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Project information

Church Way Redevelopment

YMCA North Tyneside are wanting to invest £2000,000 to make essential repairs and upgrades to their building on Church Way, North Shields.
The charity provides help and support to various groups in the local community.
This redevelopment will bring so much needed life and energy to the local area.

August 2013 - September 2014

Charity information: YMCA North Tyneside

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  • Need


    The building was chosen because of its prime location in North Shields, allowing us to reach more people in need in the local area. It has been a fantastic base for our services over the years, but unfortunately it has been significantly damaged over the years. We’ve taken the decision to invest in an extensive refurbishment of the building to ensure it can remain our home for the next 75 years.


    Around 200 windows in the building will be replaced with double glazed panes, to improve insulation and reduce the charity’s energy bills, which currently absorb a significant proportion of any income generated. The premises will also receive a new roof covering to repair damage caused by 75 years of wear and tear and provide new health and wellbeing, children & young peoples and community facilities along with new supported accommodation for those in need.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To refurbish an existing and iconic community facility that will provide 21st century services.


    » Through the refurbishment we will provide essential services for; supported housing, health & wellbeing, children & young people & community groups.

    What success will look like

    Via; a new external upgrade, 15 new supported accommodation units, new gym and sports facility along with various community meeting & activity spaces being available to all.

  • Impact


    To develop a more up to date functional venue & offer further opportunities for people to be engaged.
    A reduction in health inequalities.
    The offer of affordable community sessions.
    Encourage new volunteers.
    Incorporate a combination of water/energy reduction measures within the redevelopment thus saving energy and reducing bills in order for money to be put back into people services.
    Regeneration of surrounding town area.
    Increased income and sustainability for the YMCA.


    Options appraisals have been carried out and risks have been identified:-
    Health & safety - measures applied and contingencies put into place.
    Income - non realisation of income, however, business planning and cash-flow forecasting have been carried out.
    Doing nothing - this is not an option due to the current condition of the building along with the need for community facilities in the area; YMCA North Tyneside is based in the most deprived ward in the borough.


    Formal written updates, if required.
    Ongoing relationship.
    Visits and verbal communication.
    Case studies demonstrating outcome and impact success.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,812,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £750,000 External development & upgrade Replacement of over 200 windows, a new roof, re-pointing of all brickwork, new signage
      £967,500 Supported Accomodation The creation of 15 new self contained apartments for vulnerable young people.
      £1,095,000 Community & Health facilties The development of new & accessible sport,health and wellbeing facilities along with community space

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    YMCA £750,000 Guaranteed
    Esh/HCA £300,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are based in the most deprived ward in the borough. The population of North Tyneside is projected to grow by 9.8% by 2030 with an increasingly ageing population. The number of people aged 85 and over is projected to increase in North Tyneside by 46% by the year 2030 creating additional demand for social care, housing, support, and health services. Stark inequalities persist within the borough; income, unemployment, health & educational attainment. 1 in 5 young people live in poverty.


    • A growth in participation in the 14-25 age range;
    • A growth in participation across the adult population
    • A growth in participation by people with disabilities
    • A growth in participation by children and early years
    • A growth in participation by people with sedentary lifestyles
    • Young people who are homeless or at risk of being made homeless.
    • Young people leaving care.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity. We rely on the generous support of members, individuals, companies and charitable trusts and foundations to support our work.
    We currently address:- A growing number of community issues around young people. Growing poverty that leads to inequalities. Increased levels of immoral and disorderly behaviour largely caused by lack of moral guidance.
    We are at the grassroots of delivery.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    YMCA Staff Team & Volunteers

    The 40+ paid staff, 40= volunteers along with our board of trustees all play a major part in the development of this project, through a team approach.