Project information

Community Facilities

To develop two initiatives a shop and Café that will have two main aims. One will be to offer Cheap products for sale within the shop and to also sell meals that are affordable and nutritious to local Community. Profits will go to provide Children and Young People's activities and groups weekly.

March 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: Birtley Community Association

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  • Need


    The project will address a lack of services for Children and young people within the area. The area is classed as being in the top 10% of Communities experiencing deprivation in areas such as employment opportunities Educational and economic. The area used to have 12 projects working with young people 5 to 21 years around such aims as employment skills , personal development and challenging negative behaviours within the locality. We aim to redevelop some of these with profits made.


    It will provide the support and guidance to local Children and Young people by encouraging and motivating them to be involved in positive past times. It will help older young people by supporting them into Education, Training and or Employment. We will redevelop the services that used to be provided by local government and it will also support low income families with low cost products and meals. The project will also have a local input with volunteers in the area involved in the projects.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide services and activities to Children and Young people.


    » Develop groups and activities for Children and Young people involving them within the planning and organisation of groups and services.
    » To work alongside other providers to provide a local services to older Young People.

    What success will look like

    Weekly recording and monitoring of usage and to also make reports to Management Committee. Photographs of children with permission and Young people's written feedback.

    Aim 2

    To provide low cost Meals to families within the locality.


    » To develop local Community Cafe . Provide low cost nutritious meals .

    What success will look like

    Weekly recording of meal on offer. Recording income and profits made. Photographs where permission is gained of people assessing the facility. Written feedback for benificaries.

    Aim 3

    To provide a Community Shop that will sell low cost products to families in ned in the area.


    » Purchase products and to sell these on at low price with profits used to provide services to children and young people.

    What success will look like

    The shop will be used by local families .
    Report on usage and profits made
    Report to Management Committee
    Photos of products . Written feedback from users

  • Impact


    The long term changes the projects will make will be the local Community having the ability of providing local services as needed without relying on grants from a third party. The Centre and groups will become self sustained and local people will have an input into the organising and planning of activities. The café and shop will benefit families providing low cost services which in turn will help families budget and keep within their financial budgets.


    Risk would be that the Café and Shop will not attract additional people to use the shop and café areas. We have had research and pilot projects to gauge this and have found that once these are more regular there are others who will start using the provision. We may not be able to compete with large scale providers on cost so we will need to monitor products within the local area and provide items that we can compete with.


    We will do written reports either by e mails and or post on a quarterly basis or as required. We will include photographs and feedback from people benefitting from the service. And we would invite donor's to visit.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,100

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,400 SALARY DEVELOPMENT WORKER provide wages for part time staff member
      £6,200 costs of ingredients to provide meal for a periosd of six months while cafe is established
      £1,500 admin costs costs for stationary and publicity for the year.
      £3,000 refurbish room to refurbish room to house a shop area.
  • Background


    The location is in a Town named Birtley which is part of the Gateshead Metropolitan area in the North East of England. The housing Estate near to the Centre and those which we will be directing our Services are classed as within the top 10% and 20% of Communities most deprived within England as recorded by Government. The area has a high number of low income families and young people in need of support . There is high levels of anti social behaviour and lack of project to address issues.


    Young people

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Charity has been established within the area for over 50 years. Working with young people and families in partnership with Gateshead Council. The Management have worked alongside staff and local authority to develop quality provision and have been recognised for there work within the local area. One member of staff has developed many projects in the past such as Nursery provision, Youth groups as part of the local authority and she now works on behalf of Centre.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Carol Smith Part Time Staf

    development and overseeing day to day management of the Centre and groups.

    Brenda Price

    Chairperson on management Committee She oversees the policy and procedures and of the Centre. Also director of Nursery Provision all voluntary.

    David Revett

    Treasurer oversees the financial Management of the Centre Voluntary

    Caitlin Rogers

    Secretary she deals with any queries reports and general admin of the Centre voluntary