St James is at the heart of Benwell and is committed to serving its community. Over the years we have set up 2 local community projects – Cornerstone and The Good Neighbour Project.
Cornerstone was formed in 1987 and was initially housed in a house in South Benwell. They now operate from their purpose-built centre on Armstrong Road. The work is led by a mixture of staff and volunteers and currently includes the following:
- Wednesday Lunch Club for older people
- Baby and toddler group
- Support for people learning how to use computers
- Activities with and in local schools
- Work with adults with learning disabilities (The Welcome Project)
- Low-cost clothing
- Recycling furniture to help those in need
- Fortnightly community church
For details of any of these activities please call in or phone us on 0191 226 0941, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to us at 62 Armstrong Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7TU
The Good Neighbour Project was formed in 1998 and based in a house in Riddell Ave on the estate. In 2002, due to the expansion of the services offered, the project moved to 2 houses in Sunnybank Ave, which is now known as the Sunnybank Centre.
The projects aim is to:
Create a happier, healthier more cohesive estate working together to tackle antisocial behaviour and crime. Creating good memories for young people, raising aspirations and helping break the cycle of deprivation. Giving older people the confidence to remain in their own homes by the provision of practical help like gardening and DIY, social activities and a lunch club. Providing volunteering opportunities to build skills and confidence and help people out of poverty through work
For details of any of these activities please call in: Sunnybank Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE15 6SD, or phone us on: 0191 2722962
Lunch Break meets every Tuesday from 12.00 – 1.30pm. A simple lunch (eg soup, sandwiches, pies, pasta) is served with tea, coffee and homemade cake. No charge is made but contributions are welcome. A good opportunity to meet up and enjoy good food and good company.
We welcome local schools and are always happy to host visits. At Easter and Christmas, we are especially busy with our ‘Christmas through the Keyhole’ and ‘Experiencing Easter ‘events. These aim to deepen the children’s understanding but we often all end up learning something new. Visits to local schools for assemblies and other events take place throughout the year.