Rural Experience / Education
With the money we received from The Gillian Dickinson Trust we took a group of children and their families on a trip to Tarset Tor. We had such an amazing time. The children participated in a scavenger hunt, country walks and map reading.
Monkchester Community Association is a voluntary run organisation in Walker. We are in an area of high deprivation, listed as one of the most deprived areas in Newcastle upon Tyne, with high levels of unemployment, crime, low-income families, youth disorder and drug problems.
We have been running the Centre for over 40 years and recently took over the building in an asset transfer from Newcastle City Council. If we had not done this the Centre would have closed, like many others within Newcastle.
We have three trustees and six commitee members who are responsible for the day to day running of Monkchester Community Association who are all volunteers.
Our main focus is the children and their families within our community. We run a regular youth club and a summer play scheme, as well as various other events throughout the year. These groups are all very well attended.
We encourage the children to express their creative side through arts, crafts, tie dye and jewellery making.
We also encourage the children to get out and active, trying to take them on trips, when possible, to places they may not have the opportunity to go without the funding and support of the Centre. This helps by reducing social isolation and helps them meet others from the same area. This, in turn, helps them to gain skills and a sense of empowerment to make healthy connections with positive role models.
Monkchester Community Association also works alongside Into University, providing extra curriculum activities for the children and supporting them with homework clubs and revision classes, preparing them for their exams. This helps them onto the right pathways to get into college and university. This is an excellent opportunity for children in our community and in the east end of Newcastle upon Tyne.
We also work with FoodCycle, providing a hot three-course meal every week to the vulnerable people within our community. They also receive a food parcel to take home with them.
We also have two dog groups renting out the hall in the Community Centre to hold dog training and obedience classes for local residents.
With the money we received from The Gillian Dickinson Trust we took a group of children and their families on a trip to Tarset Tor. We had such an amazing time. The children participated in a scavenger hunt, country walks and map reading. The map reading was a great opportunity for the children to gain leadership skills and help build their confidence in decision making. It was great to see the children and their families in a different environment. We provided all meals on the residential, so there was no cost to the families and this was all provided by volunteers as we have no paid staff working for Centre.
The Centre is very well used overall and our hopes are for the Centre to keep growing and be an important part of the community for many years to come.