Action Station 25th Anniversary Celebration

28 March 2024

Join us in celebrating 25 years of service at Action Station South Tyneside! For the past decade, we've been proudly located at Boldon Lane. Join us on Thursday, 28th March, from 10 am to 2 pm, for a delightful healthy buffet, the chance to meet our dedicated staff and partners, and to discover the wide array of services we offer. Don't miss out on this special occasion!!


Christmas Event

14 December 2023

Christmas cheer filled the air on December 14, 2023, as Action Station hosted a heart-warming Christmas Event that welcomed the residents of South Tyneside. Attendees had the chance to connect with our dedicated team, enthusiastic volunteers, and valuable community partners.
The event proved to be a wonderful platform for engaging conversations with esteemed guests from the Department of Work and Pension (DWP), South Tyneside Council, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), and Northumbria Police. Our guests also included representatives from organizations committed to health and wellbeing services, such as NHS, Health Watch, Let's Talk Team, A Better U, Every Turn Mental Health, First Contact Clinical Health, and The Studio @ CIC.
Happy at Home, a support system for the elderly and lonely, and Northern Rights, an organization aiding disadvantaged individuals in gaining skills and confidence, were among the valuable guests. Additionally, representatives from adult learning course providers like WEA and Triage, as well as organizations assisting unemployed individuals like Back to Work and South Shields Job Centre, added to the diversity of our event.
In the midst of the festive atmosphere, guests had the opportunity to explore and purchase a variety of delightful crafts. They indulged in healthy soups, enjoyed a cuppa, and savoured mince pies and sweets. The Christmas Event was not just about celebrating the season; it was an opportunity for everyone to come together, share in the joy, and forge meaningful connections.
Action Station consistently organises several events throughout the year, providing numerous opportunities for engagement, networking, and the simple pleasure of being in the company of others. We look forward to continuing these efforts and creating more memorable moments in the future.

Christmas Events

6 December 2023

Get ready for a festive season filled with enchanting events this Christmas! Embrace the holiday spirit with heartwarming gatherings, and an arts and crafts workshop. Get ready to create lasting memories during this magical time of the year!
 Join Us for a Festive Season!

1. Christmas Event
   - Date: 14 Dec
   - Time: 10:00 - 14:00
Engage in festive cheer at our Christmas Quiz and celebrations. Meet our dedicated team, volunteers, and community partners. Warm up with a taste of our healthy soups and don't miss out on a cuppa and a mince pie.


2. Arts and Crafts One Week Workshop
   - Date: 11 Dec - 15 Dec
Immerse yourself in a fully funded festive workshop! Explore both fun and functional skills by creating Christmas Wreaths, Snow Globe Glasses, Decorative Tree Ornaments, Christmas Jars, and a captivating Light Display. Unleash your creativity and take home these unique festive creations!   

AGM 2023

21 November 2023

Action Station's Annual General Meeting took place on November 21, 2023, the meeting was attended by Action Station's chairperson, board members, staff, volunteers, partner organisations, and friends of the center. The agenda covered a welcome session, presentation of the annual report for 2022-23, the election of trustees, company secretary, deputy company secretary, and the appointment of independent examiners.

Angela Lishman, the outgoing chairperson, opened the meeting by acknowledging Action Station's impactful work over the past year. While highlighting positive aspects such as increased footfall and a vibrant atmosphere, she candidly addressed the financial challenges the organization faced. Gratitude was expressed to Stephen Clark for his unwavering dedication in securing funding and grants, including a significant contribution from the lottery. Angela expressed appreciation for the ongoing support from funders and emphasized the collaborative efforts with esteemed partners, underscoring their role in enhancing the quality of life for the people of South Tyneside.

Following her report, Angela announced her decision to step down as chairperson and transition to a role within the board of trustees. Heather Lee was introduced as the new chairperson, assuming leadership responsibilities.

Stephen Clark, the chief executive, provided insights into the most challenging period faced by Action Station in terms of financial and operational security. To address these challenges, a new three-year organisational and funding strategy was developed. Measures included staff reductions, renegotiation of service contracts to reduce expenditures, and implementation of a new internal accountancy system.

Stephen reported that Action Station has successfully stabilized its financial situation, increased rental income, secured major grants for the next three years, and solidified its position as a community hub. The organisation expanded partnerships and maximized the center's potential during this period and also launched a new website.

The meeting also highlighted the crucial role of esteemed partners, and particularly acknowledging the outstanding volunteer program led by Kym Lockney. Testimonials from clients emphasized the positive impact of employment support programs, including job/IT clubs and digital inclusion courses. The community café's partnership with local food banks was underscored as a significant contribution to the community.

Action Station persists in its commitment to continue delivering outstanding services, focusing on employability, wellbeing, and community support. Initiatives such as open days for volunteers and projects aimed at addressing loneliness, promoting health, and providing financial and welfare support were emphasized as integral to Action Station's ongoing goals. The organisation looks forward to sustaining its positive impact on the community.

Open Day Event Highlights Services and Community Engagement

31 August 2023

On August 31st, Action Station opened its doors to the community for an exciting and informative Open Day event. The day was filled with opportunities for guests to learn about our wide range of services, while enjoying a selection of health-conscious foods.
Visitors were welcomed with open arms, and we took pride in introducing our comprehensive services to the attendees. From healthcare to community support, we showcased how we are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of our community.
In addition to our services, several esteemed organizations such as the NHS, Triage, Kind Mind Community, ACTS, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Services, and many others joined us to introduce their valuable contributions to the community. Their presence further enriched the event, providing guests with a comprehensive view of the support networks available to them.
The event was a resounding success, with community members coming together to learn, connect, and enjoy the healthful foods provided. Action Station remains committed to serving the community and fostering connections with other organizations that share our dedication to the well-being of all. Thank you to everyone who participated in this memorable day!

The National Lottery Community Fund

25 July 2023

We would like to thank the Community Fund and all those who play the National Lottery for the support that they have awarded Action Station. 

This grant will enable the centre to provide much needed community support over the next three years, through ensuring the continuation of our staff, activities and much needed new equipment. 

All staff and residents (4000 per year footfall) would like to say a BIG THANK YOU in assisting us to develop and to make a difference to our community’s wellbeing.

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