Serving the community in the Elswick, Westgate
and Wingrove wards of Newcastle upon Tyne

Our History

Centre West has a long history of helping local people make a difference to life in the West End of Newcastle. Our charitable company picked up the baton from Newcastle New Deal for Communities as a successful ten-year regeneration programme came to and end in 2010.

Just like Centre West, New Deal was led by local residents, making a difference by tackling six main themes:

Homes & Environment

  • Over 2000 homes improved
  • Nunsmoor & Elswick Parks upgraded
  • Artistic makeover for Stanhope Street
  • Over 46 hectares of open space improved
  • Multi-lingual housing advice service set up
  • Neighbourhood improvements chosen by residents
  • £32 million transformation of Riverside Dene (Cruddas Park)

 

Jobs and Business

  • Over 1300 residents helped into jobs
  • Over 300 businesses supported through first year of trading
  • ‘Go West’ shop offering free jobs help
  • Shop for Jobs scheme helped over 150 residents into retail work
  • Thousands of residents benefited from training
  • Four social enterprises set up
  • Fewer households living on low incomes

 

Crime and Community Safety

  • Crime rate almost halved during the ten-year programme
  • ‘New Deal’ Police Team established
  • Burglary – and fear of burglary – reduced
  • Youth disorder reduced
  • Arson rate cut in half
  • Free security upgrades for 1000 homes
  • Improved CCTV and crime-busting technology

 

Education

  • Increased pupil achievement at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4
  • Doubled the number of people with NVQs, almost doubled the number with AS-level qualifications and increased ‘A’ level equivalent qualifications by 30%
  • New £1.5 million Nunsmoor Centre
  • New facilities and classroom assistants at primary schools
  • Breakfast clubs, parent link workers and inclusion project to help pupils achieve in school
  • Planet Plus project to help kids get their education back on track
  • New First Step women’s centre

 

Health

  • £1 million makeover for Elswick Pool
  • Community Kitchen to promote healthier cooking
  • Focus on different community needs – such as cardiac health in Asian communities
  • Pensioners’ incomes boosted by a combined £500,000
  • Free carbon monoxide detectors to thousands of homes
  • Support for anyone facing domestic violence

 

Our Community

  • More than £280,000 raised by community groups with our support
  • Over 60 local groups supported
  • Over 100 initiatives to support community groups
  • Over 90 community consultations
  • Over 25 new community organisations set up
  • Award-winning publications to spread the word about changes

Centre West has taken a new approach since the ten-year programme ended in 2010 – writing a new chapter with fewer resources, but plenty of energy and determination. You can find out more about our work online, send us a message, call us on 0191 406 0290, or email us