice. Overall, the session was very valuable for me and my Mam" - Shaun, Group Member

"It was a pleasure to meet the members, parents and volunteers and learn about the valuable work this charity undertakes to support the young people and their families from across Gateshead. I am proud to be asked to be a patron and carry on the support that was offered by Dave Anderson from July 2014" - Liz Twist MP

Beamish Museum Family Day

We were kindly funded by The Key to plan and arrange a family day at Beamish Museum.

Members and volunteers purchased the items fthe day before the visit for the packed lunch. Packed lunches were created on the morning and we were then off to Beamish.

It was a fabulous day and we were very impressed by how welcoming the staff were, and the variety of activities available for all different ages.

We would once again like to thank The Key for their support as this will allow the families to visit the Beamish Museum for the next 12 months free of charge, as once you pay once you are then entitled to use your pass as many times as you would like.

Community Cafe

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Diabetes Advice 15th August 2017

We would like to thank Helen from Gateshead Housing for arranging our Diabetes Advice Talk.

Rachel from Traincon gave a very interesting and interactive workshop helping us all to understand what type 2 Diabetes is, and the effects it has on the body. The session was very well attended with Gateshead people from Birtley, Wrekenton, Harlow Green and as far as Winlaton. In total we had 19 people attending from across Gateshead.

Comments from the event:

  • "Very good and interesting, enjoyed it very much"
  • "Very informative"
  • "Excellent, informative and educational"
  • "The session was very informative and interesting, I learnt a lot about the condition"
  • "It was informative and made me understand more about what to eat"
  • "Very interesting and I now have a greater understanding of sugar"
  • "Very interesting about diabetes and the sugar content in foods I eat"
  • "I found this event very educational and some interesting discussions about diabetes"
  • "Oh dear, I thought I was eating the correct foods, I think I need to look into what I eat more"

North East Counselling Services

Tim explained why the service began and who it supports. We are proud to work in partnership with the service which has had clear benefits for our members who use their 1 to 1 service.

We were interested and delighted to learn from a couple of our members who discussed how the 1 to 1 support has made a huge difference to their positive well-being.

We had 16 people attend the session from across Gateshead who now are aware of the service and how to access them.

View the Activity Programme for full details

Afternoon Teas at Sheltered Housing Schemes in Birtley

During March & April, members and volunteers visited 5 local venues to provide an afternoon of tea and entertainment in the form of Easter card making, Water Colour painting and bingo. Followed by an afternoon tea of cream cakes, cakes and sandwiches.

The afternoons were a huge success with many local residents very interested in the new community café which will start Tuesday 18th April and run every 2 weeks from Fusion Studio, Birtley.

The photos demonstrate how young adults and the older community came together and enjoy an organised afternoon.


I have had a lovely afternoon, thank you very much to the young people for coming along today.

I have never tried Water Colour painting before and will look forward to the café.

I am pleased we obtained the funding to run the afternoon tea this has helped my confidence working with members of the community.

Co-Op Local Community Fund Awareness Event

Volunteers and members talked to Co-op customers today about the fund and how it is supporting the training of our volunteers for the Community Cafe at their stall in the store.

Customers also had the opportunity to sample Co-op bakery products.

  • "We are delighted to support the Community Cafe training via the Local Community Fund especially when it is based in the town here in Birtley". - Carol, Birtley Store Manager
  • "I am developing my catering skills whilst part of the volunteer team connected with the Cafe. I have also completed my Level 2 Food Safety". - Peter, Group Member
  • "It is lovely to hear how well the charity are doing. I used to speak with Sarah, one of the young people who volunteered here at the Co-op when I done my shopping. I was delighted to hear she had got a paid job from her voluntary work. Keep up the good work! - Anne, Birtley Resident

Co-Op Local Cause

We were delighted to be 1 of 3 local charities in our area to be the 'Co-Op Local cause' in 2016.

Once again thank you for the support from the Co-Op and their local members for choosing us as one of their local causes in 2017.

If you live in the DH3 area please support us!

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Co-Op Community Fund

We are delighted to be supported once again by the generous people of Birtley, supporting us via the Co-Op Members Fund.

We have received £2,350 to support our Community Cafe, which offers catering and hospitality training to our members, whilst offering an activity and information programme for our local community.

On Wednesday 19th April we set-up a stand and discussed the Community cafe and the activity programme available April - October to customers. The feedback from the Co-Op customers was very supportive of the charity and the new Cafe.


"I will come along to your Cafe and think it is great to get information on such things as Will writing and to try new crafts such as Water Colour Painting."

Ann - Mount Road, Birtley

"We are delighted to support Skills4Work (Gateshead) Ltd. We have seen first hand the fantastic work that is provied to support the young people connected with the charity."

Carol - Birtley Store Manager.

2nd Anniversary Celebration Event

Thank you to the 75 guests who came along to celebrate our 2nd Anniversary. Guests included members, family, volunteers, local business support and the local community.

View a document describing the event

Community Wellbeing Event : Volunteer Month July 2016

We were kindly funded by Gateshead Council to run an event to give the local community the opportunity to meet local providers and learn more about volunteering in Gateshead.

Dementia Breakfast Club

View the Dementia Breakfast Club leaflet

NHS Health Checks

Thank you to volunteers and members of the local community who have benefitted from the free NHS Health Checks held at our training centre within Fusion Studio.

4 events have taken place in June & July 2016, with further dates in September 2016.

If you would like to have a health check please contact us!

View the NHS Health Check Leaflet