April 1, 2019

What we do

Work with Children and Young People

Out of School Activities
Our clubs for children in school years 1-6 take place Monday to Friday each week during term time and provide a range of age related fun activities i.e. arts and crafts, outdoor play, group games, cookery. Children also have access to conputers, games consoles, pool, table football and Wii.

Centre based youth clubs
Young people aged 12-19 have use of the Centre three evenings/week. It’s a safe place to meet up with friends, listen to music, have a game of pool, have a chat with youth workers or get involved in different organised activities.

School Holiday Activity Programmes
Lots of exciting activities for children and young people of all ages during school holiday periods. Activities can include environmental projects, cookery workshops, woodwork workshops, fitness and sports sessions, movie nights, arts and craft sessions, and offsite activities such as LaserQuest, snow tubing, Wet n Wild, ice skating, beach bbq’s etc.

Junior Task Force
Children and young people can become involved in a range of different activities to help improve their local community. Previous activities have included community clean ups, organising social activities for the elderly, running campaigns to promote recycling, collecting donations for loca good causes, i.e. homelessness projects, food banks etc.

Outreach Youth Work
Our youth workers work out on the streets of the Doxford and St Chads electoral wards, making contact with young people who may not access centre based youth work provision. The role of the youth worker is to provide information and support to young people on issues of importance to them. We frequently signpost and support young people to access services and opportunities available to them.

We are a member organisation of The Key organisation, which means we can support groups of young people to design their own projects and apply for funds to complete their projects, whilst developing essential life skills. Past Keyfund projects have included youth outings, music and fitness events, a camping residential and several fundraising activities for different charities.
Drop In Information & Support
Our youth workers are always available to provide young people with a listening ear. Sometimes young people need to sound off or need guidance on how to deal with an issue that’s troubling them. We provide young people in crisis with 1-1 support sessions and help them to access other, more specialist services and opportunities when needed.

Work across the wider community

Our organisation couldn’t run without the support and commitment of our volunteer workforce! We provide lots of different volunteering opportunities for people of all ages. If you have a skill you want to share or a burning desire to help other then please get in touch – all volunteers are DBS checked and must complete safeguarding training.

Work with Adults with Learning Disabilities
Our Amie’s Friends Group runs two nights/week providing members with a safe and relaxing place to meet up with friends, dance, play pool or do arts and craft activities. Every month we organise a very popular themed party night!
Our weekly lunch club is ran by some of our members who have learning disabilities. They cook and two course lunch for members of the wider community.
For two mornings (10am-1pm) each week, our Stepping Out group provides supervised activity sessions for members. They enjoy going out in the minibus to local places of interest but also love to cook, and do different jobs around our Centre.
Our experienced workers also provide support and information to parents and carers.

Community Connectors Project
With funding from Sunderland City Council we provide support to a number of smaller community groups in the Doxford Ward. Support can be providing help with funding application, providing access to IT facilities and photocopying, Monthly meetings with representatives from other groups and with local councillors provide a positive forum for sharing information, and for planning joint initiatives in response to local concerns. Last year we planned a huge community event in Doxford Park, organised training sessions for volunteers, as well as taking action on other issues such as dog fouling, fly tipping.

Digital Inclusion Project
In partnership with Sunderland City Council, we offer local residents support to become more IT savvy! This can include support on how to use apps on phones/tablets, how to make best use of the internet, how to communicate online using Skype/WhatsApp etc. Support is also provided to local residents who require support for Universal Credit Claims or who need to apply for jobs online.

Men in Sheds Project
Local men who are retired or who have long term limiting illnesses meet up weekly in our workshop to repair and upcycle bikes that are donated. The refurbished bikes are then made available to local families at an affordable cost and the proceeds are used to buy consumables such as inner tubes, chain sets, lubricants, brake cables etc. to keep the project going.

Gardening Project
A group of enthusiastic volunteers have set up a project to provide a gardening service for local residents who because of age or disability struggle to keep their gardens tidy. The group has also planted raised beds at the project to grow fresh produce to supply our lunch club!

East Area Reuse Project
Volunteers collect and upcycle donated items of furniture that would otherwise be destined for landfill. Last year we diverted ?? tonnes of household items from landfill. The upcycled furniture is sold on at an affordable cost to local families in need.

East Rangers Project
Groups of volunteers (all ages and backgrounds) are recruited to work alongside trained Rangers to maintain local community spaces, i.e. Doxford Park, Blakeney Woods, and playing fields keeping them free from litter and ensuring they are attractive for the whole community to enjoy.