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Grant helps upgrade facilities for young people in Teesside

Date published: 18 December 2023

Read time: 2 minutes

A group of people baking together in the kitchen. In front of them on the counter is a mix of cups of tea, mixing bowls, and ingredients.

Community Campus 87 has used a £4,000 grant from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to upgrade the facilities it can offer local young people.

Community Campus 87 works to empower young people across Teesside to realise their potential, by breaking down barriers and providing affordable housing, training opportunities, and emotional and practical support.

Around 120 young people use Community Campus 87’s services each week across its offices in Stockton, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. The grant has been used to redecorate the activity room at the Stockton office, which offers service users a place to meet, train, and spend time in, as well as access to computers.

The grant has also allowed the Stockton office kitchen to be upgraded.

Simon Virth, assistant CEO at Community Campus 87, says: “Our Stockton activity room and kitchen are well used for regular training sessions and events, and also provide a warm, safe space where young people know they’re welcome to spend some time when they want to.

“The changes we’ve made have helped to create a much more welcoming space with better facilities, and getting some of our service users involved with the redecoration adds to the sense of ownership that they have for this space.

“There’s never a shortage of costs that need covering from our budget and it would have been difficult for us to carry out this work without Newcastle Building Society’s support, so we’re really grateful for their help with getting it all done.”

Download the press release (PDF, 110kB).

Image caption: L-R Diane Allick, Carolyn Taylor, of Community Campus 87, with Sean Myers, our Area Manager, and Simon Virth, Assistant CEO of Community Campus 87.

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